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March Basketball Themed Gatherings 

posted: 03/02/17
by: Katie Morton
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If you're the sporty type, March Madness may be one of your favorite times of year. Planning a gathering to cheer on your favorite college teams, compare brackets, and share some savory snacks is a snap with our tips. Here's everything you need to host a casual, festive, March Madness party for your crew.

1. Dress the Part

Ask your cheering crew to wear their favorite jerseys or dress in team colors. Sporty comfort is key here, so think a jersey, jeans, and athletic shoes for your own attire.

If you're more of the preppy sports type, then check out Reese Witherspoon's line of spirit sweaters. Contrasting primary colors show your team spirit and the adorable Go Y'all Megaphone Pin is a sweet touch.

If you decide to hand out goody bags at the end of the party, then these matching Go Y'all Spirit Mittens would be a cute addition.

2. Serve Basketball Sliders

Blackened turkey basketball sliders are savory and adorable. Learn how to make these mini basketball fingers foods from Hungry Happenings. These fan friendly snacks are guaranteed to satisfy your hungry crew.

To round out the meal, mix up some crockpot chili and hot and savory wings, and you're all set. Wash it all down with a mix of soda, beer, and wine. If you're feeling festive, consider prepping pitchers of beer sangria to quench the crowd's thirst.

3. Get Sporty With Your Tablescape

Chalkboard paper and basketball nets turn a plain table into a mini basketball court in minutes. You can buy chalkboard paper online or at your local craft stores. Use colorful chalk to draw sideline plays or scribble cheers. For less than $20, you'll have a fun, custom tablescape.

If you're feeling extra crafty, check out these fun, DIY basketball centerpieces. To keep the theme going, dress up the walls with colorful pennants, sports jerseys, and banners. Add some team color balloons for extra decor flair.

4. Get Into the Game

Halftime is a perfect time to stretch your legs (and burn off those snacks). If you're lucky enough to have a garage basketball hoop, head outside for a three-point contest. If you don't have a basketball net outside, you can still shoot some hoops. Just set up a kiddie-sized basketball hoop in the party area and play for highest score.

5. Let Them Eat Cake!

That cake should be in the shape of a basketball, of course. If you love to bake, then make your own themed cake with a basketball mold. Or, you could make adorable cake pops with this fun recipe. For some inspiration on bright, festive, basketball-themed cake ideas, check out The Knot's 5 Groom's Cakes for March Madness Fans.

Throwing a March Madness party is a fun way to celebrate the big games. Keep the food, decor, and attire causal and have a blast cheering for your favorite teams!