Manic Mondays: Hosting Successful Board Gaming Events (Part 2)

By Amy Toman

Now that we’ve gone over some tips for hosting board gaming events in your home (check out Part 1 here), I thought it would be fun to give some ideas of food you can serve and games you can play. There is something that I need to share with y’all first: I LOVE Pinterest! Pinterest in the first place I go when I am looking for recipe ideas and pretty much anything else, including cooking meals for large groups. The problem I have with pinterest is that most of of the meals there are ones that I’ve never cooked before, and contain ingredients I don’t have.  That makes cooking hard, time consuming, and expensive, which are three things I try to avoid at all cost when preparing food for board gaming events. Below I have listed some quick and easy recipes that I rotate through for game events, and also a few links to my favorite Pinterest posts with more ideas.

Easy Meals for Large Crowds


Baked Ziti/Lasagna/Mostaccioli

  • any type of pasta, mixed with sauce, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese
  • bakes at 350 for 45mins

Hot Dogs cooked in Crock Pot

  • stand Hot Dogs upright and bake on high for 4 hours
  • salad, veggie tray
  • store bought potato salad

Taco Bar

  • Ground beef mixed w/ beans
  • Variety of toppings
  • Hard shells, soft shells, tortilla chips


*usually I make homemade pancakes, but sometimes for Game Days I just need something easier so I buy the just add water mix when on sale

  • Add blueberries, chocolate chips, or just leave plain
  • Make Bacon and Sausage for side
  • Fruit

Frozen Pizza or Takeout

*Pizza is usually reserved for smaller groups, when others are pitching in, or as backup food if gaming runs later than anticipated.


Snack Food

  • Homemade Cookies, cupcakes, brownies
  • Chips
  • Soda
  • Lemonade
  • Veggie tray or fruit (this is mostly eaten by me and the kids)


Just like food, everyone has their favorite board games that they like to play. When hosting a board game event, we like to have some easy-to-learn games, some group games that everyone can play, and then some intense, time consuming strategy games.


Kid/Family Friendly Games


*Terror in Meeple City

*Spot It

*Ticket to Ride



*Settlers of Catan

*Smash Up

*Forbidden Desert or Forbidden Island



Party/Large Group Games

*One Night Werewolf

*2 Rooms and a Boom (10+ people)



This is just a short list of the food and games ideas to help you host your first board gaming event. It’s a great way to meet new people in your church, and to get to know others from work, around your neighborhood or even your kid’s friends.  Enjoy hosting your first board gaming event!