April is National Poetry Month and that gives you and your friends another reason to get together and celebrate in style

Poetry may be a cause of headache for some, but for others who appreciate the wondrous way words work, it is a luxury, a foray into the unfathomable depths of the human mind and emotions.

While it may not be the most action-packed activity, holding a food- and fun-filled poetry night is one way to create a shared experience among friends and gain a higher level of awareness as a person. If you’re thinking of how to go about organizing one since it is National Poetry Month, here are a few ideas to get you started:

 
The Yellow Wood

Ask yourself what you would like to accomplish for your poetry night. Do you want to have a poetry reading? Do you want to analyze poems or focus on a particular poet? Maybe you prefer to watch movies inspired by poetry. Spice things up a bit by decorating your home with images of poets or your favorite poetic lines. A simple choice makes all the difference.

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Forget pity parties and anti-Valentine’s Day sentiments. Call up your best single girl friends for a Valentine’s Day party they will surely remember

If you’ve been single for a while and are about to do your best rendition of “All by Myself” a la Bridget Jones, stop, take a deep breath, and think about doing something more enjoyable and productive this Valentine’s Day. Since you’ve already decorated your home to reflect a romantic Valentine’s atmosphere, take it to the next level by hosting a terrific party for your fellow single friends. (If you haven’t decorated for Valentines yet, check out The Single’s Guide to Decorating for Valentine’s.)

 

The Venue: Your Home

When it comes to choosing a venue, it’s better to host intimate parties in familiar places. What other place would be more familiar than your own home? If you have a nice garden shielded from the cool winter breeze, you can host an outdoor party. If not, you can settle for a cozy party indoors. Glam up your home with lovely centerpieces and table decorations. We found this 11 unique table decoration ideas from the Inspiration for Home blog.

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Whatever the occasion, a game night is a great opportunity to gather friends, family, and new people together and have fun. Offering a night of entertainment for all ages, game night is often a popular choice over parties when it comes to catching up with family and making new friends. So if you want to get people together for a simple yet fun celebration, here are some tips on how to host a lively game night:

Choose an enticing theme

Setting a theme is a wonderful way to catch everyone’s interest in participating, and it’ll also limit what you need to prepare yourself. Besides, it allows participants to mentally prepare for the event, making the game more exciting when it’s finally time to play. Whether you’re playing classic board games, trivia games or modern games like Settlers of Catan, you’ll all get to know each other in a different way.

Select a suitable game

The kind of game depends on many things: the number of guests, the age group, and how long you want the activity to take. For larger audiences, opt for games that are more flexible and have simpler rules. Try classics like Trivial Pursuit, Taboo, and Pictionary. Board games like Monopoly and Scrabble are ideal for smaller, more casual or family-oriented gatherings, although kids may not be too keen on serious games. Wii games and other popular board games like Snakes and Ladders are great options if a lot of kids are on the list. You can also divide the night into different games based on age (example, grandparents’ round).

Have a game master

Just like quiz nights, game nights need a master of ceremonies to keep the event organized and rolling. This should be someone energetic who can establish a laid-back, fun ambiance. Of course, it doesn’t hurt if this person knows all of the participants and can put them at ease. The game master also clearly lays down all the rules of the games to avoid confusion.

Prepare your home 

Find the largest space in your home where you can set up tables and chairs or position rugs and pillows for people to sit on. Set a festive ambiance by providing upbeat music.

Serve sumptuous food

Food and drinks definitely spell more fun. Get an estimate of the number of people you expect to arrive so you’ll have enough (but not too much) food. Choose snacks that are simple to eat, like finger foods, and something popular with most people. Chicken tenders, salads, bread sticks with cheese dips, chips, and sweets like brownies are great energy boosters. Wine and cocktails are perfect for an adult audience, but if you’re serving alcoholic drinks, it may be wise to limit the amount available.

Get everyone over

With game nights, invitations need not be formal, though you still need to invite people early. Just make sure to have an RSVP so you know how many guests are most likely to make it.  

Careful preparation is the number one rule for a host. So get a team together, brainstorm, and plan all the details for a game night to remember.