Spring brings us many things, including fresh flowers, Easter egg hunts, and for ESPN die-hard, good old fashioned collegiate basketball. While you’re proudly donning Tennessee or the Nevada Wolfpack’s school colors and enjoying some sports-themed finger foods, you’ll want to make sure the atmosphere is just right for rooting on your favorite team.
Want to celebrate March Madness fever this spring? Read on to learn how to throw an unforgettable outdoor bash for your friends.
Cover your Arena with a Tent
The most important thing to do is to keep your party area safe from the elements and rent a tent to provide guests with shade and shelter during the party. Guests will feel like they’re in their own private VIP box watching the live games in a tent. If you really want to get into it, you can simulate bleacher seating or set up real ones to make you feel like you’re in the middle of the game hype.
Incorporate Live Basketball
Set up a basketball hoop for the day of your party and encourage everyone to show off their skills during commercials and half time. Perform live-action replays of each epic move you see during March Madness, and let everyone vote on the best imitation. Separate into teams based on who everyone is cheering for and hold your own game to see who the ultimate champ really is.
Dish Up Some Creativity
You can’t hold a basketball party without some clever food ideas! Choose foods that represent the teams you are watching during your party by using regionally inspired dishes, such as chili for the Southwest champs of New Mexico State or shrimp for Team Louisiana in the South. Throw in some desserts such as cookies and cupcakes decorated like basketballs, hoops, and team mascots so that you’re creating a smorgasbord of snacks that will keep stomachs satisfied all game-day long.
Set up your dishes using outdoor tables or keep the food inside and have your guests go in to grab snacks. Decorate your kitchen like a locker room to really send them into the heat of half time.
Score with Team Spirit
To really establish the spirit of March Madness, you’ll need to set the mood with fun décor in neutral basketball colors like orange and black or your team’s colors. Are there rivals happening among your friend group? Play off these matches by decorating half of your yard with one team’s colors and the opposing team’s colors for the other half. Guests can sit on the side represented by their teams. Offer plenty of seating and shade for party-goers and don’t forget the music and beverages!
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