One thing I love to do is play board games, from Settlers of Catan to 7 Wonders, to Dominion, along with some of the classics like Monopoly or Risk. If your date happens to like board games, it makes for a great group date activity.
Game nights are bound to have lots of laughs, friendly banter, and a chance to show off some gaming skills, trivia knowledge, or Pictionary prowess—it all depends on what you play. I have a group of friends that I regularly play with; we always wind up having a great night, although sometimes it can get pretty competitive!
Why do I like to play board games so much? I really enjoy learning new games and then teaching other people how to play them. The interaction between players is so much fun especially with the particular game you are playing.
Maybe you are playing a game where people need to bluff their way through it, and someone in the group isn’t good at bluffing, it can make for some awesome comedy.
I enjoy just hanging out with my friends and being social. And you get to know a lot about a person by the way they play board games. Are they extremely competitive and go toe to toe with another competitive person? And you sit there with a bowl of popcorn and watch the situation unfold? Or maybe they are just along for the ride with out a care in the world and just happy to be hanging out.
Whatever the case may be you are bound to find a board game that everyone will enjoy and have an incredible evening.
What you need to play board games:
You need some awesome board games to play, a place to play them, probably some snacks, and you guessed it, treats. I recommend having a variety of options. Maybe you can have a strategy game, cooperative type game, a few team games, and maybe one or two of the classics that most people know.
Are you Walking Dead fans? Maybe your group would enjoy the cooperative game called Dead of Winter. For a fun pirate-themed strategy game you could play Pirates Cove. For a lighter easy game, you could try King of Tokyo or one of my favorite group games to play is Codenames.
If your group already likes to play board games, maybe you can teach everyone a brand new game.
My experience with this group date idea:
A few years ago one of my best friends, Gabe, invited me over to his house to play board games. He and his wife had a blind date lined up for me. I am no stranger to blind dates and am generally okay with the idea of getting set up with someone I don’t know. Especially in a low-pressure environment like a game night.
The evening was fun; we played a cooperative board game called Robinson Crusoe, which had us all on the same team trying to beat the board. Co-op games, as they are called, are especially good if you want the competitive spirit to be wrangled in.
My date was attractive (well done, Gabe, on the set-up), but we really didn’t connect that well. At least that’s how it was for me, which is a shame because I found out from Gabe that she wanted me to ask her out afterward.
So, if you are looking for an enjoyable group date activity that you can do indoors, get that group together and play some awesome board games.
Check out this video I made on this group date idea:
Do you have experience with this creative date idea? Let me know in the comments how it went and if your date, spouse, significant other liked it. You can buy a copy of the book 101 Creative Dates: ideas, tips, and personal experiences from the life of a hopeless romantic here or visit the shop.
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