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Is there anything better to do with friends and family than to have a game night? It’s such a fun, low key way to spend quality time together, Growing up, I remember watching my parents, aunts and uncles host game nights, and the thing that stands out to me the most about them was the laughter. I’m talking about loud, raucous laughs that forced my cousins and me to the top of the steps, eavesdropping, trying to figure out what was so funny. Those were really good times. The other day I was able to host my own game night with Terrence and my in-laws. We invited a few couples over and had a ball with a HASBRO® Jenga competition and delicious snacks like delicious Cloud Stacks with M&M’s® that were inspired by the game!
My husband’s favorite game is Classic Monopoly, but he gets way too serious with it. It’s for that reason that I decided a “Stack ‘Em Up” party with a Jenga focus was a much better option for our family! I’ve done themed parties before, but this was the first time I felt like everything really came together. I mean, come on…Jenga and Stack ‘Em Up? Genius, right? The first thing I did was head over to Walmart to pick up the games and snacks. The party size bag of M&M’s® was on sale (here’s a coupon to make it an even better deal), which is good because the sweets are always the first things to go when we have a party!
Even though I know that folks will eat the M&M’s® straight from the bag, I was having a theme party, people, so I got creative with it. A little pound cake, some chocolate sauce and whipped cream, and voila, I had yummy Cloud Stacks! To make them, just cut store bought pound cake into cubes. Stack the cake with the candy, cream and fudge. This is the party prep task that you could give to your kids if you want!
For the rest of the food, I kept the idea of stacking up the wooden Jenga pieces up, and had food that was layered and piled on top of each other. We had Marshmallow Kebobs with brownie bites (Terrence’s idea!), Game Night Cupcakes with Jenga/pretzel sticks (Ayva’s idea!), a Tower Of Veggies, Stack ‘O Chips, and Cracker Snackers that were stacked with different types of meat and cheese. The colors on the Jenga box motivated the party’s color scheme, and it actually made it much easier for me to decorate than usual.
The fun really started when we started playing the game, though. After snacking for a bit, we headed to the dining room and quickly realized that it was good we all were friends. Haha! It was so fun to see how everyone approached the game! Some of us were strategic players, while others were fearless and even a little reckless. The best part of the evening came when all of our kids came into the room to see what we were doing because of our laughter, just like when I was growing up!
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