Ramp Up Your Fall Game Night with Our Memory Care Cleveland Community
Top tips for planning the best game night ever!
As the weather gets chillier, fun outdoor adventures with friends and family turn indoors. One of our favorite indoor activities is a classic game night! With so many games out there and so many ways to entertain, hosting a game night can quickly turn from a fun idea to a big production. We are big fans of keeping it simple, but well planned.
At Windsor Heights Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living in Cleveland, Ohio, our residents love a good game night. From one on one challenges to group games to awesome snacks and drinks, we really know how to throw an excellent game night. Read on for some of our top tips for creating your perfect get together!
First thing’s first: snacks and beverages are key when hosting a game night. It’s easy to keep the menu light and simple with snacks like chips and dip, popcorn, pretzels, veggies and hummus, and a variety of sodas. Though we know there are plenty of people who love to amp it up a bit. For a slightly elevated game night, we suggest a charcuterie and cheese board on theme! Consider using small cookie cutters to create bite-sized cheese shapes like houses for Monopoly, chess pieces, cars for The Game of Life, or even kittens if you’re playing the game Exploding Kittens. Mocktails should be bright and colorful, like a mock-mimosa with orange juice, sparkling water, and a splash of grenadine or cranberry juice. Get creative, and impress your guests with just a couple extra steps!
A classic game night should absolutely include board game options. We love picking 3-4 games to bring out and allow the group to pick from. While classic games like Monopoly, The Game of Life, Operation, Sorry, and Trouble are still a huge hit, we suggest sprinkling in some newer, lesser known games. Games like Really Loud Librarians, Ticket To Ride, and Quixx can be a great way to add a little spice to the night!
When you have a big crew, crowding around a board game can be a little tough. We love group games that encourage either splitting into teams or having a large number of players. Great games for this kind of event include the Heads Up app, Scattergories, charades, Exploding Kittens, Taboo, and Telestrations.
We also love this twist on charades: Nouns in a Bowl. Each player writes down at least 5 nouns and throws them into a bowl (ideally, the bowl will be filled with 25-50 nouns.) Then two teams take turns drawing nouns from the bowl and one person describes or acts out the nouns while the rest of their team guesses as many as they can within 60 seconds. Used nouns are removed from the bowl. The game consists of four rounds: describing the noun without saying the word, only using one word to describe the noun, only using charades, and finally, a “ghost round” in which the actor has to do charades under a bed sheet or blanket. It’s hilarious, active, and great for making silly memories with friends!
We can’t have a game night without using a little technology. From active games like Wii Bowling to party games like Jackbox or Rock Band, there’s so many options for bringing in a little something extra for your game night. For smaller groups, even hosting a small video game tournament using Mario Kart, Super Mario Party, or Castle Crashers can be a raging time!
There’s something really special about getting your friends and family together for a night of bonding over games. The friendly competition is great for creating memories. We hope you use some of these suggestions at your next game night!
While our physical health is strengthened by a healthy diet and regular exercise, it's important to take care of our mental health, too! We prioritize our residents' mental wellbeing by encouraging a variety of mindfulness practices. One of these practices, meditation, is a powerful strategy that can lower stress levels and even alleviate physical pain.
We want each of our residents to always feel safe, supported, and happy, and that starts with cultivating social and emotional wellbeing. If you're interested in creating a mindful meditation routine for yourself or your loved one this winter, take a look at these meditation tips from our sister community in Fountain Valley, California: ow.ly/m0sc50QFoVq
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