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The How-To Lounge: Going Out With a Group

Enjoying a night or weekend with a group is almost always a strange mix of fun and frustration. As exciting as a good group dynamic might be, it can also be difficult to manage. If everyone starts tugging in different directions, it’s not uncommon for tension to build. If you encounter your share of group outings, read my ideas for making them a bit easier and

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  • It helps to know ahead of time what you’re dealing with. It is a group of five? 10? 20? It’s much easier to deal with a large group when your mind is in the right place.
  • If there’s a meal involved, make sure to bring cash so you won't have issue when it comes to splitting the tab — you don’t want to be stuck throwing down your card and paying twice as much as everyone else. In fact, it’s an even better idea to ask for your portion to be on a separate tab right when you sit down.
  • Get ready to go with the flow. Mingling with a group is a more pleasant experience if you don’t try to lead the pack. Instead, try being as adaptable as possible.
  • Don’t feel like you have to do something you really don’t want to do. Though being easygoing is important in a group setting, you’re still an individual. Don’t let your needs or concerns be stepped on.
  • Finally, act the way you want the rest of the group to be. If you want it to be a high-energy night, then you have to project that attitude. Whereas if you want it to be mellow, then reflect that in your conversation and actions. One person can really affect the mood of the entire group.

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gemsera gemsera 7 years
This is good advice. Not having many friends of my own (just moved) we tend to stick to my beau's friends, which is a large group some couples and some single guys and its always a fight over the bill (with the blokes) and whos going to make tea and what we are going to do. surprisingly i've found being the leader helps... no one else cares to organise anything so I organise trips out, nights at the pub etc which work out really well.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i'm always the one who is trying to get the party startedat a family event, i got kinda drunk and got everyone dancingthe next day, someone was teasing me, and my uncle stood up and said "you know what, this girl is the girl who made this party fun! without her, we would have gone to bed! we need people like her!" i appreciated it. it's important to send off the vibe you want in return!
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i'm always the one who is trying to get the party started at a family event, i got kinda drunk and got everyone dancing the next day, someone was teasing me, and my uncle stood up and said "you know what, this girl is the girl who made this party fun! without her, we would have gone to bed! we need people like her!" i appreciated it. it's important to send off the vibe you want in return!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
I usually ask if they can split the bill upfront. Also i hate it when people say "let's just split everything evenly" when they've had appetizers and drinks and you just had one item!
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
I usually ask if they can split the bill upfront. Also i hate it when people say "let's just split everything evenly" when they've had appetizers and drinks and you just had one item!
yadiet yadiet 7 years
i USED TO LOVE GOING OUT WITH ANOTHER COUPLE FRIENDS OF MY HUBS. IN THE BEGINING IT WAS FUN UNTIL THE TRUE COLORS OF THE GUYS WIFE STARTED COMING OUT. SHE WAS A BEAST. SHE WAS SO MEAN TO HIM AND COLD TO US. IT TOOK BE FOREVER TO ACTUALLY BEFRIEND HER BECAUSE OF HER WAYS. EVERYTIME I WOULD INVITE THEM OVER TO MY HOUSE SHE WOULD WALK IN AND THE FIRST THING SHE'LL DO WAS COMPLAIN ABOUT SOMETHING I HAD AT THE HOUSE. FUNNY THING IS WE PURCHASED A FLAT SCREEN FOR THE LIVING RM AND SHE ALWAYS SAID THAT IT LOOKED HORRIBLE. WHEN BLACK FRIDAY ROLLED ON IN SHE WAS THE FIRST ONE IN LINE TO PICK OUT THE SAME EXACT TV. UNBELIVABLE. WELL I BASICALLY GOT TIRED OF HER ALWAYS MAKING US FEEL SO SMALL SO WE DISTANT FROM THEM. HE STILL TALKS TO HER HUSBAND BECAUSE THEY WORK TOGETHER BUT AS FOR HER I DON'T CALL FOR THE USUAL CHIT CHAT.
RustyAngel73 RustyAngel73 7 years
its funny that this is posted now...this weekend, my friend threw a party and invited our social group, but also brought her old school friends into the mix. the old school friends are people she barely talks to anyway, and they sat around and made no effort whatsoever to humor our attempts at polite conversation, etc. she worried the whole night about having to go between groups and had a crap time. i'm not saying they shouldn't have come, but maybe they should have made more effort like we tried to, and (although its hard) the host shouldn't have worried so much, and just had some fun...she ended up wishing she'd had more fun, while our current group had a blast.
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