Upgrade Your Next At-Home Game Night with These Entertaining Essentials
Whether you're hosting other couples for an evening or drinks and competition or inviting the whole family over for a good old-fashioned evening of board games, be sure to pick up some of our hand-picked entertaining essentials. From comfy floor cushions to the perfect snack ideas, we're here to help you make your at-home game night a little more special.
When guests first arrive, greet them with a selection of crowd-pleasing tunes. A turntable that blasts high-quality sound with the help of a portable carrier makes it easy to keep the music playing all night long. And thanks to Bluetooth-enabling, you can adjust the volume or switch the song from any part of your home. Next, you'll want to think about food. Game night wouldn't be complete without a selection of tasty bites, so get your group fed with our test kitchen's favorite buffalo wings recipe, a variety of party-ready finger foods guests can enjoy between games, and artisan popcorn, an upgrade on your childhood favorite. For dessert, you can't go wrong with decadent chocolate fondue. Our favorite fondue set is the best way to ensure there are no sticky fingers reaching for the dice.
Once bellies are full, pull up a seat around the coffee table on some oversized floor cushions or sophisticated (but oh-so-comfy) straw futons and let the games begin! A weekend evening is the perfect opportunity to bust open that closet full of board games you've been collecting over the years. With little ones in your group, family-friendly group games or puzzles probably make the most sense, but if you're hosting an adults-only game night, feel free to try something a little more challenging. To make it extra fun, treat the crowd to a few glasses of vino and a few friendly hands of poker. If the competition gets too fierce, revert to the classics—like a tabletop backgammon set or a deck of ultra-cool playing cards perfect for everything from Go Fish to Crazy Eights—which are sure to break the tension.
However you choose to play, know that our winning game night essentials have got you covered so you can spend less time planning, and more time winning.
Keep grown-ups happy and sipping stylishly from these cheers-worthy glasses; plus, they work just as well on date night as they do on game night.
Canvas Home "Amwell" Red Wine Glass in Smoke, $56 for set of 4, canvashomestore.com
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Pull Up a Seat
Wood-paneled-basement beanbags, say hello to your grownup counterparts. These oversize floor cushions by Libeco are slip-covered in luxurious, but sturdy, Belgian linen and come in five classic colors.
Libeco "Napoli Vintage" Floor Cushions, $346 each, libecohomestores.com
For those of us less limber than we were back in our crisscross-applesauce days, try a traditional Japanese solution and pull out a few tatami mats and futon cushions. Made of reed grass, the mats wipe clean and make great play surfaces or chill-out spots for everyone in the family.
Ikehiko "Igusa Tatami" Mattresses, from $147 each; Layboo Straw Futon Cushions, $53 for 2; and Eshow "Tatami" Floor Cushions, $110 for 2, amazon.com
Take a Dip
Your new objective: Don't lose that chunk of bread in the gooey cheese or glistening molten chocolate bubbling in this bold fondue set, which comes complete with six forks.
Emily Henry Fondue Set, in Burgundy, $130, emilehenryusa.com
Drop the Needle
Break out your vinyl, and DJ the original way. Crosley's portable three-speed turntable produces high-quality retro sound and has modern features like Bluetooth.
Crosley "Cruiser" Portable Turntable, $90, crosleyradio.com