Game night menu...need your help!
Depending on what games you are playing, I'd stick with things that are easily eaten with one hand. Anything with a lot of drippy sauce = BAD.
Tortellini on skewers with small containers of pesto is good. I have served the Tuna Sates with Wasabi Mayo from epicurious many many times and they are a big hit at game days.
The SD Union Tribune ran a recipe for Indigo Grill's Corn Pudding that has been very well received and is a must-try. I made it in mini muffin tins and the entire batch was devoured before we even started playing games: http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontr...
And finally, if you have little TV dinner tables, those are great to have for folks to put their drinks, food, and napkins on. Keeps everything away from the gaming area and reduces the risk of things spilling onto the games.
Stuff on skewers, toothpicks, or kebabs is good for the abovementioned reasons.
If it's items that are picked up directly, make sure they are dry and not drippy. Some things that you wouldn't think were a problem actually have oil or crumbs on the surface that wind up on fingers and then game pieces.
My grandmother was a huge bridge fan, and I inherited her Heart/Spade/Diamond/Club cookie cutter set which can make cookies or sandwiches (white bread grilled cheese sprinkled with a little sweet paprika and Russian black bread Reubens maybe). Appropriate if you're playing card games.
Maybe a few cubes of white cheddar cheese with dots of food-safe coloring (or pieces of black olive stuffed into holes) to make dice for decorations. One per guest, if you have the patience!
If you're playing word games, maybe mugs of homemade tomato soup with alphabet pasta. That would go well with the sandwiches, too.
If you're playing betting games, get some of the gold foil chocolate coins at the bulk bin in the grocery store and make little money bags for the winners of each round or game.
Great suggestion by Metaphora about the TV trays.
I love skewers of cake and fruit with a small chocolate dip, doesn't have to stay that hot.
Cheese too with pretzels and some veggies for those more concious.
I love stuffed tomatoes with goat cheese and pancetta
Pancetta wrapped pretzel sticks baked and served hot or room temp.
Crescent rolls stuffed with pesto and cheese or a olive tapenade and served baked, 10 min to bake, hot or room temp easy and quick. Also for desert, fill with nuts, nutella and cream cheese and bake, perfect quick food that is easy, inexpensive but perfect.
Roast honey and red pepper cashews
Marinated olives in vodka with a salt dip, use a couple of varieties, lots of fun
I loaf of my stuffed bread ... stuff with mushrooms and cheese, pesto and cheese, tomatoes and cheese, or meats, stuffed, wrapped and sliced in to small bit size sandwiches, enough to feed 12. Easy and quick
WANT a recipe, just let me know and I can post a particular one, don't have all mine posted yet.
I love a desert bruscetta with a cinnimon cream cheese, apple slices, pear slices and brie.
Also did whole thick slices of pears and apples drizzled in brown sugar and graham crackers, baked and served with a vanilla yogurt for dipping, really sweet and yummy.
Did pie crust rolled with a mixture of nuts, cinnimon, sugar, nutmeg, butter and then baked then cut and served at room temp. Way make ahead.
Drinks ... I like basically bourbon, wine and beer so not the best to advise. I like to make what people enjoy drinking if you have an adventurous group I like black and whites vanilla vodka and kalula it forms a layer with the right temp difference, manhattans for tradition but this is not my best area so I can't help with this. Margarittas I know but I like that with a mexican theme, quesadillas are always good.
I also make chili bowls in small dinner rolls, but filling for a just party after dinner. Like I said, please contact me or just ask me to post any full recipes and be glad to post.