Get the Invites Out
Invite your guest through email or texting and ask them what their favorite board game is. Take a poll by their suggestions and narrow it down to a few games everyone will enjoy. Check out Evite.com for emailing your guest with a fun invitation.
Get Game Space Ready
With most games you can up to eight players at a time or you could set up stations, tables with four at each game. You will have different games at each table. Once your players are seated put up a whiteboard or chalkboard with the game menu and players.
For the winners of the game have a grab bag ready with fun gifts that don’t cost a lot of money. Have the winner reach in and grab their gift such as a deck of cards, a game of Yahtzee, Uno etc.
Keep your game players energy up with make ahead food and drinks. You could have a buffet table with small sandwiches, appetizers and fruits. Have bowls of pretzels, nuts, and chips available as well. Desserts need to be on this menu, make brownies, cookies or your favorite that is not to messy but will favor those with a sweet tooth. Make it easy on your self with plastic forks, spoons etc and paper plates and cups and plenty of napkins.
Get Your Game On
When choosing your games think of fun, brain teasers, silly, classic and new.
Scrabble or Scatttergories
Make your party one to remember, Enjoy!
Plan a Poker Party and make it a fun night even for beginners. Good food, friends and fun are what is in store with one of America’s favorite and easiest poker games, Texas Hold’em. Here are some tips to make it a great event.
The Week Before:
Send out invites by email, text or call up your girlfriends and get an RSVP so you know how many to set up for. Texas Hold’em is best played at tables of 6-9 people. Let your guests know you are going to be playing just for fun and only using chips.
Theme your party like a casino.
Red and Black are popular colors and just a few candles can help with that. You could also use red and black plates, napkins and utensils, the colors match the cards.
You could also decorate with the chips. Take out a color you will not be using in the game and scatter them among the plates of food for a festive and colorful addition to your serving table.
A green felt tablecloth or cover at the game table will not only give it the casino feel it also keeps your table from getting scratched, keeps watermarks from drinks away and helps the cards stay put.
Pick a table where everyone can sit comfortably and not see each others cards. You can use your dining table or coffee table if you have more guest.
Atmosphere and Music
Bring in the casino atmosphere with songs like:
Texas Hold’em by David Cline
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
Casino Royale Soundtrack
Leave out the fried greasy finger foods and serve instead, bite size sandwiches, kebobs with fruit or cheese and deli meats and olives. Keep plenty of napkins on hand since your guest will also be handling the cards. Little cakes or cookies would be great for dessert.
For drinks you can serve alcohol or non alcohol or both. Put a punch together if are expecting a larger crowd to make it easier on you.
Review the Rules:
Make sure you know what the rules are and how to play the game. If you do have some beginners, maybe play the first couple of hands for fun so they can catch on. You can even print out a cheat sheet for each guest so they can refer to it during the game. You can get that Right Here!
If your a foodie as I am, you love anything to do with food, recipes, cooking and eating delicious meals. There are many books on the market, memoirs, mysteries, humor and novels to name a few that are geared toward food lovers. A love for food, reading and great conversation can be shared with friends and family with your book club.
Get your book club going easily with these tips:
Get your Group together:
Contact family members, co-workers, friends and ask if they are interested. I am sure you know of a few people off the top of your head that like to read or cook, they should go at the top of your list. Invite at least 7-10 people to start.
Your first meeting should be about picking a book everyone will enjoy. Have a list of at least 3 books available for your guest to choose from as too many books could get overwhelming. Once that book is chosen you can organize what day and time of the month is good for everyone for your first book review meeting. Let your friends know that you will be rotating meetings at each others homes and will put a list together along the way with more books to choose from.
Book Review Meeting
Have the first book review meeting at your home. Since your are the creator of this group, you should host. This is also a good way for your friends to see how you do it and be able to feel more comfortable for the next meeting if it is in their home. Send out a reminder of the day and time of the meeting a couple days ahead, and ask if anyone will not be able to attend. You will be serving food that is themed to the book, so getting a head count will help know how much to make. Arrange your furniture for conversation or set a table big enough to hold everyone.
Set aside at least 10 – 15 minutes at the beginning of this meeting for everyone to socialize a bit and then start to focus on the book. Explore the characters, the authors recipes, favorite parts of the book etc. The meeting should last about an hour and a half and you can serve the food as you are starting the review or after.
Theme your Dishes
Theme your dishes for the meeting to the book your reading. Try pulling out a recipe from the book and bring it to life for your group. If you cannot make the recipe, see if one of your members would like to give it a try. No time to cook? Visit your local bakery, deli or hold your meeting at a restaurant geared toward that dish.
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1 lb. ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
2 cans (16 oz. each) re-fried beans
1 pkg.(1-1/4 oz.) taco seasoning mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup chunky taco sauce – mild, medium or hot
1 can (4 oz.) green chiles, sliced
1 cup sliced black olives
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and onions. Drain well. Add the taco seasoning mix and cumin; stir and set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine the re-fried beans and Monterrey Jack cheese and mix well.
Spread the bean mixture in a shallow 10″ x 15″, oblong or oval baking dish.
Cover with the ground beef/onion mixture. Spread the chunky taco sauce over the beef.
Top with the Cheddar cheese.
Scatter green chilies and black olives, over the cheese.(At this point, you may made ahead and refrigerated until party time, but do not freeze.)
Bake in a preheated oven, uncovered, at 400º for 20 to 25 minutes or until thoroughly heated through.
Place the baking dish in the center of a large tray or platter, surrounded by a generous supply of tortilla chips.
Serve with sour cream and/or guacamole on the side.
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