23 No-Mess Snacks For Board Game Night

I love throwing board game nights but generally loathe planning the menu. Finding good game night snacks can be such a tricky thing! Unless you want to spend the weekend scrubbing hot wing sauce from your Rummikub tiles, first and foremost, game night snacks need to have minimum mess. To me, that means game night foods should be effortlessly eaten with one hand, via stick, chip or napkin. They should also be easy to prepare in advance then throw in the oven, or serve cold. You don’t wanna spend your night in the kitchen when there’s a murder in the conservatory to solve, you know? Here’s a recipe list to help us all serve up kick-ass game night snacks to people with various diets.

1. Soft Pretzel Bites

2. Roasted Veggie Flatbread

3. Tofu Katsu with Chilli Sauce

4. Thai Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

5. Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese Skewers

6. Vegan Roasted Cauliflower Bites with Nacho Cheese Sauce

7. Spinach & Feta Spanakopita Triangles

8. Italian Breadstick Popcorn

9. Spinach Dip Bites

10. Spicy Charred Baby Octopus Skewers

11. Mini Spinach and Mushroom Quiches

12. Baked Feta with Tomatoes

13. Parmesan Chicken Bites

14. Guacamole Potato Skins

15. Sun-dried Tomato and Basil Pinwheels

16. Bacon Corn Dip

17. Greek Meatballs (Keftedes)

18. Baked Zucchini Fries

19. Aussie Party Pies

via RecipeTin Eats

via RecipeTin Eats

20. Baked Kale Chips

21. Greek Yogurt Honey Blueberry Muffins

22. Vegan Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

23. Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    • SAME i think if i saw those at a game night i’d probably spend a good chunk of it crying over them

    • Yeah, I’m not a vegetarian but after watching octopuses open jars and everything else I’m fairly sure I can’t ever eat one…

      Everything else looks delicious!!

  1. But messy snacks are what game night (or in my case D&D night) is all about… These do look nice though.

  2. How did you know I needed a chocolate cupcake recipe to impress my lovely vegan Celiac gal pal? Also the guacamole potato skins look so tasty.

    • I never thought to combine guac and potatoes, so that recipe stopped me in my tracks!

  3. ha ha party pie shoutout! those are the fanciest party pies I’ve ever seen though. in fact I’m not sure they should qualify if they don’t come out of a box.

  4. I want to make all of these. But just for long term snacking. My friends get way too aggressive when we play board games

  5. I just read this and am already having elaborate fantasies of being a plus one to a games night and sneaking off with the host to the mountains where we feed each other bacon corn dip.

    Bacon corn dip: what I didn’t know I was missing.

  6. Can confirm baked kale chips are super tasty. I just wanna eat everything on this list – with both hands.

  7. This list is divine! Thank you so much for including vegan options :) I want a straddler games night so bad

  8. But but but octopus is too tender to grill, it’ll over cook :(
    And would be too tempting to pull a Michigan J. Frog with. What would that even be with an octopus?
    Cephalopoda S. Octopus…?

  9. I scrolled down a little too fast to see all of the pictures, and I thought I read Italian Breadstick Porn instead of Italian Breadstick Popcorn.

  10. Seriously, go home right now and make those pretzel bites. You won’t regret it.

    Unless… you do what I did, and eat them all with the cheese sauce whilst home alone and scrolling through things you could watch on Netflix, before your SO comes home.

    Although, they were so delicious I don’t regret that either! *cue evil laughter*

  11. Hi Crystal,

    Personally, I wouldn’t touch any of these except the cookies. Our game nights are for junk food. :)

  12. Amazing! Very useful for board game nights! Kale chips!? that’s a new one for me. Awesome!

  13. There is so much variety here I am confused about which one should I try first? Simply loved it

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