Hosting a board game used to mean inviting your closest friends to a game of Dungeons and Dragons, and ordering a pizza. Now that board games are cool, that sort of behavior can get you ostracized from the “geek is in” community looking for the next hobby to take main stream. To keep yourself ingratiated with the masters of public opinion, you need to make sure you meet certain standards when you host a game night. Here are 5 tips to help show that you are cool, deserving of the Facebook check in and selfies that your new friends will take at your house.
1. The dress code
Given that your game night is an evening occasion, a tux is a minimum to show your polished side. Avoid the bow-tie, you are hosting a night of fun and revelry, not a stuffy fund raiser.
Steve clearly did not get the memo about the bow tie
2. The drinks and decor
The mark of a sophisticated host is a giant ice sculpture dominating the table. Few game nights are complete without an ironic ice phoenix sculpture occupying the center of the table. This will go down particularly with the hipsters in your group, who will scramble to document the moment on their daguerreotypes.
Finish up wowing your guests by grabbing them drinks from your custom bar that you specifically built for the occasion.
3. The play area
Do not show that you are uninitiated by presuming your cool friends are going to sit around your pathetic dining table and play your silly games. Plan ahead and rebuild your living room, buy a large L shaped couch so everyone can sit around comfortably, allowing them options to also snuggle together in pairs as you stand ready to help them get more comfortable.
4. The dinner
Now that you have sufficiently impressed your new friends with your hosting skills, you are ready to serve dinner. A well-planned night of revelry begins with an appropriately themed dinner. Exhibit your culture by hosting an Asian themed dinner such as a hot-pot. Ensure that the hot pot is not placed too close to your ice phoenix.
5. The music
The one area many newly minted hosts fall flat is the music. Presuming that your guests prefer 70s rock can see them exiting far too quickly. Besides, Queen is overhyped anyway. Show you understand your guests and their fine tastes by having a live performance at your house. For added effect, revel them with self-aggrandizing stories. This should keep them sufficiently entertained as they wait for their Uber to arrive.
As the night winds down, you can bask in the glory of knowing you are now “in”. Now all you need to do is sit back and wait for the tweets, likes, and shares to flood in. Wait… why did you have them over again?