Since the NBA lockout is officially over and college basketball is in full swing, a viewing party to watch your favorite team is the best way to have a great night in! Your team too far away to be in the arena for all the live action or a college budget doesn’t allow enough spare cash for some tickets? No worries, invite your fellow fanatic friends over for a night filled of basketball fun and friendly rivalries. All you need are a few simple things to make your place “the place to be” for basketball fun all season long!
Make sure your local television provider has the games you plan to watch on their schedule. Nothing is a bigger damper on a basketball party then not being able to actually view the game. Go your television providers website to view their schedules of upcoming games to make sure your good to go before you send out the invites.
Make fun game friendly foods, ignore the evil diet man on your shoulder and indulge a little in the sake of basketball! Part of the fun of being at a game is the atmosphere, food being included, so bring some arena snacks into your home! My personal favorite arena snacks are of course the common pretzels and pop corn, easy enough to find at your local grocery store along with several other game day must have treats.
Have a sweet tooth? Make some fun basketball cupcakes! I am currently in a huge tie dye batter phase in my baking life and highly recommend adding this fun little twist to the usual cupcake. Dye the batter the colors of the teams of the nights big event. Guaranteed to be a huge hit and will be talked about among your friends for the next few parties, trust me.
How to tie dye batter:
Separate your usual cupcake batter into different bowls (as many colors as you plan to use)
Add food coloring to those separated batter bowls
Then layer the colored batter into the cupcake wrappers
Need a little more help on tie dyeing batter, check out this YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVLmPNOfFdw&feature=related
Once cooled ice the cupcakes with a cute basketball design! The outside will look like a cute basketball with a surprise of the teams colors inside!
With these great tips on how to make your basketball party a hit all you have to do is throw on your favorite teams gear (obviously made by Miss Fanatic) and pour your over-the-drinking-age self a cold beer. With your friends by your side and the game on the screen there is no way that this could not be a great night…unless your team looses.