Sunday, November 17, 2013

Moms Just Wanna Have Fun #GameOnParty {Giveaway}

Come on. Admit it. We moms deserve a fun night out with out friends, right? Or even a fun night in? My girlfriends and I used to be really good about having a standing Friday night date. We'd get together, usually at one of our houses, and we'd eat and chat and have a glass of wine. It was a night about us, and a chance to unwind after a busy week. Our mom duties briefly took a back seat so we could recharge.

But. life gets ever busier, and we've been finding it more difficult to get us all together. I think we're going to lower our expectations and aim for once a month instead. We did manage to get all 5 of us together last weekend, and we added a new feature - game night!
There's nothing quite like a rousing game of skill and silliness to get the laughter going. And with my competitive friends, game night is the perfect girls' night in!

Mattel recently sent me a box of games to try out with my gals, so I brought some along to our get-together. We opted for Mad Gab, because we were pretty sure we'd end up in fits of laughter.

Mad Gab is a crazy guessing game where teams have to talk their way through nonsense strings of words to figure out the secret phrase. If said quickly, or slowly, enough, with the emphasis on the right syllables, you'll hear the phrase you're supposed to guess.

Here's a sample:
Try saying the top phrase out loud. What do you hear? Nothing yet? Say it faster. Got it?
"Don't take any chances."

To play Mad Gab according to the rules, you work in teams with a coach, a timer, and a score pad. Each turn the team attempts to solve three phrases within the time limit. The other team can "steal" your points by correctly guessing cards you missed. The timed aspect makes for a lot of squealing and the competition was fierce. But, we also found that this is one of those great games that you can play as a group without keeping score. It was equally fun to randomly pull out cards and see who in the group could guess the correct phrase first. This is a fun way to play at a casual gathering, with no pressure to keep track of who's winning, just enjoying how silly everyone sounds. Laughter is the best medicine, after all! We had a great time, and it was so good to get silly and reconnect with each other over a fun game.

Setting up for Games Night. Before your guests arrive, have the table set with snacks, beverages,
and the game of choice.
Working with a prep list is a big help to make sure nothing is forgotten.
Mattel has recently launched the Gameology Facebook App. This app determines your game sign, which tells you what type of player you are and which games fit you best.  Are you an Activius with great physical prowess and a preference for games that require your hands?  Or are you a patient Strategicorn who believes in waiting for the right moment in the game to strike? I took the quiz and found out I'm a Socialies:
For the Socialies, games are an event where winning comes second to making sure everyone has a good time. Their moves are unpredictable but in the end they get there. They are unorthodox players and yet against all odds, luck often finds them. This can be infuriating to other players, but Socialies have a way with words and can be counted on to make game night a great night.
I think that sounds about right. A couple of other recommended games for my game sign are Apples to Apples and Uno. I love Uno, but Apples to Apples is new to me. Since Mattel sent me my party box based on my sign, they sent that game as well. It's next on my list to try.

You can determine your own game sign and discover games recommended specially for you at:

A Giveaway

Mattel wants to help you host your own #GameOnParty games night. They are providing one lucky Raising My Boys reader with a games box of their own. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EST, December 1. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, excluding Quebec. Best of luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I did receive a #GameOnParty game kit to host my own games night and write this review. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

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