Farewell Games to Play

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Farewell Games to Play
Relocation does not have to signal the end of a friendship. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Saying goodbye to a cherished friend can be a difficult and upsetting thing to do. Sometimes, friends have to say goodbye because one of them is moving away or beginning a new career. Plan a creative bon voyage party for only two friends or a larger group using fun games and activities to lighten up the act of saying farewell and to make sure you remain friends in the future.

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Word Association

This game starts out simple but could end up being a fun challenge. Pick who gets the first turn. If it's you, say your name and have your friend say a word that she associates with you. Next, you say a word that comes to mind after your friend's word. It's really just regular word association, but putting the friendship spin on it gives each of you a chance to say some nice things about the other. As you keep going back and forth, you'll have to get creative and come up with some new ideas. It's guaranteed to stir up some laughs and maybe even a few compliments.

Lucky Dip

Games are meant to be fun, but they can also be practical. If each of you is moving away or starting a new career, shop for some items you both might need. Scatter them around with some different choices of bags and set a timer. You get one minute to grab your preferred bag and fill it with whatever you can in that time. This game will help you both get things you'll need for your future. It will spark some lighthearted competition -- and the possibility of a tug-of-war -- since you'll have to fight for the items you really need!

Name Those Memories

It might sound cheesy, but you'll probably laugh harder than you ever have. Play a game where you each try naming where and when a remembered incident took place. Drop clues for each other about the situation. Don't give the whole scenario away. See if your friend recalls it as much as you do. You'll probably end up filling in the blanks of each other's stories and laughing as you recapture the best times you've ever shared.

Pop Quiz

Help each other learn everything you can about a new city or school. Conduct some research and come up with questions; give each other a quiz. You'll get a chance to practice your knowledge and use teamwork at the same time. The winner can receive a smart prize at the end: an in-depth booklet on the new city or school, complete with background information and exciting destinations to check out.

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