The old Friday night standby of going out for dinner and a movie is probably getting painfully pricey. Instead of dropping a bunch of cash, gather your friends and family for a game night at home. If you’re really pinching pennies, ask guests to bring any of the games that are missing from your collection; otherwise, invest in these soon-to-be favorites, whip up a couple of satisfying snacks, dazzle the competition with a few inexpensive prizes and get your game face on. Get the party started with this aptly themed invite.
A perfect game for a variety of ages, interests and skill levels, Cranium is probably the furthest from a passive board game you can get. Players draw cards in the categories of Data Head, Star Performer, Word Worm and Creative Cat, whic
Thinking of a country that starts with "U" might not sound too difficult, but when the time is ticking and you have to fill out a card with answers that all start with the same letter in 12 different categories—all while trying to avoi
Good at bluffing? Turn that talent into points when you make up phony answers to real but unbelievable facts in categories such as People, Words, Initials, Movies and Laughable Laws. One person reads the real answer along with the made-u
Trying to get your team to guess the phrases on these cards will prove more fun than you expect, especially when the tension builds as you try not to utter any of the forbidden clues. You'll need to watch what you say closely, because if
Guaranteed to kick-start a conversation, this game of comparisons will have you defending why you matched up "Your first kiss" with the word "painful." Players select one of their noun cards to match with each adjective card presented, a
A beautiful take on the most classic board game of all time, this version of Monopoly features photography from the award-winning TV series Planet Earth. Traditional pieces, like the top hat and thimble, have been replaced with an elepha
Face it, the crime guessing game of your youth is seriously outdated. How often do you read about someone stalking people with a candlestick? Step into the 21st century (and more exciting action) with this updated version of the family f
Another update on an old family favorite—this board game mimics real life even more than before. Just like the original, the Twists and Turns version has players choose a profession and encounter life events including marriage, houses,
Who says card games have to be quiet and boring? Based on the super-popular card game, UNO Attack! has a motorized card launcher that makes for a random, rapid-fire card assault—adding more speed and surprise to the original. $18;
This spicy, crunchy, munchable treat takes only five minutes to prepare and is a lot more exciting than the typical bowl of chips. Get the recipe.
You can't go wrong with a tasty dip. It's both flavorful and filling—leaving everyone energetic and ready for some healthy competition. Get t
Another easy-to-make crunch-tastic party mix, except this one is satisfyingly salty with a hint of spice to kick it up a notch. Get the recipe.
If you want to add something a little more substantial to your game-night snack offerings, try these uncomplicated potato skins. They take mere minutes to prepare, and you can get the house ready while they bake.
Save your coffee table and impress your guests at the same time with these DIY coasters. They won't take you long to make and you can personalize them with game logos, players' names or anything else you can think of.
Victory tastes even sweeter with fruit-flavored candies in mini Sorry!, Monopoly, Operation, Game of Life and Clue boxes. Set them out in a big bowl, or put aside as prizes for the winners. $9.99 for 35 pieces;
These simple and bright party favor boxes are easy to personalize and can be filled with game-night candies and other prizes for guests to take home. $3.99 per dozen;
They've proven their smarts playing challenging board and card games, now test their skills with these colorful little puzzle balls. Adults will find them just as tricky as the kids. And, at less than $5 for 12, you don't have to save th