20 Fun Things to do with Friends at Home

Find new ways to spend time with your friends if they are coming to spend a day or even coming to have a sleep over with you.


Having friends is one of the biggest blessings of life, and having them over is always a delight. The ups and downs of life are easier to navigate and celebrate with having friends by your side. Now, if you have had friends coming over for a long time or even share an apartment with them, you might have run out of things to do.

So what fun things to do if your friends come over? They may come for a day or even a sleepover; this might be a big pressure moment for you. The host has to take care of every need of the guests. The host also has to make sure that your friends don’t end up getting bored at your house.

Here are 20 things I have compiled for you that you can do if you have invited your friends to your house. Even if you share an apartment with your friends, this list can give you new ideas to make your days more fun.

1. Watch a Movie

Friends making movie night at back yard

Do this if you are having your friends for a long while. If they are coming for a short time, you might want to catch up with their lives a little. Planning a movie night with popcorns and snacks makes up for a relaxing time at home with friends. A sound home theatre system can make things a lot better, though.

2. Play a Boardgame

High angle view of unrecognizable kids playing ludo game at home.

There are so many board games to choose from, for example, Monopoly, Scrabble, Snakes and Ladders, chess, etc. However, the most exciting parts of board games are the fights over alleged or sometimes actual cheating and acting smug after a win.

3. Organize a Scavenger hunt

Scavnger hunt game signage

A scavenger hunt can never get old. You can hide some exciting objects in random places at your house and then place clues in a pattern to help your friends find them. You may even have a prize for the winner at the end of the game to make things more interesting.

4. Costume Party

Group of women friends dressed up and laughing at a Halloween party.

Costume parties are not specific to Halloween. You can have them any time of the year. You can even set a theme for your party to make it more interesting. You can either put them based on a specific historical era or make it fun with superheroes or characters from Lord of the Rings.

5. Share your Music

Happy friends having party listening vintage vinyl disc albums at home – Young people having fun drinking shots and laughing together – Soft focus on right man face – Warm contrast filter

Each of your friends can share the music they have discovered with each other and make it a wholesome bonding time. There is no expression better than music. You can also sit together and find something new to listen to.

6.  Play Some Video Games

Group of friends play video games together at home, having fun.

A house party without friends competing with each other in video games is an incomplete house party. Challenge your friends to Rocket League or Dirt 5 on your play stations or even co-op in Minecraft.

7. Play Card Games

Three girls at home playing cards together. Close up.

Card games have so many possibilities. You can play poker for money or food if you don’t want to lose a lot of money or even play Go Fish or Gin Rummy. There are other card games like Uno or Cards against humanity that are also fun to play. If you have a deck of cards and know a little card trick, you can even show it off in front of your friends.

8. Have a Game Night

Friends Living Together. Sitting in The Living Room, Playing With Building Wooden Blocks and Having Fun.

Organizing a game night sounds so much fun. Each of you can decide which game to play turn by turn through the night. It used to be popular in the 60s, but you can still play them now.

9.  Cook Together

Good friends laughing and talking while preparing meals at table full of vegetables and pasta ready for cooking in kitchen

Cooking together is a very joyous moment among friends. You can even learn new things from them or teach your friends who don’t know how to cook.  You can also make it a Pot Luck Dinner where each friend brings a different dish ingredient.

10. Play Charades

Group of friends playing charades at a Christmas party.

Charades are a fun way to make your friends laugh while making them guess different things. This game can also help you test your acting skills and sharpen your guessing skills.

11. Have a Yoga Day

group of people yoga and heathy living

Yoga is not only good for the body but also the mind. Have a relaxing and healthy day with your friends with yoga. There are plenty of YouTube videos that can help you learn different and easy poses for yoga.

12. Have a Scary Story Time

Parents telling spooky stories to kids at Halloween party

It will be fun to make everyone go to sleep after telling them a scary story at night. This is a fun way to see who gets scared first or maybe wakes up scared first.

13. Play Truth and Dare

Close up multiracial smiling friends drinking coffee, assembling puzzle jigsaw, sitting together at table in cafe or at home, playing board game, success teamwork, team building success

This is the ultimate way to get some secrets out of your friends or even challenge your friends to complex tasks. Although I suggest you do not go over the limit when daring your friends, keep it light.

14. Have a Barbecue Night

Shot of a group of friends making a toast over dinner

Barbecue nights are a fun and relaxing way to enjoy your friends. Each of the friends can take turns making their specialty and end up with different and superb delicacies. However, you must have a backyard or some open space in the house to do it.

15. Karaoke

Vibrations for good fun. Full length shot of handsome young guy looking enthusiastic while singing with microphone, playing karaoke with friends in the modern apartment. Friendship, leisure concept

Karaoke Nights after a couple of drinks is a thing that will last till eternity. The most fun part of Karaoke is that the worse your friend sings, the more fun it is. Nowadays, you don’t even need a Karaoke machine; you can search online and use your computer to do it.

16.  Binge Watch a TV Series

Three friends watching romantic movie on tv sitting on a couch at home

There are so many different platforms you can do this on; you have the options of Netflix, Amazon, and Disney+, etc. This is best for a rainy day with popcorn or even ice cream.

17. Learn Origami

Human hands folding sheet of yellow paper while making origami bird

Origami is a complex art that can help revitalize the brain. It has a lot of benefits for the brain, and at the same time, it’s a perfect way to spend time with your friends.

18.  Have a Tea Party in a Fort

Three female friends having afternoon tea.

Building forts is not just for kids; adults enjoy it much more than they admit to caring. Hosting a tea party in a pillow fort is not only nostalgic but an excellent theme for a party. You can even decorate your fort with lights and lamps to make it more beautiful.

19. Try New Arts and Crafts

Small group of people working at the workshop.

You can either choose some crafts like knitting and crochets. Apart from that, you can also try different forms of sketching, drawing, or painting.

20. Have a Day of Self Care

Taking off these things. Lying on the white bed. Top view. Conception of skin care by using white mask and cucumbers on the face.

You can have a spa day and do pedicures and manicures for each other. You can also apply and try new facemasks. Help each other with exfoliation or even massage each other.

These are some activities that will keep you busy for a very long time. You can even repeat them in random order to make keep having fun with them. Your friends might like some and dislike others, but you can discard and keep the ones accordingly. In times of need, you can even mix them up and create something new entirely.

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