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20 Fun Things to Do at Home With Your Friends

20 Fun Things to Do at Home With Your Friends

Whether you’re broke and need to save money without giving up on socialising or just want to hang out in a more intimate atmosphere with the people you love the most, there are a ton of fun things to do at home with your friends. From Netflix to cooking up a storm, here are 20 of the best hangout ideas.

1. Movie Marathon

This one’s simple - just line up your friends’ favourite flicks, make some salty popcorn, and get watching. We love choosing a theme to get everyone excited: think fashion films (Clueless and The Devil Wears Prada) or cheesy action movies (Ace Ventura and Face/Off).

2. Arts & Crafts

Turn back the clock to your primary school days and get the arts and crafts kit out of the cupboard. Here's a list of cool grown-up tutorials so you are not throwing yourself into your childhood days too much.

3. Costume Party

One of the most fun things to do at home with friends is to get dressed up. Pick a theme - from the roaring 20s to superheroes - and get everyone psyched enough to make the effort by offering a funny prize. Lay on some snacks, drinks, and music in-keeping with the theme and get ready to mingle.

4. Netflix and Chill?

There are so many brilliant series around. Go for one of the latest, like House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, or keep it old school with classics like Six Feet Under or The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. There are tons of streaming services available if you're not into Netflix, such as Amazon Prime.

5. Dinner Party
Cooking for friends is incredibly rewarding. They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and the same is true for your pals. Pick out some simple recipes from Tasty like this four ways to do sliders if you're inviting around a large group - and are not a culinary expert. Just keep the drinks flowing to guarantee the conversation doesn't stop.

6. Host a Cooking Show

Turn your kitchen into the set of your favourite cooking programme, complete with judging and themed rounds. Not only will this add a bit of a spin on the dinner party concept, it also encourages the participants to get creative and try out new ideas. Even if most of the food ends up being inedible, the whole experience will fill up an evening.

7. Afternoon Tea

Nod to the British elite with an afternoon tea. Pick up some French fancies and scones with clotted cream, and pour yourselves a cup of Earl Grey. Make sure to use your finest china and set the scene with a vintage platter to lay it all out on. Champagne is completely necessary to round it all off.

8. Nail Your Manicures

Take some tips from Instagram's hottest nail artists, like iscreamnails with their 150,000-plus followers and super sweet patterns, and indulge in some nail art. There's no need to go to an upscale salon if you follow the simple tutorials on Buzzfeed's article "27 Lazy Girl Nail Art Ideas". All you need is a friend with a steady hand and some cool colours.

9. BBQ

There's nothing quite like a good barbie in the backyard. There are some awesome grilling recipes online, but make sure to prep some veggie sides for non-meat eaters, too.

10. Spa Night

This one’s for the girls. Korean beauty is really in at the moment because of its thorough and relaxing 12-step routines, so head to sites like Soko Glam to grab some weird and wonderful facepacks featuring ingredients like bee venom and snail mucus.

11. Learn Yoga

Line up Yoga with Adriene’s videos and lay out some mats. There are tons of tutorials to choose, including excellent ones for beginners (or the less-flexible among us).

12. Charades

This one’s a classic. You'll be warding off the giggles while trying to guess which niche film your friend is trying desperately to gesticulate within a 60-second time limit. Sometimes the simplest fun is the best.

13. Make Cocktails

Channel Tom Cruise with a cocktail masterclass at home. Choose one recipe to keep the expenses down – and the mess. Something relatively simple and fruity like a mojito where you mix the ingredients together also means you won't need to pick up a cocktail shaker.

14. Karaoke

Got a musical friend? Invite them over with their instrument in tow. A couple of drinks will make you forget your voice is more Rebecca Black than Rihanna, and you'll be screaming your heart out with your besties to the latest chart hits in no time.

15. Indoor Picnic

Lay your prettiest blankets over your living room floor and set out sandwiches and other cold snacks. Summery treats like strawberries and champagne and mimosas with fresh juice will add to the atmosphere. String fairy lights around the room for an ethereal mood.

16. Bake Off

Have a fake bake sale. Get together to whip up some lovely cakes to share or ask everyone to bring one over. Add a competitive element by asking everyone to judge each cake out of 10.

17. Poker Night

Whether you organise it for fun or money, a poker night is a fail-safe fun time - especially if you're all amateurs. Add drinking games and wear sunglasses - pro poker style - for even more hilarity.

18. Treasure Hunt

Prepare your clues and hide them around the house. Each one should lead to the next, and the final should bring the winner to a special prize. There's no need to complicate things: make it a bottle of wine or something just as simple.

19. Murder Mystery

Either pick up a board game or download a murder mystery outline online. Give everyone characters in advance so they can come dressed up and hand out instructions on cards to get people mingling - and figuring out who’s at fault for the body in the corner.

20. Just Hang Out!

If you're still struggling to find fun things to do with friends at home, just relax. There's no need to always make sure you're keeping your mates entertained. Sitting round nattering with you is usually all the fun they need.