March Madness

Can you believe that March Madness is already underway? If you’re planning to throw a party to celebrate the occasion, here are a few ideas you might want to try:

1.) Invitations

Send out game brackets as party invitations. Ask guests to fill out the brackets prior to arriving at the party so you can compare them when everyone arrives. This fun icebreaker provides a great first activity while you’re waiting for the game to begin.

2.) Decorations & OutfitsMarchMadnessDecor

If all of your guests are cheering for the same team, you can decorate with jerseys and colors from that team. If everyone is rooting for a different team, consider decorating with generic basketball colors (orange and black.) You can also decorate with banners and basketball items found at a local craft store. Decorate miniature oranges (cuties) to look like basketballs by drawing seams on them with a permanent marker. If desired, you can put the basketball cuties in a glass vase alongside orange flowers. If you’re looking for more cute ideas like these, subscribe to Real Simple. The magazine is filled with numerous tips and shortcuts that help you simplify your life without sacrificing style and elegance.

If your guests are cheering for separate teams, encourage them to wear their team’s jerseys or colors. The differing jerseys will promote some fun rivalry among your guests as you watch the game together.

4.) Food/Snacks

basketball cakeCreate themed appetizers such as cheese “balls,” cheese ball snack mix, and miniature meatballs. Place the drinks you’re serving in a cooler to add to the basketball game feel. You can also create a basketball cake as both a conversation starting center piece and delicious dessert. To make the simple yet creative cake, prepare a chocolate cake mix according to package directions. Pour into a greased and floured 2-1/2-qt. ovenproof bowl. Bake at 350° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from bowl to a wire rack to cool completely. In a small bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups vanilla frosting and orange food coloring. Place cake on a serving plate. Spread with frosting. Gently press a meat mallet into frosting so texture resembles a basketball. For seams, gently press pieces of black licorice into the frosting. (For more creative recipes like this one, subscribe to Taste of Home.)

5.) Games

Plan a few fun games for guests to enjoy during commercial breaks. For example, you could create a basketball trivia game with little known facts about previous coaches, players, and games. If you have a basketball goal, see who can score the most three-pointers in a minute. Of course, the main event will be watching the games, but it’s also fun to have some planned activities in case your guests want to do something else. After the party is over, keep up-to-date with March Madness by subscribing to ESPN magazine (check out our special deals–they end 3/23!)

With these simple yet creative ideas, you’ll be well on your way to hosting a fun and memorable March Madness party.