Consider These Basketball-Themed Party Ideas


It’s finally here again. Upsets. Cinderellas. Last-second heroics. That’s right, we’re talking about the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament. The Big Lance. The Road to the Last Four in the Tournament. You know, hoops. Time to get together and watch with friends. And when you do, consider these basketball-themed party ideas to make your gathering a slam dunk.

Bracket Invitations

We hope all of your guests will have filled out a bracket, even if they only go by mascots. Either way, you could send out small brackets as part of your invitation. Whoever gets the most right will win a prize.


Many people think about wings when March basketball comes to mind, but there are several other items you might want to consider. You have unique takes on nachos, pigs in a blanket, and cheeseburgers – not to mention classics like guacamole, chips and dip, and deviled eggs.

Your Own Basketball Game

What do you do between games? Maybe go out and shoot some hoops yourselves. Or hook up a video game and play electronically. You might even want to play a little inside. A wadded up piece of paper and a garbage can can provide loads of fun.

Basketball Trivia

Add a little excitement to the festivities with some basketball trivia. It could be anything. In fact, if you want to test how well people remember the championship from just one year ago, ask some of these questions:

  • What team won?
  • What was the score?
  • Where was the championship played?
  • Who was the MVP?
  • Bonus: What legendary champion coach retired last season after more than four decades as a head coach?

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Team Spirit

If your team is poised to make a run, be sure and show your team spirit by breaking out a t-shirt, hat – whatever you have. And don’t forget to ask your guests to do so as well. Enjoy the rivalry but remember, at the end of the day, it’s just a game.


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