Last night, we hosted a Game Night for a small group of friends. I had so much fun planning this one, as I didn’t get too crazy with the details. For decor inspiration, I looked to one of my favourite entertaining books, InStyle Parties, which has a great section on game nights.
The colour scheme was red, black and white, with a black and white polka dot motif throughout (inspired by dice). My husband’s grandmother gave us a beautiful vase from Pottery Barn for our wedding that has a small vase within the vase, which allowed me to jazz up the flowers while incorporating the party theme. I placed dice and domino tiles inside the outer vase, while flowers and water were inside the inner vase. Strategic placing of Scrabble tiles, playing cards, poker chips, and black and white polka dot cupcake wrappers helped to pull the theme together throughout the room, without creating too much work.
We wanted a casual, laid-back atmosphere, so I didn’t go so far as to include any hot items on the menu. Most of the food was purchased from a grocery store, with the exception of the gluten-free domino brownies that I baked and decorated. I also decorated the chocolate-stuffed shortbreads with red cookie icing in order to tie in the game theme.
My husband created a cocktail menu with a die next to each beverage listing. Guests rolled the die to determine which cocktail he would create next. Very cute idea. He also mixed a hot drink of apple cider and Pimm’s Winter, garnished with a dried apple slice. As a non-alcoholic alternative, we offered milk in cute little milk jugs with black and white polka dot straws. Yum!
Game Night was not a lot of work to design, but was so much fun to plan and participate in. It’s also seasonally appropriate, as the weather in Toronto is brutally cold and snowy right now, so it’s a great time to cozy up by the fire and enjoy a few cocktails and boardgames with friends. Hot toddy, anyone?
Photos by Brilliant Bash