Every now and then, you need a night with the family that is unplugged. Perhaps that’s because you’ve watched all the family movies currently streaming without additional fees. Or it could be because, after staring at a screen for 8 hours, your eyes are now drier than a cow giving powdered milk. Whatever the reason, it’s a good night for a family game night. Pull out the old board games, the creased cards and the timer, because it’s going to be a night of competition—erm, fun. Make sure to keep the fun going and stop hanger from ruining the night with these 3 must have boards for family game night. Charcuterie boards, that is.
Hot Chocolate Board
Some game nights are relaxing, with family members sprawled out in their pajama pants and hoodies, jokingly contesting how many points each player has. Other game nights are, well, not that. For the calmer game nights, or game nights you’d like to be calm, prepare a hot chocolate selection that family members of all ages will enjoy. Around empty mugs, a bowl of cocoa powder, and a teapot of warm milk, fill your board with marshmallows, peppermint shavings and cinnamon sticks, bowls of whipped cream, chocolate melts, and dunkers like cookies and chocolate-covered pretzel sticks, letting the family stay hydrated and warm throughout the round. You can find more options for your hot chocolate bar here. Perhaps you’ll get through a round of Go Fish without incident.
Chips and Salsa Board
For families of mindless snackers, make a chips and salsa board. Amongst tortilla chips, place bowls of mild and spicy salsas, queso, and guacamole. For the double dippers, pass out ramekins to keep their dipping choices in, keeping comments of gross to a minimum. To make this a complete meal, replace the tortilla chips with hard shell tacos, adding more bowls in the center of all the filling options, such as your choice of meat, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and sour cream. Yum!
Some nights, you need to frantically mime to friends as they whisper-yell guesses to keep curious kids from interrupting a close game of charades. Normally, you mindlessly munch on of bowls of chips, candy, fruit, and more. Now, however, you plop on the couch after your turn and reach for a charcuterie cone. Charcuterie cones have all your favorite charcuterie board pairings scooped into a paper cone, allowing you to snack with a few close friends without worrying about anyone forgetting to wash their hands. Perfect for customization, this is a charcuterie snack you’ll try to sneak into the car as a fancy snack on-the-go.
For your next family game night, keep the family happy with plenty of tasty boards—oh, and some actual games to play, too.