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You'll be able to party on with these 8 excellent tips for hosting a fantastic trivia night!
Trivia nights are a super popular event at bars, restaurants, and pubs all over the world. One night in the 1970s, a pub owner in the UK decided to hold a pub quiz, and the trivia scene was born! Now, anyone with a mic and a venue can host a show, but if you want to host a really spectacular show you need to figure out these 8 key ingredients.
Wherever I Hang My Hat Is Home...the Venue.
Having a good venue for the show is crucial! You want a place that is big enough to accommodate a reasonable amount of teams, but you don’t want it so big that those in the back don’t feel like part of the show. You need to have ample seating with plenty of room for teammates to huddle and confer over answers, but those venue servers still have enough space to squeeze in between tables and deliver the food and drinks.
To Theme or Not To Theme, That is the Question.
Having a themed trivia night could go either way, right? People can be a bit rabid about attending events themed for their particular fandom, but at the same time, you risk alienating those trivia players that aren’t interested in whatever theme you have chosen for the evening. You can lessen the gamble by seeing what themes have worked for people in the past, polling theme ideas on social media, pre-selling tickets on Eventbrite to gauge interest, and match a theme to a venue (a sport bar would probably do well with a sports trivia night for example.)
From The Window to the Wall...Getting People in the Door.
Your trivia night will be a total flop if no one knows it even exists. Make sure you get the word out that your event is taking place so you can have a successful show. Harness the power of social media, invite all of your friends and family, have the venue do a few shout outs, create Eventbrite events, post flyers around town etc etc etc. Try to utilize as many marketing tactics as you can think of to spread the word about your show.
Keep it Simple, Stupid! The Rules That Is.
Try to keep the rules of your game as simple and straightforward as possible. Also, make sure that you fully explain them to the teams before beginning the show. You may want to decide on your strategy for handling disputes or errors beforehand, so that you can remain cool and confident if a team challenges your decision.
This Dog Walks Into a Bar...Be Entertaining.
Know your rules, your trivia material, how to run your equipment, and how to score your teams inside and out before your show, that way you can focus on being an engaging and entertaining host while the show is on. People will likely get bored if you are constantly having technical difficulties or have extended pauses while you are tallying scores. Keep it light and funny, and your teams will be back again and again.
May the Best Team Win...Inspire a Little Friendly Competition.
Keep the teams updated on their scores throughout the games to spur the competitive side of your players. Teams will try that much harder if they know exactly how many points they are from winning. Friendly competition is a good thing, but also make sure that your lower scoring teams feel encouraged!
Swag! Prize Time!
Many venues will provide gift certificates or free promotional items to be used as prizes for your winning teams. If they do not, pick up a few odds and ends at the dollar store or Target. People like to win things, even if they are just little bits of silly nonsense. If all else fails, buy your winning team a round of beers!
Errybody in the Club Get Tipsy!
Speaking of beers, alcohol is never amiss at any event! A little liquid fortification can up the competition and participation levels of your teams. That isn’t to say that venues without alcohol can’t run a successful show...we’re just saying everyone seems funnier when their crowd has had a beer or two...
There you have it, folks! Eight tips and tricks to have you hosting a stellar trivia night in no time flat!
If you are looking for even more tips, try ourtrivia host handbook!
Do you have a fantastic trivia tip that you think we should know about? Are you an avid trivia player and have a little tidbit of advice on making a show better? Drop us a line! We are always open for suggestions!
Rawr! Zoo Rock for the win!
The new Zoo Rock cards are ready for download! Get yours for a wild night of music bingo.
Everyone loves a good game of music bingo, right? That must be why it is one of the fastest growing entertainment choices of bars and restaurants It is super easy to get started, and everyone loves a good playlist!
For those who have never played music bingo before, let me give you a quick rundown on how the game is played. Players are given bingo cards, but unlike traditional bingo cards that contain nothing but numbers, the squares on music bingo cards are filled with song titles or the names of music artists. The music bingo host plays a couple minutes of a song, and the players have to match the song played with one of the squares on their cards.
Does it sound like fun? It is, trust us. Plus, it can be super challenging! Many of the cards we use in our games aren’t all that straightforward, and the clues can be a bit tricky. Plus, we just love to play themed games like our newest set: Zoo Rock.
The Zoo Rock includes all your favorite hits with animals in the title, and there are more songs featuring animals than you probably knew existed! The Zoo Rock playlist includes songs like the Foo Fighter’s Monkey Wrench or Ginuwine’s Pony. See where this is going now?
These music bingo cards are available for instant download in the trivia store, and you can follow our playlist on Spotify. Easy peasy. You can be hosting your Zoo Rock show tonight! What are you waiting for?
We debuted the Zoo Rock cards at a show this past week, and it was a big hit!
The prizes are ready for the winners!
The host with the most!
The crowd deep in thought...it was a competitive bunch!
Interested in playing a round of two of music bingo? Well, if you are local to the Charlotte area hit up one of our weekly shows at The Casual Pint on Sundays or Old Pineville Premium Pub on Wednesdays. If you aren’t local to the Charlotte area, download your music bingo cards and start your own show! We are happy to provide you with a few tips and tricks, just drop us an email, and we will help any way we can!
"Zoo Rock" Music dobOFF Bingo Cards
Lion Sleeps Tonight, War Pigs, Monkey Wrench, Gorilla, Pony, Cat People, Hound Dog, It keeps going and going. Fun Fun music trivia!
Go for a Line, 4 Corners, or a Blackout! Simply download & print up to 60 Music "dobOFF" cards with random placements and Free Space.
Easy-to-host games! Simply follow the music playlists and go:
"Hair Bands" Music dobOFF Bingo Cards
All the best Hair Bands from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. A very fun high-energy game!
Go for a Line, 4 Corners, or a Blackout! Simply download & print up to 60 cards with random placements and Free Space.
Easy-to-host games! Simply follow the music playlists and go:
"Golden Oldies" Music dobOFF Bingo Cards Plus Ebook
All your favorites from the way back in the Malt Shop. The perfect family bingo game!
Go for a Line, 4 Corners, or a Blackout! Download & print up to 60 cards with random placements and Free Space.
Easy-to-host games! Simply follow the music playlists and go:
Many bars or pubs host a trivia night, but that isn't the only venue that can rock a show.
Trivia night is a great way for bars and restaurants to bring in extra money, but running a pub isn't the only reason to host a trivia show. Think outside of the trivia box!
Hosting a trivia night is an excellent way for bars or pubs to bring in extra money on a slower night of the week. A game generally lasts around 2 hours which is 2 extra hours of having people sit around ordering drinks in an establishment, it’s a pretty safe bet that the entertainment will lead to profits.
However, bars aren’t the only places that a trivia show can be a big win. There are many venues and events that could use the fun and entertainment that a trivia show can bring! While this list isn’t exhaustive, it is a great introduction as to ways a trivia night could be used in places other than the local pub.
Raising money for school children is a noble cause to be sure, but it can be tricky to actually find a fundraiser that people are interested in supporting. The little catalogs full of overpriced junk is a hard sell, and the average bake sale doesn't bring in all that much cash. So, what is a school to do? Host a trivia night, of course! Local businesses will likely donate a few items that can be given away as prizes, and for a small cover charge, parents can have a fun game show trivia night! It is a win for everyone.
Family reunions are often large events with a lot of people that don’t always have that much in common, well, besides being related, and after all the eating is finished it can often be hard to find acceptable entertainment for all the various age groups. That is why having a trivia night makes for the perfect plan! General knowledge trivia is perfect for the mixed age groups, and playing against family members always brings out the competitive streak in people. Just remember to keep it civil or next year’s reunion could be a bit awkward.
Meetup groups are an excellent way to get out and meet new people, make new friends with similar interests. A lot of them are very topic specific, and may even be groups that belong to a specific fandom. Hosting a themed trivia night at a local restaurant or meeting hall makes for a great meetup event! People will need to form teams and collaborate on the answers which is an excellent way to socialize without the pressure of coming up with conversation topics all on your own.
Dorm or First Day of School Mixers
Starting a new year in a new class or in a new dorm can be a bit nerve-wracking. Teachers and RAs are often looking for games to break the ice or get people mingling, and an interactive trivia game is the perfect solution! Students will find themselves conversing with their peers in no time.
Corporate Team Building Events
There is no need to go on some fancy retreat and practice your trust falls when you can bring the team building to your conference room! You can build your trivia teams from the different departments or mix everyone up and get them out of their comfort zone, either way, an afternoon playing game show trivia is more fun and more cost effective.
Hosting a big holiday function but don’t know what to do for entertainment? Trivia games can be themed to the celebratory holiday to fill your entertaining void. Games can run smoothly with just two or three teams, so even if it is a fairly small party, the game can still go on!
Many assisted living facilities and senior centers run successful bingo nights, but why not try a trivia night as well? The game can be tailored to the age group of the players for a fun night!
Just like the school fundraisers, charity events can harness the power of trivia to help them raise some cash. Trivia can be for a fancy black tie event too!
Trivia doesn’t have to be just for the evening. Grab your Bloody Mary and form your team for brunch trivia! Everything goes well with a biscuit, even trivia questions.
It can be tough to find games that are age appropriate and still a lot of fun, but trivia is so east to customize, it is always a hit. Interactive games with light-up buzzers and a playlist full of popular artists will have all the kids begging for the next trivia night.
See? Hosting a trivia night is perfect for just about any occasion, and with the downloadable games in the Fat City trivia store, anyone can set up a show. Release your inner trivia host and organize your show today.
Brace yourself! A new season of Fat Bottom Trivia has arrived.
Say hello to season four!
Trivia hosts everywhere love our interactive game show style trivia seasons because they can book their shows with confidence. With four seasons of games, Fat Bottom Trivia has enough content to keep your show fresh all year long!
Fat Bottom Trivia Season 4: Episode 4.1
Fat Bottom Trivia makes being a trivia host a breeze with our downloadable trivia games! Hosts don’t have to spend hours putting a show together because we’ve done all the hard work for you.
Hosts no longer have to waste their time putting together a quality show because our trivia store is jam-packed with all the games you could possibly need, and we just launched a brand new season of Fat Bottom Trivia: Season 4!
The newest episode, 4.1, is available now! This interactive trivia game can be downloaded right to your laptop or computer immediately after purchase, and as always, it comes with enough game show fun to fill a 2-hour show. Episode 4.1 works best for a group of at least 3 teams, but can accommodate up to 150 players!
Season 4.1 contains general knowledge questions that we would rate a difficulty of 3 on a 5 point scale. It is good for general audiences, especially those that were paying attention to world events and pop culture in 2017! We have categories like “Thanks, Obama!” and “Orange People” to keep your teams thinking fast!
Each of our trivia episodes includes three hidden side games, and episode 4.1 is no exception! These side games make for some amazing crowd interaction, and they are one of the main reasons our players can’t get enough! You never know what hidden talents your trivia teams will exhibit next!
The final round in 4.1 is our classic “Dare You 2 Wager” round! Teams can put it all on the line or play it safe! Both methods can result in a total game shake-up! Our trivia hosts love the wager round because it gives even a low-scoring team a chance to take home the gold.
SUPER DUPER BONUS TIME!!!
The first eight people to purchase episode 4.1 will get the whole kit and caboodle for 88% off! Don't miss out on this fantastic deal because it won't last long...
Our trivia games require Powerpoint for optimal performance. We have also created a corresponding Spotify playlist to give your teams an immersive, interactive experience!
More episodes for season four are on the way, but while you are waiting, don’t forget to check out all the other goodies the trivia store has to offer:
The first three seasons of Fat Bottom Trivia are up and available as individual shows or even in multi-show season packs...or if you really want to grab them all, get a Trivia Membership and save!
Looking for ways to up the thrill factor? Grab some light-up buzzers. We’ve found that teams really love the added effect these inexpensive props bring to a show. There are many kinds of buzzers out their available for purchase, but we do recommend getting something that is durable!
If you are ready to rock your trivia hosting side hustle, grab a copy of our handbook: How To Start A Successful Trivia Night. It is full of tips and tricks that will help you take your show to the next level.
Fat Bottom Trivia is super excited for this new season of games!
Don’t forget to check back soon for episode two!