Summer days are meant to be spent outside, but cooler 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.

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.

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.

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 date night, all created by you.

For more game night party ideas, Country Living has some tricks of the trade.

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