Holidays and weekends mean spending quality time with friends and family. If you’re thinking of hosting a bingo night at home, check out these tips and ideas.
What Is Bingo Night?
Bingo is a very popular game that is often played by a group. It starts with every player being given a card with a set of numbers on them. Each card has different numbers and arrangements.
A bingo machine is brought in to shuffle tiles or balls that represent letters and numbers. The Bingo Caller will then pick one out to call those who have the numbers and cross them off their card. Whoever is the first to cross off all their numbers wins the round.
Here’s how to host bingo night:
Plan it Out
First, talk about your plan to host a bingo night at home with your friends and family. By then, you will have an idea of how many people will join. Of course, the more people who sign up, the more exciting the party will be.
If you're thinking of doing a charity bingo, inform your guests so they know what to expect. If you have friends or relatives from far cities who want to join, consider hosting a virtual bingo night.
There are web platforms that support virtual bingos. All you need to do is let everyone participating sign up and everything else will be provided, such as the virtual cards and bingo machine.
Next, choose a date when most people interested can join. A Friday night bingo is often the best option since it's a rest day the next morning which means you can play all night.
Create the Logistics
Once you have the date set, it’s time to dig deeper into the details of your event. First, decide who is going to be the Bingo Caller. It can be you or any member of the family. You can even switch roles so the Bingo Caller can also have an opportunity to play.
If it’s just an informal bingo night with friends and family, it doesn’t have to be complicated and you can always relax on the rules. Don’t forget to determine how many games will be played throughout the night.
If you're hosting a bingo fundraising, you can invite as many people as you want. However, take note that you will need a bigger space with plenty of tables and chairs for the event.
It helps to get volunteers to help you organize the event. Work with your family and friends so you can have a successful fundraising project.
Prepare the Prizes
Make sure you have enough prizes for each game. After all, what's a game without prizes? Prizes can be in the form of cash or tangible items.
When shopping for prizes, get a mix of fun and practical products like books, personal care gifts, chocolates, etc. You can also have something like gift cards, movie tickets, or vouchers for spas and gyms.
If everyone is betting, then the pot money will be awarded to the winner. This will surely make the bingo night a night to remember.
Send the Invites
Invite a good number of friends or relatives you think may be interested. You may informally invite them by sending a text message or you can even come up with formal invitations at hand.
If you're open to guests bringing guests, let them know. Otherwise, indicate on the invitation that they can't.
Bingo Night: What You Need
The third step in how to host bingo night is to prepare your supplies. These are the bingo cage, balls, and cards. You can purchase a bingo set online for less than $20.
You may need other equipment too, like a sound system, depending on the size of the room or if you are having a big bingo night.
Additionally, you need tables and chairs. If it’s an informal home party, everyone can sit on the couch or the floor.
Don’t forget the markers. Whichever card option you choose, players will need to mark their numbers. Stock on plenty of markers. There are all kinds of cheap markers on the market. If you’re using the Bingo book, have daubers or crayons for players to mark with.
Prepare the Snacks
Keep your guests full and happy by preparing some yummy snacks. Pizzas, burgers, and nachos are always great choices, but there are other snack ideas for a bingo party that you can try in case you want something different.
It’s always a good idea to squeeze in some healthy options like salads and fresh fruits. Plus, they are so easy to prepare.
Don’t forget to stock on drinks too. If teens and young people are joining, skip the beer and opt for hunger-quenching fruit beverages instead.
Hosting a bingo game is fun and easy. Make sure to follow the steps outlined above to ensure a fun and memorable bingo night.