A board game night is not complete without snacks! But, it’s important to select the right kind of snacks for board game night, unless you want to be cleaning cards and components after everyone leaves.
There are several things to do when preparing for a game night. Some of these things include cleaning and learning new games you might be playing with the group. So, all of the snacks I’ll share in this post are very simple, and quick and easy too.
The snacks I’m sharing are also great vegan and vegetarian board game night snacks. Every single snack I’m sharing is vegetarian and gluten-free, and eight out of nine are vegan.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
Everyone loves fruit, and grapes are a particularly good option for game night. They can be eaten one grape and one bite at a time, and they also don’t stain. They’re so easy to prep before your guests arrive. If you’re feeling “extra”, you can also pick up a fruit dip from the store, or you can make your own.
How to prepare this snack: Wash the grapes while they’re still on the vine, and then strain them and set on a paper towel to dry. Remove them from the vine and store in a bowl in the fridge until your guests arrive.
Quick tip: Buy both green and purple grapes for some flavor variation, and to add some color to your board game night snack spread!
Chips and Dip
I love chips and dip because there are so many options! You can provide one type of chip and dip for one board game night, and then completely switch it up for another. Chips and dip never get old. Here are a few options:
- Kettle-cooked chips or tortilla chips and hummus
- Tortilla chips and guacamole
- Tortilla chips and pico de gallo (or any other salsa)
- Potato chips with french onion dip
- Tortilla chips and cheese dip (vegan or fully-loaded)
While potato chips with french onion dip, or kettle-cooked chips with hummus are options, they may leave grease marks on the card game components. So, those options may be best for eating before and after games, instead of during. But, if you plan to eat these options during the gameplay, just be sure to provide your guests with a lot of napkins.
Tortilla chips with guacamole, cheese dip, and pico de gallo are always my go-to. We love buying Siete’s cheese dip as a delicious vegan dip! I prefer not to overcomplicate it with the guacamole and pico de gallo, so I actually don’t follow a recipe for those dip options.
How to prepare this snack: Buy your chip and dip combination of choice, and divide into several bowls around the table to keep in reach of all players. Or, if you’d like to make pico de gallo or guacamole, and prefer to keep it simple, here are some instructions for that:
- For the guacamole, just mash avocados, and add lime juice and garlic salt. (I lived in Mexico for five months and this is actually closer to the real deal than most recipes you can find online.)
- To prepare the pico de gallo, just chop up cilantro, tomatoes, and onion. Combine in a bowl and add lime juice and salt. That’s it! The key to a delicious pico de gallo is cutting up the vegetables in really small cubes.
You can also use your favorite recipe to make many other delicious dips that you want!
Quick tip: Make sure to add lime and an avocado pit to the guacamole to keep it fresh longer.
Another great snack for board game night is trail mix. I love that there are so many different types of trail mix. If you vary it up from time to time, it’s a snack you’ll never get bored of.
When buying trail mix, there are so many options to choose from. You can order it online, pick up a few bags form your local grocery store, or stock up with a giant bag from Sam’s or Costco. We love mixing up our own trail mix with nuts, fruits, and seeds from Trader Jo’s. It’s a healthy and filling no-mess snack that’s perfect for game night!
How to prepare this snack: Mix together different nuts and seeds of choice and add it to a few different bowls. If you bought your trail mix already mixed up, it’s even easier to prepare—just open the bag, pour it in a bowl, and enjoy!
Quick tip: To keep this snack mess-free, avoid buying trail mix (or nuts to go in your mix) that have a lot of spices or salt on them.
Edamame is a delicious snack that’s packed with a lot of fiber and protein. It’s easy to make in the microwave, oven, or on the stovetop. It’s naturally bite-sized, so it’s perfect for snacking.
How to prepare this snack: Depending on where you buy your edamame, the instructions from bag to bag vary slightly. Time this to get done right as your guests are arriving. Follow the instructions for cooking the edamame on the bag you bought. Add a little salt and it’s ready to go!
Quick tip: Don’t add too much salt if you want to keep this a no-mess snack option.
We love veggies and this is a great vegetable option for board game night! Cucumbers are refreshing, easy to prepare, and there’s no mess involved in eating them. For a Mexican twist, you can serve cucumbers with tajin and lime juice. Or you can serve the cucumbers with hummus, or even just plain!
How to prepare this snack: Cut up cucumbers and plate them ahead of time. Store in the fridge before guests arrive.
Quick tip: Cut up cucumbers in circles to keep the seeds together.
Like cucumbers, carrots are a simple, no mess board game night snack. They’re even easier to prepare than cucumbers, as you can buy bagged baby carrots. You can serve them plain or with Ranch, hummus, or for a Mexican twist, you can add lime juice and tajin.
How to prepare this snack: Buy bagged baby carrots and whatever dip you’d like to serve them with. Plate them and serve!
Quick tip: Leave the carrots in the bag in the fridge until guests arrive to keep them from drying out.
Almonds are a great snack that many people love. But plain almonds can get a little boring. We love going to Trader Joe’s to find 1-2 unique flavors for every board game night. The sesame honey almonds are my favorite, but they also have other seasoned almonds like thai lime chili or chocolate.
How to prepare this snack: Buy bags of almonds and pour them into a bowl. So simple!
Quick tip: Make sure to provide guests with napkins if you end up buying almonds with a lot of salt and spices.
Popcorn is a great board game night snack option. And with all of the other snacks on this list being so simple and easy to prepare, I definitely recommend taking the extra time to make your popcorn over the stovetop. But, if you want to use microwaveable popcorn, that’s just fine too.
How to prepare this snack: If you’re not used to making popcorn over the stovetop, I’m linking to simple instructions you can follow to prepare it.
Quick tip: Set out toothpicks for your guests if you serve popcorn!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate chip cookies are a classic. And they’re perfect for game night. We love the recipe below by from Wellness Mama—it’s a household favorite. It is vegetarian, but not vegan, so keep that in mind in case you have any vegan guests.
Here’s what you’ll need for the version of the recipe that we love:
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 to 1/3 cup coconut sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- A large egg
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
How to prepare this snack: You can find the instructions for mixing the dough and baking the cookies here.
Quick tip: To avoid getting melted chocolate over all your games, make these cookies ahead of time so they’ve cooled off by the time your guests arrive.
Board Game Night Snacks: A Few Tips
Now that we’ve covered a great board game night snack list, I’m going to share a few other tips to keep in mind when preparing snacks for game night.
Keep it Simple
It can be tempting to try to go fancy when you’re making the food for board game nights. It sounds fun and appealing to have a whole counter full of cute, beautiful, but difficult-to-make-snacks.
However, if you were to make several “fancy” snacks, you’d be taking the focus off of just playing board games and being together with your fiends. So, my biggest advice to you is to just keep it simple. All of the snacks I’ve listed are extremely simple and easy to prepare, and that’s very intentional.
Sleeve Your Cards
Another tip I have for you is to sleeve your cards. When food and board games mix, there’s always a chance that some of your cards will get dirty. So, doing this will keep your games nice longer.
Ask Others to Bring Snacks
If you’re on a tight budget or want to simplify your board game night even more, ask each of your guests to bring a snack to share. When doing this, you don’t have control over how messy (or healthy) the snacks may be, but that’s really the only downside.
It can be really fun (and delicious) to see what snacks your guests will end up bringing!
Drinks for Board Game Night
When preparing all of the snacks, don’t forget to provide your guests with some great drinks. Below are a few drinks we like to have at our board game nights:
- Flavored water (like La Croix)
You could also ask your guests to bring a drink to share if you’d like!