17 Unique March Madness 2017 Party Ideas For The Ultimate Watching Party

Nothing says basketball like food. Well, OK — at least, in my opinion. Any sporting event really requires great food and decor, which is why these unique March Madness party ideas are exactly what you’ll need. Sure your bracket probably has completely failed given there have been some huge surprises throughout March Madness 2017, but there’s one thing that won’t fail you: And that’s food.

I have gathered a ton of snack ideas, as well as party decor, for the perfect March Madness experience. No matter what that experience may look like for you, these party ideas will assist you in still attempting to have a good time. Your favorite team lose? Drown your sorrows with those delicious baked chili cheese dogs, or chocolate fudge brownies with rainbow sprinkles. Bracket actually going well? Then you may be in for the braketologist trophy of the year! At least for those inside your bracket group, that is.

Even if you despise sporting events, these party ideas will still have you wanting to gather people around the television to watch a team play — because who could ever say no to a day of basketball themed plates stuffed with endless snacks? Not me!

Here are some unique party ideas to get you going:


March Madness Banner


March Madness Banner, $25, Etsy

Welcome everyone to the madness with this banner!

Basketball Party Serving Set

Birthday Direct

Basketball Party Package, $8.43, Birthday Direct

Because why would you ever want plain plates and napkins when you could be using ones with basketballs on them?!?

March Madness Bracket Printable


March Madness Bracket Printable, $15, Etsy

Follow the winners and losers of March Madness with this large bracket printable!

Basketball Popcorn Boxes


Basketball Popcorn Boxes, $11.95, Amazon

Forget having to share popcorn in a community bowl when everyone can have their very own popcorn box!

Braketologist Mug


Braketologist Mug, $14.95, Amazon

For the person who ends up winning your bracket challenge — this mug is the perfect bragging right until March Madness next year.


Slow Cooker Little Smokies

Foodie Crush

Pigs in a blanket may be fun, but these slow cooker little smokies by Foodie Crush are way cooler!

Crispy Loaded Hasselback Potatoes

The Comfort of Cooking

Who needs potato chips when you have these delicious potato bites by The Comfort of Cooking?

Beef Nachos with Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne

A Spicy Perspective

Nachos and basketball go together like peanut butter and jelly. So make sure to have these beef nachos by A Spicy Perspective at your party.

Baked Chili Cheese Dogs

Damn Delicious

These chili cheese dogs by Damn Delicious are super easy to make in bulk.

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Damn Delicious

Take a step up from delivering a pizza and try these sliders by Damn Delicious instead!

Guacamole Shrimp Wonton Cups

Damn Delicious

These wonton cups by Damn Delicious are surprisingly super easy to make, and easier to eat!

Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower

Closet Cooking

A healthy and delicious snack idea by Closet Cooking.

Grilled Jerk Shrimp & Pineapple

Closet Cooking

These fun kebabs by Closet Cooking will for sure be a party hit!

Cheddar Cheese Bread

How Sweet Eats

You seriously can never go wrong with cheesy bread, like this one by How Sweet Eats.

Chipotle Corn Salsa

How Sweet Eats

Forget putting out the jarred salsa, try this corn salsa from How Sweet Eats.

Game Day Dip

Brown Eyed Baker

Can’t have a game watching party without this game day dip by Brown Eyed Baker!

Chocolate Frosted Brownies with Sprinkles

Brown Eyed Baker

Round off this display of salty and savory snacks with these fudgy chocolate brownies by Brown Eyed Baker.