After a long, arduous week we get some time to forget about work/school (both?.) A great way to unwind is grabbing some drinks with friends and hitting the town.
Or… you could lounge around at home, forget about the FOMO, and have a Friday night in. Before you roll your eyes too deep, here are some ways to make your homebody antics interesting and fun.
Board game night (!)
#Tbt to some of the best (or most cruel) childhood memories and host a board game night. Who doesn’t like reliving the glory days of careless childhood weekends at home? Here are our top three picks.
Monopoly – I have vivid memories of flipped Monopoly boards and temper-tantrums thrown mid game as a child, but I somehow still loved it. Although Monopoly needs little to no introduction, I’m going to introduce it anyway. it is a popular multiplayer board game consisting of one board, two stacks of cards, set pieces and a bank of cash, otherwise known as “Monopoly money.” You can play with up to eight people meaning no friends need to be excluded. People will roll a two six-sided dice during their turn to move around the game board where they buy, trade, and develop properties. It is one of the most popular board games of all time and honestly, I’ve grown much more fond of it as an adult.
Scrabble – Test out the range of you and your friends’ vocabulary. For the first time dropping obnoxiously convoluted (wink, wink) words will work in your social favor. Scrabble is a game where two to four players compete in forming words by placing a single letter on a board that is divided into a 15 x 15 grid of squares. The words spelled out should interlock like the words in a crossword puzzle and should be read left to right in rows or downwards in columns. Great for an intimate and literate crowd.
Operation – Operation is an electronic board game that tests its players’ motor skills and hand-eye coordination. During a turn, the player will need to remove body parts from the patient (Cavity Sam) without touching the electrically charged edges. This is a game that is guaranteed to add “buzz” to your Friday evening (for an added buzz, a bottle of wine is a welcomed addition).
Speaking of wine and exhibitionism, you can also present your friends with a classy selection of cheeses paired with the best French wines. Know nothing about wine and cheese pairing? Your friends probably don’t either and if you’re providing the alcohol I doubt they’ll complain. But just in case your friend who studied abroad in Paris is being judgmental here are our top three picks of French wines with their perfect cheese and meat partners.
Sauvignon Blanc – This is a white wine made from a green-skinned grape variety with the same name. It is one of the most popular white wines and is commonly described as being light and grassy due to its refreshing crispness. Sauvignon Blanc is best paired with light cheeses such as Monterey Jack, French goat cheese, fresh asiago, Havarti, and mild yellow cheddar. When it comes to meats, it is best paired with seafood such as oysters, fresh crab, prawns or any type of delicate fish such as Sole.
Merlot – This is a dry red wine that goes well with cheeses that have sharp and tangy flavors such as medium cheddar, smoked gouda, and brie. Merlot is also easy to pair with food and matches with well with roasted and grilled meats as well as bacon and prosciutto.
Cabernet Sauvignon – This full-bodied, dry red wine has hints of dark fruits and herbs. It pairs well with extra sharp cheddar and other cheeses with moderate flavors. For meat, steak, bison, and duck match beautifully with this full-flavored wine.
Invite some friends over and host a video game tournament. Here are our top three video games that are interactive and exciting enough to play among friends on a Friday evening. Hate to be a buzzkill this early in the game but see our article on video game addiction to make sure to keep your gaming nights under control.
Super Smash Bros – Super Smash Bros is a crossover fighting video game that features a cast of characters and locations from several different Nintendo franchises. Your main goal is to launch your opponents off the stage using each character’s unique skills.
Overcooked – Overcooked is a cooperative, cooking simulation game that lets players control a number of chefs in kitchens that are filled with obstacles and hazards. The goal of the game is to rapidly prepare meals to specific orders under a time limit.
Death Squared – Death Squared is a cooperative puzzle game that would put your hand-eye coordination and your relationship with your friends and family to the test. Play this game and start solving puzzles together or die trying!
Re-watch your favorite series such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, or even Matrix. Granted, this may need to be split over a few Fridays. But if you are looking for a new series to binge, here are our top picks. Again we’re all about tech/life balance so be sure to keep binging to a healthy social level!
Forever – Forever, follows the story of June and Oscar, a married couple who live a comfortable but predictable life in suburban Riverside, CA when suddenly they find themselves in a completely unexpected situation.
Maniac – Maniac is a psychological, dark comedy-drama that follows Annie Landsberg and Owen Milgrim – two strangers that connect during a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial conducted by Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech.
You – You is a psychological thriller about Joe Goldberg, a bookstore manager who falls in love and becomes obsessed with a customer named Guinevere Beck.
Those are just some ideas to help you have a great time on Friday evenings without leaving your house because sometimes, it’s nice to just stay home and embrace the hermit life.