Whether you’re playing board games with the family or cards with the gals, make your game night the most fun of all with these recipe and game ideas.
Game Night Recipe Ideas
- Dips: Please picky eaters and foodies alike with an assortment of sweet and savory dips, each paired with something different for dipping. Think warm crab & cheese dip with hunks of bread, spinach artichoke dip with pita chips, homemade hummus with fresh veggies and raspberry fruit dip with cinnamon crisps.
Tip: You can’t go wrong with chips and salsa, either. Try a colorful trio of green tomatillo salsa, tomato salsa and fruit salsa with homemade tortilla chips.
- Finger Foods: For something heartier, dish up zesty bite-sized favorites like taquitos and quesadillas, or try our sweet and spicy spin on traditional sliders—cherry chipotle chicken sliders . If it’s a grown-up affair, serve crostini’s piled high with gourmet toppings.
Tip: Crunched for time? Make frozen pizzas ahead of time and pop them in the oven just before guests arrive.
- Homemade Drinks: During warmer months, pour glassfuls of ice-cold sweet tea with muddled mint, homemade ginger ale or raspberry zing. When the temperature drops, keep guests warm and cozy with mugs of mulled cider or punch.
Game Night Game Ideas
- Spoons: For 3-12 players. You’ll need spoons (one less than the total number of players, like musical chairs) and a deck of cards. Place spoons in the middle of the table, then shuffle cards and deal four to each player. Each player places one card face-down to the left, and the player to their left picks it up. The dealer picks up another card to continue play, and the person to their right puts their unwanted card in a discard pile. You continue until one person gets four of a kind. When they do, they take a spoon, and other players must also take a spoon. The person that doesn’t get a spoon is out. If you run out of cards before this happens, shuffle the discard pile to continue play. The person to get the last spoon wins.
- Game Blankets: Trade the table for the floor (or grass!) by making game blankets you can use to play checkers, chess, tic-tac-toe or hopscotch. It’s surprisingly easy with our no-sew game blanket tutorial.
- What is it: Fill bowls with random things from around the house, like dried pasta, soil and buttons. Blindfold the players and let each touch what’s in the bowl, then hide it and remove the blindfold. Have players write down what they think it was. The player that guesses correctly wins. You can also compound the scores over multiple rounds, so the player with the most correct guesses ultimately wins.
Tip: Learn how to play Celebrity Bowl, The Dictionary Game and Crime Syndicate when you read Grown-Up Party Games.
What’s your favorite family game? Share the rules and why you love it.