Disclosure: This article was contributed by Jade Anderson, a food & lifestyle writer from London, UK.
Last week we ran a story on board games suitable for the whole family – now we turn our attention to adult gaming fun, especially for the mommies.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your next ‘Girl’s Night In’, then you’ve come to the right place.
Whilst gambling (sensible and responsible gambling that is) is very much still seen as a masculine pastime, it’s about time the ladies moved in on this ostensibly male pursuit. Why not invite a few friends around for your own, casino-themed evening?
If you want to keep things simple on your casino evening, than grab yourself a pack of cards and set yourself up as the dealer for a game of Blackjack or – James Bond’s favourite – Baccarat. However, if you really want to keep things simple and don’t mind splashing out a little, then why not set up your own Roulette table? You can buy a simple roulette set here, complete with two packs of playing cards and a reversible playing cloth that includes the set up for Blackjack as well. The joy of Roulette is that it’s really fun and exciting to play, and the rules are really simple. Just hand out the chips and get gambling! You can bet on single numbers, groups of numbers or even the famous all-or-nothing bet, ‘red or black’. Make sure you take turns on being the croupier so everyone gets a fair crack.
You’re not going to want to spend hours in the kitchen as that’ll mean that as host, you’ll miss out on the gaming action. A selection of finger food is your best solution, allowing your friends to nibble as they decide where to place their next chip.
Think chicken wings, quesadillas or just a selection of imaginative sandwiches. A selection of dips complete with crudities is another neat idea. Make sure there’s a nice selection of both sweet and savoury snacks at hand to keep those hunger pangs at bay.
Most people are likely to bring a bottle, but you can start things off on the right foot by gathering together a huge bowl of light fruit punch. Not everyone is going to want to booze, so keep it alcohol-free – people can always spice thing up with a few glugs of rum, vodka or whatever takes their fancy. You can enter into the casino-themed spirit by having a bottle or two of bourbon on standby, as well as a decent selection of Italian lagers.
Remember to keep everything frothy and light-hearted and to only play for the fun of it. The last thing you want is your guest to lose their car to you on one spin of your roulette wheel – unless it’s a really impressive motor, that is!