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Since before I can remember, I have always enjoyed watching basketball games. I love the fast-paced edge-of-your-seat action of basketball, and since college I have always rooted for my alma mater. Since I love putting together parties, I thought that I’d share a few fun basketball party ideas with you to make watching your favorite games a little bit more exciting!
To get ready for my party, I went to Target to pick up some supplies. I bought a couple regular-sized basketballs for the table, as well as a smaller mini basketball.
I also picked up a bunch of other things, including some two boxes of Cheez-It crackers and a bag of the new Cheez-It Crunch’d in the Hot & Spicy Flavor. Cheez-It Crunch’d are a completely new product. Crunch’d is Cheez-It’s first-ever crunchy puff made with 100% real cheese!
I wanted everything on my table to be black, white, and orange, so I used a black tablecloth. One of my favorite parts of the table were the basketball bowls that I made out of a real basketball!
I just LOVE these bowls, and think they are a fun and unique way to serve food. I mean, who wouldn’t love to eat out of a real basketball?! You can add tissue paper to the inside of the ball if you would like another surface between the food and the ball.
Here’s how I made the basketball bowls:
I used a miniature ball for my bowls, but I assume that this would work just the same with a full-sized ball, too.
I used my kitchen shears to cut the ball in half along the black line. I was actually surprised at how easy the ball was to cut!
The only tricky part was once I got to the part of the ball where you fill it up with air, but I was still able to cut through it to cut the ball in half.
And that’s it! Simple, but such a fun way to add the basketball theme to any party or basketball game! I filled one bowl with Cheez-Its and the other bowl with Cheez-It Crunch’d for snacking on.
Orange sports drinks matched the rest of the table and were what I chose to serve, which I thought was perfect for a basket ball game!
I found some little Market Pantry cheese puffs that reminded me of tiny little basketballs, so I bought them and added them to some cute striped black and white striped popcorn boxes that looked like referee shirts.
As soon as I saw these tasty little mandarin oranges, I knew they would make delicious and healthy basketballs. I pulled out my trusty permanent marker, and drew the basketball lines on a few mandarins to throw in a bowl with some plain ones. I love the effect of simply adding a few marker lines!
I also created a yummy snack for us when watching our basketball games- an orange basketball cheese ball! I made a delicious cheese ball recipe, but instead of crushed nuts on the outside, I used crushed Cheez-It crackers. The cheese ball had a yummy flavor and a satisfying crunch thanks to the Cheez-Its.
Cheez-It Basketball Cheese Ball:
- 2 8 oz. packages of cream cheese
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp. lemon juice
- Pinch ground red pepper
- 1/2 cup Cheez-It crackers
Mix all of the ingredients in a medium bowl and put in the refrigerator for a few hours.
Use your hands to shape the mixture into a ball. Place 1/2 cup of Cheez-It crackers into a plastic bag with the air pushed out, then use a rolling pin to crush them into crumbs. Roll the cheese ball into the crumbs, and serve with Cheez-It crackers. YUM!! The perfect snack for eating while rooting for your favorite basketball team!
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So do you love watching college basketball? What’s your favorite snack to eat while watching your favorite basketball team?