* This post features gifted items, but rest assured, all words & opinions are my own.
Giffgaff recently tasked me with arranging a games night. They sent me some items to help make it a success, and so now I’m going to share my list of the optimal items you need to host your own!
First up, invites! Giffgaff sent me a new SIM card loaded with their £15 goodybag which gives you unlimited calls & texts, as well as 15MB of data. I thought I’d be really clever by using my new number to text out the invites for my games night, but with a sneaky twist, of course. I made my invitees guess who I was by allowing them to ask me 3 questions that I could only respond ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to. This turned out to not be the best plan as 95% of my friends thought I was some creepy scam and simply ignored/deleted my message. It was quite fun though to see the replies of the 5% that did give the guessing game a go. There was Charlie who took it very seriously, taking her time to think of the perfect questions to whittle down who I could be, and then there was Rebecca who after still not knowing who I was after her 3 questions declared ‘I don’t like board games anyway ✌🏻’. My tip here is to not be a creep & to just get to the point. Give people clear instructions of starting times, location, and whether they need to bring anything
Next, snacks! I gave my games night a bit of a Halloween theme, so I raided the supermarkets for their spooky treats. From bat & ghoul shaped crisps, to purple & green cakes, and of course, there was prosecco! We started with these nibbles as we began the games. Giffgaff had also kindly popped a £50 Just Eat voucher in the box of goodies, so we were able to take a little break later in the evening and order some pizzas
Now for the most important part of the the evening. The games!! We were given some fab games from Big Potato. First up was Bucket Of Doom, which I think was everyone’s favourite. You’re basically given a scenario and each player has 8 items. Everyone must pick 1 item and describe how they’d use it to survive or thrive the scenario. Of course the items are all completely & utterly random, so you have to get creative in how you’d use it. Lots of fun, and a game that can easily be played over & over.
Next up was Weird Things Humans Search For. This is very similar to Family Fortunes, whereby you’re given the first part of an internet search and each player must write down what they think is the most searched. It was funny hearing the answers, but it’s not really a game that can be played over & over once all the cards have been read out. Finally, there was Obama Llama 2, which is a fun rhyming game. I really liked this one, but some of my guests do not have English as their first language, and also did not grow up in the UK, so some of the references were lost, which made it a bit more difficult to play as we needed to stop and explain who certain people were, so it’s not very internationally friendly, which is a shame.
My final tip, if you want to make it a bit more of a competitive night, you’re going to need a winners trophy! A notepad and pen also come in very handy for keeping scores. I think next time I’d go for a little whiteboard, so everyone can see how the scores are doing after each round/game. The winner of my games night was….drumroll…. Aimee!!
My main challenge from giffgaff was to connect/reconnect with friends & family. I ended up sending out invites to 30 people but I knew very well that only a handful would be able to make it on the night because we all lead such busy lives these days, and a lot of us suffer with bad mental health days/weeks and so there was also likely to be a couple of drop outs on the day from people who weren’t quite feeling up to it, and that’s all completely fine! This challenge has actually made me realise just how important it is to have a great data plan to be able to keep connected with those we love. Sure, it’s not quite a physical connection, but it’s the main way we all communicate nowadays what with being able to text, call, Whatsapp, Facebook message, tweet or share cool things we’ve found on Instagram, all from one device. I’ve actually decided to leave my current provider and stick with giffgaff because it’s just so cheap, and you can leave at any time should you change your mind.
A big thank you to giffgaff for helping me plan the perfect games night!