How to Host a Very Brady Game Night

Get ready for the world premiere of A Very Brady Renovation with munchies, activities and more.

September 03, 2019

At long last, A Very Brady Renovation is here — and on Monday, September 9 at 9|8c we’re throwing the doors open on one of the most ambitious HGTV projects of all time (take a 3D tour of the house before we got our hands on it here). Keep the good times going at your place with an old-school evening of crafts, family activities and maybe even a little football (safety first, of course).

Here are some ideas to get you started.

Stir Up Sparkling Sunshine Punch

Sparkling Sunshine Punch With Fruit Flowers

Sparkling Sunshine Punch With Fruit Flowers

Adorn this tart and bubbly punch with pretty, yet simple to make, floating ice flowers.

Thirsty kids and adults alike will get a kick out of the retro-perfect flowers in this fizzy drink — just slice grapes, arrange them in pinwheels and pop them in a muffin tin to solidify in the freezer for a few hours prior to serving. Turn the concoction into a wine cocktail by substituting cava or prosecco for the sparkling grape juice. (Get the recipe here.)

Dish the Fondue

Gouda and Beer Fondue in Bread Bowl With Green Apple Slices, Pear Slices and Bread Cubes

Gouda and Beer Fondue in Bread Bowl With Green Apple Slices, Pear Slices and Bread Cubes

This delicious fondue is served in a bowl that you can also eat once the fondue is gone. For heartier fare, serve the fondue with pieces of cooked bratwurst as well as the bread and fruit.

Photo by: Via Food Network

Via Food Network

If you’re planning a sit-down meal, full-fledged cheese fondue is (still) having a bit of a moment (and we’ve got a classic recipe on hand, natch). If you fancy more of a family-room snack, a few jars of molten chocolate and wooden skewers will do the trick.

Create a Self-Serve Popcorn Bar…

Large Basket

Large Basket

The first thing to set up on your popcorn bar is a grouping of extra large baskets with canvas lining, something that makes it easier to wash and clean the basket after the party.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

You could set out individual boxes of Cracker Jacks, but it’s much more fun (and more budget-friendly) to pop up a massive batch of corn and offer movie-theatre-style mix-ins. Bonus: The one guest who doesn’t want M&Ms going gooey at the bottom of their bowl can stick to the healthier stuff. (Get recipe pointers here.)

…Or a Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar

How to Settle Up a Kettle Chip Bar

How to Settle Up a Kettle Chip Bar

Create an interactive spot for guests to make their own culinary creations with a bar stocked with kettle chips, seasoning, toppings and clever vessels.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Pro tip: Cardboard berry baskets (like the ones you find at grocery stores and farmers’ markets) are available in bulk at craft and party stores, and they’re just the right size for individual servings. (Get recipe pointers here.)

Break Out the Activities...

If you’ve got a massive crew to entertain, check out our roundup of modern games suitable for a variety of ages and group sizes. For a night of throwback fun, in turn, grab a few classics like Giant Pick-Up Sticks, Uno, Barrel of Monkeys or Simon.

...And Intense Group Outfits

Too much? Oh, fine. Velour, plaid and stripes are all strong choices to get in the Brady spirit — and might we suggest a costume contest? (We’ve got plenty of ideas for prizes, naturally.)

Craft It Up

Monogrammed String Art

Monogrammed String Art

String art used to be straight out of the '70s, but there's a new graphic version that's back in a big way. Learn how to make your own modern monogrammed string art in just a few easy steps.

Raid the garage for scrap wood, nails and a hammer, download a handful of letter templates and voila — you’ve got an easy throwback craft project (see our full DIY here).

Tune in for HGTV’s first installment of A Very Brady Renovation on Monday, September 9 at 9|8c. And follow #averybradyrenovation for a fun-filled night of social extras from the Brady cast and HGTV hosts.

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