Family Game Night


School…work…meetings…extra-curricular activities. With so many things to do, it's no wonder people find themselves away from home more often than they'd like.

So plot a strategy to bring your family back into focus by planning a fun-filled game night!

Get the evening rolling with Rack 'em Up Cheese Balls. This billiard-inspired snack can be served alongside clever breadstick "cues" as well as crackers and vegetable dippers.

For members of your clan who have a sweet tooth, Caramel Cereal Snack Mix is a sure bet.

Find more family game night recipes, plus tips for planning a successful game night, below!

Rack 'em Up Cheese Balls

Rack 'em Up Cheese Balls

With chipped beef and three kinds of cheese, this Rack 'em Up Cheese Balls appetizer appeals to everyone. Make ahead of time to blend the flavors.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Caramel Cereal Snack Mix

Caramel Cereal Snack Mix

I like to share this sweet Caramel Cereal Snack Mix with neighbors, friends and co-workers. My husband gets upset if I don't leave enough at home for him!
—Carol Merkel, Yorkville, Illinois


Garlic-Filled Meatballs

Garlic-Filled Meatballs

Family and friends will go wild for these "gourmet" Garlic-Filled Meatballs. I also use the chutney to top baked chicken, steaks and burgers.
—Mary Beth Harris-Murphree, Tyler, Texas


Clue Night Reuben Loaf

Clue Night Reuben Loaf

My family loves Reubens, but making so many sandwiches at once became daunting. So I came up with this Clue Night Reuben Loaf recipe that serves several people.
—Laura M. Hagadorn, North Creek, New York


Breadsticks Jenga

Breadsticks Jenga

These Breadsticks Jenga have little oil, so it's quite nice for anyone keeping an eye on fat intake. A dear friend gave me the recipe.
—Lise Thomson, Magrath, Alberta


Chili Cheese Dip

Chili Cheese Dip

I would often make this delicious Chili Cheese Dip as an after-school snack for my children. They're now grown but still enjoy this easy-to-make treat.
—Verdi Wilson, Visalia, California


Domino Brownies

Domino Brownies

What family doesn't have a fondness for brownies? Do try these flavorful double-decker Domino Brownies.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Trivial Pursuit Cheesecake

Trivial Pursuit® Cheesecake

Wrap up family game night with wedges of this colorful Trivial Pursuit® Cheesecake.
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen



More recipe ideas for game night:

Candy Land Cake >

Par-Cheesy Pizza >

Cookie Checkerboard >

Gelatin Game Chips >

Scrabble Brownies >

Cheese Spread Dice >

Dartboard Pizza >



Successful Game Night Strategy


Turn off the television, unplug the phone and ignore the "to do" list. Instead, focus on your family by planning a night filled with a winning combination of fun, food and games. (Kids have a skill for being silly, so be sure to include them in the planning!)


  • First, pick a night when no one has to work and doesn't have mandatory meetings or events. If possible, try to make Family Game Night a regularly scheduled occasion.
  • Use a score sheet from a game to write out "invitations." Send them along in briefcases, backpacks or lunchboxes. You can also place them on bed pillows, tape them to a mirror or set them on breakfast plates.
  • Resist the temptation to include other families and just concentrate on having fun with your immediate family.
  • For the winners of each game, have on hand inexpensive door prizes, such as decks of cards, hand-held games and books of crossword puzzles or sudoku.
  • Plan your menu. For extra fun, use recipes (like the ones above) that tie into the theme.
  • Use a game table to display the food. Or decorate a dining table with playing cards, dice, game pieces, game boards, etc.
  • Starting with the youngest family member, let each person choose a game to play.
  • Keep a running tally of the winners and post it on the refrigerator or family bulletin board. Award a larger prize (like a new board game) to the winner after a few weeks or months.