Everything You Need to Know to Keep Your Party Guests Entertained
Ridley’s Classic Backgammon Set
For quieter parties, a low-key board game offers easygoing fun that can entertain a group of almost any size. Anyone who doesn’t know how to play can take the opportunity to learn, too, helping guests build rapport while having fun (and letting you focus on pouring drinks). To buy: $23; amazon.com.
Ridley’s Games Room Tumbling Blocks
Rowdier guests will love turning this compact game into a friendly challenge. The tension of the game will captivate everyone in the vicinity, and extra rules—the first person to knock the tower down must return to the kitchen for the next round of drinks, for example—can be added depending on the audience. To buy: $24; amazon.com.
Ridley’s Bizarre Facts Quiz
As a game or an ice breaker, nothing works quite as well as trivia cards. Best of all, this type of party activity can easy be paused, resumed later, or added to, so guests can come and go as they please without disrupting the game too much. To buy: $9; amazon.com.
Alma Teal Domino Set
Casually placing an accessible game in a pretty container—like this domino set, which comes in a decorative birch box—out in the open is a low-pressure way to offer guests an activity. If they’d rather chat, they won’t feel obligated to play; if they’re dying to busy their hands, they can start up a game without needing to ask permission. To buy: $68; wolfum.com.
Switch Board Game
An extended, complicated game can suck guests in, keeping everyone from mingling together or enjoying the full spread of tasty party foods available. A quicker, non-intense game, like this colorful twist on Connect 4, lets people stop by, play a few rounds, and move on to chat with someone across the room. To buy: $25; wandpdesign.com.