Board Game Night Menus

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Board Game Night Menus

Candy Land

The dessert train should stop at your house on game night if you're playing Candy Land. Decorate a table with all of the sweets fit for a queen an ice cream sundae bar and perhaps a color-coded candy buffet filled with lollipops, licorice, gumdrops, mints, brittle and toffee. For an added activity, dare we suggest gingerbread houses?

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There are two ways to create a menu based off the classic mystery game. First, you could serve filled foods — ravioli, pierogies, empanadas, etc. — and have guests guess the flavor. Or, you could create a menu based off the characters, serving dishes that are a riff on their names.

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Mouse Trap

This is an easy one — a cheeseboard. Make the main characters' cheese-loving rodents dreams come true and have a cheese sampling board. Create pairings with wine, nuts and charcuterie. If the kids are playing, create a grilled cheese bar!

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When it comes to Scrabble, it's all about words. Create a table of alphabet-inspired snacks to get the brain flowing. There are quite a few letter-infused snacks: alphabet soup or pasta, Alpha-Bits cereal, ABC tater tots, Scrabble-edition Cheez-Its and alphabet pretzels.

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The Game of Life

Celebrate life's greatest moments at each stop along the road when playing The Game of Life. You graduated college? Have a beer. Land your first big job? A celebratory dinner is in order. You had a baby? Try pink- and blue-themed foods like cotton candy or blueberry pie. When you've crossed the finish line, toast yourself with champagne.

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Pick a letter, any letter and eat a snack shaped like that letter. For instance, for the letter "O," serve bagels, Cheerios, and donuts. For the letter "V," serve pizza, and so on and so forth. If you want to make things a little easier, get letter cookie cutters and cut sandwiches in the shapes of each letter.

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Welcome to the boardwalk. On this menu were serving up summer-at-the-beach fare: corn dogs, soft pretzels, fresh-squeezed lemonade, popcorn and cotton candy, all of the classic bites you can find in Atlantic City, where the game was born. If you're not into that, create a lowbrow-to-highbrow menu to match up with the four sides of the board.

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This might sound confusing, but create a bar of the ingredients to make classic dishes like tacos, ice cream sundaes and burgers, but leave the main ingredients out so guests can guess based on the other items what they're going to be eating. It's a play on the game, get it?

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Rather than what to serve, we were thinking about what not to serve. Imagine this: finishing a nice piece of garlic bread or a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup and then bending over backward in another player's face. Avoid flavors like garlic, curry, onions, and spicy Mexican when preparing for Twister time.

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Serve stackable foods. It's only fitting. We're thinking sandwiches, grilled cheese, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, french fries, etc. In addition to the Jenga game, hold a stackable tournament to see how many steak fries you can stack before they all come tumbling down.

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I don't know about you, but in our household, family members young and old love board games, and designated board game nights are a time-honored tradition. We're talking Scrabble, Scattergories, The Game of Life — all the classics.

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A few rules do apply: Monopoly is reserved for blizzards, blackouts and tornados; Candy Land is only to be played if there is a fantastic tiara available; and Battleship is just a game, not a real battle.

But gearing up for game night is no easy task, as there are proper foods that go along with each game. Matching the menu to the game is not only a fun idea, but these foods are also sure to encourage increased brain power — Cranium anyone? — and interesting conversation — hello, Twister.

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