How to Host the Best Couples Game Night

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Game nights have become super popular recently. Couples game nights are a great way to spend time with your significant other and your friends too. On top of that, they’re really easy to organise and pretty cheap to host too. But how do you organise a couples game night?

First, you need to set a date and time that suits your guests. We think inviting around 4-6 couples is perfect for a game night. It suits most games, is a small enough number to cater for but enough to get plenty of your friends involved. Next you need to figure out what games to play, read on to find out the best games to play at your couples game night. You should also prepare some snacks and drinks to keep your guests refreshed.

So let’s get into the ultimate guide on how to plan the best couples game night!

Preparing for your Couples Game Night

A couples game night is a great party to host because it doesn’t take too much organisation. But there are still a few things you need to take care of before the night. 

You probably already have in mind the couples you are thinking of inviting, so get in touch and find the date. Try and host your couples game night with couples that already know each other. It can be a nice idea to have a few new friends involved, but you a couples game night works best with close friends. 

Once you’ve set a date and time, you can start thinking about putting the night together. You’ll need to decide which games you want to play, what snacks you want to prepare and what drinks are best to serve. 

A couples game night doesn’t take much preparation, so it could easily be a regular event in your calendar. Each couple can host the game night in rotation so everyone gets a chance hosting and relaxing!

Best Games for a Couples Game Night

Of course the most important thing you need to plan for your couples game night, is the actual games! There are plenty to choose from, so here are the list of the 10 best games. 

You don’t have to play them all, picking around 3-4 is a good idea. Remember to keep a track of the score too. It can be a great idea to give a small prize to the winning couple at the end of the night! 

Now let’s go through the best couple games, how long they last so you can plan your night, what you’ll need and how to play them all!


Charades is a couples game night classic. It’s great because you don’t need anything to set it up, it’s really easy to play and is funny to! 

What You’ll Need:

  • Just your couples!

How Long Does it Last? Approximately a few minutes per round

How to Play Charades:

  • Each couple takes it in turn to play.
  • One person in the couple thinks of a book, play or film usually, but it can be anything you choose, just make sure people know the categories.
  • The player then tries to act it out without making any noise and their partner must guess what it is in under a minute.
  • If they manage to, they earn a point. 
  • Some common clues used in charades are: pretending to read a book, pretending to crank a movie camera, and pretending to sing.
  • You can hold up your fingers to indicate the number word you are trying to act out as well.

Cards Against Humanity

Cards Against Humanity is a really popular card game because it’ll get all your guests laughing. It’s really easy to play and is sure to go down well at your couples game night!

What You’ll Need:

  •  Cards Against Humanity Pack

How Long Does it Last? Usually around 20 minutes works well

How to Play Cards Against Humanity:

  • Put all the cards in the middle and draw 10 white cards each. Don’t look at any other cards apart from your own. 
  • Someone reads the first black card out.
  • The other players must answer the question using one of their cards.
  • The person who selected the black card must read all the answers and pick their favourite. 
  • The person with the most points at the end wins!


Poker is an interesting card game to play at a couples game night. The key is to keep it casual, don’t start placing proper bets as it might suck the fun out of your game night and make it a bit too competitive! So keep it light-hearted and have fun!

What You’ll Need:

  • Deck of cards
  • A fairly large table

How Long Does it Last? Usually around 30 minutes 

How to Play Poker:

  • There are loads of different variations of poker that you can play so choose your favourite and make it as competitive as you like!


Jenga is a really fun game to play that doesn’t last very long. It is super easy to play and is always a favourite at game nights!

What You’ll Need:

  • Jenga blocks

How Long Does it Last? Approximately 10 minutes 

How to Play Jenga:

  • Set up the tower by placing three blocks next to each other and then stack three blocks on top facing the other direction.
  • Each couple must take it in turns to remove a block, but not one on the top row!
  • Place the block on the top of the tower.
  • Keep going until the tower topples over.
  • The couple that knocks it over loses a point from their tally!


Pictionary is the perfect game for a couples game night. It’s a classic favourite for lots of people and has a great competitive edge. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Paper 
  • Pen
  • Timer

How Long Does it Last? Around 20 minutes 

How to Play Pictionary:

  • In your couples, choose who is the artist and who is guessing.
  • The artist starts drawing a picture from a pre-selected secret list and their partner must guess what they are drawing.
  • If they guess in under a minute, the couple earns a point.

Joking Hazard

Joking Hazard is a hilarious card game that’ll go down great at your couples game night! It’s not quite as well known as Cards Against Humanity, but it’s just as funny so definitely deserves a place at your party. 

What You’ll Need:

  • Joking Hazard Card set

How Long Does it Last? Around 15-30 minutes

How to Play Joking Hazard:

  • Each player should be given 7 cards
  • The starting player must pick a card from the pile remaining and lay it down on the table. 
  • If it has a black border, they can add the card before or after the card on the table.
  • The other players must then add a card to finish the set. Whoever adds the card which makes the funniest set (chosen by the original player) wins a point!
  • if the card picked has a red border, the other players must add two cards to make the set of three. Whoever makes the funniest set wins the point. 

What do you Meme?

Everyone loves a good meme, that’s why the card game, “What do you Meme” is a perfect choice for your couples game night!

What You’ll Need:

  • What do you meme? card set

How Long Does it Last? 15-20 minutes

How to Play What do you Meme?

  • Simply take it in turns to pick a photo card.
  • The other couples must then choose a caption to match it.
  • The funniest combination wins a point!
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Best Snacks for a Couples Game Night

Every couples game night needs some great food to go with it. Think about what time your party is. If it is before dinner time, you need to think about serving your guests a proper meal. If you don’t want to cook for everyone (we don’t blame you!), you could order a takeout, or ask everyone to bring a dish. It’s best to host your game night a bit later on though. This way, you only need to provide some snacks so it’ll cut the cost down quite a bit. So what are the best snacks to serve at a couples game night? Here is our list of the best party snacks that your guests will love!

  • Charceuterie boards
  • Flatbreads
  • Loaded nachos
  • Jalapeno poppers
  • Cheese board
  • Tacos
  • Chicken wings
  • Halloumi skewers 
  • Sliders 
  • Pretzels 
  • Baguette pizza
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Sushi
  • Deviled eggs
  • Prawn Cocktail
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Dough balls

Best Drinks for a Couples Game Night

You also need to prepare some great drinks for your couples game night. You could make it a BYOB party or make some drinks yourself. Make sure you offer non-alcoholic options and throw in some cocktails if you’re guests are into them. Here are two great drinks recipes you should try for your next game night. They’re easy to make in batches, look great and taste amazing. Check out our list of the 10 best party drinks for more recipes!

Lemon and Basil Spritzer (Non-Alcoholic)

Ingredients per serving:

  • Soda/ lemonade 250ml
  • Basil leaves
  • Sugar syrup 25ml 
  • Juice from 1/2 Lemon 

Cut the lemon into quarters, add a few basil leaves and the sugar syrup and then muddle in a chilled glass. Fill the glass with ice and top with soda or lemonade. 

Strawberry Daiquiri 

Ingredients per serving:

  • 50ml Rum
  • 25ml Fresh Lime Juice
  • 25ml Sugar Syrup
  • Fresh Chopped Strawberries

Another classic party drink! Just shake all the ingredients with ice, strain into a chilled glass and enjoy!

So there you go! Now you know everything you need to about planning the ultimate couples game night. We hope you have a great time!

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