With winter's short days and single-digit temps, you're less likely to hang out outside and run into your neighbors. Gather the gang and catch up with these fun ideas for grown-up get togethers.

1. Bunco
It's been around since the 1800s and never gone out of style. The game requires dice and no skill or strategy whatsoever—perfect for an evening of chatting with friends. Here are the rules.

2. Fondue party
You provide the cheese and invite neighbors to bring things to dip. Dessert should, of course, be served with a chocolate fountain.

3. Eat on the run
Coordinate a progressive dinner party with neighbors and enjoy each dish, and perhaps a new variety of wine, in a different home.

4. Put on your detective's cap
Host a murder mystery party. Download storylines and clues from the web or order a kit with costumes. It's always a fun way to kill an evening.

5. Hit the beach
A luau-themed party may be the closest you'll get to a beach vacation this winter. Grass skirts, plastic leis, tropical drinks, hula tunes and a few rounds of limbo will help warm things up. Indoor tiki torches not recommended.

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