Like most post-college 20-somethings, I enjoyed the bar-hopping nightlife scene for a few years after I graduated. Many young adults coming out of college are single, finally making their own income, and just looking for a good time.
As we grow older and settle down into serious relationships, get married, and even have kids, our preferences for what constitutes a rockin’ Friday night seem to shift. While a loud, dark club blaring the latest hip hop music was once high on my list of weekend to-do activities, now it seems I would rather snuggle up with my honey, a movie, and a sweet glass of wine on a Friday night.
Enter: adult game night. Of course I still want to socialize with my friends on the weekends, I just don’t want to do it shouting at the top of my lungs as I get bumped into at the average rate of 2 strangers per minute.
Game night in my group of friends has started to become a regular occurrence over the past couple years. My friends and I generally rotate houses and each host/hostess will provide an array of appetizers and drinks. We usually sit around and have a few drinks and chat for about an hour before getting down to business on the board games.
After being out of the board-game scene for a good 10+ years, I completely forgot how much fun they can be. We all find ourselves doubling over with laughter at some point during the night (alcohol may also be a factor here).
The days of Trouble and CandyLand are long gone in the much-improved board-game industry. Some of our newer favorites are:
- Loaded Questions: this game is hilarious. Each person has to answer a (usually funny-answer-provoking) question and then one person guesses who had what answer. Towards the end of the game, people start coming up with pretty interesting answers!
- Apples to Apples: similar to Loaded Questions, but one person picks the answer that they would have answered with. Also ranks high in the “LOL” category
- Scattegories: an oldie but a goodie!
- Scene-It: some of our favorites are “The Office” and the pop culture editions. I can’t get enough Michael Scott on Thursday nights, so Scene-It is my perfect weekend fix.
- Poker/Texas Hold ‘Em: you can never go wrong hussling your pals with a good, old-fashioned poker game!
I recently picked up the new “Loaded Questions: On The Go” for a weekend trip that Lloyd and I took with some friends this summer. It was just as hilarious as the regular version and perfect for long, boring trips in the car! It also came in a cute little compact case so it was easy to stash in a suitcase or overnight bag.
I know our game night tradition will keep going strong as we get older and as each of our lives continue to change. What it really comes down to is having a good time with my circle of friends versus a room full of strangers (on the cheap, too!). Game night is the perfect solution for those of us in our late-twenties that just can’t party like we used to.
Do you have game nights with your friends? What are your favorite games to play?