5 Excellent Board Games for Your Next Date Night In

published Oct 11, 2016
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When you want to actually talk to your friends or significant other and you don’t feel like going out and you already ate dinner, what do you do? My answer is always board games. I’ve had two parties featured on Kitchn that centered around board games. The first was a Friday night dinner with friends, and the most recent was a cheesy party for Valentine’s day with some fine ladies. It’s an easy way to have fun and be able to talk to people, and it’s pretty inexpensive.

I’ve gathered five of my all-time favorite board games to play with friends and lovers alike. These games go beyond the classic Monopoly and Clue, because trying new things is always fun.

If you’re ready to drop a ton of cash on a classic ’90s board game meant for teenage girls, I have just the thing for you. But seriously! This game is actually pretty incredible. We played it for our cheesy Valentine’s Day gathering this past year, and I was surprised it lived up to my memory of the game. I play this game quite regularly with my board game-obsessed boyfriend and he actually has fun.

Hot tip! Try checking on eBay or your local game board shop to see if they have Dream Phone for sale. I found good deals for the game through these routes.

This is hands-down my favorite board game of all time. It’s great for two to four people (ideally three). This card-development game is easy to grasp, and there are a couple great expansions once you understand the basics.

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This is the most popular board game of the bunch that I’ve listed. If you don’t play a lot of board games in general, this one is a great place to start. It’s relatively easy to understand and doesn’t usually take as long to play. It’s a simple resource-gathering game with minimal board pieces. Once you pick this game up, you’ll always have something to play.

This awesome board game has you create railroads across the United States. It’s great for two to five players, and takes only a couple minutes to set up. There are tons of different variations of this board game, but hands-down my favorite is the Scandinavia version which is especially great for two players.

If you’re looking for a new, challenging board game, Agricola is for you. It’s great for two to five players. In this resource-management game, every player is a farmer trying to collect wood, feed animals, and take care of your family. There are a ton of pieces that go into this board game, and a lot of people recommend the online version, but I’m still a fan of the board version.

What’s your favorite board game to play on a cozy night in with someone nice?