The Ultimate Bingo Night at Home in 5 Easy Steps

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If you are looking for a new and fun way to entertain family and friends in your home, why not host the ultimate bingo night? At-home bingo is a great way to have a fun and relaxing evening with good food and friends.

Here are 5 easy steps that will take your bingo night to the next level.

Step 1: Get your bingo equipment

In order to play bingo, as with most other games, you will need a few pieces of equipment. Bingo machines, dabbers and bingo balls can all be purchased online, and if you plan on hosting a bingo night regularly this might be a worthwhile investment. If you have a regular group, everyone can put money together and share the cost of anything you need.

If you want to save money on the equipment, and budget a little more towards food and drinks for the evening, you can always get creative and put together a DIY bingo set for yourself. Some cheap ping pong balls and a permanent marker can easily make for a decent set of bingo balls, which can be drawn from a suitably decorated box or bag. For bingo cards you can either go to bingo sites and simply print some out, or if you have a specific theme in mind you can get a little creative here too.

All forms of bingo, even online bingo games, are centred around the drawing of the numbers. The more effort you put into getting your bingo equipment looking as fun and vibrant as possible, the more fun you and your friends are going to have throughout.

Step 2: Good food and drinks are essential

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An at-home bingo night is the perfect excuse to put out some amazing food for your friends. Snacks and appetizers such as chips, dips and other finger-foods are always massive hits, but nothing compares to home cooking. Impress your friends with some simple yet delicious snacks like sausage rolls or small pies. For those who want a slightly more substantial snack that’s even quicker to prepare, whip up a quick plate of nachos loaded with cheese. The simpler and quicker the dish is to prepare and eat, the more time you and your friends will have to toast to how amazing it was!

Step 3: Music keeps the mood alive

If you really want your at-home bingo night to be a hit, it must be accompanied by an amazing soundtrack. To be sure that everyone will enjoy the music throughout the evening, have all attendees pick a few of their favourite songs to add to the playlist and fill in the rest with your own choices. Keep in mind that not everybody shares your amazing taste in music, but letting a few of your favourites into the playlist here and there will make your guests’ experience — and yours — even better.

Step 4: Organize prizes

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It is not expected that you give away prizes at your bingo night, though having a little something to take away from the evening is always nice. The prizes for your bingo evening don’t have to break the bank, and they don’t have to be particularly impressive at all. Something as simple as a bottle of bubble bath or gift cards will do the trick. If you are struggling to come up with ideas for what you might give as prizes, why not have everyone that you have invited donate a small gift to the prize pool? This way everyone brings a prize, so everybody wins something, and to make it fair you can set limits on the amount that anyone can spend on their prizes.

Step 5: Invite your friends

Getting your bingo-loving friends to peel away from their online bingo games to join yours can sometimes be easier said than done. The same goes for finding a date that everyone can reliably commit to. To make inviting everyone less complicated for yourself you can create a Facebook event to keep track of who can make it and when. WhatsApp groups are also good for organising a bingo night, since there is constant communication, and everyone can pitch in with ideas and suggestions.

Take your party online

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You don’t have to go all out every time you want to play a few bingo games with your friends. If you don’t have the time for the DIY approach and are after something a bit more sleek, you can just have everyone bring along their phones or tablets so you can all play online bingo games together. This will save you time on preparation for the evening, and even friends who couldn’t make it have the chance to join in with you online. You could even organise the entire evening online so that nobody has to leave their homes, which means bingo night could happen a lot more frequently!

If you are excited to get started on organising your own at-home bingo night, then be sure to follow these easy steps and you will be well on your way. At Booty Bingo we feature the best online bingo and slots games for all tastes, and you will find a host of rooms with unique jackpots and massive cash prizes that are guaranteed to have you and your friends shouting B-I-N-G-O!