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As much as I would love to have a fancy dinner party or even a themed party such as a Masquerade, when it comes down to it my favorite kind of party is a game night. I’ve always loved playing card games, board games, even video games. I remember when I was younger I would play Uno or Monopoly with family members. We’d have epic battles too that lasted hours and ended up with IOUs. It was so much fun! To this day, I love breaking out the games for a little healthy competition. Sometimes the family is on board, other times I have to bribe them a little. Fun foods generally go a long way towards getting them pumped for gameplay. Kellogg’s Town House crackers are the perfect accompaniment to all your favorite game night treats.
Game nights have a few essentials. I mentioned food and I’ll get into more detail on that in a bit, but first you need…games! Charades and Pictionary are crowd pleasers, they aren’t overwhelming with rules and get everybody up off their feet. Video games these days are also meant to have the whole group moving around with games like Just Dance or even karaoke games. Ask each guest to bring their favorite board game, that way you have plenty to choose from. Card games are always fun, try Rummy or Spades. Let the kids get in on the action with family friendly card games like Go Fish and Memory. For those wanting a bit of strategy, try Risk. To this day, I’ve never beaten my husband at Risk, he has a head for it. I even tried to change up the classic with a gift of Risk with a Plants Vs. Zombies theme, but he still beats me! On the flipside, I don’t think he’s ever beaten me at Boggle – we all have our strengths!
Remember to stock plenty of game accessories. Pens or pencils are a must as well as paper for score keeping. A dry erase board is perfect for Pictionary and remember to have some sort of timer for rounds. If card games are on the agenda, make sure you have several decks in case the game you’re playing requires more than one or a card gets damaged or goes missing. When video games are the night’s source of entertainment, keep extra batteries on hand or charge wireless controllers. It’s even helpful to have guests bring their own controllers so that more people can play multi-player games.
When it comes to food, keep it simple. Kellogg’s offers a variety of Town House crackers including Flat Bread, Pita, Pretzel Thins, and Original and I think they all pair especially well with cheese. Cut up blocks of cheese, set out cheese spreads, or make a cheese ball. Set out snack mixes with peanuts, cashews and other nuts, toss in a few raisins or even chocolate candy for a sweet addition. Pretzels and popcorn are also fantastic game night snacks. My plan was to keep everything simple and shoot for the least messy options possible. So what does my husband do? He picks up little smokies and who am I to turn those down even if they are messier than I’d like. I think my favorite bite was a little smoky in barbecue sauce with a piece of cheese atop a Town House Pita cracker. It was the right amount of meat, cheese, and crunch! All the crackers are versatile enough to stand up to dips, making them easy to pour and serve. Or you can take the time to top them with a variety of toppings and set them out. Either way, they are sure to be a party favorite. Offer soda and lemonade for beverages or ask adults to BYOB.
From presentably munch-able options, to dipping inspiration, to versatile possibilities, we have the variety that will help her stylishly host any type of gathering – from planned to impromptu.
What’s your favorite type of party?