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Game Night

Tue, Jan 16, 24  |  entertaining

We’ve got tips, ideas and recipes to help you create a winning event. Remember, Celebrate Responsibly.


Invitations are available at any party store or you can use this one that we’ve created for you. For a small group of twelve or less, it is really nice to mail invitations. If the event is for a large number of guests, it’s easy to create and manage online invitations. There are a number of sites that offer free online invitations.


A piping bag is one of the easiest, yet most important, kitchen tools available when it comes to entertaining. It helps you create amazing-looking appetizers and desserts, even if they are pre-made. In fact, the Phylo cups and brownies, in these photos, were pre-made. 


To create these designs we used the Star Tip with our piping bagClick here to read our blog featuring these recipes!


Fried Chicken Tenders are always a crowd pleaser. Check out our recipe!

Perfect Fried Chicken Tenders

Did you know fried chicken pairs perfectly with Champagne or Sparkling Wine? Choose from our wide variety in store and online or ask any Celebration Specialist for help with the perfect pairing!

Start with boneless skinless chicken tenderloins. Soak them in Low-Fat Buttermilk overnight. 


The next day prepare your breading as follows:


  • peanut oil

  • cornstarch

  • salt

  • white pepper

  • granulated garlic

  • cayenne

  • dried thyme

Heat your oil to 350F. Keep the temp with a thermometer. Take your chicken straight from the buttermilk into the cornstarch mixture. Fry until they float about 5-6 minutes. Take them out and toss them in some coarse sea salt. 


Game Night can also be the kind you plan around your favorite sports team. Here are some great pairing ideas to consider.

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara

Cheese Dip with Chips

Bone In Buffalo Wings


  • 1 oz. Citadelle Gin
  • 1 oz. Campari
  • 1 oz. Dolin Sweet Red Vermouth
  • orange wheel for garnish


Fill a large rocks glass with ice.

Stir in the gin, Campari, and vermouth.

Garnish with orange wheel.

Fizz Whizz

  • 4 ½ oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 2 ¼ oz. Gin 
  • 2 ¼ oz. lime juice
  • 1 ½ oz. simple syrup
  • club soda – have several bottles very well chilled
  • lime slices


Combine vodka, sloe gin, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake until well combined. Refrigerate and serve from large container or punch bowl. Makes 12 servings.


To serve: Fill a highball glass with ice.

Fill ¾ full with mixture and top off with club soda. For a lighter drink, make the mixture 50/50. Garnish with a lime slice.


Variation: Replace club soda with Toso Argentina Brut sparkling wine, if you’re a risky gamer!


PRO TIP: This recipe is very easy to double or triple; make large batches the day before the games begin.


  • ¾ oz. Tanqueray Gin
  • ¾ oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • ¾ oz. Bacardi Rum
  • ¾ oz. Gran Gala orange liqueur (okay to substitute Triple Sec)
  • splash Grenadine (adjust to achieve wanted color)
  • thinly sliced lime wheel for garnish


Add the gin, vodka, rum and Gran Gala to an ice filled shaker. Shake vigorously for a good 10 seconds to marry all flavors. Strain into a well-chilled martini glass, being careful to leave room to top with grenadine.


Add grenadine and swirl until desired color is achieved. Do this slowly – the coloring happens gradually.


Garnish with lime wheel.


  • 3 1/3 oz. Ginger Beer
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 2 oz. Meyer’s Dark Rum


Fill a highball glass with ice.

Add Meyer’s rum and bitters.

Top off with ginger beer.

Garnish with lime wedge.

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By Clark Trim