If it’s your turn to host the regular late night gaming session, then you’re going to want to prepare by making sure you’ve got great snacks to keep your guests happy. Not only will they be happy for the snacks, it will also provide them with the energy they need to keep the fun going into the wee hours of the morning.
The key about providing the perfect food for your gaming sessions is that you keep the items simple and easy to prepare, as well as easy to eat. Most games require players to have their hands free, such as that perfect game of online bingo, Pictionary, or a classic card game. This means the emphasis should be on finger foods and simple appetizers that don’t require large plates or bowls, various cutlery, and basically a whole mess of utensils. With that in mind, here’s a look at a variety of options that could work for your next game night.
One thing you may want to make is a signature cocktail for your guests. This is a really fun and special touch for the evening and is a great item to serve as your guests arrive. Pick a cocktail that you can make ahead of time and mix it up in a large pitcher. This makes it very simple and quick to just pour into cups as people arrive. You can pick a cocktail that uses local berries if they are in season, is festive if it’s around the holidays, or just packs a unique flavour to it.
One popular cocktail to mix up is sangria. This particular mix allows you to get really creative, plus it’s best if you make it the night before and allow the flavours to really soak in. This means less preparation the day of the party.
A Variety of Dips
One way you can liven up the party menu and create colour on the table is to make up a couple of different dips. Dips can work with crisps, tortilla style chips, cut up veggies, crackers, and flatbreads. Think dips such as hummus, a creamy style ranch dip, a spicy southwestern style dip, or even a Mexican style dip with salsa and guacamole. What’s great about this item is that people can come and help themselves as they feel the urge to snack.
You can also make these up in advance and store them in containers in your fridge. You may want to put out a small portion at a time to keep the dip fresh at all times. Just be sure to refill it as it gets low.
Bite-sized appetizers are always a big hit at parties. Ideally you want to plan for about five to six pieces per guest if you are also serving other items. Some fabulous items to consider are devilled eggs, mini-sandwiches (sandwiches that have been cut into quarters so they are bite-sized), mini quiches, sausage rolls, cheese balls, samosas, and more. Again, keep the emphasis on the size of the item. Your guests should be able to pick it up and eat the item within one or two bites, without needing utensils or a plate to rest it on.
Cheese and Cracker Platter
Of course, you can’t go wrong with a tasty cheese platter with a variety of crackers. Try to pick different cheeses, some mild, some strong, some soft others hard, and a variety of colours. Next you will want to cut them into individual portions so they are easy to grab and eat. When shopping for crackers you can pick up something simple and basic or look for the artisanal style crackers. Just be sure the crackers are also small and easy to hold.
If you do plan on offering a cheese and cracker platter it’s always a nice touch to add a little fruit on the platter. Think red or green seedless grapes, dried apricots, kiwi, honeydew melon, pears, apples, and dates. As well, if no-one has nut allergies you could always add some walnuts or pecans to the platter.
Don’t Forget the Sweets
While all of the above is great and is sure to keep your guests happy, it’s also a nice touch to add some sweet options. If you’ve got the time to do a little baking it’s a nice touch to offer homemade cookies, brownies, or squares. These can fill up a whole platter, look great, and certainly fill that sweet tooth.
You’re Ready to Entertain
With just a little thought and preparation you will have the perfect selection of foods to serve your guests at the next late night gaming session. Each item is sure to be a hit giving you the title of the best host among your friends.