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How to Host a Family Game Night

A family game night is fun for everyone, especially when there's good food and friendly competition involved!

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African American family playing board game togetherJose Luis Pelaez Inc/Getty Images

Why Have Game Night?

Add a little excitement to your at-home time! With these ideas, your family game night will be fun- and food-filled with a little bit of friendly competition, of course. Now, get your game face on!

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Stack of Board GamesClaire Krieger/Taste of Home

Pick What to Play

After you and your crew decide on a night that works for everyone, here comes the hard part: agreeing on a game. Be sure to gear your selection toward your group. If you have little ones, opt for a classic like Candy Land. School-age kids love Sequence. And teens and adults can’t seem to get enough of Catan.

Editor’s Tip: Short on games? Buy some from a local thrift store (just check to make sure all of the pieces are in place) or check the library—some let you borrow board games in addition to books.

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Board game snacksTaste of Home

Select Your Snacks

You’ll want your menu full of small, mess-free munchies that can be grabbed, dunked and devoured in between rounds. Think homemade Mini Corn Dogs, this luscious Lake Charles Dip and loaded Chocolate Caramel Cookies. Check out this collection of game night recipes, plus the themed treats below!

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Inspired by Clue: Mustard Pretzel NuggetsTaste of Home

Inspired by Clue: Mustard Pretzel Nuggets

It was Colonel Mustard with the candlestick in the kitchen! Let your imagination run wild with these aptly named mustard pretzel bites. It’s no mystery that they’re delicious.

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Inspired by Scrabble: Meatball Alphabet Soup

Pay homage to the classic word game with alphabet soup. For easy eating as you play, serve the soup in mugs.

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Inspired by Candy Land: Candy Bar Brownies

Even if you don’t make it to King Kandy’s Castle, you’ll still be a winner, thanks to these candy bar brownies. They’re so delicious, every player will be vying for the last bite.

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Inspired by Hungry Hungry Hippos: Key Lime Pie Balls

It’ll be the players—not the hippos—chomping at these Key lime bites. The rolled bites are inspired by the game’s marbles.

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Inspired by Pictionary: Gingerbread CardsTaste of Home

Inspired by Pictionary: Gingerbread Cards

For a fun twist on Pictionary, trade in your paper for one of these homemade cookie cards. Edible food writing pens make it easy to draw on their surface!

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Inspired by Operation: Savory Party BreadTaste of Home

Inspired by Operation: Savory Party Bread

Even if you can’t extract the Bread Basket token during a game of Operation, you can still enjoy slices of this savory party bread. The whole family will enjoy pulling slices from the warm, gooey loaf.

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Inspired by Monopoly: Mama’s Million-Dollar FudgeTaste of Home

Inspired by Monopoly: Mama’s Million-Dollar Fudge

You’ll be even richer than the bank after one bite of this million-dollar fudge. Plus, the small squares make it easy to eat between turns.

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Inspired by Apples to Apples: Chunky Apple Snack CakeTaste of Home

Inspired by Apples to Apples: Chunky Apple Snack Cake

Serve up slices of this snack cake during a game of Apples to Apples. Just like the game’s kooky card combinations, this treat is guaranteed to garner smiles.

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Board game snack setupTaste of Home

Set the Table

First, place the game and its pieces on the table to ensure there’s enough space. You can even divvy up tokens, deal cards and set up scorecards in advance. Next, set out your snacks in the remaining space.

Editor’s Tip: Serve the small bites on a lazy Susan. That way everyone can reach, even as they’re strategizing.

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Play Clean

And no, we don’t mean playing by the rules! That’s important, too, but so is keeping the table and game pieces tidy. Place slices of lemon and a shallow dish of warm water at each place setting. When fingers get greasy from snacking, simply splash ’em in the water and rub with the fruit to freshen up quickly. A spritz of hand sanitizer will help, too.

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Game on!

You’re finally ready to call in the crew and get gaming. For optimal family bonding, make game night a tech-free zone. Have everyone place their phones in a separate room and turn off the TV. Now, it’s time to snack—then attack!

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.
Annamarie Higley
Annamarie Higley is an Associate Print Editor for Taste of Home magazine, as well as the brand's special issue publications. A midwestern transplant originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she enjoys hiking, trivia-ing, and—you guessed it!—all things cooking and baking.

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