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My husband’s family has a tradition of playing board games each year after Thanksgiving dinner. Sometimes things get a little crazy, but everyone ends up having fun. Some good friends of ours who are married have also hosted several game nights in which the couples come together and “compete” with one another. There have also been times when the guys battle the girls which, more often than not, ends in us having a bunch of sore losers on our hands, but by now us ladies are used to it.
Game night has been a great way for us to enjoy each other’s company without having to go out and spend a ton of money. We spend the evening laughing, sharing stories, and focusing on strengthening and preserving our relationships with one another. As we grow older it becomes more and more clear that real friends, the kind of friends that you can laugh and joke with, the kind of friends that will party with you but will also engage in an evening of Taboo or Charades, aren’t necessarily all that easy to find.
While our relationships with our spouses are important, our relationships with our friends are also important. Getting together with our other married friends, watching them roll eyes and give signals to their spouses, reminds us that we aren’t the only ones who drive each other crazy sometimes. More importantly, it is a testament to the fact that marriage between people who truly love one another is a beautiful thing and if you work at it, it can be a lasting thing too.
This season, at your next holiday party, consider letting the children watch a movie while the grown-ups all play or give your friends advance notice to find a babysitter and host something for just the parents. Serve appetizers and drinks and have everyone bring one of their own board games so you all have a variety to choose from. Need some suggestions? Here are 13 games to play at your next couples’ game night.
Apples To Apples
This is a game “filled with surprising and outrageous comparisons.” It moves quickly but is intended to keep you and everyone else laughing.
Available now at Amazon, $13.99
Wear a headband with card attached that has an object such as an animal or food on it. Everyone except you can see the card forcing you to ask questions to try to guess what’s on your card before time runs out.
Available now at Amazon, $14.59
The Game of Things
These days everything comes in a box, even humor. In this game a topic card such as “things a chimp thinks about when he sees you at the zoo” is read aloud. Participants write their responses which can be anything they think of. After, responses are read and everyone tries to figure out who said what.
Available now at Amazon, $24.08
Scattegories gives each player a list with various categories. A dice is then rolled to reveal a letter. Players find words that start with the letter that was rolled and fit in to the categories on their list. For example if your list includes categories such as fruit and buildings and the letter “A” is rolled, you could write words such as apple and apartment. The catch is that you’ve only got three minutes so need to think fast!
Available now at Amazon, $38.00
A testament to the fact that for many folks size does matter. In this humorous game players “compete to determine the longest, fattest, thickest, and generally the biggest things in life!”
Available now at Amazon, $12.49
More Dirty Minds
In this second edition to their first game, because there are more people with dirty minds than one might think, everyone gets to see whose spouse has a dirty mind by reading “naughty clues” to opponents as they try to guess the subject. Amazon gives the following example: “Q: A man does it standing up. A woman does it sitting down. A dog does it on three legs. A: A handshake.”
Available now at Amazon, $31.04
Have a way with words do you? In this timed game, write your own story using five “game words” before you run out of time.
Available now at Amazon, $33.91
Til Death Do Us Part
Love a good mystery, good food or a good party? Then this “mystery dinner party” game is for you and, it even comes with menu and costume suggestions. “Eight guests arrive at a lavish wedding reception in the Cayman Islands when one of the guests is mysteriously murdered.” You and the other “wedding guests” must work together to expose the killer.
Available now at Amazon, $29.99
Would You Rather?
This funny game gives two awful scenarios in which the player if forced to chose one. Yup! You have to choose. None is not an option in this game.
Available now at Amazon, $15.67
What’s Yours Like?
Come up with clever and crazy ways to describe things ranging from your neighbor to hair while trying to keep the player in the “Hot Seat” from finding out what your word is.
Available now at Amazon, $11.99
In this party favorite, players have to get their teammates to guess a word while not using “taboo” words. Hasbro gives the example of trying to get your team to guess “brain freeze” while not being able to say words such as ice cream, cold, or headache. Oh and you are on a time limit!
Available now at Amazon, $11.11
Charades in Reverse! One person has 60 seconds to guess as many words as they can while a team acts them out.
Available now at Amazon, $14.00
5 Second Rule
The 5 second rule doesn’t just apply to dropped goldfish crackers. In this game you do something such as “name three breeds of dogs” but you have to do it in five seconds. Will you get flustered or can you think fast? In this game, only time will tell.
Available now at Amazon, $16.72