6 Easy Tips for A Successful Family Game Night + Giveaway With Old El Paso

In my house, we like quite a few things. When we aren’t on the road or traveling, our favourite things are family game night and taco night. As our family moves into the new year, we have talked a lot about resolutions. Mine is to make sure we have a family game night at least once a month. Here are 6 easy tips for a successful family game night plus the ultimate family game night recipe: Ice Cream Tacos with Old El Paso.

Start Early

When people think family game night, I find that they often start too late. My kids are 8 and 6 and our family game nights tend to start around 4 pm. The reason is simple, we can get to at least 4 games before their regular bedtime. Tired kids don’t always make for the best game players.

Prep An Easy Dinner

Before we sit down to our first game, I have already prepped dinner. The reasoning is simple. I don’t want to miss out on any games! I find that for us, tacos have the highest success rate for a family game night. This is twofold. My kids have never ever complained about having tacos and it’s a sit down together as a family kind of dinner. While my kids are traditionalist and prefer an Old El Paso beef taco, for more adventurous families there are plenty of amazing slow cooker options like these slow cooker pineapple pork tacos.Β  To make dinner work, we break after our second game and gather in the kitchen as a family. The kids remove all the pre-cut toppings from the fridge and set the table. I grab an Old El Paso Dinner Kit and start cooking.Β  While I prepare the taco meat, I also warm the taco shells and our favourite Old El Paso Mini Tortilla Bowls. In about 15 minutes, we are ready to eat and discuss which game is next.

Choosing Family Games Night Games

Planning a successful family games night involves choosing the right games. I find that if you are doing a monthly games night, you need a healthy rotation of games. We often reach out to our neighbours and friends before family games night to see which games they love and arrange to borrow some. We like to try a range of games from classics like Sorry to laugh out loud games like Pie Face Challenge.

Invite Friends

Just because it’s family games night that doesn’t mean you should always restrict the guest list to just your family. We like to invite friends over and find that it helps to liven up the night with fun conversations of favourite games. We play games that pit the kids against the adults for an even more fun atmosphere. My only rule is that everyone who comes plays which you may have to explain to some adults beforehand.

Leave the “Best Games” for Last

I find that leaving what my kids deem as the “best games” for last tends to make the night go smoother. Boom Boom Balloon and Pie Face Challenge are their absolute favourites. I like to keep those options off the table until after dessert. It gives the kids something to anticipate which means that if they aren’t so into one or two of the games, they still tend to hang in there.

End With a Sweet Surprise

Besides birthdays and holidays, I can’t really remember a night that we have had dessert in this house in the past year. Still, family game night is the perfect time to break the rules and have fun with food as a family. My favourite thing to do is to follow up taco night with a surprise taco ice cream bar. What I love about ice cream tacos is that you can make them as simple or as elaborate as you would like. You can also prep everything ahead of time. Plus, I’ve never seen my kids more excited for food as the night I made them the following recipe.

Ice Cream Tacos with Old El Paso

Serves 6


  • 12 Old El Paso Crunchy Taco Shells
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 bananas, sliced
  • 4 cups of assorted ice cream
  • 1 cup chocolate or strawberry sauce
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • 1 cup sprinkles


  • Heat oven to 325ΒΊF. Place taco shells on pan and bake 6-7 minutes until crisp.
  • Melt chocolate chips using a double broiler. Bring an inch of water to simmer in a saucepan. Set heatproof bowl or double broiler on top of saucepan. Stir chocolate as it melts. Remove bowl from heat.
  • Remove shells from oven.
  • Dip taco shells one at a time in melted chocolate. Use spoon to spread chocolate inside of taco shell. Let excess chocolate drip off taco shell and then stand the shell upside down on a platter to cool. Repeat with remaining shells.

  • Place upside down shells in the refrigerator to set for 20 minutes.
  • Set up toppings, ice cream and whipped cream in separate bowls on a counter or table.
  • Remove shells from fridge. Invite family members and friends to assemble ice cream tacos as they desire.

  • Eat immediately and enjoy!

Mom Tips

This recipe can be tailored as needed to fit every member of the family. Charlie, my youngest, is allergic to dairy and we are able to still make this recipe using our favourite dairy-free ice creams and coconut whip cream. Check the organics section of your local grocery store to find dairy-free chocolate chips.

Β Want to Win Your Own Family Game Night Starter Pack from Old El Paso?

Enter here before February 24, 2017 to win a prize pack valued at $175 which includes a $150 gift card to Walmart and the following Old El Paso products: Regular Tortilla Bowls, Stand n Stuff Taco Dinner Kit, Mild Taco Sauce, Taco Seasoning, Thick n Chunky Salsa Mild and Mexican Rice. Canada Only. No QC.

132 Comments on this post

  1. I would have to say mine is “Sorry”. πŸ™‚ Thanks!

    Amy Heffernan / Reply
  2. We play tons of board games and my favorite is always changing. Lately I’m enjoying Payday the most.

    Jonnie / Reply
  3. I am a Monopoly fan , always have been . I always had to be the banker and we play with free parking with all the money payed out for the board into the middle lol . We have desserts and sweets and treats every single day . I can not imagine not having dessert everyday πŸ™‚

    Carey Hurst / Reply
  4. My favourite board game is Trouble.

    jennifer capin / Reply
  5. I have always enjoyed the classic “monopoly” but my favorite would be “rummy-o”, even though it’s not exactly a board game.

    Nicole van der Dussen / Reply
  6. All kinds, as of late Chutes & Ladders.

    Toby / Reply
  7. Does anyone remember “poleconomy”? I need to find it it and see if it’s still as great as I remember.

    Besos Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

    Sarah De Diego / Reply
  8. My favourite board game is Yahtzee, it’s fun, fast, reinforces math skills and uses strategy.

    Cheryl Germain / Reply
  9. oh my gosh first of all clever idea with your taco shells. Never would have thought of that. Such a different and fun way of eating them.
    Our favorite board game right now is Guess Who? πŸ™‚

    kristen visser / Reply
  10. My favourite board game is the game of life πŸ™‚

    Andrea Amy / Reply
  11. My favourite board game is Twister.

    joanne darell / Reply
  12. My favourite board game would have to be Scrabble, been playing for it for years.

    Judy Cowan / Reply
  13. My favorite board game has to be Monopoly. We play alot of board games at the trailer – great for family time!

    Tara Betterley / Reply
  14. I love Scrabble!

    Francine / Reply
  15. My favourite board game is Scrabble

    Debbie F / Reply
  16. My favorite board game is Monopoly.

    Donna Wilson / Reply
  17. My favourite board game is Monopoly!

    Stephanie / Reply
  18. My favourite board game is Monopoly!!

    Andrea / Reply
  19. When I was a kid it was Don’t Wake the Dragon! Oh how I miss this game! But now it would have to be Sorry! I love playing it with my niece.

    ivy pluchinsky / Reply
  20. We love playing Monopoly.

    Florence Cochrane / Reply
  21. My favorite board game is Scrabble.

    Lisa / Reply
  22. I do like mad gab

    Julie bolduc / Reply
  23. The game of LIFE is my fave game!

    Darrah Bailey / Reply
  24. I’m currently obsessed with Pandemic Legacy!

    Britni / Reply
  25. My favorie board game is RISK.

    Joanne Saunders / Reply
  26. I love Scrabble.

    Pam / Reply
  27. I love Carcassonne, but it is complicated for my younger ones so as a family board game we are fond of Labyrinth.

    Jay Nelson / Reply
  28. My favourite board game is Scrabble, but I’ve been playing it online for a while now and I think it would be weird to play it on the board again.

    Tricia Cooper / Reply
  29. My favourite game is settlers of Catan.

    nicolthepickle / Reply
  30. My favorite board game is Monopoly! I love playing this game with the kids.

    Julie Wood / Reply
  31. My favorite board game is CLUE.

    Steve Weber / Reply
  32. I enjoy playing The Game of Life.

    Glogirl / Reply
  33. We love the game trouble.

    Bridgett Wilbur / Reply
  34. Our favorite family game night game is Life.

    Robyn Bellefleur / Reply
  35. my favorite board game is scrabble

    Wendy hutton / Reply
  36. My favorite is Scrabble! I love vocabulary, and I never get tired of this game!

    Rosie / Reply
  37. My favorite board game of all time is Monopoly!

    Natalie / Reply
  38. My favorite board game is sequence.Thaks for the chance to win!!πŸŒΈβ˜€οΈ πŸ™‚

    Wanda Tracey / Reply
  39. monopoly is my absolute favorite board game.

    christina rogers / Reply
  40. my favourite board game is settlers

    tracy k / Reply
  41. My favorite board game is Ticket to Ride.

    Rachel / Reply
  42. Favourite board game is Game of Life or Sorry

    Dawn gordon / Reply
  43. My favourite board game is Sorry!

    kristen s / Reply
  44. I like the taboo board game the best.

    Jenny / Reply
  45. Fave game is Monopoly!

    maria / Reply
  46. My favourite board game is Scrabble!

    Sunshine G / Reply
  47. Monopoly is my favourite board game!

    Michelle Policelli / Reply
  48. My favourite board game is the Game of Life

    Kim G. / Reply
  49. I love playing sorry or scrabble ( even though i am not the best at spelling , lol )

    Amie / Reply
  50. My favourite board game would be Scrabble,

  51. Ohh…and I just realized this is a Canada giveaway and I am in the US! Sorry! πŸ˜‰

    Christina A. / Reply
  52. I’m hoping Boggle counts as a board game or Yahtzee, we love so many!

    Anne Taylor / Reply
  53. Scrabble! is my favourite boardgame!

    joy / Reply
  54. I love games like carcasonne or catan

    Lisa Neutel / Reply
  55. We love playing cards or Clue.

    Erica Seaman / Reply
  56. My favorite board game is Scrabble

    Christy E / Reply
  57. I like Clue best.

    Jennifer L. / Reply
  58. My favourite board game is Monopoly

    ginette4 / Reply
  59. M favourite board game is Life

    Jenny Major / Reply
  60. My favourite board game is Trivial Pursuit.

    Piroska / Reply
  61. My favorite board game is still Monopoly.

    heather / Reply
  62. We like to play crib.

    loriag / Reply
  63. Good luck to everybody on winning a Game Night Starter Pack!

    Dwight Holcek / Reply
  64. I love Scrabble! πŸ™‚

    Edye / Reply
  65. I like playing PayDay with my kids.

    HEIDI C. / Reply
  66. My favourite is Monopoly. I love to play it with the kids, it can get pretty crazy!

    Erika Letson / Reply
  67. We like battleship.

    Karla Sceviour / Reply
  68. Our favorite board game is monopoly!

    leana / Reply
  69. My favourite board game is Say Anything.

    Angela Mitchell / Reply
  70. Monopoly is my favourite board game!

    Lindsay T / Reply
  71. I love Trivial Pursuit. Thanks for the chance!

    Jen L / Reply
  72. I love scrabble

    Sarah Jackson / Reply
  73. My favourite board game is scrabble.

    Violet Smith / Reply
  74. that would be apples to apples for the win

    jan / Reply
  75. My favorite is The Game of Life.

    Elaine G / Reply
  76. My favourite board game has to be Monopoly. All those great family times!

    William S. / Reply
  77. My favourite board game is Scrabble. I’ve never won, but I really like thinking up cool words.

    Linda / Reply
  78. Scrabble is an all time fave.

    Monique L.S. / Reply
  79. Monopoly is a fave old skool but still cool board game of mine.

    Tooth Fairy / Reply
  80. I love trivial pursuit, as a family our favorite game to play is family challenge. If it’s my son and I our favorite is memory and if it’s just my daughter and I it would be UNO

    Jamie Maracle / Reply
  81. Yahtzee is my faavorite.

    Tammy Shelton / Reply
  82. My favorite board game is RISK.

    Debbie S. / Reply
  83. My favourite board game has to be Monopoly.

    Jenn / Reply
  84. monopoly is my favourite board game

    mike k / Reply
  85. Oh I love SORRY and so do the kids! It is simple and quick!

    Stephanie Phelps / Reply
  86. I enjoy a good game of Scrabble

    Lana Hood / Reply
  87. Monopoly and battle ships.

    Ira / Reply
  88. i like candy land

    Sarah Hayes / Reply
  89. I love Monopoly, but we don’t play anymore. We’re too competitive. πŸ˜‰

    Tracy D / Reply
  90. I’ve always loved Monopoly!

    Barb W / Reply
  91. We love to play Candyland

    Betty S / Reply
  92. My favourite board game is Monopoly!

    Shirley S / Reply
  93. snakes and ladders is my fav board game! @sandypeachy1 DeanyPatchy Sandy on fb.

    Sandy Guerra / Reply
  94. My favorite board game is Monopoly

    Jessica M Walker / Reply
  95. LIFE is my favourite board game.

    Diana Powell / Reply
  96. My favorite board game is Trivial Pursuit!

    Chrissy / Reply
  97. My favorite board game is Scrabble!

    Wanda Tracey / Reply
  98. My favorite board game is Risk; it is such a challenge especially with a big group of people!

    Michael Bratek / Reply
  99. Scrabble is one of the funnest games to play at our house – you never know what words the kids will try to use πŸ™‚ We also love blokus, which is a strategy game.

    ruth moreira-lozon / Reply
  100. i love battleship its so fun

    carol clark / Reply
  101. I like Scrabble and Jenga.

    crystal porter / Reply
  102. My favorite board game is Monopoly.

    Nancy J Montgomery / Reply
  103. My favorite board game is Monopoly

    Susan Smith / Reply
  104. I like Risk and Balderdash

    Doris Calvert / Reply
  105. I love Monopoly.

    nicoleroannef / Reply
  106. My favorite board game is Scrabble.

    kathy downey / Reply
  107. My favorite is Parcheesi . spent many happy time playing it with my mom and little brothers.

    Sheila B / Reply
  108. Monopoly will always be my favorite!!

    Sarah / Reply
  109. My favorite board game is Scrabble.

    Anu Chopra / Reply
  110. My favourite board game has to be the Game of Life, but I haven’t played it in forever!

    Erinn Lishman / Reply
  111. I love to play Taboo – it’s so much fun for everybody

    Natalie / Reply
  112. My all time favourite board game is Monopoly, and lately I have been really enjoying playing Scrabble with my older daughter.

    Jennifer P. / Reply
  113. we love blokus – so fun

    Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard / Reply
  114. My favourite board game is Clue πŸ™‚

    Alison G / Reply
  115. Our fav board game is RISK we all love to play it on game nite

    Birdie Skolfield / Reply
  116. We love Yahtzee because it’s so easy to travel with & has been around forever! Such a classic! We play at home & when we go camping, my daughter loves it.

    Krista M / Reply
  117. I like Monopoly!

    Yuen C / Reply
  118. Favourite is Monopoly.

    Doris Humber / Reply
  119. Checkers for the King, Queen and Prince in our home. Yet to be victorious !

    Eva Mitton-Urban / Reply
  120. We happen to really like aggravation.

    Stephanie Grant / Reply
  121. I like Snakes and Ladders

    Jacky Y / Reply
  122. My favourite is Pictionary.

    Maritess / Reply
  123. My favorite is monopoly

    Soozle / Reply
  124. Our favourite board game at the moment is Machi Koru.

    Jeannie Lam / Reply
  125. My favorite board game is Boggle.

    Sarah Mayer / Reply
  126. Sorry! is my favourite board game.

    Nicole Jubleew / Reply
  127. I’ve always loved playing monopoly…

    Rhonda W G. / Reply
  128. I like the Ice Cream tacos, perfect for my grandkids and us.

    Debbie S. / Reply
  129. The grandchildren would have fun with this recipe.

    Florence / Reply
  130. I love this ice cream taco idea, my boys will love these!

    gayle bellemare / Reply
  131. Such a great idea! We all have a sweet tooth in our family so I am sure they won’t be mad if we use our taco shells for this! Yum!

    Jenny B / Reply

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