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Since having Amy, nights out have taken a step back in our lives. We don’t have a babysitter and to be honest, I’d rather spend my nights at home than rubbing shoulders with drunk teenagers in Bristol’s harbourside. Movie nights or games nights have replaced clubbing, not that I was a big fan of it anyway, and I have to say that I really enjoy coming up with fun ideas for our nights in with friends and family. If we feel creative, we give our nights a theme like detectives, casino or quiz show, but this weekend’s games night was more of a spontaneous affair.
We saw that the weather gods were on our side, so after a morning at Blaise Castle, we decided to have a BBQ and games evening to make the most of our bank holiday weekend. The men had already arranged the food, so on our way home from the park, we quickly popped into Sainsbury’s on Winterstoke Road to pick up some Coca Cola, nibbles and some cheeky magazines. I can’t step into a supermarket without buying at least one or two magazines, but as we were in a bit of a rush, I turned to the really important thing: the actual shop.
I usually go shopping with Amy, but she had fallen asleep in the car, so Ben stayed with her, while I quickly popped in to grab everything we needed. Of course, I couldn’t resist a little snoop around the clothing and homeware section, which is offers a great range of products unlike some of the smaller stores. I love the current maritime trend that they have picked up on for bathroom and living room accessories.
On my way to the drinks section, I walked past the freshly made pizzas. We really like them and get them a lot when we have friends coming and we’re too lazy to cook ourselves, but on this occasion I walked past them because I had burgers and sausages calling me! Coca Cola is always a firm favourite on our nights in. It’s great to wash your food down with and also a crucial ingredient of our favourite mixer Cuba Libre, so I headed straight for the Coke aisle, where I was pleased to find out that there were some great offers available at the moment. I got two big bottles as well as two 8-packs of cans, which I picked up on a BYGOF offer, unfortunately none of them with my name on. I love that you can currently buy bottles with your name on. If you haven’t seen Coca Cola’s latest marketing coup, check out my most recent Google+ album for a snoop through my shopping trolley.
My shop was fairly simple and the lady at the check-out absolutely made my day, when she asked me for ID when I wanted to buy non-alcoholic lager (!!!). Looks like the bags under my eyes weren’t too heavy that day. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about the morning after one or ehm I don’t know how many Cuba Libres.
What I do remember though is that we had a fantastic night. We laughed a lot, played Trivial Pursuit (it’s the one I always win at, so it’s a must-play), my German favourite Bluff and a card game called Knack. It has really simple rules, but for some reason it took me ages to understand them. My family say it’s because I’m a bit slow, but that’s really not the case. They either just can’t explain things properly or they’ve ganged up on me and are cheating.
What are your favourite board games to play with family and friends?