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Game Night Craze & More

Updated on May 14, 2012

My friends and I used to go out to eat, drink and dance every weekend. That all changed when we started to have children. Our spending habits were altered dramatically and we discovered trying to entertain and have an enjoyable evening on a budget was a challenge. Being new parents we were concerned about leaving our children and decided that we would take turns making dinner for the group, having us all together and the host and hostess would supply the entertainment for the evening. The other couples provided drinks and snacks for the evenings.

Every Saturday night we get together for dinner, get the children settled with popcorn and movies in the play room, then we find out what the evenings entertainment will be. We've had game night, poker night, movie night, karaoke night and name that tune night. When the weather turns warmer we have cookouts, family baseball games, ice cream sundae night, toast marshmallows and tell scary stories.

The games we've played are Monopoly, Life, Charades, Win, Lose or Draw, Pictionary , Trivia, Mexican Train Domino's, Scrabble, Jeopardy, 10,000 Pyramid and Family Feud. We've also included the children in our game night playing Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Memory, Monopoly Junior, Scrabble Junior and varies cards games. Our cards games consisted of various forms of poker where we played for quarters, Gin Rummy, Rummy, Cribbage in teams and Skip Bo.

Movie night ranges from Romantic Comedy, Drama, Sci Fi, Horror, Comedy and sometimes we have watched episode of our favorite shows such as Friends, How I Met Your Mother, Will and Grace and a number of others. During playoff season the wives get to watch the chick flicks there husbands wouldn't watch in the family room, the men take over the living room watching either baseball, hockey or basketball while the kids play or watch a movie in the play room.


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      Connie Smith 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      Sounds like fun! Good thing you and your friends were on the same schedule for children and such. Such a shame when everyone else is out having fun and there is no one to share game night with.

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, I know what you mean, once we have children it all changes, but it's great you found other ways to entertain yourselves, great ideas... Have a great day!