The roaring twenties? How to have *fun* in 2021

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By Florence Sillett-Scoggins and Gabbie Wright |

It seems Fergie really had NO idea when she sang “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody“…

As we begin the New Year with a combo like “Dry Jan” and national lockdown no.3, the student population are perhaps more deflated than ever. Don’t get us wrong, there are far more pressing issues than the current social scene, but for all the twenty-somethings that are currently facing the last couple of months at uni, moving back in with their parents, and slim-to-no graduate prospects, Wednesday night at Mangos feels like another life. Whilst we were all super keen to say goodbye to 2020, it’s safe to say the current state of the world is not a whole lot better in this first month of the new year. Holding on to the fact that someday soon we will declare the country Covid-free, as New Zealand have reminded us this last couple of weeks, we WILL be able to party together again. But for now, until it is safe enough to do so, here are a few fun things beyond revising the weekly Zoom! quiz to add a bit of *spice* to the same old isolation irritation you may be suffering from.

Every Room’s A Venue

This is already hugely popular among those celebrating birthdays in lockdown, and you should definitely give it a go. Here’s why:

Turn the house into a Saturday night sesh | @jannerboy62 on UnSplash

Firstly, it’s super easy to organise and will work with family, friends, flatmates, or whoever you find yourself at home with right now. The principle is basically that each person claims a room in the house, and throughout the day they create a venue to host in the evening. You decorate each room of your home to offer something different, and you can work in memory of your favourite restaurant or club, or alternatively channel your inner-entrepreneur and invent your own quality pub.

This is fab because you can do it across Saturday and revitalise the evening entertainment after a week of the same old catch-up tv and online work pattern. You can go all in for a few different drinks venues with different themes and dress-codes, or do a safari-style tour of the house having drinks, dinner, and then desert. Another thing is that you can do this pretty much every week rotating the rooms, creating new places, and offering new food and drink to suit your fancy.

Plus, you can organise a shopping list throughout the week to gather all the bits you might need for cocktails, Mexican, or waffles, with the essential shop so you have everything in the house.

Break out the old-school entertainment

The lockdown happened so close to Christmas that it’s meant most of us are now stuck at home with parents and/or others, wherever that may be. Whilst it can be a nightmare all living under the same roof again, take advantage of all the old games and tech lying around or in the attic. Not only is it a good idea to go through stuff and organise some of it if you want to feel productive, but you’ll probably stumble across old boardgames…

Here’s a few you might be interested in:

  • Chess
  • Scrabble
  • Monopoly
  • Cluedo
  • Game of Life

If you don’t have them at home, or want some others that are pretty easy to get a hold of online look at:

  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Jenga (can very easily make it a bit more exciting by personalising the blocks)
  • Guess Who
  • Exploding Kittens

Better yet, the Nintendo Wii:

It’s so easy to get it up and running, and if you’re anything like us there is a whole box of games still collecting dust with it. One of our remotes wasn’t syncing properly so we found a second-hand one locally on Facebook Marketplace and had it delivered for less than £10. This is such a fab way of changing up the evening entertainment, and there’s such a variety of things that go with it; you can play Mario Kart by yourself or have a bowling competition with everyone after dinner.

Cards, beyond Ring of Fire

Whilst it may be absurd to play anything other than Ring of Fire at pres, sadly pres as we once knew it is no more, and so naturally we have dug out some of the more family friendly card games for you to enjoy.

Our Top 3 include:

Spoons

  • No. of Players: 3+
  • Difficulty: 3
  • Best suited to: younger players
  • Overall Rating: 4/5

Cheat

  • No. of Players: 3+
  • Difficulty: 1
  • Best suited to: literally everyone
  • Overall Rating: 5/5

Poker

  • No. of Players: 2+
  • Difficulty: 4
  • Best suited to: those wanting a more serious game
  • Overall Rating: 3/5

Cocktails, Cocktails, Cocktails

Ah yes, for those among you that are not partaking in “Dry January” and do enjoy a glass or two, let us inform you of the at-home cocktail party you’re currently missing out on. What more could you want than a night with your mum, or sister, brother or mister drinking down some gourmet alcoholic beverages. Especially if there’s a birthday, you’ve just submitted your diss, or its the end of the week and you’re just doing alright, it is SO enjoyable to get creative with your drinks and make some of the Lemon Twist classics you’re missing from Falmouth. However you like to, make sure you’re celebrating the small wins.

You will find a whole array of cocktail recipes shortly gracing the FA Student Foodie, but here are a few to try in the meantime, as well as some standard ingredients to keep in the fridge:

  • Cosmopolitan: vodka, cranberry juice, cointreau, lime,
  • Gin Fizz: any preferred gin, elderflower cordial, tonic water, mint to garnish, plenty of ice.
  • Piña Colada: Malibu white rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice.
  • Mojito: white rum, lime, mint, sugar, soda water, plenty of ice.

Elderflower/preferred cordial, mint, lemon/lime, fruit juice, tonic/soda water, etc.

Make sure you’re celebrating the small wins | @dlasto on UnSplash

Movie Marathons

Whilst it may seem an obvious one, it’s crazy how much you can enjoy a movie when you commit to a trilogy, or a whole series, and work your way through each evening. It’s important to stress that this shouldn’t overtake your studies or other productivity throughout the day — we’ve all been there, and its a slippery slope. Give yourself a time to finish working in the evening, it’s very easy to conflate leisure and study when its all happening under the same roof day in, day out. Schedule a time to sit with the family, or even if you’re just going to enjoy it alone, as to prevent getting into unhealthy habits and keeping a clear outline of the day in your head.

Some we’re loving, and where you can find them:

  • James Bond | The Sean Connery films are currently showing on ITV, and some are on Amazon Prime
  • Star Wars (now they’re all available you can watch them in the correct order) | Disney+
  • Marvel marathon (it’s a lot, so should see you through lockdown) | Disney+, Spiderman: Homecoming currently on BBC iPlayer
  • Harry Potter |usually showing on TV
  • The Hunger Games | Amazon Prime
  • Lord of The Rings | The whole extended trilogy is available on Amazon Prime

Finally, don’t feel like you have to make the most of every single evening. Whilst it’s great to try something different and feel good about being able to do any of the above, this is definitely not the time to be pushing yourself to do everything and anything just because you have a daunting amount of time to yourself. Do what you feel you need to, look after yourself, and if you’re stuck for ideas or sick of banana bread-making, give one or some of these a go… We did, and it’s just a bit of a laugh.

We’d love you to share your ideas for celebrating; how you’re spending birthdays, anniversaries, or just getting through the weeks, so feel free to get in touch with us.

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