March Madness may contribute to sanity" Henry V. Porter, 1939
March Madness basketball cake idea: use an oven-ready glass bowl to create a
cake, then decorate with orange
and chocolate icing.
the college basketball world goes crazy for the NCAA Championship
games and the fans love every minute of it.
The party starts
with the best men's and women's college basketball teams and
works its way down to 16 - then 8 - then 4 with the final two
playing the Championship Game.
only cure for March Madness? A basketball party, of course.
for the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four or the Championship...it's
time to get all of your B-Ball loving friends together for a great time watching great basketball!
Madness invitation ideas This is easy to do with just a printer.
Go to a site where you can download basketball clipart or grab a copy of the current updated
brackets. Use this as the background for your invitation
- all you need to do is fill in the date of your party for your
own fun invitations.
Ideally you should send invites 2 to 3
weeks in advance, but if you're planning a party for the Sweet
16 or Elite 8 regionals or any of the games coming up soon,
you can either hand them out or use an online e-invite service to email your guests with the details.
like your guests to bring snacks, wine or beer, let them know
what to bring in the invitation. Tell them when and where you'll
be watching the games and let them know if you'll be hanging
out before or afterward...
ideas - There are plenty of places online to get basketball
themed party supplies - or check your local party supply store.
You can also get creative and make banners for the NCAA teams
who'll be the entertainment at your party using old sheets or
poster board from your local art supply store.
Banners can be
used to gather fans of opposing teams to keep them from getting
too close in your party space - or just spread the banners around
if your friends are easy going and don't get upset at dirty
Faux basketball hoops can be made from wire hangers and
pieces of cloth... you can even put bowls inside the hoops
to serve your March Madness Party snacks in true hoopster style.
Plastic plates and cups in team colors fit the theme and make
cleanup a breeze.
Party activities You know the main activity will be watching the players
on the screen so don't get too stressed thinking about other
games to keep your guests busy. During commercials, you can have quick March Madness trivia contest or try a "mini pool" with just the teams you'll be
watching. Let each guest pick the winners, the losers and the
scores when they arrive - whoever comes closest to the real
results wins a prize!
ingredient of a successful Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final
Four or Championship party is to have plenty of snacks, a good
supply of drinks - both with and without alcohol - and plenty
of comfortable seats positioned to watch the game. (You might even want
to put a radio in the bathroom for those who need to be away
from the action!)
If you want designated
smoking areas at your March Madness
Party, tell people beforehand and make sure to have a small
TV or radio in the smoker's area. Finally, make sure you have a few
designated drivers on hand in case anyone celebrates their teams
win or loss with a bit too much to drink.
your team makes it through the final round and you find the
sanity that a bit of March Madness brings!