My family used to play a board game every time we got together for dinner. I love them. I honestly think they help contribute to building family bonds with the laughter and friendly competition they invoke. They make a great excuse to have people over for a party too. Our monthly dinner party had a few other quirks to make it extra fun...
Invite: This party was back in 2008, so my decor and invite were a lot simpler than they often are now. Invite your guests with some sort of game. I created a crossword puzzle with the party details and mailed it to guests. Other ideas would be to cut up your invite like a puzzle, and guests would have to assemble the puzzle to figure out the party details.
Decor: My decor started on the walkway leading to my door. I drew large Monopoly squares on poster board and laminated them to avoid footprints. I placed these on the sidewalk leading up to my door and saved a few for the walls inside my house.
My tablecloth was a Twister board with a red tablecloth under it. I also used the Twister spinner as my centerpiece, but you could use any game or a collection of game pieces. If I were hosting this party again, I would add several other parts of games to the table to create more of a centerpiece.
For a place card, I decided to create Sculptadors from the game Cranium. I bought molding clay from Michaels and sculpted items that represented each guest. I did not include their names on the sculptures, and it was a game for guests to guess which one represented them.
Party Activity/Game: You could play any board game for this party, but I chose to play Taboo (which is always hilarious), and a short round of Cranium.
Menu: At each place setting, I had a menu card. I scrambled the letters of each menu items as a game, so guests had to unscramble them to figure out what we were eating. I wanted items that were simple in case we needed to eat while playing games. I also did not want to be in the kitchen cooking. I wanted to be a part of the games, so this impacted my choices of what to serve. I started with a simple green salad. We had slices of watermelon that I attempted to cut to look like puzzle pieces. As the main dish, we had baked "hot potato" to play off the title of a game. I made Chili to place on the potato or as a side soup. Guests could also add whatever they wanted to their potato - broccoli, cheese, etc. You could make a game of this instead and do what I did at my Toy Story party which was to create Mr. Potato Heads.
For dessert, I made a Hangman Cake. We played Hangman to figure out the message on the cake. I just piped on the letters and the body parts as guests made their guesses. Simple.
For a favor, I found travel size Connect Four games in the dollar bin at Target. I wrapped these in a cellophane bag with a tag that read, "Thanks for being game to party tonight. Let's Connect Four another game night soon!"
This party as a lot of fun. I didn't have to purchase much either because I had all the games already. As a teacher, I also had access to a laminating machine, so it made the Monopoly pieces easy to create. Hope you are inspired to host a game night of your own!