Growing up, my family and I used to play games almost every night at dinner. I’m talking marathon Monopoly games, Uno matches that would rival competitive sports, and more than a few domino games that include ‘friendly wagers’. While I loved it as a kid, I needed a long break from game nights before I got back into them as an adult.
Now, game night has taken on a new meaning. I look forward to popping open a bottle of wine and bringing out the games—it’s such a fun way to spend time and connect with friends and family!
Scroll on for some of my favorites for game night that’s guaranteed to keep you laughing and make everyone stay up way too late. We warned you!
One can’t make a game night list like this and not include the mother of all party games. Cards Against Humanity is a ridiculous, adult-themed, slightly offensive take on the card game Apples to Apples, and it’s quickly worked its way to the No. 1 best-selling spot in the toys and games department.
Was Trivia Night at your local bar the highlight of your week? Bring the fun home with Smart Ass, a game where you have to shout out the answer to each who, what, or where question first to win the round. Sort of like Jeopardy without the manners.
If memes crack you up, you’ll seriously love this game. Think Cards Against Humanity, but with Meme captions as the playing cards to make the best photo/text combo. What Do You Meme is our favorite easy game to play with friends (and a couple of bottles of wine or tequila cocktails!)
Okay, everyone is familiar with this game since it’s been around since the 60’s, but we think it has been unjustly forgotten over time. The great thing about Twister is that it is just as appropriate at an eight-year-old birthday party as at a grown-up party. There is even a “Twister Ultimate” version with a larger mat for more players.
This all-rounder game is played in teams and forces players to use different kinds of creative intelligence—hence the name. Teams try to complete tasks by doing all kinds of things—getting your teammates to guess what you’re making out of clay, solving a puzzle, acting out a scene, or spelling words backward, for example. Cranium is a game for all ages, too!
Want to get to know your friends better? Then you have to play the Hot Seat card game, which will help you find out who your friends really are – you may even discover a few things you didn’t want to know!
From naming celebrities to singing, to silly accents, Heads Up is sure to bring a ton of laughs. You have to guess the word on the card that’s on your head from your friends’ clues before the timer runs out!
You think it’d be easy to name three types of dessert, but it’s not easy when the five-second timer is going! 5 Second Rule is a simple, yet incredibly fun game where you are challenged to name three of whatever topic is on the card—sometimes you’ll be able to name them in three seconds and other times your mind will go completely blank!
Only serious game players allowed! There are two spymasters and each spymaster is trying to get their team to guess which word or picture cards are theirs by only saying one very strategic word. Codenames is a word game that will force you to really use your brain, but it feels so good when you win!
I recently played this game on vacation and it was way more fun than I remembered (it helps that I kept winning)! It’s time to give Sorry! a second chance and bring it out at your next game night—maybe bring out Twister, too, and have a vintage game night!
Catch Phrase is definitely an oldie, but a goodie. If you haven’t played, you try to get your teammates to guess the word or phrase that appears, but you can’t say any of the words on the screen—you better think fast! This fast-paced game will give you a little insight into how your friends or family think under pressure!
If you’re looking for a game that’s a bit more strategic than your basic game, but not quite as strategic (and long!) as Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride is the game for you! In this cross-country train adventure game, you and your friends will collect cards and grow your railway across America; if you can connect two cities and have the longest railway, you’re the winner!
This post was originally published on April 19, 2019, and has since been updated.