When looking up advice on planning dinner parties, most columnists stick to tips on how to plan out menus or decorations. However, what about those who wish to include a dinner party game or two? Here are a few fun activities to consider once everyone has enjoyed your delicious food and is wondering what to do next.


When it comes to picking out a dinner party game, many default to board games. Whether it's a strategic game, like chess or backgammon, a luck based game, such as Battleship or Yahtzee, or a brain twister, such as Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit, you're sure to find a classic game that everyone on your guest list will enjoy. Similarly, card games are a fun way to wile away an evening while digesting an excellent meal.


If card games or board games aren't for you, you may wish to consider a dinner party game that's a bit more interactive. These include games such as charades, Catch Phrase, Pictionary, Guesttures, and others that don't necessarily involve a board game or game pieces. These action based games are perfect for guests of all ages. Best of all, this type of dinner party game is one that everyone can participate in at once, whereas board games can have limited spots for players.


For more informal dinner parties, you may wish to consider video games as your dinner party game. These are particularly popular among the younger crowd. While many video games are single or double players, there are plenty of video games out there that allow for multiple players to play complex and entertaining levels. If your party is particularly large, consider rotating turns so that everyone gets a chance to play.


Don't forget outdoor games! What is more fun after a barbecue dinner party than playing kickball or tennis in the backyard? Whether you're considering a team sport such as baseball, basketball, croquet, or even pool based games such as marco polo, or you wish to arrange a series of solitary games such as horseshoes, golf, or lawn darts, you're bound to find something that pleases everyone.


These are only a few games to consider when arranging your dinner party. Whether your occasion is formal or informal, big or small, you'll soon discover that finding the perfect series of games for your dinner party isn't as difficult as it seems. Learn more today about how dinner party games can add unforgettable memories to your dinner parties and make your guests attend your gatherings again and again.