There are few things better than getting a group of friends together and enjoying some great card games. Adding a healthy dose of fun-spirited competition into your get together is an easy way to break the ice, to get everyone feeling more comfortable with one another, and to have some interesting conversations and a lot of laughs.
Whether you’re getting the boys together to play poker, tackling a serious game of bridge, or just organizing a fun-filled family card game night, keep these tips in mind to ensure a great time is had by all.
Mix it Up!
If you and your friends are seasoned card players, then it’s likely that you play the same old games every single time you all get together. While there’s nothing wrong with having a favorite game that you all enjoy, don’t be afraid to mix it up every once in a while!
No matter how much you love a particular game, it can get boring after a while. So, take the time to search out a few name games or, if you don’t want to branch out that far, to find a new twist on your current game.
Keep the Competitiveness at a Minimum
While everyone enjoys the thrill of winning a card game, make sure that winning doesn’t become the focus of the whole evening! While there are definitely card games that are meant to be won and to be won for money, these aren’t the kind you’ll want to play for just a friendly evening at home. Remember, some people are naturally more competitive than others, so be careful when joking around during a game.
Some people take little jabs and jokes quite seriously. Never play for money at friendly get-togethers, and always practice good sportsmanship. Remember (and remind your guests if you have to) that it’s all in the spirit of fun!
Have Snacks on Hand
Nothing goes better with a hand of cards than a hand of your favorite snack to munch on while you play. When you’re in charge of hosting a card game, make sure you provide some yummy treats for your guests. Aim for foods that are easy to eat while playing cards, such as chips, peanuts, popcorn, veggies, or other finger foods.
If you’re worried about ruining cards, steer clear of foods that leave behind a greasy residue! Encourage your guests to eat as much as they like and to really just let loose, relax, and have a good time.
Stay Away from the Hard Stuff
There’s nothing wrong with an adult having a glass of wine or a few sips from a flask. Some of the best flasks are the larger ones that are unique and quirky – they make it much more fun and entertaining.
However, don’t let alcohol consumption get out of hand for you or any of your guests. Not only can this make playing cards a lot more difficult than it needs to be, but it can also amp up the competitiveness, sometimes even leading to fights or disagreements.
Try to keep an eye on how much alcohol you and your guest are consuming, if any, and try to keep heavier drinkers at bay. If things do get out of hand, keep your guests from driving anywhere until the next morning; that is part of your job as a good host or hostess. By keeping these tips in mind, you can’t go wrong, and your card nights are sure to be the talk of the town.