Okay, so you love playing online bingo. But would you make the leap from that to hosting a bingo party in your own home? It may not be something you’ve thought about before, but as you’re about to discover, this could be the night you’ve been waiting for!
Step-by-step guide to hosting a bingo party
Pick Your Game:
You’ll need to plan which bingo game you want to play prior to the party. There are plenty to choose from, such as 90-ball, 75-ball and 80-ball options. Knowing what you’re going to do in advance means you can have the right bingo cards and balls ready to go.
Bingo Cards and Tickets:
Now things start getting complicated, right? Um… actually, no!
Did you know you can print your own bingo cards free online at My Free Bingo Cards? Take a look at the massive range they have now. You can even print off themed ones for specific occasions or times of the year.
Before you print your tickets, it’s worth considering why you’re holding a bingo party in the first place. Here are some possibilities:
- Fun with friends
- A child’s birthday party
- An adult’s birthday party!
- Some Christmas fun for after the big meal
- Raising money for a particular cause
Maybe you’ve got another idea entirely. Whatever the case may be, make sure you plan your theme and occasion first when creating your own bingo card. You can then try the bingo card generator on the above site to see which bingo cards would meet your needs.
Alternatively, you may simply choose to buy some bingo books. These are readily available at stationers both online and offline. And whatever option you go for, don’t forget the dabbers (or pens)!
“Will you charge for your tickets?”
This is one of the most important questions of all. If you’re raising money for a good cause, you’ll certainly want to charge for cards so you can raise funds. But if you’re only having some fun, you need not worry about this.
Someone will be brilliant at this! Your bingo caller needs to be someone happy to stand up and have some fun with the role. Maybe they’ll dress in a tuxedo or evening dress for the occasion? If they know the bingo lingo, so much the better!
Here’s what they’ll need:
- A loud voice to be heard above everyone else!
- A bowl to put the bingo balls in
- The bingo balls themselves (however many are needed for the game you’ve chosen)
Make sure you don’t forget the prizes! They may not be the massive sums of money you sometimes see online and in bingo halls, but you can still make it worthwhile and a lot of fun for people to enter.
Themed prizes are great if you’ve themed your bingo party. Christmas bingo could inspire crackers with gifts inside for the winners. Chocolates, notepads and photo frames could all work for adults.
If you’re hosting a bingo event for children, go for small goodie bags chock-full of small play items similar to those you’d find in party bags. It’s a party, after all!
Tips and Tricks:
“Don’t just focus on the bingo!”
It’s easy to do, but you can make your event special in other ways as well. Think of a themed party with music, great food and a great setting. If you’re organising a Halloween-themed bingo party for example, make ghoulish finger food to serve up and print some scary bingo cards.
You could also rename the game to suit. Instead of shouting ‘bingo’ at Christmas, get the winners to shout ‘turkey!’ instead. It all adds to the fun! And decorations to suit whatever theme you choose can all be arranged in advance.
Are you ready to host your own bingo party?!
As you can see, you have a whole host of ways to really lift any party you organise. Grab your bingo cards (or turkey cards?) and get ready to entertain your friends and family with a party they’ll never forget!
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