Thursday, February 8, 2018

3 Ways to Spend Time With Your Friends

When was the last time you and your friends had a wild weekend? I am way past that point in my life, but that doesn’t mean we all have to wave goodbye to the fun train. No matter your age, you should set aside some time every now and then so that you and your friends can catch up and have some fun!

Maintaining friendships can be hard work as you become an adult and life becomes more hectic. Responsibilities of home ownership, jobs, and being a parent can consume your life at times. But it’s important to make the effort to arrange activities and have a social life. I know this is something I really need to work on! You might say that you’re too busy to hang out and have fun, but there’s always the opportunity to make time for hanging out if you really want to. What about this weekend? And don’t just arrange a quick 30-minute catch-up at your local coffee shop. Here are some great ideas for hanging out with your friends!

Have a games night.
Too old for clubbing or bar hopping? You and your friends could gather at somebody’s house for a night of wine and games. This doesn’t have to be as tame and boring as it might sound. Having some good appetizers, fun cocktails and a few of your best friends, a night in with some games can create one heck of a fun evening. There are so many great board games now, too. You should try out a game like Cards of Humanity, Catch Phrase, or Apples to Apples! They all could lead to laughter, especially depending on the humor of your friends. Even trying out some of your favorite board games from when you were a kid could be a blast! You can reminisce over a game Candy Land or Sorry! You might even want to take the games night outdoors if it’s a warm time of year. Grill some food, bring the drinks, and have some fun. You might not be a teenager, but you’re probably not old just yet. Get some tennis rackets or a baseball set and have an amateur sports match. Games night can be a lot of fun if you do it correctly.

Learn a new skill together.
If you and your friends really want to have a laugh this weekend then you should make it your mission to learn a new skill. Obviously, you’re probably not going to master that skill in the space of a couple of days, but you can have a fun time getting started. And if you enjoy the activity then you and your friends can make it a regularly scheduled night to carry on learning that skill. You could join a local arts and crafts course, try a cooking class, or even sign up for Tai Kwon Do together! Or if you’d rather take control of the reins yourself then you could learn a skill that could be mastered at home. You might want to check out BrewInMind if you and your friends would be keen on the idea of learning how to craft your own beers at home. With all the different types of craft beers you could create, this could be a really fun skill to learn.

Go on a road trip.

One of the best ways to bond with friends is to go on a road trip. There are always out of the way places they need to be explored near you and fun restaurants or B&Bs to be tried. Organize a journey to visit some fun destinations with your buddies. Hop in a car, pack some supplies, and head off on your journey of exploration. It doesn’t even have to cost you a lot of money; you could simply visit a town or a city you’ve always wanted to see as a group; sightseeing can be free if you look into fun parks or free activities wherever you travel!


  1. All fun ideas! I love to go on little trips with my friends.

    pumps and push-ups

  2. These are great ideas! It is so hard to schedule time together once kids come into the picture, but so rewarding when things align and you get the time to catch up! :)

    Hope you've been having a lovely week! Another busy one here, but not as stressful as last week so that's nice :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  3. Game nights are so much fun! Any time we host friends we try to have some games ready to go for that point in the night when the conversation starts getting stale. We always end up laughing and making good memories that way.
    Gina || On the Daily Express

  4. This is something I really struggle with!! One of my friends recently suggested a Plant night... you make a plant arrangement and it is usually hosted at a bar. I hope we find time to do it! I am always up for a game night.


  5. I absolutely love this idea, Laura! Usually we just go to dinner, but it'd be way more fun to have a games night!!

  6. We love playing cards with our friends! It's so much better than going to a movie where you can't talk! It is important to keep up relationships with friends as we age! Happy weekend Laura!

  7. Oh, if we only had friends. We are such introverts. And most of the time I am good with that, but just wish we had some good friends, maybe one or two couples, that really 'get' us and would want to come over to play Pictionary!!

    We were hanging out with a gang from Paul's baseball team but they wanted to get together several times a week. And eat out!!! $$ And what do you say to people who aren't family when you are together that much?

    Anyway, love your ideas. I am going to be giving away a little game on my blog this coming week called Vertellis. It is fun to play, is designed to encourage people to talk to one another more.

    Great post!

  8. I would love to do all these things with my friends!

  9. Great ideas for things to do with friends! I would definitely be up for all 3 and totally agree that this is something I would need to work on too - finding the time. It seems everyone is way too busy and with the distance between all my friends and I - it's really so much easier to not make an effort. I know sounds terrible but I am just saying! Lol 😂 I am going to see a friend in April whom moved to LA two years ago. We can't quite do the road trippin together since she is pregnant but I am looking forward to seeing her. Little victories right?! I hope your weekend is off to a great start!

    Maureen |

  10. I used to do Friday night game night with friend. We haven't done one in a long time. Have a great weekend.

  11. These are great ideas. Games night sounds really fun. I should definitely try this. Thanks for sharing dear!

    Jessica |

  12. Three great ideas-
    Going to the movies, theatre and museum are also some of my favs.