The month of March can be utter madness. Between winter transitioning into spring and subsequently the outdoor messes it can bring with it, there is also a multitude of March madness college basketball games. If you plan on hosting a game day viewing party, here are five tips to make your game day party a total slam dunk.
#1: Set Up Early
Whether you are hosting a casual basketball viewing party or an elevated Thanksgiving Day dinner, one of the most important things you can do when hosting a party is set up early. Hosting guests can be somewhat stressful, so do yourself a favor by making a plan and setting up your home ahead of time. Make sure you have plenty of space for extra seating so guests can watch the games comfortably. Conduct a kitchen inventory to ensure you have everything you need including cookware, serving dishes, napkins, cups, plates and cutlery. If hosting a potluck, make sure all guests have been designated a dish to pass and share with the rest of the group.
#2: Pick a Password
Many of your guests may be checking the scores of multiple games on a variety of devices, so keep things simple and create a WiFi password that guests can easily access. Get creative and write it down on a “welcome” chalkboard or dry erase board so you aren’t bombarded with the same question as each of your guests arrive, “What’s your WiFi password?”
#3: Plan a Game Day Menu
When it comes to hosting a game day viewing party, pick a variety of dishes that will please everyone’s palette. Some game day recipe ideas include:
- Baked potato bar
- Baked beans
- Cheese and crackers
- Chips and dip
- Chicken wings with a variety of sauces (i.e. BBQ, honey mustard, hot sauce)
- Fresh fruit
- Mini hamburger sliders
- Pasta salad
- Potato salad
- Pulled pork sandwiches or sliders
- Raw vegetables with homemade hummus
- Sub sandwiches
When it comes to planning your game day menu, consider your guests and their taste preferences. Will there be children present or only adults? Are there any dietary restrictions? These are all questions to keep in mind when planning your game day menu.
#4 Decorate Your Home and Dress the Part
If you are really feeling festive, decorate your home just in time for tip off. Purchase napkins, cups, plates and cutlery in the same colors of your favorite team. While you are at it, remember to dress the part. Sport your favorite jersey or team colors and show your school pride with complete confidence. Go team go!
#5 Be Prepared
When hosting guests, there are bound to be small spills, stains and sometimes even larger messes, so equip yourself (and your home) with an arsenal of cleaning tools that will help make your life easier. Keep an indoor broom nearby for all of those crunchy chip and cookie crumbs as well as a mop for any messes left behind by guests. Spills happen, so be prepared!
Whether your team makes it to the final four or is out after the first round of play, it’s all about making memories with family and friends, so have fun and make it a good time for everyone. Follow these five tips for your upcoming game day viewing party and your event is sure to be as exciting as a game winning three pointer!