The Sweet Sixteen is upon us getting your game-day fashion in gear and starting your game-day hosting prep! Theming a party around a large sporting event is one of my favorite things to do – there are so many different fun elements that you can add to the table and atmosphere to create a event your guests will never want to leave. March Madness, like the Super Bowl, is a sporting event that everyone can get into! I’m excited to share my tips on putting together a March Madness themed party today.
It’s always good to start with your theme and plan other elements of the party around that theme. Create a menu and put a twist on the menu items by incorporating basketball terminology (i.e. slam dunking cheese dip). Do the same with your bar or create a specialty cocktail for your favorite team (i.e. Mountaineer Madness). Adding full colored papered straws to the bar is another easy way to incorporate team colors so people can show their pride every which way!
FTD’s rainbow roses are a perfect addition to the table setting. They are a fun way to incorporate your teams’ favorite colors – it’s also a good way to create a little rivalry! Flowers can be in a vase any day, so have fun with your floral presentation by incorporating the theme of the event.I took some mason jars from my collection and added mini bouncy basketballs to cover the stems – you can replicate this with any vase or drinking glass. It’s a quick and easy way to spruce up the arrangement and tie in your theme. It’s fun to create dimension on your table with your arrangements too! I found these orange cheer cones at Party City and the top opening was the perfect size for the arrangement. You can save costs by ordering two arrangements and splitting them across several different vessels! I split each arrangement into two to stretch my arrangements. Six roses can look sparse in a wide mouth vase, so it’s best to go with a vase that has a narrow openings – it create a fuller look with less flowers.
Take the stress off your plate when it comes to the dessert – this is just another way for you, as a host, to enjoy your own party. Everyone loves cake pops and Oreos right? If not, then they aren’t your friend. FTD’s dipped rainbow cake pops and Oreos are a great way to add a functional pop of color to the table. Display them on a platter, or on a cake stand, to add some dimension to your table. Guests can also enjoy a dessert coated in their teams’ favorite color – could make for some fun Instagram photos!Complete your table with a few kitschy items that tie back to the theme. I went to Target and picked up some chalkboard paper and a basketball net – all under $10. The chalkboard paper was cut to look like placemats that I then drew sideline plays on so that the paper didn’t appear heavy on the table full of color! I laid the basketball next under the cake platter of desserts to call it out as my centerpiece. You can use if for just about anything – use it to tie your silverware together, tie your straws to drinks, as a charger under your plates or around a vase to enhance a floral arrangement. Combine it all together and you have yourself a March Madness party!