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2 TV NightTV nights, like movie
nights, require a decent TV set and plenty of sofa space (or at least a
bevy of floor pillows). The nice thing about TV nights is that they tend
to be a little less stressful for the host, since you avoid the
near-impossible task of how to pick a movie that absolutely everyone
will actually enjoy. Decide on a TV series ahead of time, and start
scheduling regular weekly gatherings. In season, of course, you can
actually watch your shows as they air on TV, but if your favorite TV
show happens to run at a time that’s totally inconvenient for all,
there’s always the good ol’ VCR. DVD/VHS releases of past and
present TV shows are also a great way to get people hooked on quality
TV shows on DVD
that make for good group
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos, Twin Peaks, Sex and the City
(especially for a girls’ night), The Prisoner
Maybe you’re looking for
something a little more interactive than sitting around like couch
potatoes, staring at a TV screen. If so, game night’s the ideal
solution for you. Keep it simple with classic card games like poker, or
revert to childhood with some board games. Board games are a great,
casual way to gather friends around in a little friendly competition –
rediscover old favorites like Twister, Boggle, Scrabble and other
classics, or invest in some of the newer, more social board games, like
Taboo, Outburst, or Loaded Questions. Games are all about indulging your
inner child, so if you’re feeling really retro, try hunting down that
old Atari system for guaranteed kicks – from your parents’ basement
if you’re lucky, or off Ebay otherwise.
clubThere’s nothing like the
promise of good eats to entice people to drop their usual routines and
gather together for a long evening of conversation and gorging.
Cooking/eating clubs are a good way for budding gourmets to share their
culinary experiments with pals, and for adventurous eaters to try new
dishes that they might never have encountered before. The idea is
simple: it’s essentially a dinner party that takes place at a set time
every month or two, with the location of the dinner party rotating from
house to house. The specifics of how the club works, of course, can
vary. If your friends are all reasonably comfortable in the kitchen,
having the host of the evening prep the whole meal gives each person in
the group a chance to play superhost and show off their kitchen skills
at the same time.
stop: still more over yonder!
lounge . nourish
host . laze
. home .