How to Host Trivia Night at Home

The fun of trivia night + the comfort of your home = perfection.

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Originating in the U.K., the idea of trivia night, also called pub quiz, was established in the 1970s. Today, the activity is increasingly popular, with bars, restaurants and pubs across the U.S. joining in on the fun. When you're a diehard introvert like me, heading out to a bar doesn’t always sound appealing. If you’re a fellow homebody or maybe an entertaining extraordinaire, read on for a step-by-step guide on hosting trivia night from the comfort of your own home.

Cozy Reading Nook With Storage and Chalkboard Wall

Cozy Reading Nook With Storage and Chalkboard Wall

Take a time-out from ping pong in this cozy reading nook with recessed lights and colorful pillows. Use the chalkboard to keep score, play tic-tac-toe or create your own art. Ample storage space under the bench keeps clutter out of sight.

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Prep for the Competition

When your guest list is finalized, break it down into even teams. Ask one friend (or designate yourself) to act as the MC for the night. Then, decide where you’ll source the trivia questions. The options are endless — you can find questions on an app, a website, a smart TV, a video game console, a board game, a book  — or even from your good, old noggin. Prepare a way to keep score, whether it’s pen and paper or a score-keeping app. Establish the scoring system and basic ground rules ahead of time. If you really want to up the stakes, make a bottle stopper prize out of an old trophy for the winning team.

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Set the Scene

Arrange seating for each team in the largest room in your home. If possible, create space between each team to allow for private discussions. If you don’t have enough seats, group cushions on the ground near coffee or side tables.

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Indoor-Outdoor Floor Cushions in Living Room

Since games can last for several hours, make sure to keep guests seated comfortably by adding indoor-outdoor floor cushions around the perimeter of the table. Pick up more than you’ll actually need so guests can stack them as needed for an extra boost of height.

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Make Some Munchables

Make snacking easy by offering foods guests can munch on while participating. Think low-key party foods. Laid-back eats will help set the tone for a casual atmosphere.

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These tasty finger foods will satisfy appetites while keeping guests engaged.

Budget-Friendly Bites

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Sweet and Savory Crostini

Crostini is the perfect appetizer to start out a casual party or get-together. Plus, you can get creative by using as many flavor combinations or assorted toppings that you like. Why not give some of these topping ideas a try?

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Rotisserie Chicken Trick

Need to serve your guests protein-packed sandwiches, but don’t have the time or skill set to cook something up from scratch? Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket; then pull it apart and serve it as barbecue chicken sandwiches or sliders.

Mini Turkey Meatballs

For a savory snack that always delivers, give Giada's mini turkey meatballs a try. Get the recipe>>

Brie and Sundried Tomato Mushroom Caps

It may look fancy, but this five-ingredient appetizer is easy to whip up right before guests arrive. Get the recipe>>

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Artichoke and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

And if you like stuffed mushrooms, you'll love Rachel Ray's artichoke and cheese version. Get the recipe>>

Eggplant Chips With Cilantro Pesto

Chips and dip is always a party favorite, but for a variation on the classic standby, give eggplant chips a try. The beautiful color and sweet taste pair perfectly with fresh cilantro pesto. Get the recipe>>

Cherry Tomatoes Stuffed With Chicken Apple Salad

Tasty and packed with protein, these simple tomato bites are a great way to fill up guests on the cheap. Get the recipe>>

Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits With Honey Ham

Go storebought or made from scratch. Either way, this yummy biscuit + ham combination is bound to be a hit. Get the recipe>>

No-Bake Gorgonzola Cheese Balls

For this cheesy app, combine Gorgonzola, low-fat cream cheese, and a splash of white wine. Add in walnut pieces and salt and pepper for a surprising taste. Place the mixture in the fridge for two hours. Get the recipe>>

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Nacho-Stuffed Potato Skins

If your cold-weather get-together includes gathering around the TV for a football game, then be sure to make these restaurant-style potato skins a star player in your appetizer lineup. Get the recipe>>

Crispy Tomato Chips

If you grow a summer garden, chances are you have tons of tomatoes just waiting to be eaten. Take advantage of your summer bounty with these tangy tomato chips — perfect for a crowd! Get the recipe>>

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Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple

It doesn't get much easier than this. Simply wrap pineapple cubes with bacon. Broil, flipping halway, until crisp (about 8 minutes).

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Parmesan Spinach Balls

Love creamy spinach dip? These parmesan spinach balls are its crispy counterpart. Get the recipe>>

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Grilled Watermelon Recipe

For an outdoor summer party, nothing beats a nice juicy watermelon, except maybe a delicious grilled watermelon. Get the recipe>>

Caprese Bites

Think easy, cheap and healthy don't go together? Think again. On a decorative toothpick, skewer one cherry tomato, a basil leaf and a small ball of mozzarella. Serve with varieties of marinated olives, sliced Italian meats and breadsticks.

Asian Chicken Skewers

Make these incredible chicken skewers and spend the rest of the evening raking in the compliments. Get the recipe>>

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Deviled Eggs Three Ways

Deviled eggs are always a cheap and easy option, but we whip them up three different ways to please everyone's palate. Get the recipes>>

Cheese Straws

No fall or winter party is complete without the classic cheese straw. A savory combination of butter and cheese gets an added kick from cayenne pepper, making them a crowd-pleasing appetizer or hearty snack. Get the recipe>>

Bacon Cheese Balls

Want an instant party hit? Combine two of the world's most popular ingredients: bacon + cheese. Just mix 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 cup shredded cheddar, 8 chopped, cooked bacon slices, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and the zest and juice of 1/2 lemon. Form into balls and chill. Roll in chopped chives and more chopped bacon.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Bread Sticks

The perfect addition to your cheese platter. Wrap paper-thin slices of prosciutto around three-quarters of each bread stick. Serve with assorted cheeses for an instant party favorite.

Roasted Pepper and Mozzarella Bites

It seems like such a pity to not take advantage of nature's bounty during the warmer months. Garden-fresh bell peppers are a must. This bell pepper and mozzarella combination could not get any easier, but sometimes the simplest recipes are also the most delightful. Get the recipe>>

Curried Chicken Salad

This simple curried chicken salad recipe is the perfect easy recipe to serve up at parties (or maybe just for you!). Get the recipe>>

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Self-Serve Popcorn Bar

Always a crowd pleaser, popcorn is a budget-friendly way to feed a big group. Add gourmet toppings to take this oh-so-munchable snack to the next level. Find out how to set up a self-serve popcorn bar>>

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Self-Serve Potato Chip Bar

Another fun option? Satisfy your guest's salty tooth with a serve-yourself snack station stocked with kettle chips, savory seasonings and gourmet toppings. Find out how to set up a self-serve potato chip bar>> 

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Feta, Mint and Watermelon Bites

Save money on food with simple, fresh watermelon and feta appetizers flavored with red wine vinegar and mint. With that extra cash, we recommend splurging on a bottle of champagne to go along with these delicious morsels. Get the recipe>>

Delectable Dips

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French Onion Dip

Sweet caramelized onions and plenty of fresh thyme add bold flavor to brighten this hearty dip, inspired by French onion soup. Serve with cheesy baguette as the traditional soup garnish and endive for some pleasantly-bitter contrast to the richness. Get the recipe>>

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Crab Dip on Crostini

Keep ravenous guests at bay with this warm and creamy starter that features the fresh flavors of crab, corn and three different cheeses. Get the recipe>>

Supreme Pizza Dip

This hearty dip has the works: pepperoni, onions and bell peppers stirred into a thick tomato sauce, all topped with gooey melted cheese. Serve in a skillet and let your guests pile their baguette slices high with toppings, deep-dish style. Get the recipe>>

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Spicy Ginger and Coconut Edamame Dip

The big flavor in this bright dip comes from spicy Sriracha, fresh ginger and coconut. Get the recipe>>

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Olive Tapenade

Everyone will love this savory Kalamata olive and feta cheese dip on crunchy, toasted crostinis that you can whip up in just a few minutes. Get the recipe>>

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Irish Nacho Dip

This savory dip (flavored with stout beer) is a great option for a St. Patrick's Day party, but we like it any time of the year! Get the recipe>>

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

This one is even easier than you might think when you use a store-bought rotisserie chicken. Get the recipe>>

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Alton Brown's Guacamole

For a no-fail recipe that is bound to please even the pickiest guest, give Alton Brown's guacamole a try. Get the recipe>>

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Creamy Potato and Roasted Red Pepper Dip

This tangy potato dip is loosely based on the classic Greek skordalia and gets zip from a hefty dose of blanched garlic and fresh lemon juice. A quick roasted red pepper sauce is spooned into the middle of the potatoes to add even more flavor to this crowd-pleasing appetizer. Get the recipe>>

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Bacon Beer Cheese

Cook 6 chopped bacon slices in a saucepan; remove, leave the drippings. Melt 2 tablespoons butter with the drippings. Add 1/4 cup flour and cook over medium heat, stirring, 2 minutes. Add 1 cup each cream and beer, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 2 cups grated cheddar until melted. Serve topped with chopped scallions and bacon.

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Thyme and Honey Ricotta Spread

Want to impress your guests even though you only have 10 minutes before your party starts? You can with this super simple ricotta spread. Get the recipe>> 

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Southern Pimento Cheese

Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tenn., shares a Smoky Mountain-style recipe for pimento cheese fritters, ideal for serving at casual get-togethers or large dinner parties. Get the recipe>>   

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Gorgonzola Spinach Artichoke Dip

Definitely big enough to feed a crowd, this savory spinach and artichoke dip is chock-full of cheesy goodness. Get the recipe>>

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Hummus Trio

Three is not a crowd in this flavorful assortment of hummus. Using the same base for all three makes this an easy way to create variety. Just stir in different toppings right before serving. Whether your guests like their dip spicy, earthy or traditional, there will be something for everyone. Get the recipes>>

Red Pepper Hummus

For a little something extra, try your hand at this tasty hummus flavored with sauteed red peppers. Get the recipe>>

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Roasted Broccoli and Cheddar Cheese Dip

This savory dip features the classic combo of earthy broccoli and rich, tangy cheddar. Like most cheese dips it's best devoured immediately after it's prepared, while the sauce is piping hot. Be sure to use mild cheddar in this recipe since sharp cheddars tend to get grainy when cooked in this type of sauce. Get the recipe>>

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Queso Fundido con Chorizo

Cheese, beer, chorizo, yum. This warm party dip is so delicious, you might consider doubling up. Get the recipe>>

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Greek Salad Layered Dip

Layer fresh Greek salad toppings over a cool yogurt dip with sweet cucumber and creamy feta cheese for a refreshing, lighter-tasting option at parties. Get the recipe>>

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Gouda and Beer Fondue

This delicious fondue is served in a bowl that you can also eat once the fondue is gone. For heartier fare, serve the fondue with pieces of cooked bratwurst as well as the bread and fruit. Get the recipe>>

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White Bean Dip

A lighter take on traditional bean dip, white bean dip is a great alternative for summer parties. Get the recipe>>

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Jalapeño Queso Fundido

Cheese stars in this spicy, beer-blasted dip, and grating your own makes all the difference. This dish is best served hot and fresh (not reheated), so wait until your guests have all arrived before popping it under the broiler. Get the recipe>> 

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Artichoke and Black Truffle Dip

Pair flatbreads and pitas with our savory Mediterranean-inspired dip that's served hot fresh out of the oven. Get the recipe>>

Beer Cheese Dip

This tangy and spicy cheese dip gets its kick from horseradish sauce. Serve it with pretzels or on toasted crostinis. Get the recipe>>

Easy Queso Blanco Dip

Creamy and smooth with just a hint of heat, this queso blanco is a definite crowd pleaser. Get the recipe>>

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Don't Forget the Drinks

Cater to your friends’ preferences when prepping your drink menu. Any type of drink works for trivia night — just be sure to choose one your friends will enjoy.

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Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Our twist on the classic gin and tonic combines muddled mint, fresh pink grapefruit and sweet elderflower liqueur for a refreshing summer brew that will prove to be a major party pleaser. 

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The Lime in the Coconut

Made from coconut vodka, coconut water, pineapple puree, fresh-squeezed lime juice and a splash of cherry-lime sparkling water, this refreshing big batch cocktail is a summery twist on the classic vodka soda.

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Coconut Mango Margarita

Not too sweet — but not too spicy — a blend of jalapeño, mango and coconut milk is a winning combination. You can make it in 10 minutes from start to finish, and no need for a high-powered blender because the recipe uses frozen mango cubes in lieu of ice cubes. 

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Boozy Berry Patch Lemonade

Fresh, ripe berries + whiskey + tart lemonade = a not-too-sweet cocktail that's sure to please a crowd.

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Coastal Citrus Punch

This refreshing punch can be made in a large glass jug and placed in a pail of ice for your summertime gathering. Place additional fruit and ice in glasses for a fun, decorative touch.

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Pineapple Hibiscus Punch

Hibiscus tea, pineapple juice, rum and ginger simple syrup are the perfect mix of sweet, spicy and refreshing.

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Honeydew Green Tea

Blend fresh honeydew melon with ice and add it to green tea for a new fruity-flavored drink. 

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Oranges-and-Cream Punch

The flavors of this festive punch will bring you back to your childhood. Perfect for an outdoor gathering, bridal shower or Sunday brunch, this sunny concoction is easily doubled and great for a crowd. 

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(Watermelon) Keg Party

Make a big batch of your favorite watermelon sip then turn the shell into a party serving vessel. Sweet!

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Sparkling Sunshine Punch

Adorn this tart and bubbly punch with pretty, yet simple to make, floating ice flowers.

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Lemony Summer Shandy

This beer punch couldn't be easier to whip up, and its light, lemony flavor helps cool down hot summer days. Careful, though: The Canadian whiskey packs a punch. 

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Rose and Lemon Sparkling Punch

Sparkling rosè and cranberry juice give this lemony punch its blush-pink hue, making it perfect for a summer picnic or bridal or baby shower. 

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Sparkling Summer Sangria

Dress up white wine and Prosecco with summer's freshest fruit and herbs. To keep the mixture cool, freeze the fruit unitl your party begins. 

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Red, White and Blue Sangria

For a patriotic take on sangria, decorate your pitcher with cookie-cutter fruit shapes in red, white and blue. 

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Refreshing Muscadine Sangria

This Southern spin on sangria features thick-skinned muscadine grapes, lime and white wine. 

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Classic Cocktails

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With equal parts Campari, gin and vermouth, this seemingly-simple cocktail is actually quite intriguing with a bittersweet taste that is both refreshing and complex. Orson Welles was once quoted saying, “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other out.” The Negroni is traditionally garnished with an orange peel and served on the rocks.

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This colorful, bourbon-based cocktail is recognized for its prominent reputation. You'll often see a traditional Manhattan in the hands of New York socialites or among ritzy, fashion-forward movie personalities such as Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot. And, of course, no Manhattan is complete without a cherry on top.

Dirty Martini

Despite its suggestive name, the Dirty Martini is actually quite sophisticated. This gin-based martini features a surprising splash of olive juice, making it slightly different than its dry counterpart. The salty taste creates a pleasing accompaniment to dry vermouth and gin.

Whiskey Sour

Known for its mature taste, this bourbon-based cocktail is best when mixed with fewer ingredients and garnishes. Skip the pineapples and umbrellas — all this drink needs is whiskey, sugar and lemon juice (and maybe a cherry and orange wedge for garnish) to give it a genuine look and flavor.


This classic Cuban cocktail features a combination of citrus, sweet and mint flavors to overpower the potency of rum and provide a refreshing taste. A Mojito can be especially enjoyable on a hot summer day while lounging poolside.

Old Fashioned

Take a step back in time with a simple and genuine age-old cocktail: the Old Fashioned. Famous in 19th-century bars and gentlemen's clubs, this bourbon-based drink even became a favorite beverage of President Harry S. Truman.


In cocktail language, “sidecar” actually refers to what’s left over after a bartender mixes a drink. He or she will then pour the remainder into a shot glass on the side, hence the sidecar. But the sidecar has evolved into so much more than a few extra sips. A tasty combination of brandy, triple sec and lemon juice, this incredible drink has definitely come into its own.

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Long Island Iced Tea

For those who love iced tea, this Long Island-based highball is even better. It may look like a regular glass of tea, but a mixture of vodka, rum, tequila, gin, triple sec and cola give it a strong and tasty kick.

Lemon Drop

The Lemon Drop martini is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. Its lemonade-style appearance and flavor make it an ideal beverage for those that like to disguise the potent taste of alcohol. If you're making this drink for party guests, garnish with a fun and colorful lemon twist and add sugar around the rim of the glass for extra sweetness.

Bloody Mary

This popular and complex beverage can be as spicy or mild as you like. Flavorings such as Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper can be added according to your preferred taste. Bloody Marys are most often garnished with a celery stalk, lime wedge and olives, and are the perfect accompaniment to a casual weekend brunch.

Mint Julep

A Southern favorite, this fresh-tasting drink features mint, sugar and of course, Kentucky bourbon. Always served in a silver cup, Churchill Downs made the Mint Julep the official drink of the Kentucky Derby in 1938, serving them in souvenir cups, a tradition that lives on today. 

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Gin and Tonic

The classic Gin and Tonic cocktail originated in the 18th century and is especially popular during the hot summer months. Typically garnished with a lemon or lime, this simple beverage is a fizzy and refreshing drink with a pleasantly bittersweet taste.


Most often enjoyed in Mexican restaurants and to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the States, it might surprise you to learn that this delicious blend of tequila, triple sec and lime juice is not actually a traditional Mexican drink. In fact, the origin of the Margarita is still somewhat of a mystery. But there’s no doubt, it’s the perfect addition to a basket of chips and salsa.

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Moscow Mule

Believe it or not, vodka hasn’t always been such a popular choice of spirit in the United States. So rumor has it that when a bartender couldn’t move it (along with several cases of ginger beer), the Moscow Mule was born. Served in a copper mug with a hint of lime, this refreshing beverage has been a bar staple ever since. 

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Irish Coffee

A bit more intricate than simply adding a shot of whiskey to your morning coffee, a true Irish coffee features strong, dark coffee, Irish whiskey and brown sugar. A sweet layer of heavy whipping cream is the perfect finishing touch to this rich cocktail. 


Originally a mix of rum, lime and sugar, the classic Daiquiri has since taken on many forms, including the popular strawberry variety. And though the winning combo was not the first of its kind, the use of Carta Blanca Rum from Cuba gave this drink a fresh spin. Originally served on the rocks, author Ernest Hemingway preferred his frozen and by the double. 

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Fresh orange juice and vodka make up this simple, two-ingredient cocktail that can be found all over the world and with several ingredient variations and additions.

Mai Tai

The name Mai Tai actually translates to “out of this world” in Tahitian, and that’s exactly what it is. This summertime cocktail is actually quite intricate with a torrid history that originated in the 1940s. The tropical beverage got its start in California with the wake of tiki-bar culture, but the true inventor of the popular rum cocktail is a mystery to this day. But to enjoy this tasty concoction, all you really need to know is which dark and light rums you prefer.

Tom Collins

This simple, lemonade-style cocktail features gin, lemon juice, club soda and sugar to create a sweet and fizzy combination. Created in the 19th century, the Tom Collins was the classiest cocktail of its day and is still considered a fancy beverage for warm, summer days.


A variation of the classic Daisy, the Cosmopolitan is an exceptional balance of vodka, triple sec and cranberry and lime juice. Generally served in a Martini glass, the Cosmopolitan grew in popularity in the late 1990s thanks to the sultry tastemakers of Sex and the City

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It may be Brazil’s national cocktail, but Americans have definitely caught on to this refreshing drink that is actually made from a unique spirit known as cachaça (made from the fermentation of sugarcane juice that is then distilled). Add some sugar and lime, and you have yourself a delightful beverage with a kick.

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End on a Sweet Note

Trivia can get super-competitive, but (I'm 99 percent sure) a delectable dessert will help everyone make amends at the end of the night.

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These three-ingredient, bite-sized treats are easy to make and easy to eat.

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Goodness in a Box

With its endless flavor varieties and low price tag, box cake mix is easily one of the most versatile items in your pantry. Of course it's perfectly fine to use it to just make cake, but it has way more potential. Check out a few of our favorite ways to transform the humble box of cake into delicious sweet eats.

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What's not to love about pancakes? Use your favorite cake flavor to make this breakfast staple even tastier! Stir together one box of dry cake mix (we used red velvet), 2.5 cups milk, 1/2 cup flour, 1/4 cup of oil and 2 eggs. Cook on a griddle as you would any pancake and serve with whipped cream and fruit.

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Lemon Bars

This zesty cookie bar is a delicious addition to your brunch or lunch party menu. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix one box of lemon cake mix, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, 1/2 cup butter (melted and cooled) and 1 egg. Pour batter into a greased 9x9-inch baking dish and bake for approximately 25 minutes. Top with powdered sugar. Allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

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This is possibly the easiest cobbler you will ever make! Pour two, 21-ounce cans of pie filling into a greased casserole pan. Sprinkle one box of yellow cake mix over the pie filling then top with one cup melted butter. Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Cake Dip

The tanginess of sour cream and cream cheese balance the sweetness in this kid-friendly dip. Mix togehter 8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup cake mix (any flavor), one cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Garnish with colorful sprinkles and serve with graham crackers.

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No Churn Cake Ice Cream

Look out ice cream cake lovers, this one's for you! Crumble half of a 9x13 prepared cake (baked and cooled) and mix with one, 12-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk and a 16-ounce tub of whipped topping. Pour the mixture into a pan and freeze for four hours (or overnight). Scoop and serve.

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This cake doughnut does require a doughnut pan, but it's worth the purchase. Add 1/4 cup oil, one large egg and one cup of water to a box of cake mix. Spray doughnut pan with oil. Fill each cup with batter about half full. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until golden brown. Cool doughnuts on a rack and make a glaze with one tablespoon of softened butter, 1.5 cups of powdered sugar and three tablespoons of milk. Dip cooled donut halfway into glaze and top with sprinkles.

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Turn your favorite dessert into a mouth-watering breakfast treat. Combine one box cake mix (any flavor), 1-1/3 cups water, 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup flour and 3 eggs. Pour mixture into a waffle iron and cook as you would a regular waffle. Top with powdered sugar, fruit or a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

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If you love soft, chewy cookies, you can make a myriad of custom flavors from box cake. Simply mix one box of cake mix (any flavor), two eggs and 1/3 cup vegetable oil. Drop by the spoonful on to a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

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Two-Ingredient Soda Cake

Don't have eggs or oil? No problem! Preheat oven to 350 degrees, then mix one, 12-ounce can of soda with one box of cake mix. Bake in a greased 9x13 pan for 25-30 minutes until done. Keep several flavors of box cake mix on hand for when you need to whip up a quick dessert.

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