Food and Drink
I always keep my fridge stocked with Patrón Silver tequila, Tito’s vodka, and rosé, ready for an impromptu party. But on game night, I also encourage guests to bring their drink of choice—same goes for food. Some of my friends are great cooks, and they each have a signature dish, so I tend to make dinner a potluck. This encourages conversation, while adding a little bit of friendly competition.
I like to spread snacks around the apartment so people can choose where to congregate, and it keeps everyone from hovering in the kitchen.
When it comes to games, the night can go one of two ways: casual dinner with favorite board and card games, or beer pong and flip cup. I love playing backgammon; I used to play with my family all the time. Celebrity is another game we would play when I was a kid—we called it the Band-Aid game. The point is to guess whose name is on the Band-Aid on your forehead. It’s so much fun, but it’s best to play with friends you know well since they’ll give you a hilarious celebrity who you’ll certainly know. Yahtzee and Cards Against Humanity are great games to break the ice with new guests. And, naturally, beer games always bring the boys.
The Wind Down
Once the party winds down, I like to put on a movie for those still hanging out. My favorites range from What About Bob?, Big Daddy and Tommy Boy to The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Royal Tenenbaums. Documentaries are always great, too, like Blackfish, Food, Inc. and Muscle Shoals.
- Weston Wells
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