Hanging out and catching up with friends doesn’t always have to involve drinking at a bar or eating at a fancy restaurant. There are other activities you can do to reconnect with each other.
If you are looking forward to a get-together with your friends this weekend, here are some exciting ideas that you might want to try.
Schedule a Spa Party
A spa party allows you to relax and pamper yourselves while catching up with each other. You can either plan it at home or a med spa. Many spas provide a special room at the facility for such events. Some will even give you a discount if you book several services for your group.
Host a Themed Potluck Dinner
If you still want to include dining on your plan, then consider hosting a potluck dinner. Call your friends ahead of time and ask them to bring some food to share. To add flavor to your small gathering, plan the event with a theme in mind.
Whether it’s Hawaiian Luau or Havana Night, having a theme will make it easier for everyone to come up with meal ideas. Pro-tip: You can avoid ending up with several bowls of the same dish by creating a spreadsheet on Google Drive that your friends can access and check who’s bringing what.
Play Board Games
Board games are not just entertaining; they also bring people together in a fun setting where they can challenge each other and themselves. Such friendly competition is also beneficial to one’s health as it can help reduce stress and lower blood pressure.
Preparation is key to ensuring that your game night is a success. Start planning by determining how many of your friends are participating so that you can add extra chairs or tables, if necessary. Remind them to bring some snacks and drinks that you all can enjoy while playing.
Make It a Karaoke Night
Host a fun karaoke night so that you and your friends can channel your inner Taylor Swift or Ed Sheeran. You can have a song playlist prepared or simply mix it up for added spontaneity. Here’s an idea: Write down song titles on a piece of paper and put them in a hat or bowl. Then, let each one pick their mystery song when it’s their turn to sing.
Have a Movie Marathon
If you have all night to spare, consider picking a film series, such as Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, and prepare for an all-night movie marathon. Alternatively, you may choose films based on genre or your favorite actor’s filmography.
You may also consider a couple of feel-good movies that will lift your spirits as the credits roll. These films are great if you or one of your friends is feeling down and needs a pick-me-up.
Going out and partying with your friends at a bar or restaurant can be fun. But, sometimes, all you need is a spa party, karaoke night, Netflix marathon, or board game competition to make your time together worthwhile.