How to Throw a Video Game Party in 10 Steps

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Do you want to know how to throw a video game party in just 10 easy steps? We have decades of experience providing audiovisual equipment for events as large as stadium Esports competitions to small backyard video game parties. Nothing is too challenging for our nationwide network of professional technicians. Follow our step-by-step guide for the best video game party ideas:

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1) Create a Guest List

Begin planning your video game party by creating a guest list. This will give you a good idea of how many people will attend. If more people than expected arrive at your event, there may be issues providing enough space, food, or game time for everyone. Once you have an idea of how many people will be at your party, it’s time to pick a place and time.

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2) Choose a Location

When selecting a venue for your event, it's essential to consider the space available relative to the expected number of attendees. If your backyard is too small, consider hosting your video game party at a local park, ensuring you obtain permission from the city. The parks and recreation department will have guidelines on party size, waste management, and permissible noise levels. If noise is a concern, FunFlicks® can provide wireless headphones. In various locations across the United States, we offer hundreds of high-definition headsets to help manage noise levels and keep the party going without disturbing others.

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3) Pick a Date

Want to know how to throw a video game party with all of your guests in attendance? Host your event on a Friday or Saturday evening. Generally, people will be off work or school at such a time. Pick a date at least a month in advance so that your guests have time to plan on arriving once invitations are sent.

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4) Select the Best Video Games

We recommend selecting multiplayer games that four or more guests can play at a time. The more players in a game, the merrier. Choose video games that correspond to your visitors' general age range and interests. Some of our video game party favorites include:

  • Mario Kart 8 (E)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops (M)
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (E10+)
  • Jack Box Party Pack 9 (T)
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection (T)
  • Super Mario Party (E)
  • Fortnite (T)
  • Rocket League (E)
  • Overcooked! All You Can Eat  (E)
  • Minecraft (E10+)
  • Just Dance (E10+)
Super Mario Bros Movie party

5) Decide on a Theme

Tie everything together with a theme for the most immersive video game party experience. The theme can be reflected with decorations, costumes, activities, concessions, music, or choice of game. Here are some ideas of our favorite video game party theme ideas:

Super Mario Party Ideas

Super Mario Logo

Decorate the area with piranha plants, question mark blocks, and turtle shells for a Mario themed party. Guests can enter the party through a green pipe tunnel as music from the various games plays. Encourage everyone to dress up like Mario characters or offer them the famous cap worn by everyone's favorite Italian plumber. If you intend to serve food, anything with mushrooms fits the theme (mushroom spaghetti, mushroom soup, or even a mushroom cake). Fortunately, there are several multiplayer Mario games to pick from, as well as the new movie to watch at your event.

Minecraft Party Ideas

Minecraft Logo

Host a Minecraft themed party with torches to light up the space, dirt block cutouts, and creeper faces for the most immersive experience. A scavenger hunt with hidden ores throughout the area is a fun activity that guests will enjoy. Give them toy pickaxes and see who finds the most diamonds. Serve a slice of Minecraft cake to guests as they play on the big screen.

Fortnite Party Ideas

Fortnite Logo

Throw the best Fortnite themed party with a nerf gun battle royale. Whoever’s the last player standing wins. After their hard-fought war, refresh your guests with chug jugs made of blue gatorade. Another activity fitting for a Fortnite party is a classic game of pinata. Find one that looks like the loot llama for everyone to bash. Afterwards, everyone can compete to get a victory royale on the big screen. For older guests, play classic FPS games after the kids have left, such as Call of Duty: BO1 or MW3.

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6) Have the Best Screen

As long as your console has an HDMI input or if you have an HDMI adapter for older consoles, your local FunFlicks® can display it on our state-of-the-art projection or LED displays. If you’re wanting to know how to throw a video game party with a screen that everyone can see, look no further than us. We offer a wide array of displays that fit your specific needs and crowd size. Inflatable and fold-out screens are great for those looking for an affordable yet high-resolution option. Our LED trailers and modular walls are excellent for those who value quality viewing at any time of day. With a network of technicians across the nation, we bring cutting-edge audiovisual equipment to you almost anywhere. Book an event today!

Indoor video game party

7) Invite Your Guests

After you've planned your video game party, it's time to invite guests. Your invitation should contain the location address, arrival time, and any other pertinent information about the event. Include an RSVP note so you know who will be there. Instead of mailing invitations, simply text or email a digital invitation to your visitors. We have pre-made invitations as well as the ability to create unique ones for you!

Super Mario Bros Movie party

8) Prepare the Area

Prepare the premises for your visitors by cleaning and putting up decorations. If you're renting a FunFlicks® setup, your technician will take care of arranging all of the equipment. Place camping chairs, blankets, or beanbags in front of the screen for your visitors to sit on while they play. For a successful event, everyone's comfort should be the primary focus. Make sure there are restrooms available with extra soap and toilet paper, as well as trash cans placed throughout the area to reduce the afterparty cleanup.

Nintendo switch controllers

9) Pass on the Fun

For a video game party, it’s important to make sure that everyone gets a fair amount of playtime. This can be accomplished by rotating players once the game has finished. If you don’t have enough controllers, no worries. Encourage guests to bring their own.

Nintendo party on a FunFlicks inflatable movie screen

10) Afterparty Cleanup

After the fun’s over, make sure you clean up the mess, especially if the party is held on a property that’s not your own. That way, you can come back for future events. Organize a clean up crew beforehand to help speed up the process.

Outdoor video game party at sunset

How to Throw a Video Game Party for Kids

For a successful kids' video game party, ensure there are plenty of engaging activities, fair game time for everyone, and age-appropriate games. By focusing on these aspects, your event is sure to be a hit. To make the party even more memorable, incorporate a creative theme that matches the games being played. With themed decorations, costumes, and some music, kids will have an unforgettable time fully immersed in the video game party experience.

Video game tournament at a party for 100 people

How to Throw a Video Game Party for Teens

Looking to throw a cool video game party for teens? Make it exciting by turning your event into a video game tournament. Choose a competitive multiplayer game and set up a bracket for players. To raise the stakes, offer a prize for the grand champion. The competitive aspect will attract older kids, ensuring a fun time for everyone.

Super Mario Bros II beach party

How to Throw a Video Game Party for Adults

A video game party for adults should feature both competitive multiplayer games and nostalgic retro games. Check if your local FunFlicks® provides headsets for such events, especially for shooter games that may be too loud for a younger audience or nearby neighbors. If you want to play games on an older console that isn't HDMI-compatible, find an adapter to enjoy these nostalgic games on the big screen.

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Event Rentals for Your Video Game Party

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FunFlicks® inflatable movie screens are professional quality at an affordable price. There's a size for everyone, whether you're throwing a massive film festival with thousands in attendance or a small birthday with family at your house. To make sure everything runs smoothly, a local FunFlicks® event technician will arrive at your location on time, set up the screen, oversee the technology, and pack it all away at the end of the screening. Booming high-definition sound, crystal-clear laser projection, and a larger-than-life display are all included when you book an event with us.

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FunFlicks® LED Screen Rentals

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FunFlicks LED screens are perfect for day or night display in almost any environment. Utilizing electroluminescent technology, our LED screens generate light effectively at any time of day. Each panel is rated IP65, meaning they are both rain and dustproof. Day or night, rain or shine, you get to decide when the magic happens. All of our mobile LED trailers have onboard generators for portable power. Therefore, no power supply is needed. Similar to our inflatable screens, our fleet of LED screens comes in a variety of dimensions for a variety of crowd sizes. Local event technicians across the country are available to bring our LED trailers anywhere for you to enjoy video games, live sports, movies, advertisements, or almost everything else!

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