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How to Host a Slam Dunk Basketball Madness Party

How to Host a Slam Dunk Basketball Madness Party

Friends cheering for a basketball gameWhether you’ve got a passion for college basketball or simply love to make snacks shaped like basketballs, you can get your friends and family together for a one-of-a-kind college basketball finals viewing party on a shoestring budget! We’ll give you the tips and tricks you need for party food, games, and decorations.

College Basketball Watch Party Snacks

Slam Dunk Desserts

There’s no need to blow your budget on your basketball watch party ideas. With just a little bit of orange and black frosting, you can whip out two different treats to satisfy guests with a sweet tooth! Bake or purchase plain sugar cookies, or a batch of chocolate or vanilla cupcakes (or both… it’s a party, after all!). Decorate them to fit your basketball madness theme — frosting the tops with your orange frosting and adding the thin, black basketball markings using a tube of black icing. These basketball-themed desserts are quick, delicious, and right on-theme!

Cheese (Basket) Balls

Maybe you’ve eyed those big tubs of cheese balls at the grocery store. Perhaps you’ve purchased them a time or two. Maybe, you’re all too familiar with the feeling of eating dozens of cheese balls in one sitting.

If you can’t get enough of these addictive little spheres, you can turn them into the perfect college basketball finals snack. Grab a package of white paper cups and use a permanent marker to draw basketball net lines on the sides of the cup. Fill the paper cup “nets” with the cheese balls, and you’ve got a three-point snack. Don’t forget to set up the ultimate party-food buffet to display your treats in all their glory. Swish!

Mini Pizzas

Honestly, what’s a basketball viewing party without pizza? Instead of spending a pretty penny ordering pizza delivery, make a variety of these simple little pizzas. With a pack of tortillas, a muffin tin, and an assortment of pizza toppings, you can make enough pizzas to please all of your guests. Plus, these are super easy and convenient for your crew to eat while they’re cheering on their teams.

Mini pizzas in a muffin pan

College Basketball Finals Party Games

Basketball Bingo

If you’re looking for a game to entertain adults and children, basketball bingo will do the trick.

Use My Free Bingo Cards‘ free card generator to create custom basketball bingo cards, using common basketball slang like “free throw,” “bracket,” “coach,” “assist,” “ball reversal,” “foul,” and so on. As your guests watch the games, they’ll cross off the words they hear. The first person to get a bingo gets a small prize, such as an inflatable basketball, a whistle, or candy!

B-Ball Court Cornhole

When it comes to easy, crowd-pleasing party games, cornhole is always a good idea. If you don’t own cornhole boards, try sourcing one from friends, family members, neighbors, or even making your own cornhole set to use at all your future parties! Once your cornhole game is all set up, use thin black electrical tape to add basketball court lines to your cornhole boards — making them perfect for your basketball viewing party.

Basketball-Themed Party Decor

MVP-Worthy Seating

You’re inviting your friends and family to watch the games from the comfort of your home – and the keyword there is comfort. If you’ve been considering upgrading your living room set, what better time to do it than right before tip-off? Rent-A-Center makes it easy to give yourself a living room makeover on a budget. Your new, MVP-worthy rent-to-own living room set is just a few clicks away.

Ballin’ Big Screen

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If a basketball party were an ice cream sundae, then balloons would be the cherries on top. Blow up a few orange balloons and go to town, hanging them up or scattering them around the room. Not only will it make your basketball viewing party feel a bit more festive, but it’s also an easy way to keep children occupied while their parents watch the game!

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