Question: What is an event that will bring your friends and family together for some good company, a bit of competition, and a whole lot of fun? If you answered “trivia night,” you are correct! While it can surely be a blast to attend a public trivia night, preparing and hosting your own trivia night can be a special experience for both you and your guests. Here are some steps that will help you build an evening to remember.
Step 1: Choose a format for your trivia night!
As Trivia Master, you will have full creative freedom to decide how your trivia night will be run. There are many different types of gameplay from which to choose. Some opt for a Jeopardy-style board with columns of questions of increasing point values. Others read out a list of questions and have teams write their answers on a sheet of paper. Hosting a virtual trivia night is also a possibility. You get to decide!
When planning, you may want to consider a couple of questions. Would you like your trivia night to have a specific theme? If you are hosting in person, how would you like to arrange your seating? How long would you like your event to run? These are the kinds of considerations to keep in mind and plan for, but you don’t need to make it too difficult on yourself.
Step 2: Think up some questions!
Generally speaking, you’ll want to prepare about five to ten categories of questions for your trivia night. Decide beforehand which categories you wouldn’t mind cutting out if the night is running too long, keeping in mind that it’s always better to have more rather than less prepared.
Some ideas for trivia categories include:
- The classics: science, geography, sports, books, music, and movies. See if you can create a fun twist to make these more general categories memorable!
- Niche or local interests: if you and most of your attendees share an interest in a more specialized topic (say, for example, “Marine vertebrates” or “Roads in our county”), these categories can be a hit. Just try not to make your questions impossible for those who may not be as familiar with these topics.
- Lightning rounds and tiebreakers: having a round or two that changes up the format of your gameplay can keep your attendees on their toes!