Did someone say bingo night? Even if you didn’t, we did — it’s settled then! Get your best pair of lucky pants on, put away grandma’s special china and get hyped for the bingo night to beat all bingo nights.
“Isn’t bingo for old folks?” you might say. We get it — bingo has been synonymous with the golden generation for some time. However, the advent of online bingo has given this time-honoured tradition a new lease on life! It’s now a staple across homes all over the UK and we’re going to tell you how you can turn it into a night of pure entertainment, thanks to video chat!
There’s a reason why they say that friends are the family we choose — because you can be selective about who you let into your inner circle (even if it’s virtual). The same should go for bingo games night!
The first essential ingredient for a fun bingo night is, well… fun people. If you’re planning on having the best online bingo night or you’re going to do a traditional bingo evening, then you’ve got to choose the right crowd. Choose the friends that you know are going to be up for the occasion — those with the right sense of humour, a slight edge of competitiveness and the willingness to get a little silly. In other words, Dan from the gym who thinks bingo is boring is probably not going to be a good party guest.
Also make sure to agree on the right online platform beforehand to avoid any confusion. Zoom is the most popular option at the moment, but there are also many others!
Every great party has a theme and game nights are no different. For an epic evening of games, you’ve got to choose a great theme. This is easy enough to do — it could revolve around the time of year like Christmas or Halloween, but it could also be based on movies and celebrities, superheroes and everything (and anything) in between.
Now that you’ve got a theme going, let your guests know that they have to pull out all the stops when it comes to the clothing department, even though you’ll only be seeing each other on screens!
We’re talking over-the-top costumes that add life to the theme. (You know we’d come as Captain ‘Lucky’ Underpants if it was a superhero theme.) Add some incentive for your guests with a best-dressed prize too. There’s nothing quite like the thought of winning something — anything really — to get the competitive edge off to a great start.
Now, we don’t know about you, but playing any kind of bingo on an empty stomach is a big no-no in our books. No one in their right mind wants to play an even mildly competitive game with hangry people, so snacks are a must.
But wait! Not just any snacks will do. Even though you’ll all be eating in your own homes, there are very important, very specific kinds of snacks to serve at a game night. Firstly, make sure everyone is ready to prepare these in advance. We’re sure you look cute in your apron but your mates will want you to be with them and not in the kitchen all night.
The next thing is to ensure that they aren’t the messy kind. Burritos and nachos for a Mexican theme may seem like a great idea but once you’ve got chilli beans and cheese all over your keyboard you’ll regret your decision.
Thirdly, they have to be finger snacks. No one wants to sit with a plate on their lap while simultaneously trying to dab out bingo numbers; your carpet, your computer and most likely your cat could end up covered in food, so ensure all snacks can be eaten with one hand.
Long gone are the days where it was 90 ball bingo or nothing. Don’t get us wrong, 90 ball bingo is our go-to in the UK, but sometimes it’s good to try new things! The best bingo sites will have a variety of different games to choose from and you can play all kinds of online bingo to keep your guests entertained throughout the evening.
We’d all be lying if we said we didn’t play games to win and an evening at home is no different. Just think of the family feuds caused by Monopoly! To give your evening a more competitive edge, get everyone to transfer a couple of quid and then use the money to buy some prizes for the winners. However, you should get a little something for everyone, whether that’s for the worst dressed, or the first one to incorrectly call bingo. Everyone loves prizes and they’ll go down well with your guests, even though they aren’t all in the same room!
You need to choose the best bingo site to cater to your evening. Make sure that the site is registered with the right authorities and that there is a number of fun and exciting games to choose from.
These are just some of the ways that you can take your banging bingo evening to the next level. Lucky Pants Bingo is an online bingo site with a whole heap of games for you to choose from for any occasion, whether it’s an online Zoom game night with your mates, enjoying a bonding evening with your partner or simplyLisa Stormings / 15 October 2020