The Ultimate March Madness Party Guide

March Madness is the perfect opportunity to throw a unique and exciting get-together: there’s some friendly competition, the games are beyond intense (and the commercials are even better), and it’s the perfect excuse to snack on some tasty food and drink some delicious drinks with your friends! If you want to throw a March Madness party but you’re feeling a little lost and don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help!

Invites

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Image Source: Nola Lou Lou Designs

There are so many cute and clever options for March Madness invitations that it’s hard to narrow it down, but we’ve got a couple ideas that’ll definitely have your guests RSVP-ing yes. Depending on how early on you throw your party, sending out personalized brackets is a super cute way to extend the invite. Have your guests fill them out and send them back if they’ll be attending, and see who makes the best predictions!

If you’re looking for something that involves a little less work but is still something original and interesting, make custom tickets for your party and send them out!


Food

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Image Source: Worth Pinning

A lot of people go to a sports party for the big game, but the food is probably the most important part of a March Madness party. Your guests will want something to snack on during the game, but they won’t want to tear their eyes away from the screen, so make more appetizers and finger-foods as opposed to big dishes. Set up a fun buffet-style table next to the TV with tons of themed snacks and treats, like basketball quesadillas, cake pops and whoopie pies!
 


Drinks

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Image Source: Brit +  Co

Don’t forget to add a sporty twist to your cocktails, too! It can be as simple as garnishing your drinks with a small basketball accessory, or as elaborate as making these 3-Point Jello Shots, which will definitely have everyone impressed. You could even make cocktails inspired by the teams still in the running. We love the recipes that Brit + Co came up with last year, each one inspired by a team in the Sweet Sixteen!


Decor

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Image Source: Love the Day

The decor of your party mostly depends on who your guests are rooting for! If you’re all cheering for the same team, go all out and decorate with that team’s colors and throw on your favorite jersey. If there’s going to be a little more friendly competition at your party, center most of your decor around basketball-themed items, orange, and black. We also love this giant, printable bracket poster from Love The Day on Etsy - it’s perfect for throwing on the wall in the living room, and having your friends fill out as a group before the big game!


Tablescape

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Image Source: Divine Party Concepts

It’s easy for the March Madness decor to translate a little like Halloween, so break up the black and orange in your tablescape with some white details. Toss some flowers in adorable centerpieces filled with small basketballs to glam up your party! Small touches like this are effortless and can be inexpensive, but they add a feminine touch and break up the tablescape for a super adorable look!