Also, some of these ideas are fun things to do with your family …depending on your family.
Moving to a new city can be daunting, especially if you don't know anyone. As easy as it can be for Netflix to become your new best friend, I'm sure you typically don't want to go to a bar or to brunch alone. So, you have to make friends. But how?
By Bridget Chambers. Like many of you, I spent the last year-plus of quarantine dying to hang out with friends. However, when it finally came time to socialize again, I quickly realized I was a little out of practice. So, to help inspire my own creative hang-outs, I put together a list of things to do with friends when bored. After a year of not being able to spend quality time with my friends, my goal is to be more intentional in every minute that I get to be in their presence. Use this list as inspiration or a bucket list —just remember to never accept boredom, because boredom is basic.
Create a spa experience. It can be as simple as propping your feet up and throwing on a face mask, or as involved as foot soaks or massage trains, and hair masks. Go for a walk.
Get some exercise in a pretty park or neighborhood while talking and staring at houses my favorite part. Play a game. Have a movie marathon. Watch every Harry Potter movie in order with a hot bag of popcorn and a glass of wine. Or use this best 90s movies list as inspiration. Do a cardio-dance workout video. Because dance parties are always better with friends. Make seasonal cocktails.
6 places to make friends when you're new to a city and bored af
Get fancy with this one and use your nicest glasses and most fresh ingredients. Then toast to your friendship. Find the nearest beach or pool.
Try a new restaurant in town. Get out of your comfort zone and experience something new together. Everyone orders something different on the menu.
Do an at-home wine tasting. Cover the bottles in foil, pour each person a sip, and guess which wine is which. Make something creative. Go to the art supply store and for out a fun project or go to town on old jeans or t-shirts with some scissors and an embroidery kit. Start a book club.
Plans always seem to come together better in person, so take advantage of your bored and finally start that book club. Plan the order of the books you want to read everyone adds one to the list. Get inspired by the friend talked-about books on TikTok. Make a mood board. Create a communal mood board or make one individually. Compare afterward. Have an international dinner party. Create and enjoy a menu with delicious food items from different around the world. My ideal international dinner: a spicy tuna crispy rice appetizer, pizza for the table, tacos for dinner, and a side of truffle fries.
Oh, and gelato for dessert. Binge a TV looking. This is one of my favorite things to do when bored with friends. Pick a short series and watch the whole thing in one day. I recommend Mare of Easttown and Cruel Summer. Set a pretty table and order takeout. Make setting the table the involved part of the dinner, not the cooking. Try a new recipe. Because trial and error is more fun to laugh at with a friend.
Make your own pizza. Start from scratch with homemade dough or use store-bought crusts. Get personal sizes so everyone can go crazy with their topping choices. Practice your yoga. Watch a video or walk each other through some of your favorite flows. Do a puzzle. Call me crazy, but puzzles are thrilling. Does anyone else get competitive about putting in the last puzzle piece? Build a new playlist together.
52 fun things to do when you are bored with friends
Purge your closet with a style show. Yeah, do that. Productive and fun. Have your own CS taste-off. Go to the grocery store and buy every kind of vanilla ice cream and rank them, or get creative and test out something else.
Give each other a makeover. If the are good, go out and show it off! Go shopping for each other. Online or in-person, pick out an outfit for each other that the other person has to wear out. Be nice on this one, girls.
52 fun things to do when you’re bored with friends
Write each other letters. Sure we send each other heartfelt texts, but texts are temporary. Create and compare bucket lists. Then go do them together. Give each other compliments. Go around a circle and tell everyone what you love about them.
30 things to do with friends when you’re bored (tested and approved!)
Take the time to build your friends up and remind them how great they are. Make gourmet coffee. Add a new ingredientfroth your milk, or simply enjoy it as an afternoon pick-me-up.
Sing karaoke. For everyone else, you get an awkwardly hilarious A Cappella performance. Save this post for the next time you need things to do when bored with friends and drop your ideas below! Bridget Chambers.
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