Monday, November 1, 2010

Ready for Family Game Time!...Portable Lazy Susan Game Table

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One of my favorite memories growing up was playing games with my family. As a very young child, I remember a simple card game that my great grandmother taught me called Wahoo. I loved to play it with her over and over again. I also loved games like Connect 4, checkers, speed, and old maid. Doesn't everyone love those games?


Like a special song or memorable scent, there is one game that takes me back to a period of time filled with fond memories. Yahtzee! I can't tell you the hours and hours we spent at my grandparents home at the lake playing it. Rowdy games with just the adults, fun games with cousins, and (most memorably) single games with just me and my grandma...over apple jelly toast and a glass of Tang. My grandmother had "the knack"...she could roll things at will. I swear she could!


When we have our family get-togethers these days, games often consist of cribbage or Scrabble. In fact, I believe I am the current reigning Scrabble champion...in our family anyway! I look forward to the upcoming holidays where games are sure to be a part!


With all these fond memories, it was a somewhat nostalgic experience as we created this Lazy Susan game table. My thoughts were filled with all the childhood memories of games gone by and the special people who surrounded me. I hope this game table is the foundation for many more special family game times to come!

The table has a lazy susan base, which allows it to spin. Perfect for "passing" the dice or allowing the next person to play their turn at Scrabble without having to read the board upside down! The felted bottom allows it to be set on the floor for the kids, on the grass at a picnic, or on any type of table, base, or surface. Here's how to make one of your own...









Read PART 3: FINAL FINISH & SETTING UP THE GAME








What board or card games do you and your family play?

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4 comments:

  1. Oh, I love this. What a great idea. We are currently work on our family room, what a great addition a take on this would be. Love how you combine your memories with most of your creations.

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  2. so fun, amy! i have love watching this project come to life!

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  3. I would love to play a game at whisper wood cottage! ;)

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  4. Love the table! Our kids are 'prime' game playing ages now (almost-6, 8, 10 and 14) and we love lots of different games (Settlers, Ticket to Ride, Monopoly, and more!)but we often have to make an effort to be pro-active and make the kids turn off the 'screens' (video games, TV, computer) and play. Which means we must make sure we carve out the time to play too! I chuckled when I saw the Yahtzee in your post, because I just introduced that one to my kids last night (even tho it's been sitting on the shelf for years!)and the one that's home sick today begged me to play it with him again today. Games are such a great bonding time!

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