Fun and games: An idea for your next party or gathering

November 25, 2017 Published by
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You know darlings it turns out games aren’t just for kids. A few weeks ago I was with family and we played a fabulous game together. It was just so much fun and got everyone involved. I could not remember the name of it so as I was describing it and the marvelous time we had to some friends someone suggested “Taboo?” And that was it, darlings. It was “Taboo.” It was at that point I realized “Taboo” isn’t a new game, I just hadn’t played it in SO LONG. I’m not sure when games fell out of fashion. I recently recounted hosting my first dinner party which was a fondue party, and I think people used to get together to play a lot more board games, but like fondue we just sort of stopped doing it.

After my great “Taboo” experience I wondered… Are games coming back? And they are! There are so many great games on the market now that are adult-orientated. If everyone you invite to a gathering is up for playing, games can be a great icebreaker. They also help people work together for a shared purpose and gently force them to interact. Maybe this holiday season when you are thinking through all of the gatherings you are hosting or attending you should consider incorporating more games!

Now here’s the thing, darlings, there are a lot of games out there, board games, in particular, that might be too intense. They might be very complicated or they might not involve teamwork. What I’m talking about here are games that induce social interaction that get people laughing and joking and having a good time. It can be fun for all ages which might gear it more towards family, but why stop there? Maybe it’s something to try over a glass of wine with couple friends or after a day of lunch and shopping with girlfriends? Here are some of my suggestions for party games to consider to get people having a great time.

Taboo

Obviously, I can’t leave it off the list since it’s what sparked this whole idea! It’s a word guessing game and it involves a lot of teamwork! Buy it here:  $30.49 at Target

Catch Phrase

Also a word game, there are fewer stipulations and rules than in Taboo. Buy it here: $14.19 at Target

5 Second Rule

If you’re a quick thinker this game might be for you. It forces you to come up to answers to questions in just five seconds.  Buy it here: $24.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond

Family Feud

This could be a perfect choice because almost everyone has seen an episode of “Family Feud” on tv which means you’ll spend less time explaining rules and more time answering funny questions. Buy it here: $19.99 at Target

Apples to Apples

This game is a bit more subjective. Each round a player selects a card from their hand that best describes a card played a judge. The judge then gets to pick their favorite comparison! Buy it here:  $27.62  at QVC

The Newlywed Game

This doesn’t even require you to buy anything! Pair people off and see how well they know each other! And the more right answers they get the more points they get. This could be really fun with family or close friends but does require more familiarity. Click here for some questions you can print out and ask

I am so glad I was reintroduced to the joy of games at gatherings. And just in time for the holidays! If you decide to host a game night let me know how it goes! You can comment on this post or write to me on Facebook or Twitter.

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  • Nancy DeMorris says:

    So funny you should talk about games! We gathered with 10 neighbors and good friends for a wonderful Thanksgiving. After (over) eating our hostess asked “who’s up for games”? Out came Dominos and Yahtzee. We had arrived at 1:00 and didn’t leave til after 8-a sure sign we had a fabulous time. Even my darling husband who “doesn’t like games” had a great day!

  • SoCalAllison says:

    Glad to hear Taboo was a fave of yours! Hasbro Games/Milton Bradley brought that game to market while I worked there in the Editorial R&D Group! In Editorial, we worked with game designers to create the card copy, rules & package copy! Although I wasn’t assigned to that product, I played it many times! The gal who was assigned to it even named her new kitten “Taboo” after it!

    Keep enjoying game nights, everyone! It’s a great way to break the ice & get to know one another in a new crowd & to bring a family together!

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