One of our family’s favorite things to do when we all get together is to play games. Board games, card games, word games, puzzles… You name it, we probably have the game. We’ve always played table games since our kids could first hold a deck of cards in their chubby little fists, but when our daughter-in-law joined our family, she introduced us to a whole new collection of board games. I don’t think a holiday or summer visit has happened that we didn’t eventually end up around the table with cards flying and dice rolling. It’s a great way to spend time laughing together, and a wonderful way to get to know people better in a friendly, comfortable setting.
l love to reflect that aspect of our family in my decorating. A good starting place for such a display was this narrow table in our kitchen/dining area, which is where we usually play games.
Games and game boards we actually use are displayed underneath the table for easy access (bonus, that Sequence board also hides the ugly lamp cord and plug-in behind the table.)
My little grandniece comes to visit me almost every Tuesday, and she always goes straight to this pine cupboard next to the kitchen, where her favorite activity awaits. This box of cardboard ABC tiles—like many of the games in our collection—was a garage sale find for a dollar.
Even my office window seat holds a little drawstring pouch of marbles that I bought with my grandkids in mind.
The activities you do together as a family are the memories they will carry into the future and into their own families. I love that games provide hours of laughter and bonding…good glue for making those memories stick.
What are some favorite games your family likes to play?