Here, our favorite picks for a little friendly competition, whether it's in the sand or back at the beach house.
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Learn to Play Shells!
Shells is a coastal twist on the popular card game Spoons. The goal: to get four of a kind before anyone else. You'll need at least three people, and as many as 13 can play.
Each player except the dealer brings a sea-shell and places it in the center of the table. The dealer deals four cards to each player, keeping the remaining cards in a stack close by. Then the dealer picks up a card from the stack and can exchange it for a card in hand, passing the unwanted card to the left. (Players take turns as the dealer, clockwise around the table.) Then each successive player accepts a card from the right and passes an unwanted card to the left until someone has four matching cards. The player to the dealer's right discards his or her cards into a discard pile, and the dealer draws from that pile if cards run out.
The first player to get four of a kind grabs a shell, and the other players rush to grab a shell, too. Whoever ends up empty-handed earns a letter S for the first loss, an H for the second, and so on until he or she has spelled the word S-H-E-L-L-S and is eliminated. Each time a player is eliminated, the dealer removes one shell (like removing a chair in musical chairs), and the game continues until all but one player have spelled "shells." That person wins!
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Ivanka Trump loves this cheery lacquered backgammon set, and we can see why. The bold design adds a pop of color to any room.