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Slam-Dunk Ideas For Hosting A College Hoops Watch Party

A little friendly competition is good for the soul.

Here are a few ways to host the perfect college hoops party:

COMPETITION

Do you have people in attendance who chose the correct final teams in their brackets? How about spurring a friendly wager: The person who finishes with the best bracket at the end of the game you’re watching gets $5 from everyone. Or gets to select the person who cleans up after the party.

FOOD

Pinterest has you covered on basketball theme food ideas. Here are two recipes that are sure to score you some major points with your guests:

Basketball Bean Dip (from mychinet.com)
Ingredients:
1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
1/2 cup shredded lettuce
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup prepared guacamole
1 can diced tomatoes (drained)
1 can refried beans or refried black beans
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
1/2 cup low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Sliced olives
Tortilla chips

How to make it:
Place crushed tortilla chips on the bottom of a plate. Layer shredded lettuce, chopped onion, drained tomatoes and guacamole. In a small mixing bowl, mix the refried beans, taco seasoning and the sour cream together. Spread on top of the guacamole with a spatula. Sprinkle cheese on top of the bean mixture. Arrange sliced olives to make the lines of the basketball and serve with tortilla chips.

Basketball Cake Pops (from blog.candiquik.com)
Ingredients:
1 box cake mix (your choice of flavor + required ingredients)
½ cup cake frosting
1 (16 oz) package Vanilla CandiQuik
4 oz Chocolate CandiQuik (for piping)
Orange food coloring (oil or powder based only)

How to make it:
Bake cake according to directions on the package. Let cool. Trim off the edges of the cake. Crumble cake into a large bowl. Add frosting and mix thoroughly with hands. Roll into 1″ balls. Chill cake balls in the fridge. Melt CandiQuik according to the package directions. Add orange (oil or powder based) food coloring and stir until desired color is established. Dip cake balls in orange-colored CandiQuik and place on wax paper to set. Once set, pipe on basketball stripes using the Chocolate CandiQuik.

DRINKS

Here are some great cocktails to help get the competition started.

Game Day Sangria (from thecookierookie.com)
Ingredients:
32 ounces apple cider or apple juice
1 bottle of your favorite white wine
12 ounce bottle hard apple cider
1 cup ginger ale
Juice from one lemon
Lemons or apple slices for garnish

How to make it:
Combine all ingredients and pour over ice in mason jar. Garnish with these basketball straws.

Slam Dunk Punch (from abc.go.com)
Ingredients:
2 cup Tequila
1 cup Orange liqueur
1/2 gallon Orange sherbet
2 liter Ginger ale
6 ounce Frozen orange juice concentrate
Orange slices for garnish

How to make it:
Place sherbet and frozen orange juice concentrate in a punch bowl.  Allow to thaw for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in ginger ale, tequila and orange liqueur. Garnish with orange slices and serve.

ATTIRE

The best part about a party is getting to dress a little differently than you might usually dress. Here are some cute options for your clothes, shoes and even your hair!

Etsy has these cute monogramed basketball shirts for all ages or this beautiful antique basketball shoe charm.
Keep your spirit going with these cute basketball headbands, hair ties and hair bows.
You are sure to be the hostess with the “mostess” as your college hoops party!

DECORATIONS

There are lots of great basketball decorations out there, such as this banner, or string these basketball balloons on a piece of yarn to create a basketball archway. Spaulding has just the perfect basketball themed cups, napkins and plates to complete your college hoops theme. Check your local party stores, too.

This article was written by Katie Simpson, a contributor to The Daily Clutch.

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