Friday, November 1, 2013

Board Game Themed Birthday Party

Being a competitive person, I knew that for my last birthday in my 20s, I wanted to have a board game night with my friends. Our house has almost every board game known to man, so it was easy to get inspiration and I was able to use the board games for decorations, so I didn't have to spend anything on decor. Here is a breakdown of all the elements that brought together this tablescape for around $150.

Food and Drinks

Hot Wings
I was originally going to make these from scratch, but realized that it was going to be an extreme undertaking to make hot wings for 20 people with everything else on the menu. Coming to my senses, I decided to purchase these cooked from the local grocery store for $25 for 5 lbs. 

Soft Pretzel Bites
Although I could have easily purchased these frozen at the grocery store, I decided to make them from scratch to cut the cost down immensely. The recipe was somewhat time consuming but it was pretty simple to follow. I served these pretzel bites with warm nacho cheese. 

Mini Gourmet Hot Dogs
To assemble these mini hot dogs, I purchased link sausages (Spicy Thai, Tomato Basil and Chicken Apple) from Whole Foods and steamed Hawaiian Rolls for the buns. I divided and cut each individual sausage link in half prior to cooking them to make for the perfect sausage size for these mini hot dogs. 

Cheese, Grapes and Cracker Plate
At almost every party I host, I always have a cheese plate available because I LOVE CHEESE! I gathered this display of cheeses (Goat cheese, Blue cheese, Brie, Aged Gouda and some Cheddar and Jack cheese) from Trader Joes.  

Fish Ceviche
I discovered this Fish Ceviche at a local Bodega and I knew I wanted to serve it at my party and was not even going to try and replicate it. This dish was a huge hit a the party and was even great served with fresh tortilla chips, also from the Bodega.

Playing Cards Sugar Cookies
I customized these sugar cookies by cutting them out into rectangles using a sugar cookie mix. Once the cookies were cooled, I used vanilla cookie icing to coat the cookies. After the icing hardened, I used edible markers (found at Michaels for $5) and drew on the card suits. 

Mini Scrabble Bundt Cakes
Every year I get my birthday cake from Nothing Bundt Cake, but this time I decided to get mini bundt cakes. To go along with the board game theme, I added Scrabble pieces that I made out of sugar cookies just as I did for the sugar cookie playing cards.

Domino Brownies
These domino brownies were so simple to put together. The brownies were made from a box mix and once they cooled, I cut them in the narrow rectangles, then piped the dominoes patterns on the brownies using the same icing from the sugar cookies. 

In addition to beer and soft drinks, I also provided water bottles wrapping them in Monopoly money from the board game box to go along with the theme.

For the food tags, I luckily found this Scrabble font on (font name Scramble) and printed them out on card stock and used game pieces as holders.

I dressed up our chandelier stringing playing cards and cutting out life size red Barrel of Monkeys (found the silhouette on Google images). 

To decorate the table and tie in the board game theme, I used game boards as a place mat for each dish. I filled up the empty space on the table by fanning out Monopoly money and domino pieces. 


  1. Mobile laser tag is an exciting, new and fun way to experience the thrill of outdoor skirmish. It’s an ideal activity for kids birthday parties or teenagers with lots of energy to burn!


  2. This is really creative and festive. Any concerns about food dripping on your game boards and ruining them?