By Noelle Downey

Summer days are meant to be spent outside, but cooler date nights can be spent inside, or out on the patio. The games don’t have to stop once the sun goes down. Get your friends together and enjoy a game night – after all, there’s nothing like Twister to get to know someone new.

Ready for a competitive date night with your favorite friends and cute crush this summer? Below are the three steps you’ll need to take your game night party from lame to fame!

1. Set the Mood: The key to a successful game night is to set the mood. It should be light and fun, so keep the party area colorful and well-lit. An easy indoor fix is to throw some confetti on the tables and add balloons.  For outdoors, Christmas lights and tiki torches add to the atmosphere. Check out stores like Party City for deals.

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2. Serve Fantastic Food: For grub, think fun finger foods and fruity drinks. Walking tacos are easy to make for a group, and allow people to interact while they cook and eat. Plus, no one can resist a good taco! Ask single friends bring a platonic date; everyone can gather in the kitchen to heat things up before the games begin.

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3. Pick Great Games: Pick games that require human contact to catch the eye – or elbow – of that special someone. Twister is an old favorite, but even games like musical chairs and Sardines allow everyone to snuggle up while still getting competitive. It’s the ultimate get-to-know-you weekend date idea, all created by you.

Have a game night activity of your own? Comment below, and share with our other readers. Let the games begin!