A Guide to Game Night Snacks
by: Ally Gold
Being a Game Night host or being invited to a Game Night Pot Luck presents more planning than just what to play. Finding the perfect snack spread is an art form that can make or break your event; finding foods that are easy to eat but also mess free are key. Here is our basic breakdown for what to serve and what to avoid when getting your friends and favorite games to the table!
Here are some solid picks that we love to set out when getting together for good games AND good eats!
A cheese board is always a solid move - adding different sliced meats, spreads, fruit, nuts, or olives are easy ways to dress them up and create something both delicious and beautiful. We recommend having at least three kinds of cheese for your peeps to choose from since everyone has different tastes. Starting with a Cheddar that most folks like, adding a soft cheese like a Brie or a Goat Cheese for varying texture, and then adding something on the funkier side like a Gouda, Blue Cheese, or Manchego would be a great place to start - then obviously the more kinds you add the better!
Sliders & Finger Sandwiches
Everyone likes these because they are heartier than a bowl of chips and stick to their ribs! Keeping them small to a few bites makes them easier to eat and more accessible while socializing or eating in between turns. Mini burgers, Cuban sliders, or even tiny Veggie & Hummus sandwiches are easy to prep, and even easier to chow down on!
Mini Meatballs, Caprese Skewers, Prosciutto Wrapped Melon - the list is endless! These always look cute and your pals will love the one bite delicacies. Pinterest is your friend on this one for sure, get creative!
Pigs in a Blanket
A childhood favorite that no one outgrows! Using just some small sausages or cut up hot dogs, cheese if you like, and some Pillsbury crescent rolls - this is a simple hot snack to set out that will have guests clearing the plate before they have a chance to cool off!
Soft Pretzel Bites
Always a hit! You can find these in the frozen food section at your local grocery store; just pop them in the oven, set out a cheese dip and some mustard and VOILA! Bon Appétit!
C is for Cookie and that’s good enough for me! Nothing too gooey but good ol’ Chocolate Chip or some colorful Macarons will be sure to satisfy your guest’s sweet tooth!
These snacks may not have your guests ranting and raving but they will definitely be content, and keeping mess to a minimum!
Potato Chips & Pretzels
People will eat them but let’s be honest, they aren’t very exciting...
Always good and guilt free, but WAY better when on a cheese board!
Cheap, easy, & mess free! However it is likely no one came to Game Night excited to eat on a diet...
Licorice, Gummy Bears, Jolly Ranchers, etc. Everyone loves candy, just avoid anything melty, sticky, or gross like the cheap candies your grandma puts out.
Setting these out may have you not invited back next time, or not asked to host ever again; avoid these at all costs my friends.
Or any other chips or popcorn covered in any kind of “dust” - these can muck up your game components, and also many folks immediately lick their fingers after eating them so yeah, GROSS.
Cheetos & Cheese Curls
Same story here but 1000x worse! This orange dust can actually stain components, is hard to wipe away from hands with just a napkin, and often gets caked in your teeth which is so not ideal when you all are chatting strategy. If someone's dice are looking a bit orange, now you know why...
So delicious but also so messy - save these for a game free night or if you are really craving them, serve them prior to getting started so everyone has time to finish and wash their hands first.
Nachos fall into the category of Push Your Luck; a great snack that most people love but not a convenient choice for game night at all. So many opportunities for dripping cheese or wet diced tomatoes on your shirt, or on your cards, and that’s just sad :(
We are getting hungry now, what pairs best with Villager legs? Remember friends, game on and keep your snack game strong!