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Published June 26th 2012
Life can sometimes feel a little monotonous and some days it can feel like you are doing the same thing week after week. I have always been fairly creative and luckily, I have lots of mates who are too and we like to come up with new ideas to keep us occupied, out of trouble and not bankrupt.
Here are some ideas you can do with your mates that are fun, fairly cheap and perhaps a bit different. Enjoy!
1. Get in the Olympic spirit and hold your own Olympics or sports day. This works both indoors and out, we first did it last year and we all had so much fun it's now a regular yearly event. Think simple, obviously you can't fashion long jumps, pools and running tracks so we did events such as the egg and spoon race (which I swear never used to be that difficult), the three-legged race, skipping race, hula hooping, fancy dress relay (you have to run to piles of fancy dress adding one item each time; hilarious), and any more you can think of. Each person gets put in charge of one event and they are responsible for bringing what you need and then organising everyone. I have never had so much fun and laughed so much especially at the fancy dress relay, plus it was cheap and simple to plan, we just went to a local park and started playing.
2. Similar to the above but without the weather restrictions, you can have a Wii Sports party. These are so much fun and completely free to do. Just gather your mates, get snacks and drinks in and start playing. But make sure you clear the room as I did smash a lamp during a very vigorous game of tennis. (oops).
3. Like food? Of course you do. Well why not host your very own Come Dine With Me party. Five mates and I created our own "cook off" where we took it in turns to each host a dinner party every couple of months. It's great because with that amount of people it lasts for a whole year and is something we all really looked forward to. We would go all out with themes and fancy dress, but the detail is totally up to you. You can score each other like they do in the show or not, we didn't bother with that aspect, but we did do the invites and sending the menu out which was fun. It's a really good way to show off your cooking skills (or lack of them) and a creative alternative to just dinner at a mates.
4. Get the glitz and glamour of Hollywood in your front room. Last year I hosted the Pallett Awards, which was basically an awards night for my mates and me with categories such as "most embarrassing moment", "best dressed", "best cook", "stupidest comment of the year" and other stuff that related to us. You can pick whatever categories suit you and your mates, what I tried to do was to ensure that everyone had at least one or two awards so you start with the person and then create the category and award from there. I would get a few nominations in each category, read them out then announce the winner, plus I also had two awards that people could vote for on the night. We, of course, went all out and dressed up in eveningwear and had red carpet photos and i decorated the room and made small awards. It was so much fun and a great way at the end of the year to reminisce about funny things, achievements and events that have happened.
5. If you have Singstar on PS3 then you can host your very own X Factor or The Voice competition. We had a few of these (much to the annoyance of the neighbour down stairs, sorry) and they are great fun and it really doesn't matter how good you are, we awarded points for all the clichés that they have in the shows like performance, personality, making the song your own and likeability etc and it was fun to play and act being the judges too. Just be careful you don't take it a bit too seriously and fall out with your best mate because they voted for someone else to win. (Ahem - I still think it was an injustice and I should have won).
6. Get creative. A few friends and myself have done this a few times, going pottery painting. It sounds like it may be a little uninteresting but its actually great fun and not that expensive. It's a great way to spend the afternoon, to get your creative juices flowing and also I found incredibly therapeutic and calming, exactly the kind of activity you may want to do on a Saturday to unwind after a hard week. Just search in Google for pottery paining in your area. We hired out a venue for an adult birthday party, took our own music and some drinks and it was really great fun and totally different. Plus you come away with a mug or plate or whatever you choose as a keepsake of the day, and you can be sure it will be one of a kind.
Just a few alternatives to the norm, I hope you like them.