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Hosting the Perfect LGBTQ Game Night!



Hosting an LGBTQ game night is a fantastic way to bring friends together for an evening of laughter, camaraderie, and inclusivity and keep Pride going all year long. Whether you're looking to bond with your closest circle or meet new friends, a game night can provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy. In this blog post, we’ll explore popular LGBTQ board and card games, delicious food and drink ideas, and tips on creating a welcoming environment for all your guests.


Popular LGBTQ Board and Card Games

Board and card games have come a long way, and many now feature themes and content that resonate with the LGBTQ community. Here are some popular games that will add excitement and inclusivity to your game night:

1. "Queer Quest: All in a Gay’s Work"

"Queer Quest: All in a Gay’s Work" is a hilarious and heartwarming board game where players navigate the trials and tribulations of queer life. From dating mishaps to workplace challenges, this game uses humor and real-life scenarios to bring players closer together while highlighting the LGBTQ experience.

2. "Drag Race: The Game"

Inspired by the hit TV show "RuPaul’s Drag Race," this card game is perfect for fans of the series. Players compete in challenges that mimic the show, from lip-sync battles to runway walks. It’s a fabulous way to bring the glitz and glamour of drag culture to your living room.

3. "Rainbow Quest"

"Rainbow Quest" is an educational and entertaining board game that explores LGBTQ history and culture. Players answer trivia questions and complete fun challenges, making it a great way to learn and laugh together. The game’s inclusive design ensures that everyone can participate and enjoy.

4. "Consentacle"

"Consentacle" is a unique and thought-provoking card game that explores themes of consent and communication through the metaphor of a romantic encounter between a human and an alien. The game’s cooperative nature encourages players to work together and communicate effectively, making it a meaningful and engaging addition to any game night.

5. "Cards Against Humanity: Pride Pack"

While "Cards Against Humanity" is known for its irreverent humor, the "Pride Pack" expansion adds a delightful twist with LGBTQ-themed cards. This pack includes prompts and responses that celebrate queer culture and poke fun at stereotypes, providing endless laughs and opportunities for outrageous fun.


6. "Things... Schitt's Creek — Board Game"

If you're a fan of the hit TV show "Schitt's Creek," incorporating a Schitt's Creek-themed game into your LGBTQ game night can add an extra layer of fun and laughter. In this hilarious party game, players draw a topic card and write down a response that fits the theme of Schitt's Creek. The responses are read aloud, and everyone has to guess who wrote what. This game is perfect for fans of the show and guarantees plenty of laughs as players channel their inner Moira or David


Drink Ideas: Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Options

To keep your guests refreshed and the conversation flowing, offer a variety of drinks that cater to different tastes. Here are some creative ideas for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages:


Alcoholic Drinks:

1. Rainbow Sangria

A colorful and festive drink, rainbow sangria is sure to be a hit. Here’s how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of white wine

  • 1/2 cup triple sec

  • 1/4 cup brandy

  • 1/4 cup simple syrup

  • 1 cup club soda

  • Assorted fruits (strawberries, oranges, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries, blackberries)

Instructions:

  1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, triple sec, brandy, and simple syrup.

  2. Add the fruits in layers to create a rainbow effect.

  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the flavors to meld.

  4. Just before serving, stir in the club soda and serve over ice.

2. Lavender Lemonade Vodka Spritzer

This refreshing cocktail combines the floral notes of lavender with the tangy taste of lemonade and the kick of vodka.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup lemonade

  • 1 shot vodka

  • 1/2 cup club soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender syrup

  • Ice

  • Lemon slices and lavender sprigs for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a glass, combine the lemonade, vodka, and lavender syrup.

  2. Add ice and top with club soda.

  3. Garnish with lemon slices and lavender sprigs.


Non-Alcoholic Drinks:

1. Sparkling Rainbow Mocktail

This vibrant mocktail is not only beautiful but also refreshing, perfect for guests who prefer non-alcoholic options.

Ingredients:

  • Sparkling water

  • Assorted fruit juices (cranberry, orange, pineapple, apple, grape)

  • Fresh fruit for garnish

Instructions:

  1. Fill a glass with ice.

  2. Add a splash of each fruit juice to create layers of color.

  3. Top with sparkling water and garnish with fresh fruit.

2. Cucumber Mint Cooler

This cool and hydrating drink is perfect for a warm evening.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced

  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

  • 1/4 cup lime juice

  • 4 cups cold water

  • Ice

Instructions:

  1. In a pitcher, combine the cucumber slices, mint leaves, lime juice, and cold water.

  2. Stir well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour to infuse the flavors.

  3. Serve over ice.


Snack Ideas

No game night is complete without a spread of delicious snacks. Here are some ideas that are easy to prepare and sure to please:

1. Rainbow Veggie Platter with Hummus

Create a visually stunning and healthy snack with a rainbow veggie platter. Arrange colorful vegetables like cherry tomatoes, carrots, yellow bell peppers, green cucumbers, and purple cauliflower on a large platter. Serve with a variety of hummus flavors for dipping.

2. Mini Sandwiches and Wraps

Offer a selection of mini sandwiches and wraps for a satisfying and easy-to-eat snack. Some ideas include:

  • Turkey and avocado wraps

  • Caprese sandwiches with mozzarella, tomato, and basil

  • Roast beef and horseradish sliders

  • Veggie and hummus wraps

3. Popcorn Bar

Set up a popcorn bar with different flavors and toppings for a fun and customizable snack. Offer plain popcorn along with bowls of toppings like melted butter, parmesan cheese, chili powder, nutritional yeast, and cinnamon sugar. Guests can mix and match to create their perfect popcorn snack.

4. Sweet Treats

Don’t forget the sweets! Offer a selection of cookies, brownies, and cupcakes to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. Consider making Pride-themed treats like rainbow cupcakes or cookies decorated with colorful icing.


Creating a Welcoming Environment

Hosting a successful LGBTQ game night goes beyond just food and games; it’s about creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where everyone feels comfortable and valued. Here are some tips to ensure your game night is a hit:

1. Set the Tone with Decor

Decorate your space with Pride flags, colorful banners, and inclusive posters to create a festive and welcoming atmosphere. Consider adding fairy lights or candles to create a cozy and inviting ambiance.

2. Play Inclusive Music

Create a playlist of LGBTQ anthems and inclusive music to keep the energy high and the mood celebratory. Include songs from artists like Lady Gaga, Troye Sivan, Janelle Monáe, and Sam Smith to keep everyone dancing and singing along.

3. Encourage Open Communication

Ensure that all guests feel comfortable and respected by fostering open communication. Encourage everyone to share their preferred pronouns and make it a point to use them correctly. If someone is new to the group, introduce them and help them feel included.

4. Provide a Safe Space

Make sure your home is a safe space where everyone can express themselves freely. Address any discriminatory or disrespectful behavior promptly and ensure that all guests understand and respect the ground rules for the evening.

5. Plan for Accessibility

Consider the accessibility needs of your guests. Make sure your space is accessible to those with mobility issues and provide seating options for those who may need them. If you have guests with dietary restrictions, ensure there are food options available for them.

6. Have Fun!

Ultimately, the goal of your LGBTQ game night is to have fun and create lasting memories with friends. Relax, enjoy the games, and celebrate the diverse and vibrant community you’re a part of.


Hosting the perfect LGBTQ game night is all about bringing people together in a spirit of inclusivity, joy, and celebration. By choosing engaging and relevant games, offering a variety of delicious food and drink options, and creating a welcoming environment, you can ensure that everyone has a fantastic time. Whether you're a seasoned host or planning your first game night, these tips and ideas will help you create an unforgettable evening for your friends and loved ones. So gather your friends, break out the games, and raise a glass to love, laughter, and community. Cheers to a perfect LGBTQ game night!

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