A game night is a great way to relax, get together with friends and family, and spend some quality time with the kids. While finalizing the games and the guest list are going to be at the top of your to-do list, you also don’t want to forget about the food!

The best food for a family game night is finger food that minimizes mess and is easy to pick up while playing a game. If you have children at your game night, you also need to consider a menu that they’ll look forward to eating too!

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of our favorite finger food categories to make a family game night menu that everyone will enjoy:   

  • Popcorn: There’s no better time than a game night to break out that popcorn machine! It might sound like a basic snack, but it’s always a hit and something that the kids will love. You can spice up the snack by picking up some unusual seasonings and flavors for everyone to make their own custom bowl of popcorn to enjoy.
  • Pigs in a Blanket: Everyone remembers being a kid and eating pigs in a blanket for an afternoon snack, and this is a great, simple menu item for game night. Just get a few cans of croissant rolls, some mini hot dogs, roll them up, and throw them in the oven for an easy finger food treat.
  • Spinach Dip: Dips and chips are always a welcome party food, but spinach dip is a great way to get the same effect with a more refined taste. Whether you make your own dip or buy it straight from the store, try hollowing-out a fresh bread loaf to create an edible bowl that doubles as a serving dish.
  • Kabobs: If you’re looking for an entrée to go along with the snack food, kabobs are a great choice—just be sure that you make them small enough to easily pick up! Fire up the grill or cook them on the stovetop, and you’ll have an easy-to-eat meal that will fill up both children and adults alike.
  • Bite-Sized Food: Stuffed mushrooms, mini sandwiches, and pinwheels are all quick to make and easy for guests to manage without taking a break from playing the games.

When planning out your family game night menu, the best advice is to keep it simple! Minimize the need for dishes as much as possible to avoid a mess once your guests leave, and focus on foods that are in small, easy-to-handle portions. Then your guests don't have to stop playing a game just because they get hungry. For an even easier menu, make your family game night a potluck and invite your guests to bring over their favorite, fun foods to share!   

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