How to Plan and Host a Fun Trivia Night for Friends and Family

You’re looking to plan a fun activity for your family and friends. You’re considering having a trivia night. The question is: How do you go about planning such a night?

It’s really fairly simple. All you have to do is follow these steps and you’ll have a trivia night to remember!

Find Questions

The first thing you’re going to want to do is to find questions. And if you want your trivia night to have any substance to it, you’re going to have to find a lot of them.

Fortunately, you have the internet at your disposal. You can find trivia questions for just about any topic online.

We recommend covering a variety of different topics, as different players have different knowledge bases and it’s not fair to stick to a topic that, for instance, only you have deep knowledge of.

Write down a number of different subjects on a piece of paper. These subjects can include everything from science to history to sports to entertainment to literature and whatever else you can come up with.

Once you’ve created your list, use Google, and search for trivia questions for each of those subjects. Just type in something to the effect of “science trivia questions” or “sports trivia questions”.

If you’re looking for historical pop culture trivia questions, in particular, you can check out It’s loaded with questions and fun facts pertaining to the days of old.

Establish the Rules of the Game

Not all trivia games are created equal. Each trivia game you play will have a different structure and different rules. And since you’re the person putting this trivia night on, you need to establish the rules for your trivia game.

You could do 3 to 5 sets of questions in which each question is assigned its own point value. You could do 50 straight questions with each question being worth the same thing.

You can allow every team in the game to answer every question. On the other hand, you could alternate teams for each question, or even have each team race to answer each question.

The options are endless here, so come up with something you find interesting and run with it. But, regardless, make sure that there are strict rules laid down. The less wiggle room there is in the rules, the less controversy there will be on game night.

Set Up a Question Distribution System

Someone is going to have to ask questions and provide the correct answers to them. This can be either a human being or a computer. But, in any case, you need to set up a question distribution system.

Maybe you can use a PowerPoint to present questions? Or, perhaps you can organize them into a spreadsheet? In the end, it doesn’t matter, provided that the solution you choose is able to correctly and precisely deliver the questions as needed.

Note, if you are going to have a human being deliver the questions, make sure to ask him or her beforehand. You don’t want to leave someone out of the game who doesn’t truly want to be left out of the game. On the other hand, you might have a friend or family member who prefers asking the questions.

Make It Team-oriented

When having a trivia contest, you can make it either individual-oriented or team-oriented. Individual-oriented trivia contests can be fun, particularly if each individual knows his or her stuff.

However, not everyone is good at trivia. Some might just be coming for the social experience. So, to save these individuals from being obliterated in the game, you’re advised to have them participate on a team.

It might be a good idea to arrange teams prior to the day of. This way, you can pair better players with worse players and try to keep some balance in the game.

The last thing you want is a situation in which all of the best players are together on the same team. This would create an uncompetitive situation, one in which the best team experience no challenge, and one in which the other teams have no fun.

Have Food and Drinks Available

A social event without food and drinks isn’t much of a social event at all. In fact, it can be quite awkward. So, instead of allowing your trivia night to be a grueling and uncomfortable experience, make sure to have food and drinks available.

Now, this doesn’t mean that you need to order 10 pizzas. It doesn’t mean that you need to make a gourmet meal. But you should have some snacks around, along with some soda and maybe even beer.

Of course, there’s also the option to ask guests to bring food as well. This would greatly increase the amount and variety of food that you have.

Send Invites

If you’re going to the trouble to have a formal game night, you want to make sure that people actually show up. As such, you can’t just treat this like any other hangout session. You have to make it seem legitimate.

How do you do this? By sending out invites, not only on social media platforms like Facebook but through the mail as well.

When a person receives a hard copy of an invite, he or she feels more obligated to attend. At the very least, he or she takes the invite more seriously.

Time to Have the Trivia Night of the Year!

And there it is, everything you have to do in order to have the trivia night of the year. Put these tips into action and you’re sure to have a great, knowledge-filled time.

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