It is my dream to host game nights once my husband and I get settled in our new house. I imagine that there will be plenty of nights when I’ll have to entertain both men and women, but I’m most excited about hosting more “girl” nights with my friends. I’m not sure when the last time was that we all threw on our heels and went out for cocktails, but somehow gathering at one of our homes for a silly game night—or just for nothing in particular—is just as thrilling these days. It got me wondering what kind of games people are playing now for fun. I’m pretty sure that if I asked my friends to come over and play charades, they’d think that I was out-of-touch. Here are a few ideas I’ve run across, so feel free to tell me what you think or leave suggestions!
Texas Hold’em. The poker/Texas hold ‘em craze is still a thing, right? Even if you don’t think so, I still think the game is a classic and that everyone should at least know some poker basics. If I invited all the ladies over to the house for poker night, it would save us the trouble of having to go out to find some smoky, sketchy poker tavern where we’d have to hear bad pick-up lines alluding to strip poker. No thanks! A couple of cheap card decks and some dry martinis in the comfort of my own home sounds much more appealing. With everything going digital these days I stumbled upon Betfair’s poker site, where we could just as easily play online. I see a display of iPads in our future getting multiple games going! Now to think about snacks…
Cards Against Humanity. I’ve heard a lot about this card game, have seen people playing at it at parties, but I’ve never actually played it myself. The deck is fairly inexpensive ($25) for the amount of cards that you get, and they even offer sets of expansion cards for just 10 bucks more. The idea of the game is basically to see who can come up with the most deranged sentence combinations from the provided phrases on the cards. Knowing my friends, I can only imagine the craziness that this game will bring out in everyone–especially after a few glasses of wine.
Wine & Vines-I’ve just made this one up, but I think you can guess where it’s going. But first, let me let you into my thinking process. I originally wanted to name this one “My Wine and Men’s ‘Zines,” because what would be more fun than the ladies bringing over a couple of bottles of their favorite wines along with any of the most outrageous men’s magazines like Maxim, so that we can all make fun of what men think we like. Then, I thought, “let’s go easy on the guys, and make this about just us.” That’s where the Vine idea came into play. Drink wine and make Vines of each other. All night. But for our eyes only, of course—unless we make a really funny one that could make us internet famous.
Or there’s always movie night. In the end, I think I’m just happy to be around friends!