March Madness® Party Ideas

Invitations

Decorations

Part of the madness of March Madness is the excitement of tracking which teams will make it to the Final Four. Get a large piece of poster board and draw all the brackets starting with the initial 65 teams.

Streamers, balloons and school pendants can help dress up your TV room. Add some foam basketballs and hoops to complete the look.

Visit the Evite Party Store to get more ideas and buy supplies!

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Attire

Support your favorite team, even if they didn't make it to the championship game, by donning their colors.

Or go down the crazy road for some funny flavor on the madness tip and dress like a ref in black-and-white stripes (this works well if all the hosts are refs).

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Activities

If watching basketball on TV isn't enough party activity for you, consider playing some before and after the televised match-up.

And if the game itself isn't enough basketball for you, start early or go late with a basketball-themed DVD:

  • Hoosiers
  • Blue Chips
  • Coach Carter
  • Finding Forrester
  • He Got Game
  • Hoop Dreams
  • White Men Can't Jump
  • Semi-Pro
  • Teen Wolf

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Food

If you want to have a dinner party, don't do it on game day. March Madmen are going to be a lot happier if they can snack on stuff without getting up from the TV. That means you're in shooting range with chips and dips and sausage balls.

A meat and cheese plate (with some mustard on the side) would probably get a good workout, but leave the vegetable plate at the grocery store.

For sweets again go small: cupcakes frosted like basketballs, cookies and brownies will all score big points.

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Drinks

Beer and sports are a perfect match, so have a fridge full of brew. But if you want to shoot long for a 3-pointer, try this cocktail with three different rums (one for each point).

3-Point Basket (Zombie)

  • 1 shot dark rum
  • 1 shot white rum
  • 1 shot gold/spiced rum
  • 1/2 shot apricot brandy
  • 1/2 shot lime juice
  • 1/2 shot pineapple juice
  • a dash of sugar

Stir and serve.

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