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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Playing games at home

During this never-ending winter, we kept getting into ruts at night, where we would make dinner, flop on the sofa and watch TV. But now that we've seen every episode of House Hunters International, we needed something different...

So, to mix things up, we've started playing games—Alex taught me gin rummy—and it has been really fun to drink wine, play the game and chat. Here are some photos from last night, and a list of games you can play with just two people:

Board games:
Jenga (we played this a bunch when I was pregnant with Toby)
Mastermind
Scrabble
Bananagrams
Boggle (I LOVE BOGGLE)
Mancala
Checkers
Chinese Checkers
Monopoly
Othello

Card games:
Gin rummy
Speed
Double Solitaire
Uno

Games you just make up:
Truth or Dare
Would You Rather (Love playing this on vacations)
What games do you like? Do you play them with friends and/or with your partner? Do you like any of the games above, or have other suggestions? We'd love any recommendations! :)

P.S. Date ideas (including a terrifying date), and how to keep the sparks flying.

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nic said...

cards against humanity is super fun to play with a group of friends and some cocktails!

Sadie said...

Two handed spades is a staple in our house! And we just learned how to play Nertz, which is hysterical and so fun!

Joanna Goddard said...

ooh thanks, sadie!!

Karen said...

Charades! You can play with a large group or small. We always play on summer beach vacations with teams. It can get super competitive and we always have a lot of laughs. Its fun with young kids too- you can see their little minds working out ways to act out their clue.

Rachel B.C. said...

Backgammon is surprisingly fun and easy to learn. And last year we got really into a board game called Ticket to Ride. Appletters is good a spinoff of Bananagrams, (and more competitive if that's even possible!)

[And yes, I LOVE BOGGLE too!!]

MonicaDelia said...

I LOVE playing games (my husband is such a big TV watcher... boo!) but, when I can convince him other wise we enjoy dominos and cards games. Have you every played the card game called "speed"? There are different versions (2 I know of). It's super competitive and quick, which makes it big time fun!

Rose Weckesser said...

Our favorite board game is Ticket to Ride. Is a strategy game but is very easy, even if you didn't grow up playing risk like my husband.

You can play with 2-5 people. So its good for nights in or take it to parties.

Unknown said...

Dixit is also addictive! When you play it with friends you can't stop!

catherine sprunt said...

I really want to try Cards Against Humanity. In a group, Balderdash is SO fun. Basically you get a super obscure word and everyone has to make up a definition for it that could be true and then someone reads them all out and you have to guess which one is the real one. And you get points if people guess your silly definition!

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Olivia N said...

Cribbage! My boyfriend and I are just like an old couple (at the age of 23) and play card games on weeknights, Friday nights, at the cottage, curled up at home on the couch or on the dock on those blissful summer eves. Some other fun ones are Mexican Poker, Kings in the Corner and 31.
Enjoy!

Monica VandenBerg said...

Great list! I would recommend cribbage. It's a great two person game. I grew up playing with my grandmother, and I just recently taught my boyfriend to play!

Laura said...

Not really a game, but having two small Nerf guns ("Jolts" - they use foam tubes for "bullets") is a lot of fun. We will surprise each other with a "shot" and instantly a game ensues. It's a fun way to act like kids with your loved one.

Meg said...

We just recently went away for a long weekend to Switzerland and our staple holiday item - a deck of cards! We love cards nights but don't do them at home for some reason. We play 2 handed 500, but without the "Birthday Girl" advantage, I get very frustrated!!!But I just love chatting, having a G&T and not feeling like i'm getting instantly more stupid from watching whatever reality TV show I happen to be obsessed with.. (ahhh Bachelor....) xx

Jane Doe said...

Have you ever played Articulate? It's a WONDERFUL word guessing game that I picked up while living in England. Especially fun when you have Brits in your family. We usually pit the Americans vs the Brits. Hours of fun!!

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Aileen Plough said...

Our current faves are Scopa (an Italian card game 2-4 players- you can get it on Amazon), and Monopoly Deal (card game). Can't get enough of either!

Joan said...

Phase 10 is my favorite!

Unknown said...

Dude, I'm telling you ... Farkle! All you need is six dice. My friends and I are obsessed and have spent many a wine-soaked evening trying to outscore one another.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh yes charades!!!

Kate Yandell said...

We play a lot of backgammon, Settlers of Catan, and Dominion.

Joanna Goddard said...

ooh ticket to ride sounds great. and laura, that is so cute :)

Joanna Goddard said...

omg my sister loves farkle! she and her husband played it a ton with their side of the family over christmas and were raving about it.

Mersey said...

Thank you so much for this list! My boyfriend and I are always looking for games that can be played with just 2 people. We have been getting into puzzles this winter. We've also been drinking wine and painting together as a date night (we are not artists by any means, but it's actually really fun)

Christine said...

Last night we finished dinner that our newborn slept through (a first!) and since she was still sleeping we played a game of cribbage- it felt like a special date night!

els said...

Don't hate - but I'm going to have to throw in video games! Sometimes a good Mario Kart match can turn into flirty competition and sexy times :)

stk said...

My husband and I, through both of my pregnancies where I remain mostly on a couch after work, have played Monopoly on our iPad (we both have iPads). You just do WiFi game, and the best part is that you don't have to count all the money/do the bureaucratic stuff Monopoly always seems to include. The computer just does everything and all you have to decide is buy/don't buy/etc. It's very fun and we get surprisingly competitive.

Roopika Malhotra said...

I grew up playing Carrom board with my family...it's a board game that's popular in India where you use a flick of your finger to aim game pieces into a net in opposite corners (sort of like table hockey). Just this week, I actually saw a Carrom board in a toy store in pasadena and was thinking it might be coming back! P.S. Boggle is the best! I can't wait to play that one with my kids when they're older. Another fave: Scattegories!

Maggie said...

This is unrelated, but I love that sweater! May I ask where it's from?

Ana de Almeida said...

Get Black Stories... it is so good and you can play in two or in a group!

A. Albinger said...

A few more that we like: Qwrikle, backgammon, Farkle, cribbage, Flip Out and good old fashioned dominoes can be fun too.

Lisa Johnson said...

I love games too! Charades is one of my favorites. Apples to Apples is really fun and so is Balderdash.

La Vie est Belle said...

Do you play SUPER Boggle? That is my all time favorite game. One summer while my husband was doing an internship in Hong Kong I used to practice while he was at work so that I could beat him when we played at night :)

Did you see our episode of HHI? It was so fun to play tv show actor for a few days.

paraprophet said...

My boyfriend and I have been playing a lot of scrabble during the long winter. We've also been playing pitch, which can be a great two person card game! Check out the rules here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_(card_game) We play "draw pitch" specifically. Try it!

Metamorphocity said...

I'm OBSESSED with Bananagrams and taboo. A little Scattergories never hurt anyone either.

Sometimes my friends and I play "He's Perfect, but..." a made up game where you come up with potential flaws in a mate who is otherwise perfect and have to decide if you'd be able to overlook it if he was great in every other way. We get a good laugh out of it. I used to play it on my blog too, might be time to bring it back!

MouseClark said...

My boyfriend taught my backgammon which he played a lot with his grandma growing up, apparently she was ruthless!
It's a great game for 2 and we've stayed up into the wee hours playing.

Gin Rummy is one we play a lot too, particularly when we are away camping.

Leanne Inge said...

Flux! It's 100% dorky but you can play with two players. The rules (as you might guess) are constantly in flux so it's a different game every time.

Also, if you're looking for a game that you can include Toby in you might try Spot it. My daughter is just a few months older than him and the rules are simple enough that she can be competitive with adults. Also, she can't cheat! I feel like games like Candy Land and Memory just make her come up with creative ways to break the rules.

Diana Menendez Pastorelli said...

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TT said...

Backgammon, and there are some chic boards out there!

Kerry said...

There's a new place that's recently opened in my town (Halifax) that is a games cafe. They have something like 400 board games to choose from, not to mention beer and snacks! I haven't been yet because it's always so crowded. I think it's a genius idea.

Jesse said...

oh i love boggle!
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Unknown said...

I will second (third?) Ticket to Ride! If you look on amazon, they have several different versions, one of which is meant for just 2-3 people (Scandinavia). I hate strategy games, especially playing against my husband who has always been a strategic thinker, but this game is super fun.

Natalie - The Senses Five said...

ugh, house hunters international! do you talk shit about the "hunters" as well? so bad. We just keep finding more shows, like true detective and house of cards. really need to take a night off and play a game instead!

Olivia said...

Ooh, what is that lipstick you're wearing in this photo? It's lovely!

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife said...

It can be a bit tricky to master but Canasta is a wonderful card game for two, ask around and when you find someone who knows how to play make them teach you. For Christmas we were gifted Skip-bo and played for about two weeks straight!

Unknown said...

Heads up is a super fun game app for 2 or more people. Best part is you always have the game with you.

Lauren E. said...

I'd say at least once a week we have the same conversation. Boyfriend: Wanna do something? Me: Like what? Boyfriend: I dunno. Me: Wanna play a game? Boyfriend: Like what? Me: I dunno.

We sometimes bust out the Wii bowling when we're REALLY desperate but these are fantastic ideas! Jenga especially. I forgot how much I love that game.

marigold said...

Cribbage FTW!

kristen said...

I kick so much ass at Boggle with my husband, but I'll never be as good as my mom! She's INSANE at word games. I like Settlers of Catan a lot; have you ever played it?

samantha hahn said...

boggle and quiddler

Samantha said...

Cards Against Humanity is so fun with a group (I cry from laughing so hard every time I play :)

Also, beautiful lipstick, Joanna! Where is it from?

xx

Erin said...

My boyfriend and I love playing games. One of our favorites is called Qwirkle, it's great for 2-4 players.

Jenn said...

Carcassone is a fun strategy board game that can be played with 2 people. My husband usually crushes me at strategy games (he was on the chess team in high school lol) but I can hold my own in that one. Also, it only takes about half an hour to play once you get the hang of it so it doesn't drag on.

christa said...

I want to try Cards Against Humanity. You can download the cards for free on their site!

simply blythe said...

ugh, so smart...that rut is easy to fall into and sometimes i realize i'm watching something i'm really not into, but he likes...
i have a friend whose parents have been married for thirty-plus years and they play a game together every night.
so sweet.

CeCe said...

Perudo is so much fun! you can play with 2 people or up to 6 and it's very quick paced when you get into it. You can buy a set online or if you have enough dice for 5 per person and a few plastic cups you can just find the rules online and play!
I agree with Articulate as well - brilliant game! Although better with 4+ players

Eve said...

Yahtzee! My fella and I bring dice everywhere, just in case we have time for a quick game. Best one so far was on a rooftop in Mexico while drinking Sol =)

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Jessica said...

We play Dominos! And Uno, and sometimes Monopoly.

Suzie Chapman said...

Yes! Love this post. Just bought
Settlers of Cattan for my boyfriend's birthday. Hope it's a good one!

Also -- your red lipstick is beautiful! What brand/color is that?

Sara Chalk said...

Carcassonne is an awesome game for 2. Only take about 30 mins. Love your blog.

Denise said...

Yahtzee! And I used to love cribbage but I forget how now :(. And even though we're grown ups we always have travel sized connect four when we are travelling...for airports/bus terminal waits.

Sara Chalk said...

Carcassonne is an awesome game for 2. Only take about 30 mins. Love your blog.

13bees said...

your hair looks great! x

Eeelisa said...

My favorite game is to get to know people is Truth Truth Lie. It's really simple. Every takes turns telling 2 truths about themselves and 1 lie and everyone in the group has to guess which was the lie. It's amazing the things you learn about someone and some incredible stories are shared!

marlene said...

I'm beyond games at this point. I'm so sick of winter all we've done this past week is drink tea and plan weekend trips for the spring and future plans to move ELSEWHERE

Emily said...

Chess! My boyfriend taught me and now we play it because it's challenging and takes a while, and we progress with our skill each time.

Paige said...

We love doing this to get out of a rut ourselves! Along with some of the games you named, a couple other favorites of ours are Battleship and Yahtzee.

Paige said...

Oh, and never ever Monopoly. That game doesn't end well. I'm too competitive, and I really didn't like the fact that my husband was stealing all of my fake money!

Daniela said...

Generala is a tradition in my family. You start playing it as soon as you learn to count to six (about four years old?) and is merciless. Everyone will teachyou, but nobody will let you win. You have to earn it. We play for money (highest bet is AR$1, about U$S 0.1), we play for candy, we play for beans (we are hilarious), we play for the glory, we play to CRUSH the rest of the family. We play it at any time possible, as long as we have half an hour, there will be somebody putting out the dices.

It is also a great way to teach numbers to little kids.

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i'm stephanie. said...

"spot it!" is a fun card game that you could play with Toby. we play it with our kids (5 and 8.) it's fun to play at restaurants when you have to wait.

my husband loves cribbage and has been teaching it to me for 15 years. ;)

Susannah Warner said...

Egyptian Rat Screw! It's similar to slapjack but more complicated. Julia Roberts and Richard Gere play it in "Runaway Bride" during their "in love and about to get married" montage.

kate said...

Rat-a-Tat Cat! This is an odd one because I think it's for children, but I have a huge family and the adult cousins have definitely stolen this from the younger ones and had tipsy, late-into-the-night games of this. Super fun and when Toby is a little older he could play too.

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clairterese said...

My husband LOVES games and well... I don't. We've found a happy medium with non-strategy games, Farkle and Egyptian Rat Slap are our favorites. No kids yet, but they still are helping to get us through this Pacific Northwest dreary winter!

Sarah said...

whenever we are with my sister and husband we always always play settlers of catan. we are obsessed.

jess said...

great list thanks!! love your lipstick color and sweater in the photo. details??

also catch phrase and classic payday are staples at my house!

Jennifer Scancella said...

My husband and I have a "small" boardgame obsession. Our guest room wall to wall closet holds the majority of a our board games. I haven't counted recently but I'm pretty sure we have over 300. Liek I said a small obsession.

So I second, or third, or forth :-) Ticket to ride and carcassonne. I would also recommend Balloon Cup(a card came where you try to win these cubes), Maori(a newer game we've been playing--you are a boat and you draw tiles to make your ocean), and Can't Stop(a press your luck dice game) just to name a few.

Lana said...

We love Stratego and Chess. With a group we love Blokus and Qwirkle. Also, my husband's aunt and uncle play a card game called Spite and Might every morning before they both leave for work. I think thats cute.

Ainsley said...

Lost Cities is a FANTASTIC game for two people (it can actually only be played w/ two players). We picked it up a few months ago and play all the time now.

Kendall said...

Hi Joanna! My husband and I have been spending the winter here in Chicago in similar fashion. We love playing 500 rummy together! Now we have a whole mini notebook filled with scores and it's turned into quite the event on weeknights, making drinks and challenging each other to rounds. It's a great wintertime activity!

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Lydia Hickok said...

Have you ever heard of Quiddler? We discovered it recently. It's a card game that mixes in some Boggle elements with finding words. A great one for two people or more.

Ashley Arbaiza said...

I just told my husband last night, "If I watch one more episode of House Hunters I will EXPLODE!!!" I'm glad I'm not alone, haha!! During the day I've resorted to drawing out roads all over our floors in painters tape for our two year old to drive his trucks around.... this winter just won't quit!!

Alison said...

Ohhhh we are HUGE board game nerds! Two player games can be tough to find, but Ticket to Ride and Carcassonne (as mentioned) are great! We also love Jaipur and Dominion. Also try Escape: The Curse of the Temple; it's good for two players and makes a greta family game for when the kids grow.

poisonwood said...

Playing games with your partner is such a great way to break up the evenings! We love lost cities and ticket to ride, both excellent strategy games that take up some time. So much fun! I would highly recommend both games.

Melanie said...

I am not a big fan of board games but love Ticket to Ride. Fun with just my husband or a larger group.

Hanna Freedlund said...

Our friends have gotten really want into Settlers of Catan and Pandemic. They are both really confusing at first but so fun once you figure it out! Pandemic is my favorite because all the players are working together against the game, so no one gets overly competitive!

The family Z said...

Playing Cribbage is one of our favorite "couples" game. You can play more than two, but it is just as fun with the two of us playing together.

Natalie said...

My family's favorite is Backgammon. It's addictive and conducive to marathon tournaments.

lmsanderswilcox said...

Cribbage!!!

bisbee said...

Just ordered Cards Against Humanity - looks like my kind of game. I considered the download, but ordered it on Amazon using Prime instead! Can't wait!

Amy said...

Pandemic is amazing! It's a cooperative game that we just started playing. It is best in groups, but still really fun (and challenging!) with 2 people. Settlers of Catan is a great group game, also (similar to Ticket to Ride).

Audrey said...

I love this idea, my husband and I have been doing the exact some thing each night too - dinner, TV bed. We read sometimes but that doesn't sound as fun as a games. Can't wait to give it a go!

Audrey said...

I love this idea, my husband and I have been doing the exact some thing each night too - dinner, TV bed. We read sometimes but that doesn't sound as fun as a games. Can't wait to give it a go!

Holly Mueller said...

I absolutely love the game Rack-O! Great for 2-4 players, super simple to learn, and absolutely addictive. Especially when you win as much as I do ;)

Melanie Price said...

You both are too cute. I love the pics BTW...

Josh and I LOVE playing scrabble. But another fun evening is sharing some wine and watching funny You-Tube clips together on our laptop, lounging on the sofa. Lots of laughs, giggles and fun.

Melanie Price said...

You both are too cute. I love the pics BTW...

Josh and I LOVE playing scrabble. But another fun evening is sharing some wine and watching funny You-Tube clips together on our laptop, lounging on the sofa. Lots of laughs, giggles and fun.

Emily Klaczynsky said...

Farkel is a fun dice game!

caitlindentino.com said...

Cribbage is my favorite 2-person game, with backgammon a close second. For nights in, there is a little something 'extra' with having the board. Although, I do love a good card game.

Rebecca said...

We love playing Skipbo! We both pretend we really don't care about winning but about halfway through we start calling names and sabotaging each other! It's super cheap and super fun!

Pearl said...

Bananagrams!!! I'm obsessed. Also, there are several ways to play so if you want to mix it up within that game, you can.

Meredith said...

What a GREAT idea to change things up!! Thank you for sharing :) I love playing Catch Phrase with a larger group!

Frances said...

Rivals of Catan! It's the two person version of Settlers of Catan. The set up takes a bit of time to learn but once you do it's so much fun!

Kali said...

Phase 10 – easiest card game ever but so much fun and can be played by just two people. This is our go-to game for the husband and I.

Stephanie Nevels said...

Great suggestions! Definitely going to start trying a few of these. And I am FOR SURE a fellow Boggle lover, too! What it is about that game that is so addicting?! Thanks again!

Eliza Lewis said...

Rummikub!

Leigh Harlow said...

Love your blog! Because you're a mom, and I'm always worried about the way competition can breed rivalries among siblings, I thought I'd let you know about some awesome cooperative board games:

Hanabi
Pandemic
Forbidden Desert

They're probably too difficult for young kids, but as your boys get older, these are fun games where everybody has to cooperate in order for everybody to win! Such a beautiful display of partnership and teamwork rather than competitive tears!

Gabrielle Patenaude said...

I love the game Blink for two people! It's fun to play with kids but my mom and I also have a blast when we play.

A. Sparkle said...

How funny! Me and my Dad were just talking about Speed earlier! It use to be my favorite card games and I can't even remember all of the rules right now. Playing Tonk, Sorry, and D!Bone are fun too for two people. :-D

A. Sparkle said...

How funny! Me and my Dad were just talking about Speed earlier! It use to be my favorite card games and I can't even remember all of the rules right now. Playing Tonk, Sorry, and D!Bone are fun too for two people. :-D

Lashley said...

We often "play" Catchphrase if we're looking for an evening pick me up. There's no real winner or loser with 2 people, but it's a fun way to hang out and something about that timer beeping faster and faster puts the pressure on even if it's meaningless!

Annie said...

Great idea! Jo, what is the lipstick you are wearing? It is very pretty!

Jessica Phoenix said...

If you both enjoy Rummy, try Rummykub. It's a tile game my grandmother taught me and it's so so fun. It really gets your mind going looking for all the combinations on the table you can make. Here's a link to the wikipedia article, but it doesn't do it justice relating how fun it is :)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rummikub

tuesdayswithbea said...

Last winter my husband an I started "Winter Games Night" We would find a night that worked for the majority of our friends and have everyone over in the evening for games, drinks and snacks. Our group always wanted to a play a game we invented called "bag of nouns"
Basically - the group splits into 2 teams. Each player writes down ten nouns on pieces of paper and throws them into a communal bag (can be a bowl, whatever u have). Then the rounds begin.
Each round last until all the nouns are used up from the bag. The teams alternate 1.5 minute turns. The first round you have to describe your noun, using as many words as you want. You keep track of points - how many nouns u guess each turn until the bag is empty. Then all the nouns go back in the bag. The 2nd round you do the same thing but you only get 3 words to describe the noun for your team to guess. The 3rd round you act out the noun, no words.
Because you are using the same words each round you get an idea of what people are doing, so it gets easier to guess and the turns start to go really quickly through the nouns in the bag. It is pretty hilarious, because often the nouns people choose are a bit racy, or people that the whole group knows...
This game has been a hit every time i have ever used it!

tuesdayswithbea said...

Last winter my husband an I started "Winter Games Night" We would find a night that worked for the majority of our friends and have everyone over in the evening for games, drinks and snacks. Our group always wanted to a play a game we invented called "bag of nouns"
Basically - the group splits into 2 teams. Each player writes down ten nouns on pieces of paper and throws them into a communal bag (can be a bowl, whatever u have). Then the rounds begin.
Each round last until all the nouns are used up from the bag. The teams alternate 1.5 minute turns. The first round you have to describe your noun, using as many words as you want. You keep track of points - how many nouns u guess each turn until the bag is empty. Then all the nouns go back in the bag. The 2nd round you do the same thing but you only get 3 words to describe the noun for your team to guess. The 3rd round you act out the noun, no words.
Because you are using the same words each round you get an idea of what people are doing, so it gets easier to guess and the turns start to go really quickly through the nouns in the bag. It is pretty hilarious, because often the nouns people choose are a bit racy, or people that the whole group knows...
This game has been a hit every time i have ever used it!

Angie said...

Cranium and Taboo are super fun!

Maywyn Studio said...

Not a big fan of board and card games until I started watching Wil Wheaton's online show "Table Top" on geekandsundry.com Now I can wait to get around enough people and play some of those board games.

Fraser said...

My husband and I played hours of Kings in the Corner for at-home date nights. We even played this on our honeymoon at a quaint lodge in Volcano, Hawaii (with lots of wine and good music of course). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_in_the_Corner Thanks for your list of ideas! xo

Maywyn Studio said...

Not a big fan of board and card games until I started watching Wil Wheaton's online show "Table Top" on geekandsundry.com Now I can wait to get around enough people and play some of those board games.

Devon said...

Have you played Sequence yet? It's a board/card game that's terribly "old person" sounding, but competitive and addicting! My sweet hubby was given a board by one of his older patients and we played for an entire rainy weekend on a camping trip in Maine. Now, it's a Friday night in staple ;)

Charli said...

My grandparents play Rummicub almost every day since years! Now, everytime I come to visit them, we spend the afternoon playing it and now my mom took to it too and we play it every now and then at home. It's really addicting, and I normally don't even like most games!

Kate Harrop said...

I play Banagrams with my dad whenever I go home :) sometimes my mom and sister will join. We're a game kind of family.

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JENNY said...

So glad someone mentioned Sequence. I thought it was an all-American game which we played when visiting family in Boston five years ago. We bought a board back to South Africa and have introduced our family to the game. Now anyone visiting the States has to bring back a game for some family member or friend. It is an awesome game. Love your blog Joanna (and your lipstick)

Charlotte London said...

We play this on holiday by the pool, such a fun way to relax

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reckless daughter said...

Ah! I love International House Hunters haha but we recently got rid of cable - easy to get into a TV rut!

PS: I have to chime in as well and ask about the lip color. beautiful on you!

Guide for Ladies said...

oh how happy I am to see someone writing about board games! Our family is a board gaming family.

Right now, everyone is hooked on the game Settlers. We play it all the time. The rules are easy, and there is a lot of strategy involved.

Our family is BIG, I have 5 siblings ranging from age 14-26, and all enjoy it. But mostly you would find me, my sister, my mother and father, and my two oldest brothers playing it.

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kirsi Kyllonen said...

hi!
hey not sure if someone asked it already, i did skim some of the comments...what is the lipstick you are wearing inthe photo? looks so pretty!

Emily said...

My fiance LOVES games and so he will always jump at any chance to play them. We really love Blokus (a board game for 2-4) and Battle Line (a themed card game for 2). He also loves Euro board games, but I have to be in a more generous mood for those!

Courtney said...

My husband and I used to play cribbage all the time in the first couple years of our marriage. Thanks for the reminder!

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Jess said...

I'm totally addicted to Yahtzee but my husband refuses to play sometimes. Would it be terrible if I played by myself?!? It's super addictive.

kaitlynschwendeman said...

I love your lipstick in this shot! What brand and color is it?

emily said...

When my friends and I don't feel like trekking to the bar, we get a big group together and play "drunk bananagrams" - each time someone "peels", everyone else has to take a drink! It makes for a fun time!

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Lisa said...

I just played connect 4 on a date and it was perfect! It's a short enough game where you can still do an activity together, but chat between the games. (He gets all the credit for planning that out.)

Emmy M. said...

Cards Against Humanity and Apples to Apples are both great.

Not a board game, but my boyfriend and I recently got a dart board and now we love playing darts!! It's seriously so much fun, and a challenge!

Jess said...

Thank you for posting this! We're in a rut right now and I will def take this advice.

EB said...

I would also like to know what lipstick color/brand this is!

Lindsey Joecks said...

My husband and I have been playing a lot of board games too! I was getting pretty sick of being beaten in Scrabble 3 nights a week, so I had my mom ship some of my old childhood board games, and it's been really great. Our favorite is Parcheesi- just enough strategy to keep it from being completely mindless. And drinks are a must! Something about tipsily playing board games with your husband is just so fun. :)

kaitlyn said...

I can only take so many nights doing dinner > TV > bed, so I am always trying to get my boyfriend and I to do something fun. We used to play games on our Wii until it broke but one of my absolutely favorites is Gin Rummy. We used to play it all the time when we first started dating so it's fun to go back to.

Tori said...

Your lips (or is it more appropriate to say lipstick) look fantastic! I have an 8 month old and would love to spruce myself up with fun lipstick, but I'd get it all over his sweet face. I just can't resist kissing it. How do you do it?

Erica said...

A frequent activity in my home is "Who's Coming to Dinner?" How it works: my husband and I give each other two tough options to choose between having as dinner guests. They can be delightful (i.e.: Kate Winslet or Emma Thompson?) or devious (i.e.: Gilbert Godfried or Bobcat Goldthwait?). Both ways are equally fun.

Laurel Ridge Publications Class said...

Balderdash and Scattergories are so fun for wordsy peeps. Also, TRIVIAL PERSUIT! Best game ever.

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Laurel Ridge Publications Class said...

Um, this might be weird, but I just remembered a game our family invented and loved: Blind Football. We made this up when I was about 9 or 10 and my sister was 14 or 15, so it might be awhile before your little guys could play. Here's the gist: Set up 'the field' in the biggest room in your house. Leave furniture mostly in place, but remove anything dangerous. Lay beach towels down on opposing ends of the room, end to end. These are your 'endzones'. Meet up in the middle of the room and use bandanas to blindfold each other. If there's an odd man out, you could have a sighted ref :) Using a nerf football, and with two to three people per team, whoever wins the coin toss hikes and then you crawl around in the dark, as QUIETLY as humanly possible, and try to score. You know you're in the endzone when you feel the towels. If anyone on the opposing team touches you, the play is dead and you have to hike again. Now that I type this out, we sound crazy...but we lived in the boonies and sometimes with nothing else to do, we'd play looong games of Blind Football in our living room. Brutal if you were crawling fast and jammed into the hearth...

Kimberly Merritt said...

Dominos! We played so many rounds during an ice storm some years back that it was shelved for a while due to our enthusiasm, but it's back. For large group, we play a card game called Shanghi which requires several decks of cards.

kim elizabeth said...

Fun post! Was wondering what lipstick / color you're wearing? Thanks!

Kelsey said...

We are obsessed with the dice game Farkel and Spicy Farkel! And the card game Five Crowns. Also recently Yahtzhee!

Lauren Cormier Taylor said...

We play sports games and Just Dance on the Xbox Kinect and have drinks at home. I love at-home date nights!

Frances White said...

Your hair looks lovely!

Frances White said...

Your hair looks lovely!

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

I too LOVE the lipstick you are wearing. Can we have more info on it? That would be fun!

kpotter19 said...

I hope you taught him Euchre! You are from Michigan, right? :)

fippss said...

UNO! I usually have a huge double deck of cards with me when I go to pub quizzes with friends, best way to spend the time between rounds!

Katie said...

Nertz is the best! We play that and Spades with my husband's family a lot.

D. Harley said...

If you want a fun and somewhat challenging 2 person card game, play cribbage! You can even get Alex a special old man wood board to play with. (it's a score keeper)

janelle said...

great post. boyfriend and i literally had this planned for the weekend, but now we have more game ideas.

Tonya Rose said...

I play Yu Gi Oh all the time with my boyfriend... even though we are older and in college. It's challenging and complex and really adds some fun into our winter days!

Sarah said...

I love Clue the board game almost as much as I love the movie!! I would also recommend Imaginiff- it's hilarious!

collette said...

When Toby is four, introduce him to Uno. You'll never see a kid learn colors and numbers faster!

thedailyshooz.com said...

I love games! My love doesn't care for them so much, but my brother and I play cribbage together every Sunday afternoon. Cribbage is a great game for two!

BethinBC said...

My husband and I play a game called Honeymoon Whist (also known as German Whist). It's called "honeymoon" because it's for two people. Instructions here http://www.pagat.com/whist/german_whist.html

Joe said...

Being from the Midwest I'm surprised you didn't mention euchre! It's better with four but can be played with two: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euchre

Heather Emaus said...

I'm sure nobody reads the comments this far down, but we have some great two person board games.

Blockus (also good for four people)
Stratego
Rummicube
SET

Also, our realtor was on house hunters international (David and Luna :)

domonique matthews said...

15-2 15-4 and a pair is 6! love Cribbage. highly recommend it.

domonique matthews said...

15-2 15-4 and a pair is 6! love Cribbage. highly recommend it.

domonique matthews said...

15-2 15-4 and a pair is 6! love Cribbage. highly recommend it.

Ms. Desai said...

I could not agree more with one commenter's choice of SET.

I am a former kindergarten teacher (6 years) and current middle school teacher (7th grade English) and have 5 nieces under the age of 9. My niece taught her grandparents and I how to play set when she was 6 years old and our family became addicted. My husband and I sometimes take SET to bars or coffee shops and play for hours.

I taught my kindergartners how to play set and it became a math center in our classroom. My 7th graders each have a pack of set at tables of 6 and play if they finish their work early.

Whenever I give a gift to anyone between age 5-10, I always give SET. If I am in a game/toy store, I recommend it to other shoppers. That's how crazy for it I am. Okay, that's all. I feel like your family will love it and Toby will love it in a few short years.

Jennifer Scancella said...

Oh I just thought about a word game my husband and I play in the car. It's called dictionary. You pick a word and the other person has to try and guess your word. They get clues by saying words and you tell them if your word would be before or after theirs in a dictionary. My husband is great at it and gets my words really quick, I on the other hand take a while to guess his. But it makes long car trips go faster.

eve said...

After I gave birth we were stuck in the house for awhile. Thank goodness for European board games like Ticket To Ride and Settlers of Catan. But for two players, husband and I play Jaipur and Jambo (card games). Among other things.

Jodi said...

Carcasonne is fantastic. My husband and I always have to decide whether we are going to play mean or nice - cut-throat strategy or a more gentle version. Depends on how much we like each other that day!

Gessamí Forner said...

Backgammon! We love it!

Caitlyn Lotspeich said...

My husband and I just started playing chess together. It's such a great way to learn more about how your spouse thinks about things...
We also love Scrabble (one time, we tied exactly!), Bananagrams, and Yahtzee.
Thanks for this post!

Speckled With Freckles said...

For group games I really love Cards Against Humanity or Spoons. Every time I visit my fiance's family there is a family dinner followed by Pinochle. They are very competitive. If it's just the fiance and I, we will make a whole bunch of coffee and play Scrabble.

em said...

Boggle is pretty much the greatest simple game of all time! Also, Euchre, but you need four people!

Meandering Design said...

Cards against humanity is so wrong that it's right!

Also, what is that blanket that is on your couch seat? I love it!

Katherine said...

Yes, blanket source, please!

Nosideup said...

We have over 30! You must try dixit!

Jennifer Duarte said...

Cards Against Humanity is always awesome, but that's really a group game - you really need more than 2.

Beyond that, my husband and a number of our friends are rabid gamers. I'm not as much, but I'm always up for these games, which are worth checking out.

1) Carcassonne, a map building game, and my favorite.

2) Ticket to Ride - building railroads across the US

3) Forbidden Island - a cooperative game (everyone playing wins or looses together) where you're searching for treasure on a sinking Island

4) Forbidden dessert - from the same folks who made Forbidden Island, a cooperative game searching to build an airship in a sand- swept dessert

5) King of Tokyo

JenM said...

I swear you can read my mind! My husband and I are in the exact same rut- dinner, wine, House Hunters International (we even have a favorite realtor- the kooky lady in Paris with the bright red lipstick. She's the best!), and I was just thinking how we need to start playing some games. We've actually never played a game together in our 4.5 year relationship, so it should be fun to see our competitive sides come out. Well, it should be interesting, at least...thanks for the great ideas!

Grace Twedt said...

You should check out the game sequence (2 to 12 people)! My boyfriend brought it to our family christmas and it was so fun. we also play bananagrams

Kylie S said...

I am like a crazy evangelical about Settlers of Catan. My husband and I are such nerds about it that we bought the expansion packs! Cities and Knights makes it so much better...

d. said...

Speed Uno! It's like Uno on speed.. lol fun group game, can also play with 2. Ticket to Ride Scandinavia is the version you can play with 2 players and up to 4.. it's really fun (and you learn your Scandinavian geography!) Bang is a really fun Cowboy themed card game you can play with 2 people or up to 8 (depending whether you have expansion or not). Pandemic is fun, but requires at least 3 players. Farkle is also a blast! Less strategic and more wild gambling haha.

liz boss said...

We love Monopoly Deal! It's a card game based off the board game -- we picked it up at target (don't get the "millionaire edition" - it's lame. 2-5 or 6 players but 2 is really fun, and in a couple years Toby will be able to play too :)

liz boss said...

We love Monopoly Deal! It's a card game based off the board game -- we picked it up at target (don't get the "millionaire edition" - it's lame. 2-5 or 6 players but 2 is really fun, and in a couple years Toby will be able to play too :)

Breanna Hanson said...

My boyfriend and I play games with dinner most nights, and at brunch on the weekends.

Right now we're on a cribbage kick (the rules are a bit weird, but so much fun once you get the hang of it!). We also love backgammon, Sorry!, Skip-Bo (aka Spite & Malice), dice games like Yahtzee! and farkle.

We almost always get comments when we head out to restaurant or bar with our favorite game!

jlk said...

We have dug out the Yahtzee game this winter! So much fun :)

thisistopa said...

I can highly recommend Tichu. It's a Chinese card game that you play best in two teams of two. We love playing it with another couple. It's a lot of fun.

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Petrea Davidson said...

My husband and I get pretty competitive with Phase 10. You can play it with more than two people and it's a lot of fun!

Elizabeth said...

I looooove Boggle, too! Scattergories is another favorite.

And your lipstick color is lovely!

Lyn Ellen Burkett said...

In December my husband and I traveled to Baltimore so I could donate a kidney to a friend. I was only in the hospital for three days, but we had to stay in a hotel for three weeks ... over Christmas and New Years! On a whim, we picked up a Yahtzee game at a bookstore at the Inner Harbor during our first few days there. Playing Yahtzee ended up being a great way to pass the time while we waited around in the hotel room.

Megan said...

I love Boggle too. (Is it because I always win? Hmm maybe).

Qwirkle, Set, Dominion (kinda dorky... it took months for my boyfriend to convince me to play but it's actually really fun), Sequence, Anagrams (there are trademarked versions but it's basically a parlor game that's been around forever and you can play with Scrabble or Bananagrams tiles).

My boyfriend and I also play a word-based version of Mastermind in which you don't need anything but your brain to play. Good for car trips or camping. :)

3LambsStudio said...

We love cribbage, and we want to learn backgammon!

Katie said...

I love Blink. And you can teach Toby to play too, although the pace is VERY different with preschoolers.

Gabriella said...

My boyfriend and I are borderline too competitive to play games together, but we still kind of do...in terms of card games, Egyptian Ratscrew (kind of like Spit--super fun) and sometimes Black Jack, Set...We play different dice games, and then make some up...We both love Taboo and sometimes play "Team Taboo," just trying to get as many words as possible in a minute (also good practice for when you play with other people!) and then some of the old favorites--Monopoly, LIFE, Guess Who! And then we bet on the Oscars, of course. I won last night ;-)

Elizabeth said...

MEXICAN TRAIN DOMINOES. Joanna, you'll love it! It's mainly for a group, but my husband and I also play it just the two of us...so fun!

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