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5 Steps to Throwing a Successful Bingo Party

5 Steps to Throwing a Successful Bingo Party

There is nothing more classic than a 75 ball Bingo game. Hosting a bingo party may just be the best idea you could have. It will definitely bring people of all ages in to relax, unwind, and win a little money perhaps? Bingo has always been a favorite pastime game among family and friends and if you are looking for an activity that you can all so, there is nothing like a good Bingo game to start all the fun.

So how do you throw a bingo party?

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If you think playing the game is fun, then you better get the bingo party planning started. It is more fun that you think. So how does it all start? These steps might help you out!

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  • First, talk about your plans with your family, friends and even coworkers. When they know you’ve got plans to throw a bingo party, they will show their interest. By then, you will have an idea how many people would want to attend your bingo night at home. The more people sign up, the more exciting the party will be. Plus, if it’s a game of money, more people will mean bigger pot and that’s going to make the party even more exciting.
  • Second, choose a night when most of the people who are interested can come. You don’t them coming late because then it would push the game further into the night. The day may fall on a weekend too. Choose one night within the week when most of them could come and that’s it. The date has been set.
  • Third, invite a good number of interested people on your bingo night. You may informally invite them by discussing the party plans in person or you can be more formal with an invitation at hand. Either way, those who are interested will surely come. If you want a little bit of exclusivity in the party, you may choose to limit the people you invite. However, if you are open to your guests bringing guests, that is also a good idea. It will be an opportunity for people to meet new friends.
  • Fourth, plan out your meals. Usually, a bingo party will entail a potluck system. People can bring foods they can share with others. It doesn’t have to be formal catering and all. Finger foods and chips would definitely be enough to much through the night. You may also assign someone to bring the drinks. From the sodas to the beer or perhaps even wine for those of age, you can serve all these drinks while people are busy looking at their numbers and hoping for a win!
  • Fifth, prepare the bingo cards and the chips that you will provide for every person for that night. You may opt to buy bingo cards online or you can invest time and effort in making them yourself. Personalizing those bingo cards are definitely a plus. Not only will you look forward to people coming to play, but you will be waiting for the good words they will say about the bingo cards you’ve made from scratch. Choose whichever suits your taste, your schedule and your budget as well.
  • Lastly, decide if the bingo party is all for fun or if it is something where people can have a good time and win some good money too. This decision will impact everything else about the party. If you decide that it’s just a game for fun minus the money, that’s all right. You can still get people excited not for the money but for the thrill of actually spending the night playing the game. If you decide that the game is all about the money, then you can charge each person and put all that money into a pot. Whoever wins the game shall take home the pot. This will definitely make the night something to remember.

Featured photo credit: Bingo Party via google.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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