Combining games night with a family meal is one way to have a lot of fun.  You can get dressed up, divide family members into who is responsible for each course, and plan an activity or two inbetween.

Make a plan

  • What are the ages and stages represented by your family group?
  • What sort of games could be enjoyed by all?  Keep in mind you don’t have to go out and buy a game, plenty of games can be downloaded from online sources – or utilise games you already have stored away.
  • Could everyone invite a friend to make the party even more fun?
  • How can you divide the game up to incorporate different courses of a meal?  Starter, Main, Dessert, Drinks?
  • Can each member of the family be paired with an older member or a friend who can be responsible for presenting a course to eat at stages during the game?  Or is it something special mum and dad could pull together for a family event such as a birthday?
  • Do you have two areas suitable for using – one for setting up the game(s), one for setting up the meal?  Or how can you best utilise your one space?
  • Can you set a theme?  Send out invitations?  Ask for people to dress to the theme?  Or would you prefer to keep it really simple?

Some options:

Build your theme

Pick anything at all – a holiday coming up on the calendar, a celebration in the family or use some of the following ideas for inspiration.  Then you can keep building around your theme – food, dress ups, decorations – or keep it very simple and laid back if you prefer.

Murder Mystery nights

If you’ve got some teens in the house, they might be into playing roles in a murder mystery.  There are lots of free options online – check them out and make sure they’re suitable for your family to play.

Inspiration for family games night food

Inspiration for crafty families

Making the effort to transform a usual family meal into a games night funfest is more work than just putting the usual fare on the table.  But I sincerely hope it’s more fun too!

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Sally is the Community Manager here at Kiwi Families. She fills her time with her handsome, busy boys and her handsome, busy husband; trying out new recipes and researching and writing about family life in Aotearoa.

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