Friday, January 17, 2014

Game Night

Note: The cute invite pictured above is from Purple Trail Invitations
I love going out to dinner or meeting friends for drinks, but sometimes winter begs us to stay indoors. If tonight is one of those nights, host a game night and invite everyone to come to you!

Pick a Game
Games like Scrabble and Monopoly are fun, but not for big groups. Choose a game that can be played with a crowd and will keep the mood light.  Here are my top picks:
Serve Snacks
Finger food and easy-to-eat items are the best choices for a game night, and it's good to have some variety so that everyone can find something to nibble on. Here are five no-cook options to serve (Bonus: no cooking means less work and you don't have to worry about the food getting cold!):
  1. Salted Marcona Almonds
  2. Halved fresh figs wrapped in prosciutto
  3. Smoked salmon and creme fraiche with a sprinkle of dill served on crackers (GF crackers at our house!)
  4. Spicy salami with sliced hothouse cucumbers
  5. Sharp cheddar squares topped with Hot Pepper Jelly
Don't Forget the Drinks
Stock your bar with several options to keep your guests happy. Here's what I'll have on hand next time my friends come over for a round of Catchphrase:
  • Seltzer or Club Soda with Lime Wedges
  • Neal's choice of craft beer and maybe some Estrella Damm (My favorite GF brew)
  • Pomegranate Cosmopolitans: Mix 2 cups of vodka with 1 cup Cointreau, 1 cup cranberry juice cocktail, 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, and 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (4 limes) in a pitcher. When you're ready to serve, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, pour the cocktail mixture in, and shake for 30 seconds. Pour into a martini glass and serve with a slice of lime. 
When your friends offer to bring something, suggest a bottle of wine or a game that they'd like to play. Keep it casual, and have fun!

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