Get ready to grab some snacks, throw on some tunes, and wrap yourself in your favorite cozy blanket, because January 29th is National Puzzle Day! In the past couple of years, jigsaw puzzles have seen a huge surge in popularity, and many of us have since been brought back into the puzzlin’ lifestyle. Check out our tips for piecing together your perfect puzzle party, and of course some of our favorite puzzles, and get ready to find those corner pieces… because National Puzzle Day is right around the corner.

Assemble your puzzle-piecing crew

While putting together a puzzle on your own can be a calming, meditative activity, there’s something special about putting a puzzle together with your close friends or family. Make sure your crew knows what they’re getting into, though! Puzzles are all about patience, so make sure you’ve got a good-sized group that’s ready to stick it out for the long haul. Snacks are always a crowd-pleaser, but if you really want to be the host with the most, order a pizza and get some drinks for everyone. And make sure everyone is on the same page about the cardinal rule of puzzle-making… Corner pieces first, no exceptions!

Set the atmosphere

Now that you’ve selected your crew of cardboard heroes, it’s time to set the atmosphere for the perfect puzzle-building environment. Good lighting is a must, but adding some ambient lighting to the scene is sure to set a calming, focusing, and dare we say inspiring atmosphere. Now that you’re sure everyone can see the puzzle, throw on some crowd-pleasing tunes for background noise. You may be tempted to throw on a TV show or a movie, but any seasoned puzzler will tell you that the mess of pieces before you should be the focal point of the evening. Finally, make sure you grab some snacks for your crew to keep them fueled and energized for the task at hand. Just make sure you pick the right snack! Finger foods are your safest bet, but chicken wings, for example… probably not. No one wants a sauce-stained puzzle.

Find your perfect puzzle

The gang is assembled, the stage is set, and now all that’s left to do is choose the scene you’d like to create right before your eyes. We know it’s a big decision! Luckily for you, we have a few great choices that we believe would motivate any prospective puzzler to see the job through.

The Beetlejuice 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle is an excellent choice for fans of this timeless spooky film. Once completed, this puzzle features a stylized depiction of the ghostly guy himself, Beetlejuice, saying one of his memorable quotes from the movie: “Go ahead, make my millennium!”

For fans of the frightful who may be looking for a more animated option, the Corpse Bride 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle is a no-brainer. This charming puzzle assembles to form a collection of memorable scenes and characters from Tim Burton’s fan-favorite stop-motion flick.

Admirers of the late and great Betty White will love the Golden Girls Premium 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle, which assembles to form a portrait of the iconic group of friends from the timeless ’80s television series, The Golden Girls. Thank you for being a friend!

Now that you’ve chosen your perfect puzzle-in-the-making, you’ve got everything you need for the perfect National Puzzle Day. Once it’s complete, you can either disassemble it for future puzzle parties, or you can glue it together and boom, you’ve got some new wall art with a story behind it! Still not convinced on this oh-so cherished national holiday? Check out another one of our pro-puzzlin’ posts and find out why jigsaw puzzles are so fun.