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Game nights are tricky. You want your guests to have fun — but not too much fun. And the last thing you want to do is pick a boring game.
I’ve attended and hosted grown-up game nights for ages now, and they’re either a complete blast or an epic disaster. That’s because it all depends on the game and who’s playing.
Controversial board games — pitting men against women, or spouses against each other — could turn into a night of loud bickering. And outdoor lawn games might not be the best thing for your wardrobe (or your competitive spouse).
It’s all about planning ahead, and it all starts with choosing a game.
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If your group is fun and outdoors-loving, the ever-popular lawn Twister might be a good bet. Just make sure to warn your guests about wardrobe ahead of time (no dresses!) and provide plenty of bug repellent. This would be fun for kids and grown-ups alike.
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A favorite outdoor game for my family growing up was badminton. I’m not even athletic and I like this game! It doesn’t require too much skill, and it’s inexpensive (a set is about $30). Set it up in the backyard and suddenly you feel like Andy Murray winning Wimbledon! This game is best for two couples, but if you have a crowd it would also be fun to take turns while the others snack and chat.
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Indoor games are more of a challenge. Board games are hard to wrangle and often too long, and group games get loud — fast. Karaoke has kind of run its course in my crowd (nobody really wants to hear me sing bad Madonna covers all night), and the RockStar or RockBand phenomenon has kind of fizzled. But fear not! We discovered a very entertaining alternative — RapStar, the same idea as RockStar but with rapping! It’s not just for 12-year-old boys anymore. Rapping is a great way to get your guests talking — and it’s pretty darn funny to reveal which of your friends is secretly a first-rate rapper. East Coast vs. West Coast, anyone?
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And finally, one of my favorite grown-up game nights is trivia. Lots of local bars and restaurants host regular trivia nights, which we just discovered a couple of years ago. They can get pretty intense, but it’s fun to compete as a team with friends.
A great local trivia night is coming up this month (shameless plug here), hosted by the Tulsa Press Club. “Press Your Luck” is a great way to show off your smarts to your fellow friends and co-workers. And it supports the club’s mission to provide college scholarships to local students. Check it out!
When: July 25
Where: Stokley Event Center, 10111 East 45th Place, Tulsa
When: Wine and beer reception and food starts at 6:30, trivia begins at 7:30
Individual tickets: $40, which includes a drink ticket and food.
Sponsorship levels are also available.
For tickets and more information, call 918-583-7737 or firstname.lastname@example.org