March Madness is upon us!
March 15, 2010
The results are in, and the NCAA bracket is up. That means only one thing - sports fans all around the country have begun to plan their meals, work and sleep schedules around their favorite team's slot in the tournament.
Whether your March Madness rituals involve wearing your favorite player's jersey under your clothes or watching ESPN 24/7, we're sure that your mind is on the game.
Why not share the misery and elation that is March Madness with your fellow sports fans by hosting a party? Even if you don't make it to the final four, you'll still have a great time.
Get ready for the Big Dance
If you're going to invite people over, it's essential that you stock up on NCAA decorations. The more team spirit you show, the better. Basketball party supplies can include banners, tablecloths, NCAA balloons and streamers in your school colors.
Feed your basketball fans
For college basketballs fans, March Madness is like the Super Bowl stretched over 64 games. Therefore, snacks are imperative to keeping up one's strength and team spirit.
If you plan on inviting friends over, make sure to lay out plenty of snacks. Bags of chips, jars of salsa and vats of chili are all a good idea. Buy extras, because if experience has taught us anything it's that sports fans can eat more than you thought was humanly possible.
Lay out the food buffet style, and pick up some basketball party supplies like cocktail napkins and paper plates with your team's logo on them. Other basketball paper goods, like banners or cups, will also be useful and add to the party atmosphere.
What should you drink?
Make sure to provide plenty of soda or other non-alcoholic beverages for thirsty guests - it's easy to work up a thirst while screaming at the television.
If you'd like to offer partygoers some beer, opt for a microbrew from your favorite team's hometown.
Rotate who hosts
There are a lot of games to catch during the big event, and it's unlikely that you'll be ready and willing to host all of them. To keep it fair, make sure that everyone takes turns hosting the group.
Everyone can go in on a travel kit of basketball party supplies, and hand it off as the tournament goes on. Instead of betting on the games, fans can set up a bracket so that whoever is in the lead is in charge of hosting the next party.
Win or lose, have a good time
Even if your team doesn't go all the way, spending time with friends and fellow basketball fans is what the season is all about.
No matter who makes it to the final four, everyone who follows the tournament gets to enjoy the speculation, the competition and the camaraderie that is March Madness.
Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate the season.