Why Not… Host a Game Night

As a mid-week pick me up, my friends and I will occasionally do a game night in lieu of our usual Take Out Tuesday. We love to play Pictionary and the “Who am I?” game (more on this later) while we sip on wine and indulge in platters of cheese and crackers. It’s a fun way to get everyone together and the memorable foolishness that ensues is inevitable…

Take for instance Jilly’s interpretation of SNL for Pictionary:

I guess Jilly should stick to her day job!

Our other favorite game to play is “Who Am I?” It’s hands down, my all time fav. It’s always so funny and leads to great conversation. If you don’t know how to play already, here’s how:

  1. Each person (I suggest a group of 5 or more) picks the name of a famous person (historical figures, celebrities, animated characters, etc.) for the person sitting to their left and writes it down on a sticky note. Don’t let anyone else see what you’ve written down until the game begins…
  2. Stick the note onto the forehead of the person to your left. It will be their job to guess “who they are.”
  3. Now for the rules… Each person gets 20 “yes or no” questions in order to figure out who they are. For example, “Am I a man or a woman?” or “Do I go to the Grammys?” While sitting in a circle, each person asks the group and the group provides an answer. The first person to guess who they are wins!

So as you can see, I was Bill Clinton.


Have you done a game night with friends? What games do you like to play?

Tell me in the comments below. I’ll feature my favorite suggestion in a Member Spotlight post!

XO Lauren


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  • Melissa Litchfield

    My friends and I have played Pokeno, it’s bascially Bingo played with cards! Its really fun and there is gifts involved. Everyone brings a gift around $15 and who ever wins each round gets to chose a gift. Depends how you want to play, my friends and I steal each others gifts :)

  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    Ahhhh this sounds so fun! I love Taboo, it’s similar to this and me and my freinds love it! We enjoy doing game nights too, because it gets us all together and laughing!

    XO Kelley


  • Melissa Panici

    This looks like so much fun!! My sisters and I would get together and play the card game “”Spoons””. In case you haven’t heard of it or don’t know how to play, I found a link that tells directions. http://www.pagat.com/eights/spoons.html. This game is so fun and really makes you laugh!

  • Pheebs623

    we tried playing True American (as seen in New Girl) SO MUCH FUN! greatest game ever

  • Marvin C.

    Lol!!! Cool games Lauren… =]

  • fashionsontop

    All these games look so fun!!:)


  • Petra Zeller

    We love these game two. Its real fun.
    xo, Petra

    http://www.sweetsoflife86.blogspot.com take a look πŸ˜‰

  • Giselle Escamilla

    wow these game sounds like a lot of fun! I will play one day!

  • Jessica McNeil

    My friends and I love to play games. When we have a big group together we always play what we call “”Fish Bowl.”” I have heard it called different names though. How you play: every person writes down 3 nouns. Write each noun on a slip of paper. After everyone submits their nouns, you put them in a bowl. Create teams, usually just every other person is on a team.

    There are 3 rounds: 1st round, you have to get your team to guess the word by describing it without saying the word (much like taboo). 2nd round you have to act it out (like guestures), 3rd round you can only use ONE word to describe it.

    The goal is to try to get your team to guess as many words as they can within a minute. Then pass to the next team (you need to have someone keep score and keep time). You play each round until the words run out and then put them all back in the bowl again and start the next round.

    This game is a lot of fun because everyone gets really into it. But it also combines different aspects from other games and the trick is to try and remember what words have been guessed….so pay attention as the other team goes too!

    Here is a link to learn more about this game: http://www.greatgroupgames.com/fishbowl.htm

  • Martin M

    Ilove spending nights with my friends and play hours and hours :)



  • AnselSf

    Ohh, we did that last night! We player Sequence and Clue. :)

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  • Samhita

    The game I love to play is “”in the manner of…”” so one person from the group steps out of the room, and the group together comes up with an adverb (ex: saucily, angrily, etc). the person comes back in the room and asks each person do something “”in the manner of the word””…until they can guess what the adverb is!

  • Andrea H. Kaplan

    Every Sunday is our family night, where we have dinner together and play games afterwards. Usually on the list is charades, taboo, outburst, catchphrase (pairs great with wine), and Nertz if you’re into cards (on wikipedia).

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  • Melissa Panici

    I also have a really cool drinking game my sister and her boyfriend did a few years back. We played a song (I believe it was “”Thunder”” by ACDC). We took a drink evey time they said thunder. Let me say, I was pretty tipsy by the end of that night! lol. You can pick any cool song like that. It’s really fun:)

  • Leanne

    Such a fun idea!!!

    Love from South Africa


  • Blair Arms

    Any time my family gets together we play games. Most recently we played Mad Gab. It’s so funny to try and guess what you are saying. I have a closet full of board games and we play many cards games too. When I have a family, I believe I will instill a family game night!

  • Rachael Yanta

    I love the concept of the ‘who am I’ game! Will definitely play that!


  • Michelle LaPorte

    Game night is always so much fun! Its great to have a pick me up with your friends and laugh all night!!


  • Kim Cre

    My friends & I loooove games! Some of our favs are: Quelf (really random, funny game), Cards Against Humanity (FUNNY, kinda like Apples to Apples, & free online: just dl the cards at http://www.cardsagainsthumanity.com, print ’em, & cut them out), & Telephone Pictionary (get a notepad & pen for each person, every1 starts out writing a sentence that can be drawn, then pass the notepad to the person on your left, & draw the sentence on the next page, then pass the notepad to your left, & write a sentence of what you think the drawing is on the next page, & so on & so forth. It can turn out really funny in the end to see what the sentence has turned into). =)

  • Ciara Strittmather

    sometimes my friends and I will play a game when we go out to the bars or to any social events. We each write 2 odd sentences on pieces of paper and then put them all in the hat. After they’re mixed up we pick out 2 pieces of paper and those are the first lines we can use to start a conversation with anyone we know. I once had the sentece “”I beat my grandma in words with friends.”” and that was how I had to introduce myself to people. It was a really fun game. :]

  • Dana

    One guaranteed for laughs!Each person needs a piece of paper for each person in the group. (5 players, each person has 5 pieces of paper) Everyone chooses a movie and draws a picture of it on a sheet of paper then passes the whole pile to the left. Each person has to guess the movie and write the name of it on a new sheet of paper. Pass the pile to the left! That person then draws a picture of the movie on a new sheet of paper from the pile. Continue until it goes around the whole circle… it’s hilarious to see how the movies evolve!

  • Emilie

    Game Nights are super fun :)

    xo Emilie

    PS please visit my blog @ http://www.hungrydelights.com/

  • Elizabeth LaBrasca

    love game night! we always do this in the summer, our favorite is catch phrase, we are addicteddd!

    xo Elizabeth


  • tinamarie

    cranium. phase 10. i love who am i… i’m going to suggest this game next time (:

  • fashionfoodfeminism

    My mom actually loves to have game nights when me and siblings are all together. It’s always scrabble, uno, and yahtzee. And our new fave is Huggermugger.

  • Liesl

    I love game night! BUT, I get so annoyed when people start cheating, or when The Boyfriend’s crazy competitive side starts to come out! πŸ˜€

    Liesl xxx

    I’m over the moon! I got published!


  • Stephanie McDonnell

    How fun. I love to sit around with my hubby and play Yahtzee and build puzzles!


  • Tiffani Stuart

    My sisters and I used to get together on Mondays to watch The Hills (lol) Also, it kind of segued into Real Housewives of … whatever county/state, lol. I think this would be an awesome idea to try!

  • Emily k.

    I love family game nights! My brother-in-law picks up these really cool indie games that end up being really fun. I recommend Ca$h ‘n Gun$! πŸ˜› Tonight we’re all getting together for a movie…. but maybe we’ll sneak in a game, too!



  • Kelly Burt

    This sounds like a lot of fun! I definitely want to give this a try sometime with some friends. A game that I sometimes like to play is called catch phrase. You can buy it in any store like Target or Wal-mart. It is similar to this one. There are several different categories to choose from and once you have chosen, you pick a topic to describe under that category and everyone else has to try to guess what it is and they only have a minute to get it. Lots of fun!

  • Mcak

    I forgot the name of this game but basically there are cards with different subjects on them and you choose one, for example “”Pick up lines you should never use”” and then everyone writes a sentence. Try to be funny and creative with your sentence and the game is more fun. Then one person reads them all out loud and you go around the circle and each person tries to guess who’s sentence. It is a pretty simple game but can be pretty hilarious. Also another fun one is everyone writes a creative sentence and then pass to the next person and they have to draw a picture to describe the sentence, then pass again to the next person and they have to write a sentence about the picture. Once you are finished and look at each paper the results are hilarious!

  • Crystal Posner

    Love this game def gonna use it this summer when we go to the outdoor movie theatre “”Hollywood Forever”” this summer!!

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  • Cruz Ofelia L.

    Me and my girlfirends get togther and we bring a bottle of wine with our favorite boards games and play a little bit of everything from pictionary to kings cup lol :)

  • Monica Castillo

    Love game nights!!! My go to game is Apples to Apples. It’s really fun and hilarious!!!!

  • Rebecca Lawson

    Ditto on Monica’s choice of Apples to Apples. Its a favorite for girls night at my place πŸ˜‰

  • Mindee Krymer

    I have game nights all the time! Fan favorites are:

    -Sorry! (Yes, it’s still fun (if not moreso!) when you’re not 8.)


    -Any form of Trivial Pursuit (note: if you play the vintage Disney edition, play with the kids questions! NO ONE will be able to answer the adult questions. This is coming from a girl who has played with several friends who work for Disney.)



    -Partini! (Such a fun party game! Like Cranium, but better.)

  • Bree

    I love doing game nights and some of my favorite games are The Game of Things, and DumbAss. Great games to play with friends and get lots of laughs!

  • Marine

    Last time we played “”Who am I?”” was at New Year. We were 5, 2 couples and myself. My BFF and I bought masks for the others, I bought hers, and she bought mine.

    As we live in UK, we were all british: here is a picture : )


    Myself as Victoria Beckham + Kate Middleton, Fearne Cotton, Lord Sugar and Andy Murray.

    Lot of fun!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisanne van Dijk

    You can also play the game who am i, by adding two more levels, after everybody guesses who they are, put the papers in a bowl and make teams, a player at a time picks out a piece of paper and tries to describe to her teammates who’s on the piece of paper by using 2 words. The second level is playing charades using the same pieces of paper in the bowl. Hope my explanation works is clear :-)

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  • ghazalehk

    cards against humanity! http://cardsagainsthumanity.com – a more interesting twist on apples to apples.

  • Haley Wilson

    I love this new game I found called Personalogy


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