As a party host, you want everything to be perfect.
Especially if it’s the first party in your new apartment, you’ll want everything from the food to the entertainment to be just right.
So how do you break the ice and ensure there are no awkward silences?
You bring out the board games, of course!
For the past few decades, many people have left their board games in the closet to collect dust.
They seemed to become obsolete when Playstation and Xbox took over.
But now, a lot of folks are getting tired of staring at screens, and they want to socialize the old-fashioned way.
That means board games are coming back into style!
In your local department store, you’ll find a wide variety of nostalgic and contemporary games.
But with so many to choose from, how do you find the perfect game for your party?
Well, we can help. With one or two (or all) of these games, your apartment party is sure to be a success!
Telestrations is a family-friendly game that’s fun for adults, too.
It’s a combined version of the classic games Pictionary and Telephone.
Four to six people can participate.
Basically, everyone receives a word and has a short amount of time to illustrate it.
Without letting anyone know their word, they then pass their sketch off to the next player.
That player attempts to guess the word that goes with the drawing and adds to the sketch.
This cycle repeats until everyone has their own sketchbook back.
Then, they get to look at all of the guesses and see what their original drawing has morphed into!
You don’t have to be an artist to play. In fact, it’s a lot more fun if you aren’t!
The original version of Taboo came out in 1989 and instantly became a massive hit.
You can find the new version in multiple formats at social gatherings around the world.
There’s even an app for it!
The objective of the game is to give your partner clues to match the word on your card.
You have a time limit and forbidden (or taboo) words that you are not allowed to use to help them.
If your partner can’t guess the word before the clock stops, the other team gets to try.
It’s a short game, so you can use it as a quick icebreaker if you’d like.
And if you’d prefer to play longer, you can expand it for the duration of the party!
3. Pandemic Board Game
Whether your guests are board game aficionados or beginners, Pandemic is a fun game for everyone.
Since the game is built on the idea of cooperation, playing it automatically prevents awkward tension.
There are multiple versions of this game, and each has a different narrative.
In the classic original, the narrative is that the world is in danger, and players must work together to save it.
This is a great game for your first apartment party because it requires logic and problem-solving skills
. Therefore, you and your guests will be too busy thinking to worry about social anxiety!
4. Trivial Pursuit
Decades of players have enjoyed Trivial Pursuit.
Similar to the TV show Jeopardy!, this game tests your knowledge about a range of topics from science to movies.
First created in 1979, the initial game included mostly questions about the 70s.
Since then, however, it’s evolved into many different versions, each focused on a different era or topic.
Some newer versions include questions solely about:
If you and your guests share a common interest, it might be fun to pick up a Trivial Pursuit game related to that topic.
And if you really want to test your guest’s intelligence, there’s always the Master Edition!
When you don’t want to involve critical thinking in your party, games like Jenga are the solution.
In this game, players simply have to remove blocks from the tower without making it topple over.
The object of the game is to keep the tower growing taller, but the fun happens when the last critical piece is removed.
When the blocks crumble, build it up again and start over!
It’s a lot of fun, and it’s easy to play while chatting.
6. Small World
When you have a group of guests who enjoy fantasy games a la Dungeons and Dragons, Small World is an excellent choice.
Completely at odds with the sweet song of our childhood, this Small World is not full of smiling, happy dolls holding hands and dancing.
Instead, players must strategize to keep their own civilizations from declining.
At the same time, their goal is to prevent other players from taking over the board.
Two to five players can join the quest, and it takes anywhere from 40 to 80 minutes to complete.
Sorry! has been a classic since it was introduced in the United Kingdom during the 1900s.
Hasbro acquired it not long after, and it has been a staple in homes ever since.
Up to four players can join in the board game.
Players take turns drawing cards that tell them where to move their pawns, with the object being to get all of your pawns around the entire board.
And if you land where someone else’s pawn is, they have to go back to the beginning. Sorry, not sorry!
This is a simple and fast-paced game with no critical thinking required, making it a great activity for parties.
A good board game can totally make your apartment party.
They can break the ice, relieve the awkward tension, and maybe even bring out everyone’s competitive streak.
So, whether you’re hanging out with old friends or having your new neighbors over, these seven board games are perfect for your get-together!
Aaron Hunt is the property manager for Prime Place Arrow, an apartment complex for UMN students.
He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.