A trivia night can take many forms, from being a fundraiser to being an annual competitive tradition!
Here's a few general suggestions:
- Split the group into tables - these tables make up the teams. Tables can come up with their own names or alternatively give each table a number. Ideally the name or number should be prominently displayed
- Plan for around 5-8 "rounds" of questions, grouped into categories (eg General Knowledge, Sports, History, Local knowledge, TV, Biblical, etc). See below for more information on how you can get a bit creative.
- The MC should read out the questions and each table writes down their answers on a piece of paper. If possible, have pre-prepared papers on each table with table name / round number / question number / etc. Have one piece of paper per round
- After each round, tables swap answers and mark each others questions (honesty system applies!). Once marked, they should bring them up the front to someone who keeps a running total.
- Have a break between each round to allow for socializing. If it's a fund raiser, you can conduct other activities between rounds (see below)
Creative ideas for questions
- Music - burn a CD with 5/10 second snippets of songs. Play them one by one with a 30 second break in between each one. The teams have to guess the song (artist and title)
- Movies - burn a DVD with 20 second snippets of movies. Play them one by one with a 30 second break in between. The teams have to guess the movie.
- Famous faces - hand out an A4 sheet of paper with 16 photos of famous people - people have to guess who they are. Use google images to find the photos (be wary: copyright restrictions may apply)
In between rounds
- Conduct a Silent Auction (have a display table with some goods donated by businesses, with a sheet of paper where people can "bid" for the goods).
- Organize someone to speak promoting a cause (if fund raising)
- Play another game to give away a prize (such as True or False or Sit Down If). If you are fund raising, one option is to get people to donate a coin to play or enter the games
- Leave a couple of Brain Teasers on the table for teams to complete and submit for points (if they get it right)
- Get a representative of each table to come up the front and play a game (such as Karaoke, Charades, etc). Winner gets points for their team.
- Don't underestimate the importance of a good MC. Ideally it's best to find someone charismatic and funny - a good MC can be the difference between an average night and a memorable one!
- Make sure you ban mobile phones to stop people Googling the answers!
- Ensure you have a volunteer looking after "administration" of the night - adding up scores, helping with music, collecting money, etc. It's difficult to run a Trivia night on your own!