It’s great to have the odd night in with your mates instead of feeling that you have to go out somewhere and spend loads of money every time you want to have a get-together. But if you’re going to stay in, you need to have something planned in terms of activity so that you don’t just spend the night flopped out in front of the TV.
A retro night in is always an entertaining option and these are the kind of activities you could think about including.
Play some games
Go back to life before the internet and get out some of your favourite board games. Great ones to play in a big group include Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit and Monopoly. There are also those classic party games that you could try – charades or ‘Who am I?’ where everyone has a name of a famous person stuck on their forehead, and needs to ask other people questions to find out who they are. Party games work even better when everyone’s had a few drinks and is feeling more relaxed and uninhibited, of course.
Buy a lottery ticket – either one each or a few for the group to share as a syndicate – and watch the lottery draw live on TV. You never know, if you hit the jackpot like one of the Euromillions most recent draws have had, none of you might not need to get up for work in the morning – ever again!
Bingo’s another game that can take you back in time but there’s no need to go to the local bingo hall; you can play it at home in a group. With online bingo sites, you can all login to play the same games on your mobiles or tablets and see who has the most luck as the numbers are called.
Throw a house party
There’s nothing like an old-fashioned house party. Pick a retro theme like the seventies or eighties, or even go back further in time with a Roman toga party – which were all the rage in the seventies! Get everyone to dress up and increase the retro feel by serving food and drink appropriate to the theme of your party. Retro nights in are easy to organise and make a great change from heading to the usual bars and clubs in town. Next time you all want to meet up, try hosting some old-fashioned fun at your place.
*Written by Hannah Richardson. All photos my own