Recently, we decided that it was time for me to give my notice at work. I have been with my current company for more than 20 years but was ready to spend more time at home doing the things I love like hosting parties for my friends and family. So, when my husband came home the other day and told me that a couple of our close friends were coming over to watch a basketball game, I decided to make a party out of it. After all, any reason is a good reason to have a party, right? Now I am going to show you how to throw an awesome game day party!
Game Day Party:
First, make a list of everything you can think of that would go with a basketball themed party. Then check your craft supplies to find everything that you might be able to use to make your vision a reality. Once you have all of your supplies gathered up and know what your are missing, head out to the store.
I discovered it was quite a challenge to find orange foods for the party. I ended up finding circus peanuts, peanut butter cups, (which my husband ate before the party), Reese's Pieces, tangerines and a carrot cake. Then I added peanuts, cucumbers, carrots, ingredients for ranch dip, food coloring, cheese doodles, and BBQ pork rinds. Hopefully, you will have some good luck finding foods that will match your theme and appeal to your guests.
At the Dollar Tree, you should be able to score the majority of your orange and black party supplies, which will help you stretch your party budget quite a bit. So grab your purchases and head home to get started with your party project!
At first, you may be thinking that you need a pennant banner to hang above the party table. Let's make something a little more original. Instead, how about a DIY scoreboard? I think you will find that this will be a fun and challenging project. I made mine from a piece of cardboard, spray painted black, but decided to give you the instructions for making one from a black tri-fold board (this will save you so much time!).
1 Black 36 inch by 48-inch trifold board
4 rolls of Duck Tape .75 inch by 72 inches White ( I used Glow since my store didn't have white)
1 roll of Duck Washi .75 inch by 72 inches in yellow
Yard stick or ruler
Cutter Bee Precision Cut Scissors
Letters and numbers or Cricut
Step 1: Cut the tri-fold board down to 20 inches wide by 48 inches long. Put white tape around the outside edges of your scoreboard. Next draw two boxes that are 8 1/2 inches tall by 7 1/4 inches wide. These will be your score boxes. The period box will be 6 1/2 inches square. All three of these boxes can be outlined in white tape. The time clock box dimensions are 14 3/4 inches wide by 3 1/4 inches tall. Outline this box in yellow.
Step 2: Now it is time to prepare the words and numbers for the scoreboard. You may want to start by drawing some lines where the words and numbers will go so you will be able to attach them to the board straight. (My words went uphill on my first scoreboard). Now don't go looking back at the picture to see the crooked letters.
I used the Cricut Explore to cut out my letters and numbers. You can use a cutting machine or buy stickers from your local craft store for this part.
Attach the letters and numbers to the board in the spots as shown in the picture of the scoreboard above.
You can use The Xyron Create A Sticker to attach the smaller letters and a Glue Runner to attach the larger letters.
Here is a photo of the completed scoreboard made using the tri-fold board for you to use as an example.
Okay, let's think about the cake. Unless you just happen to have a cake plate that will work with this decor, you will need a little something for your cake. How about a backboard that can stand behind your cake that will highlight your cake and add to your table decor?
This will be super quick and easy to do.
1-12 inch by 14-inch piece of foam board (white cardstock would also work)
Orange paint (I used Apple Barrel Pumpkin Orange Acrylic Paint)
Once complete your painted lines should be about 3/4 inch wide. All you need are two squares, one large starting 3/8 inch from the outside edge all the way around, and another about 2 inches from the top tape.
Use the masking tape to keep your lines straight while painting. Try painting a couple of light coats to keep the paint from bleeding under the tape.
Once the paint is dry, gently peel the masking tape off. Now you have your backboard!
Next we could make a banner for the front of your table. This will be easy and quick to make.
DIY Slam Dunk Banner:
7 inch Orange Paper Plates
3/8 inch black ribbon
Step 1: Use a sharpie to make lines on small orange plates so that they resembled basketballs. (Easy, right?)
Step 2: Next punch two holes in each plate at the top for the ribbon.
Step 3: Thread the black ribbon through the plates to make the banner. (You can use string for this part if you don't have ribbon).
Step 4: I used my Cricut Explorer to cut out the letters in SLAM DUNK and attached them to the plates. If you don't have a cutting machine, Stickers will work just as well, or you could just use the basketballs for the banner.
Before you leave, I would like to give you the recipe for the Ranch Dip!
Ranch Dip Recipe:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon paprika
a few drops of hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
How To Make It:
Mix all ingredients well. Add red and yellow food coloring until the dip is as orange as you desire. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container until party time.
Well, I have decided that I am going to love retirement from my job because I plan on doing much more of this type of thing going forward. My guests were pleasantly surprised when they arrived, and we had a great time that afternoon!
I am already looking forward to planning my next party and I can't wait to share it with you!