To usher in the new year, we had a few friends come over for a "friendly" games night. Brilliantly organised by Anita, and hosted by me and S. Who says we don't use our complementary skills (where skills in our case, involved having a large coffee table to play boardgames on)! We started off sedately, though, with 11 of us squashing good-naturedly around our 8-seater table, in the ONLY complete room of the house, decor-wise. (sigh).
It was a potluck, and I rather creatively, provided cheese and crackers (what a host!) Everyone else though, surpassed themselves bringing exotic tastes to the table.
Dinner was soooooo nice. I think everyone was playing NOICE until the board games started, and the real competitive backstabbing could begin. Or maybe I'm just paranoid.
But anyways, as I was saying, dinner was VERY nice.
After all the dinner niceties, we headed to the loungeroom for some goodnatured, old fashioned fun with board games. Except - put 11 people in a room with about 20 academic degrees between them playing cognitively interesting games and what happens? Friendly competition is NOT quite the word for it!
Ok, no, I lie. It was EXTRAORDINARILY fun. We were all in fine form, and belted out tunes, played charades, carved artistic works out of play-doh, drew accurate depictions with our eyes closed, had boys vs girls play-offs, and giggled and cackled a WHOLE LOT.
All in all, it was almost sinful, how enjoyable the night was. It's wonderful to have evenings filled with incredible fun, and remind me that I am lucky to be surrounded not just by friends, but amazing friends who are at once diverse yet similar, eloquent, intelligent, fun-loving, high-spirited, feisty and more. We always have so much fun when we come together, and thankfully, we do so a lot. What a great bunch.
When's the last time you had a boardgame night?