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Use these 20 ideas to throw the best March Madness party:


1. Use your Crock-Pot to cook two dips at once.

Impress your guests by using your Crock-Pot to cook two dips at once. To do this, you’ll need to form heavy duty aluminum foil into a wall that fits across your Crock-Pot.

Then place a slow cooker liner to cover both halves, and serve up your favorite two dips!


2. Keep everyone entertained with a basketball game using old pudding cups and ping pong balls.

You’ll have to eat five pudding cups to make this game — bummer. Once you have the pudding cups (eaten) and cleaned, use an X-Acto knife to cut out the bottom of the cup. Wrap the cup with washi tape and assign different points to each cup.

Make “backboards” with cardstock, and hot glue everything to a foam board.

Your guests will be easily entertained for hours!

Find full instructions on 504 Main.


3. Make three-point shots for adults with Sprite, vodka and cantaloupe.

First, use a paint marker to draw a net on your shot glass. Then, print out the basketball backboards and cut them out. Set aside.

Mix one cup of cold vodka with one ounce of plain gelatin. In a pan, heat up three cups of Sprite until boiling and pour into the vodka-gelatin mixture. Pour into the shot glasses and refrigerate for at least two hours.

Use a melon baller tool to make “basketballs” out of cantaloupe. Assemble the shots and serve!

Find full instructions on She Knows.


4. Turn a chip bag into a chip bowl.

Roll the top of an opened chip bag inwards for a cleaner-looking edge. Then, poke the bottom corners of the bag in so it stands on its own.


5. Use sweatbands to decorate water bottles.


6. Buy alcohol at wholesale clubs without a membership.

Buy alcohol at wholesale clubs without a membership.

That’s right — you don’t need a Costco membership to buy alcohol.

TIP: Most employees don’t even realize you can buy alcohol without a membership, so expect that they’ll need to check with a manager before you’ll be allowed to buy.


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7. Use coupons on paper products to save 50%.

Use coupons on paper products to save 50%.

Find coupons, sales and rebates for utensils, napkins, plates or cups with the KCL app or website. Print coupons before heading to the store, and save up to 50%.

There’s almost always a manufacturer’s coupon available or rebates on apps like Ibotta, Checkout 51 or SavingStar. You can use a manufacturer’s coupon at almost any store like Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS and so on.

Shop BOGO free sales at Walgreens, Rite Aid or CVS.


8. Make a water break sign with chalkboard paint and a pen.

Make a water break sign with chalkboard paint and a pen.

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9. Make cleaning up easy by covering your tables with kraft paper.

Make cleaning up easy by covering your tables with kraft paper.

Use a permanent marker directly on your paper tablecloth to label food.


10. Repurpose Mason jars for silverware holders.

Repurpose Mason jars for silverware holders.

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Find some Mason jars lying around the house, and repurpose them to hold silverware for your March Madness party.

You’ll need orange paint, a paintbrush and a black Sharpie. Paint the Mason jars with the orange paint, use the Sharpie to make the basketball lines, let dry, and fill with utensils!


11. Use a salad spinner to evenly coat your wings.


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12. Have a “sticky-fingers station” if you’re serving messy wings.

Have a "sticky-fingers station" if you're serving messy wings.

Keep wet wipes and paper towels in a designated place to avoid saucy, wing-finger messes.


13. Get orange paper bags, a Sharpie, and fill with popcorn.

Use a small bowl as a template for the basketball lines, and you’re good to go!


14. Set basketball nets on top of vases to serve appetizers.

Set basketball nets on top of vases to serve appetizers.


15. Bake a basketball pizza dip within 20 minutes.

It only takes 20 minutes to make a basketball-themed pizza dip. Is your mouth watering yet?

You’ll need cream cheese, garlic powder, dried oregano, dried basil, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, pizza sauce, olives and Ritz crackers or Wheat Thins.

Spread the cream cheese and spices on the bottom of the dish. Top with sauce and cheese. Bake for 20 minutes and enjoy!

Find full instructions on I Heart Arts n Crafts.



16. Coat Oreos in candy melts for edible basketballs.

Get yourself some orange and black candy melts, Oreos, a small sandwich bag and scissors.

Heat the candy melts, and dip the Oreo in the orange candy melts, coating the entire cookie. Set in the fridge for 15-20 min. After that, heat up the black candy melts, pour into a sandwich bag, cut a small hole in the corner, and pipe basketball lines on the Oreos.

Find full instructions on 2 Wired 2 Tired.


17. Put together slam dunk buffalo chicken appetizers.

To make these buffalo chicken appetizers, you need chicken bites, celery, toothpicks or party forks, small plastic cups, a marker and dipping sauce — think bleu cheese or ranch.

Use the Sharpie to draw lines on the plastic cup to resemble a basketball net, and fill with your favorite dipping sauce. In the meantime, bake the chicken bites, cut the celery into bite-size pieces, and once the chicken is done, stack on a toothpick or party fork.

Find full instructions on We’re Calling Shenanigans.


18. Make a basketball-themed peanut butter dip with six ingredients.

You’ll need cream cheese, powdered sugar, peanut butter, milk, vanilla and Reese’s Pieces.

Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar together until fluffy. Then, mix in peanut butter, milk and vanilla. Spread the mix in a round glass plate, and top with the Reese’s Pieces to make a basketball!

Serve with pretzels, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, apples or whatever!

Find full instructions on Julie Eats and Treats.


19. Use a Sharpie to turn oranges into treats for kids.


20. Put cheese balls in a white wire basket.

You can typically find a wire basket similar to the one above at the dollar store. Fill the basket with cheese balls, print a backboard, and hot glue a paper straw to hold it in place.


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