Why not plan a game night, there is nothing like a little friendly competition to bring friends together. First send out invites at least a week in advance to ensure success of being well attend.
Then plan the fun taking into consideration what your guest would like. For example, have at least 4 packs of playing cards for hearts, gin rummy and five card draw which are always crowd -pleasers - and easy to teach newbies.
If your budget allows, plan to give prizes that are practical like gas vouchers or gift cards to give to winners.(everyone loves Starbuck gift cards). Hoooray!!
The day before your game night, rearrange furniture to create a cozy floor space with cushions, plenty seating and ...candles if you like.
Have a variety of beverages on hand, it will a long night. Be sure to have tea and coffee on hand and a few bottles of your fave wine on hand; to keep the crowd happy. However surprise them with some warm bourbon punch for a touch of the unexpected. See recipe below.
1 gallon(s) (16 cups) fresh apple cider
5 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
2 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground nutmeg
2 1/2 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
3 cup(s) bourbon (see Tip)
In a stockpot, heat apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
When mixture is hot but not boiling, remove from heat and add bourbon. Stir to distribute spices and divide cider among 12 mugs.
For the Tropical version: Add 6 cups grapefruit juice, 2 cups pineapple juice, 1/2 cup honey and 2 cups chilled seltzer water and serve over ice.
Mix a large pitcher without the Bourbon for a family-oriented game night.
The nosh should be light and easy to carry, no heavy plates of food that can be an overkill when friends are trying to get their game on. Instead opt for bite-sized portions like, mini pizzas, sliders and crab cakes.
Other healthy non-greasy options are veggies & dip or corn chips & salsa for that crunch factor.
We cannot neglect dessert now, can we? What about - are you ready?
I can't wait my Lovelies to try these recipes, especially the S'Mores Brownies and plan a game evening. Are you inspired to deliver maximum fun and reconnect with friends? Good Luck.