You know how, in sitcoms, the groups of friends always have that one bar or coffee shop that they constantly hang out at? And how, in real life, it takes hours of group texting to figure out when everyone’s going to be free and what you guys want to do and then you end up getting there and spending way too much on some fancy cocktail while you can barely hear your friends, or the conversation you want to be part of is all the way at the other end of the table?
If I lived in a sitcom, I’d just have a standing date with all the people I like, and I’d get to see them regularly, and I wouldn’t spend my entire paycheck on it. Enter: game night! For the past month, a group of my friends have been getting together every Monday evening to eat a potluck dinner and play board/card games.
The dinners are themed: tacos, hors d’oeuvres, pizza. We rotate hosting, everyone brings something to contribute, we pull out a bottle of wine, and we play a solid three hours of various games.
Everyone already owns a few, so we get to enjoy a variety of games without anyone going out and buying a ton. It’s a fun, no-pressure way to hang out, and makes Mondays way more enjoyable. If someone can’t make it one week, no big deal, they’ll come next week.
Game night is super cheap, super fun, and highly recommended. Making it a standing date means that the weekly planning is easy – we just decide who’s hosting and what we’re eating at the end of the night. It means we don’t need an excuse to hang out on a Monday. It’s basically the best.
Do you have standing dates with any of your friends?