March Madness Party Ideas

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March Madness brings a load of exciting basketball games and the opportunity to throw a fantastic party. If you plan to host a get-together for the big event year then here are a few March Madness party ideas that will make your party a “slam-dunk”. Be sure to browse our sporty basketball party invitations to help you set the tone of your March Madness party.

March Madness Party
March Madness invitation by PurpleTrail.

March Madness Party Invitations

Invite your college friends, or mix it up with family and friends of the rival team to create a lively rooting section. And don’t forget to tell everyone to wear their team colors.

  • Since its a casual party you could invite people with just a phone call.
  • If you want to send an online party invitation, there are a lot of March Madness party themes to choose from.
  • If you want to try something different then create invitations shaped like basketball.

March Madness Party 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, basketball-shaped helium balloons and school pendants can help dress up your TV room. Add some foam basketballs and hoops to complete the look.
  • Support your favorite team, even if they didn’t make it to the championship game, by donning their colors.
  • Place a basketball hoop over the trash can. Your guests wont be able to resist throwing away their trash.
  • You can also go down the crazy road for some funny flavor on the madness tip and dress like a ref in black-and-white stripes.
  • Supply plates and napkins in your favorite team’s colors, or be neutral and use both teams’ colors.
march madness party
March Madness invitation by PurpleTrail.

Food Tips

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. Remember, the TV will be the focus of your party – serve food that is easy to eat so that your guests can eat while they watch the game.

  • Serve the food in basketball-shaped bowls, and make sure that it is easily available to all guests. Keep the food separate from the TV area, so that guests watching the game won’t miss a second of the action. Basketball moves quickly, and missing a single play could be very upsetting!
  • If you are including children on your guest list, remember to offer kid-friendly food and drinks, such as juice and soda.
  • Use paper plates, napkins and glasses – with a basketball theme or team colors – to make cleanup easy.

Food Suggestions

Serve stadium food.  Hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, and nachos make your guests feel just like they’re at the game. A meat, cheese, and vegetable (for the health freaks) plate with some mustard on the side will probably get a good workout. Pigs in a blanket and hot wings are also good choices. These tasty apps will make your March Madness party a hit. Here’s a recipe for a quick dip that’s a favorite with nachos.

Texas Queso Dip

  • 4 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese (about 12 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Monterey Jack cheese (about 6 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup minced white onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 1 (4-ounce) can diced mild green chilies, juices reserved

Note: You can grate the cheese using a food processor to speed up the prep. You can also prepare the cheese and onions up to 2 days ahead. Just keep everything covered and refrigerated until you are ready to make the dip.


  • Place cheeses in a large bowl, sprinkle with cornstarch, and toss to coat. Transfer cheese mixture to a large saucepan and add milk. Set over low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is smooth and melted, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Stir in onion and chilies with reserved juices until well combined. To serve, transfer dip to a slow cooker set on low or keep in the saucepan at a simmer for up to 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Serve with tortilla chips and cut-up raw carrots, jicama, celery, and radishes.

Sweets: Cupcakes frosted like basketballs, cookies and brownies will all score big points.

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March Madness invitation by PurpleTrail.

Party Drinks

  • Fill a cooler with ice and stow several six-packs of beer and soda in it so people don’t have to get up and miss part of the game when they want another drink.
  • Beer and sports is 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.
Non-Alcoholic — Soda, juices, and lemonade

March Madness Party Activities

  • If watching basketball on TV isn’t enough party activity for you (check out the complete schedule at ), consider playing some before and after the televised match-up.
  • If you have a PlayStation or XBox you don’t even have to get sweaty. Load up EA’s NCAA March Madness and give your fingers a workout. Also hand out pennants, pompoms or foam “bad call” bricks to keep your guests involved on every level.
  • To keep the party going or to start early, consider putting on a basketball-themed movie. Some favorites are: Coach Carter, Finding Forrester, He Got Game, Basketball Diaries, Hoosiers Air Bud, Space Jam, Hoop Dreams, and White Men Can’t Jump.

Have Fun

Enjoy the party planning experience. Your guests will love these fun party ideas! They will appreciate all of the time and effort you put into making the event extra special. These March Madness party ideas will make your celebration a hit.


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