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5 Awesome Ideas For Hosting A Guys' Night In

5 Awesome Ideas For Hosting A Guys’ Night In

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Once you’ve finished setting up your man cave, a relaxing guy’s night is inevitable. Here are five awesome guy-centric ideas that you can use for hosting a guys’ night in.

1. Poker Night

Poker night is a great way to get out your competitive juices without a need for a whole lot of extra hardware. All that you really need is a table, a deck of cards and a few drinks. Make sure your friends understand the basic rules of poker, or you will have a slow night trying to teach the one guy who does not know how to play how to catch up.

This may be an idea for only a certain number of friends as well, because you may have space constraints in the room. If so, you may consider having two tables and running a small tournament. There is definitely nothing wrong with this as long as you have the floor plan and enough chairs to accommodate everyone.

2. Liquor Tasting Night

Tasting liquor is one of the best ways to bond on a guy’s night out. If you have two groups of friends with different sets of tastes in alcohol, then you can run two separate nights if you need to.

On the same token, if you have two separate sets of friends that you want to see at the same time, you can have a liquor tasting night in one area of the house and a poker tournament in another area of the house. Since the entire concept of the evening is guys bonding, you are actually getting yourself closer to the goal without having to spend time wondering if one group of friends will like this activity or that activity.

3. Game Night

Game night is another way to get out your competitive juices without a need for a whole lot of new hardware. If you happen to have games stored in your cabinet, then you can be the one to break them out. You can also have your friends bring games if you have something that everyone loves to play. One of the best ways to make sure that everyone participates is to have a game that everyone played as a child. Skill-based games are best with guys, because you can build a bit of competition around it.

However, a new age game night with video games is perhaps the best way to make sure that everyone in your social circle can participate. Everyone loves video games these days, and as long as you have a setup that can accommodate everyone, you are guaranteed to have a great night. Make sure that you upgrade your own set up before the game night occurs. You want to be sure that you have the hardware for the evening as well as a game that everyone can get into.

4. Sports Night

Sports is something that most guys are into, and you can have one hell of a night if you have a big-screen TV in your living area. You can switch between games or center the night around one particular game if there is an exceptionally important or entertaining match upcoming.

This is also a way to get people involved in a competitive way. You can take bets before the meet up, or you can have a small betting pool once everyone gets there. Money is not required to have fun. You can bet on beer, or have the loser clean up the space after the party is over.

5. Grilling and Chilling Night

Guys love to grill. This is great if you are in the summer months. You do not have to bring everything yourself – plan ahead and have each of your friends contribute something.

Make sure that you take requests so that you can see if people have food allergies before you start grilling and chilling. Although you are definitely not looking to run a health spa, you do not want anyone to be left out by accident because they cannot eat the food that you are grilling.

Take the following ideas to have the best guy’s night in. You do not have to get overly complex – just get the basics down and the theme centralized using one of the ideas above!

How To Throw A Party Without Throwing Away Money

How To Throw A Party Without Throwing Away Money

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The holiday season ended faster than you could say, “Jingle bells!” Your inner party animal mourns the relatively sharp decline in social events. Your wallet, however, breathes a sigh of relief. Your marathon month of holiday merrymaking has thinned it out significantly.

Nonetheless, many more reasons to celebrate lie ahead including Super Bowl Sunday, graduation season, birthdays, engagements, long weekends, etc. Again, the inner party animal within and your wallet are in discord. Fortunately, you don’t have to break the bank to party. The following money-saving options will help you minimize the expense and stress involved in throwing a party.

Reuse, Recycle, Redo

Start your party planning by writing a list of necessary items, and then take inventory of what you already have. Did you stockpile cookies, alcoholic beverages, or soft drinks during the holiday season? Use them at your party. You can also recycle or repurpose any party supplies or decorations leftover from previous events. Give these items new life by positioning them differently than you did before or coloring them.

Are you planning a theme party? Before selecting the theme, look through your closet for clothing that you can easily transform into a costume. For example, perhaps you have ripped jeans and enough hairspray to morph into a poster child of the 1980’s. In that case, opt for a decades or 1980’s theme to save money.

Serve Your Own Creations

Save money by preparing your own appetizers at home instead of buying them prepackaged. Don’t panic – this requires minimal skill in the kitchen. You can slice up a baguette for a simple crostini or bruschetta with your choice of toppings. Bread-based appetizers cost very little, taste great, and are sure to satisfy your guests’ appetites. If you happen to have a home garden, you can also serve vegetables with dip for even more bang with less buck.

Alcohol arguably eats up the largest portion of a party budget. However, you can easily whittle down this expense by making your party BYOB. Invite your guests to bring their own booze instead of bringing a gift. With a little more time and patience, you can even brew your own beer. True, this requires an upfront investment in a brewing kit and other supplies, but you will ultimately pay only a half (or even less) of what it costs to purchase most name brand beers. If the thought of drinking beer repulses you, buy an inexpensive wine and whatever fruit is in season for a basic sangria.

Have Free Fun

You don’t need to rent a bounce house or hire a live band to ensure your guests have a good time. You can plan simple activities that encourage everyone to mingle and relax. For example, as each guest enters the party venue, tape or pin an index card with the name of a celebrity to their back. Instruct them to guess the name of their celebrity, without peeking, using clues supplied by other guests. Offer an inexpensive prize to the first person who guesses correctly. This could be your ultimate stress-release party: you won’t have to deal with financial stress and, together with your guests, you will dance off the holiday stress (and weight) and the winter blues.

Painless Post-Party Time

All good things come to an end. The time has come to tackle the post-party mess, but your inner party animal already has plans for the next celebration. Thinking ahead can greatly reduce the amount of time, stress, and expense that comes along with future parties.

As you clean, carefully organize any remaining party supplies that can be used later. If party planning has left you drained of energy and funds, be sure to put leftover food in glass storage containers or zip-top freezer bags for convenient and free meals in the days following the party.

Without question, cleaning up after a party is tedious. Expedite the process by trading your couch for helping hands with party guests too drunk to drive themselves home. You will save yourself time. Your guests will save themselves money that would have been used to take a cab home. It’s a win-win.

Party On

You don’t need to starve your inner party animal to stick to a budget. You just need a little creativity. Think of fun ways to use what you already have. Get in the kitchen, and whip up some homemade appetizers and beverages. Come up with fun games that will get everyone in a festive mood. Most importantly, have fun in the process.