The Ultimate Guide to Hosting an Arcade-Themed Party in D.C.

Every party requires substantial planning, especially in terms of figuring out the entertainment. The problem with booking entertainment is that it must interest everyone. But that’s why Snap Entertainment exists; we offer hundreds of games to rent that will entertain groups of all ages. Hosting an arcade-themed party grants you as a host time to relax and not worry because everyone knows how to use arcade games. They’re classic! Our clients favor arcade birthday party ideas because it suits people of all ages.

But entertainment isn’t the only part of planning a party. Let’s go over the ultimate guide to hosting an arcade-themed party in D.C. so that everything is taken care of. Give us a call if you get overwhelmed along the way—this is what we do!

Book a Venue

The first step in planning your arcade-themed party is determining where you’ll host the party. Book your venue far enough in advance to ensure you have a place to invite guests. When picking a venue for your arcade-themed party in D.C., we recommend paying attention to the number of guests you want to invite, and the number of outlets the space offers. Many of our arcade games have light-up features and sounds, therefore, they’ll need to be plugged in to function properly.

Send the RSVPs

Now that your venue is set in stone, you’re ready to start inviting your guests! We recommend sending out RSVPs so you can keep track of who’s coming and who’s not. This will become important when you’re trying to decide how many games to rent, along with how much food you’ll need to cater for the party.

Rent Your Arcade Games

Once you have a ballpark headcount, this is where the fun part comes in: renting your arcade games! Arcade games will bring your party to life. The best part is that you can’t choose wrong, because all of our games are fun!

Arcade Games to Encourage Competition

If you’re hosting a group of people that are familiar with one another, we recommend renting our arcade games that get that require more than one person. Our bestsellers include the Basketball Pro, Hoops 2 Go (4 player), 4 player Air Hockey, and StepManiax. These games will allow your guests to spend time together while taking part in the games. Our group games are especially best for parties of 10 and more. For groups of people that may not be familiar with one another, we recommend a mixture of group and individual games, like Pinball, Skeeball, and Football Drill.

Old School Arcade Games

If you’re celebrating an arcade birthday party for a friend born in the 70s or 80s, or want just want to host a retro arcade party for fun, we have the games for you. Our retro arcade games will take you back to the 80s. Our clients’ favorites are Frogger, Donkey Kong, Galaga, and Pacman.

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Serve Food and Drinks

Your guests are going to be hungry when they’re burning a sweat playing air hockey against their friends. Try ordering party friendly foods that everyone will enjoy. Use that RSVP list to decide how much food and beverage to order for your party. We recommend ordering a bit more food and drink than your head count—your guests may be hungrier than you think after trying to win at skeeball. Check out this party food and drink calculator to determine how much food to order if you’re unsure!


Before your guests arrive, you must decorate your venue! Depending on the type of celebration, purchase the corresponding banners and balloons to match the occasion. Don’t forget your napkins, plates, and utensils for the food—try to match these to your decor. And to kick it out of the park, rent a photobooth. A photobooth will allow guests to capture a memory of your party. This will also showcase your skills as a host!

Contact Snap Entertainment for Your Arcade-Themed Party in D.C.

Hosting an ultimate arcade-themed party in D.C. takes time and effort, but it can be an experience to remember for you and your guests. With this blog and Snap Entertainment’s arcade game and photo booth rentals, you can be sure to give your guests an unforgettable experience. Contact us or call us at (240)386-8042 to get started!