Host an Old-Fashioned Game Night

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Need something fun to do on a Saturday night? Shake things up a little and host an old-fashioned game night with some family and friends…

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For over 50 years, my grandparents and their best friends played cards on Saturday nights. It was a standing date that they rarely missed. Refreshments were served at one house or another and they’d play for hours. Sometimes, until well after midnight.

But, they didn’t just play a game…they talked about their daily lives, they shared their worries and their cheers and they just spent time enjoying each others company. As a child, I always thought it was so fun that they did that every week. As I grew up, I realized it wasn’t just fun…but more, it was special.

Playing games with friends on Saturday nights seems to be just another relic of the past that we’ve all forgotten about with our busy lives and our incessant need to make more and be more. In the rush of our daily lives, we forget to spend time with the people we really care about. Between the Internet and cell phones, we barely even talk to the people we love.

So, why not take a page from the past and host an old-fashioned game night? Turn off your cell phones, make the kids put away their video games for one night and spend some time reconnecting with your family and friends.

Here’s how…

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Host an Old-Fashioned Game Night

Who’s Playing?

Invite a few friends and/or family over to play. Plan to invite an equal number of people so you’ll have an even number of players for each game.

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Choose Some Games

Card games, like Go Fish, Pinochle and Rummy are perfect for players of all ages. Select board games that allow for several players or teams, like Scrabble, Yahtzee, Pictionary or Monopoly.

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Serve Refreshments

Offer “pick and eat” snacks like pretzels, popcorn, Goldfish crackers or trail mix. Provide a variety of drinks like lemonade, iced tea, soda or even coffee.

Winner Takes All

Consider having a few prizes available for the kids. Travel games, bingo cards and miniature card games are perfect little prizes. Plus, you can pick up a variety for just a few bucks at your local dollar store.

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Have a Great Day!

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