Thank you to Cheez-It, Target, and Collective Bias, Inc. for sponsoring these Basketball Party Ideas. All ideas and opinions are always 100% my own. #MVCheezIt #CollectiveBias
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!
I hope you enjoyed my basketball party ideas! Be sure to check out the Most Valuable Cheese Contest that is taking place from Feb – April 2015. Users can vote on their favorite flavors and varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and play games for a chance to win $10,000!
Also, right now Cheez-Its are on sale for 3/$8 at Target. Shoppers can use Target’s Cartwheel app to save an additional 35% off of this sale price when they buy 3 varieties of Cheez-Its, woo hoo!
So do you love watching college basketball? What’s your favorite snack to eat while watching your favorite basketball team?
I absolutely do love watching college basketball! I’m ready for the next round of games to tip off this coming weekend…and this cheeseball looks like the perfect snack to keep me company! What a delicious and fun idea! #client