How to Host a Very Brady Game Night
Get ready for the world premiere of A Very Brady Renovation with munchies, activities and more.
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
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
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…
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.
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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
Create an interactive spot for guests to make their own culinary creations with a bar stocked with kettle chips, seasoning, toppings and clever vessels.
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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
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).