How to organize a party game

Sometimes when organizing a party game it's hard to figure out where to start and how to do the best possible job. The whole idea is for your guests to have fun at your party, so most of the work behind it should be on you. In this blog post I'll try to give you a few tips and pointers on how to successfully organize a party game... a short guide if you will.

Some party games can be started spontaneously. Most drinking games can be started at pretty much any time at pretty much any party, if some interest arises. Other games might need a ton of planing and preparation. So here are a few tips on how to prepare like a party pro:

  1. Decide on the right games.
    You should really know the games that you intend to organize at the party a long time before the party. Do a little research and see which games are a good fit. When throwing a Halloween party or Christmas party it's easy, you just check the appropriate section on this website and pick a few games that you like, but when you are throwing a toga party for example, you'll have to browse around a bit.
  2. Do a little "market testing".
    When you decide on the party games that you think will do well at your party, do a little "market testing". Call up a few of your guests and ask them, if they would be interested in playing any of these game. See what their reactions are. Are they excited? Do they say that it's an awesome idea? Or do they think the games you picked are boring and they would prefer to just chat and drink? When you got enough info, decide which games, if any, you think your guests will enjoy.
  3. Let your guests know in advance.
    Some games might require a little preparation from your guests as well, or at least a conformation of participation, so it's a good idea to inform everyone about what you have planed.
  4. Prepare all the props a few days in advance.
    It's important to prepare everything in advance. At the day of the party you'll probably be doing some decorating, cooking and greeting, so you might not have the time to run around looking for the stuff you need.
  5. Test your props.
    Some things might look like they'll work well, but fail when you actually use them. You should always test everything before the party. For example, when preparing your pool  for a pool obstacle race ,what you set up might look great, but it can be completely impossible to actually complete. Test beforehand!
  6. Make sure you're clear on the rules.
    It's really hard to explain what a party game is all about, if you're not clear on the rules. Be sure to know all the rules and be prepared to answer any questions your guests might have. Also, before you start playing, make sure everyone is clear on the rules... it really sucks to get in an argument over the rules instead of just having fun playing.
  7. Sell it to your guests.
    When gathering players for a game be as enthusiastic and energetic as  possible. The more people you get involved, the more fun it will be and less people will be bored on the sideline.
  8. Have fun!
    Remember, it's all about having fun, SO HAVE FUN WITH IT!:)

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