We know that some of you still cater to your inner child and bust out the board games at a party now and then (it can't be all wine and cheese can it?). Board games are a great way for people to enjoy the comforts of your home, which you've gone through great pains to perfect. So why not spend a night in, settle down with friends and family and ball, or a board... you get the idea!
Hyper Dash: It might seem silly to include this game on a website geared for adults, but you just can't imagine the fun that is to be had. It's as addictive as Simon was when we were kids and can be played on the tabletop or all around the house!
Blockus (or Blockus Trigon): Blockus has won award after award and there are reasons why. It's single-handedly the most addictive game we have ever played. (Yes, including Tetris) All you have to do is touch the corner of a piece of your color and play as many pieces as possible... that's all there is to it! We love it so much we not only own Blockus, but Blockus Trigon and Travel Blockus (It's really that awesome).
Apples To Apples: This game can be found in the closets of 40% of America after it swept the country last holiday season. Since then you can now purchase expansion packs of cards to keep the fun fresh and lively.
Catch Phrase: It's the game you can't resist playing if others around you are starting up a game. All you have to do is decipher what the other person is saying. There is also a music edition available for those interested.
Rubik's Cube: Now although this isn't exactly a multi-player endeavor, it is something that can set out on a coffee table and be picked up and put down when there are lulls in conversation. It gives people something to do with their hands and everyone has tried it at some point in the past, so there's no explaining!
A Plain Old Deck Of Cards: From hearts to spoons to poker and go fish, the options are endless. Although there is no board actually involved a simple deck of cards can hold their own in a room.
Scene It: This brings the movie nerds together in a head to head competition to prove who has logged more hours on the couch and at the theater obsessing over every detail of every movie. There are also as many versions as there will be people at your party. From ESPN to Disney to Harry Potter... the list goes on and on.
When you're selecting board games for your next get-together, consider how many people will be playing, what their interests are, and whether you want to play several short games or one or two long ones. These factors will help you decide which board games to break out and which ones to leave hidden in the closet.
Don't forget about drinking games if there will be alcohol involved and if you're not one for actual board games (and prefer something with a little bit less primary color), there are tons of internet resources for holiday games to entertain your whole group.
What games does your family love? Add your favorites to the comments below!
(Edited from a post originally published 12.04.08)