Hosting a game night can be a lot of fun, especially with good company and good food. These party snack ideas are easy to eat, make, and clean up and are sure to impress your family and friends on game night.
Party Snack Ideas: Board Game Night Snacks
Board Game Night Food Ideas
A board game night with friends and family can bring people together who may be hungry for fun. But don’t let the expectations of a family gathering fool you! Feeding a hungry crowd can be made easier by planning for how many people will be at the party.
Some easy meal ideas for a big group can be:
- Order food
- Coordinate a Potluck
- Taco Bar
- Baked Potato Bar
- Prepared Food
- Local Catering
- Delivered Fast Food
If you are going host a party that is not at home, consider if there is a microwave or oven to use in the location of your party.
Party snack ideas
For parties that you need a snack to feed people while playing board games, provide snacks that don’t make too much of a mess, and are easy to clean up. You don’t want a snack that leaves fingers greasy, cheesy, or too sticky and messes up your games in your board game library.
Good snack ideas include:
- Sliced fruit
- Sliced Cheese
- Veggie Trays
- Boxed or Individually wrapped candy
Board game night recipes
Having a go-to snack recipe that you and your friends enjoy can be a part of the fun. I like to munch on baked goods and sweets, and these two recipes are my classic ones that I make. If I have only a little bit of time, I make the Quick and Easy Energy bites. The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies are best made when I have more time.
Quick and Easy Energy Bites
1 Cup Instant Oatmeal
½ Cup Peanut butter (crunchy)
½ Cup Honey
½ Cup Chocolate Chips
½ Cup Chocolate Powder
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
How to Make:
- Mix all ingredients and chill for 30 minutes.
- Once chilled, roll into 1” diameter balls.
- Store in airtight container up to 1 week or freeze.
Tastes delicious with a glass of milk.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 & ¼ Cup Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon iodized table salt
½ Cup Butter, whipped (tub)
½ Cup Butter, softened (sticks)
¾ Cup Sugar
¾ Cup Packed Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs, room temp
12 ounces package semi-sweet chocolate chips
How to Make:
- Preheat oven to 375° Fahrenheit
- In a big bowl, use a mixer to mix sugars, butters, vanilla, and eggs to a creamy texture.
- In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients of flour, baking soda, and salt with a large spoon
- Slowly add dry ingredients to the first bowl with mixer.
- Stir in chocolate chips with a large spoon.
- Drop rounded teaspoons of dough onto ungreased baking sheet
- Bake for 8 to 10 minutes
- Cool for two minutes and place on wire cooling racks.
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Board game night appetizers
The best appetizers for board game night are easy to assemble, pick up, cook, and stay fresh throughout game night. Look for and prepare your favorite party appetizers that will satisfy you and your friends and family’s sweet and salty taste buds.
- Chips and dip are perfect for the salty snack craving. All you need is to open the bag and provide a spoon for the dip so partygoers can get their own portions. Once they have their own serving, they can use the chip to scoop up the dip.
- Fruit Trays are a healthy treat that can be picked up from the deli or fresh food part of the grocery store. I like to get the kind with the freshest looking fruit and sweet dip in the middle of the tray.
- Cheese Trays are easier the make than fruit trays, so I like to make these at home. Find an assortment of cheese wheels, blocks, or cubes and slice the cheese up at home. Serves well with seedless grapes and crackers.
- Frozen Appetizers can be quick and easy to bake. Just pop them in the oven according to the directions on the side of the box. Some of my favorites include pigs-in-a-blanket, stuffed mushrooms, cream cheese jalapenos, and french fries.
Hosting board game night with friends
Prepare ahead of time for a board game night with friends by planning for your project. Use a Free Printable Planner Page to plan your space, games, time-line, food plans, and more.
Start by planning what day you want to have friends over. Ask them when they want to start playing, what games they’re interested in playing. Let them know if you plan on providing all the food, or if they will have to chip in some money or bring their own food.
If you need to reserve a space at a community gaming area, do so well in advance. Some game stores have side-rooms that allow for gameplay after hours. Ask the manager ahead of time if the space is available and follow the rules for the store.
Party snack ideas with Board game night themes
Beyond general snacks and treats, you can even make some food that relates to the type of gameplay you are focusing on. Board game night themes can include an assortment of styles of games, geekery, nerdiness, and all together a lot of fandom culture.
If you plan on making a game night theme based on fandom, try to think outside the box. Apply shapes of food, punny food names, and cool combinations that relate to your theme.
Some ideas of basic game night themes are listed below:
- Dice- Have pips, are cubed and geometric shaped, can be made of clear resin. Ideas for this can be: Best Chocolate Chip Cookies cut into squares, jolly rancher candy cut into cubes, cube gum with pip dots in it
- Cards– Are Black and white, shapes include heart, diamond, spade, and clubs. Oreo cookies with red frosting, chocolate covered fruit, sliced cheese assortment of shapes
- Board– Have pawns, and locations, can be a variety of landscapes, resources, and mini figures depending on the game. Ideas include:Meeple shaped cookies, green “money” mints, gold foil chocolate candies, Hershey’s Kisses made to look like a pawn.
I hope that you found some good party snack ideas for your next board game night with friends. Let me know if you found any of these ideas useful in the comments below!