GAMES… When I sit down with a family in their living room to discuss details of their upcoming party, I can be certain “games” will be one of the topics we touch on. You may have your own questions about games; how many should we play and when should we play them, so this may not be a shocking revelation, but what may surprise you is just how varying the opinions are in regard games in and of themselves.

Some families and guests of honor absolutely LOVE GAMES and would play them all night if they could (then they realize if they were going to do that, they could save a ton of money by just going to Chuck E. Cheese’s), others despise the mention of the phrase, “Coke ’N’ Pepsi” so much, they outright ban the soft drinks from the party altogether! I’m joking… kinda.

Though I will say, how many or how few games are played is totally a personal preference and should be designed to accommodate the wishes of the friends and family that is throwing the mitzvah, when those games are played, is a potentially crucial element of the event.

If you and your child are of those in favor of 3 or more games, an an emcee, I would schedule to play at least two of them during cocktail hour while I have the kids full attention and one or more while adults are finishing their main course. In facilitating the “when” in this manner, it will keep the teens active, engaged and entertained throughout the totality of the night while also allowing the dance floor to be open for dancing when desired as well. If you LOVE GAMES, this is the best of both worlds.

On the other hand, if you have what you anticipate being a “dancing crowd”, in terms of the teens and adults, you likely won’t be want 2, 3 or 4 games, however, you want to leave your emcee with the option of playing at least 1. On some events, a good game can be an excellent way to break the ice with your teens during cocktail or to rally them back to the floor just before the group photo. Though games may not be your ‘fave’, they can be a nice tool for an mc to have at their disposal.

All-in-all, whether you LOVE or HATE the idea of playing games at your party, the most important thing to consider is the timing thereof. They can go down during cocktail hour or any portion of your meal service. In either event, it should be at at ime in which your adults are occupied with something else.

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