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skip the march madness spring party

I have a confession to make.  I hate March Madness.  Actually better put, I hate basketball.  Each year when the tournament rolls around and I get emails and texts inquiring my level of interest in filling out a bracket (zero), I remember my distaste for the whole event.  I have realized over the years, however, that I will not beat March Madness and my love for my friends and for entertaining is much, much greater than my hatred for the game.

So, being the entertainer that I am, I cannot ignore that throughout the month, the people congregating in my house will, indeed, be watching the games and I will carry on doing what I enjoy doing most, throwing a party.

When I say the word party, you should know that I say that loosely.  In my house, where three or more are gathered, a party exists and this weekend was no different.  It wasn’t necessarily planned, but that is what I love most about entertaining and with a few small tricks up my sleeve, I was able to pull off a pretty great march madness party with little prep.


I kind of revel in the challenge of making an easy get-together something special with what I have on hand. I might send Matt to the liquor or grocery store for a few oddball items, but I rarely overhaul my life for a party, and this gathering is definitely evidence of that.  I just gathered a few of my go-to serving pieces even though I was serving very casual food.  I think everything tastes better when presented beautifully!

The menu was totally simple and based mostly on what I had in my pantry. The popcorn is just out of a bag, with a little parmesan and rosemary sprinkled on top – so easy!  For my mini roast beef sliders, I buy the precooked prime rib from the grocery store that is near the lunch meats and use hotdog buns cut into thirds as my ‘slider’ buns… tricky! A few little condiments in pretty bowls are all you need.  And a cheese tray, because my life isn’t complete without cheese. More on that later.

For drinks, I kept it super simple by just having beer & wine – why make it hard?









Due to my aforementioned dislike for basketball, I hesitated to do anything sports related because really, it usually turns out cheesy and I didn’t want to waste time.  I would rather spend my time outside making a eucalyptus garland because that is what I do on random Sundays.  If you know me, you’ll know that unfortunately, I’m not being sarcastic at all.

BUT I am always a sucker for puns, so I went the extra mile and made some kraft paper pennants and some stickers for my popcorn baskets which said things like, “My kind of basket” and “grab a basket for the win!”

I also decided that just because I don’t participate in the basketball brackets doesn’t mean I have to miss out on all the fun.  I made some cheese brackets and a few beer brackets so that those of us who weren’t paying attention to the game could get into another type of fierce competition.




I now have convinced myself that it’s totally possible to have a great evening that revolves around basketball  It’s easy when you start with Target – mine clearly in neutral, but yours doesn’t have to be! I am not sure who won the game, but with great friends and an easy atmosphere, who really cares?


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