Hey Lovelies! Emily here from B. Lovely Events and I am super excited to show you this basketball party and all it’s cute DIY details to help you get ready for all of your March Madness and basketball celebrations. All with the help of JOANN!
My top favorite things about this basketball party:
• The easy treats that you can whip up in a snap
• The black and orange color palette that is
• All of the cute basketball décor details- some that are even DIY!
The good news is, I have five basketball party projects for this shindig that we will run through first together, before I show you all of the fun eye candy at this basketball party.
Let’s get handmaking!
Chocolate Covered Basketball Oreos
Chocolate covered Oreos are a party favorite and these basketball ones are too cute to boot. With just a few steps, you can whip these up as a fun treat at your basketball party. The best part- no baking required!
Here is what you need:
• Oreos or similar cookie
Step 1: In a microwave safe bowl, add the candy melts and microwave them until melted in 30 second intervals.
Step 2: Once melted, pour the chocolate into a candy decorating bag.
Step 3: Cut the tip of the bag and fill each baking cup about 1/3 to 1/2 high.
Step 4: Shake the sides of the silicon pan to flatten chocolate and create a smooth surface. Let liquid cool down for a minute or two but not fully cooled. Place an Oreo on top of the chocolate and press down a bit so that it is secure in the chocolate.
Step 5: Melt more chocolate if you need to and add it to your candy decorating bag. Top and fully cover the Oreos with a small layer of chocolate.
Step 6: Shake the side of the silicon pan to flatten and smooth out all of the chocolate. A few shakes around all 4 corners should help.
Step 7: Let chocolate cool- about 15 min. Once cooled, remove Oreos from the pan by gently peeling the silicon back from the chocolate covered Oreos.
Step 8: It’s time to decorate! Take your black glitter icing and follow these steps below to make a basketball design.
1. Add a straight line right down the middle.
2. Then add a curved line to the right like a right parenthesis ( to the right of the straight line.
3. Then add a curved line to the left like a left parenthesis ) to the left of the straight line.
4. Finally, add a straight light through the middle of all 3 lines.
That’s it! Easy right?! Now you will be able to put a basketball design on anything! The design is especially cute atop these chocolate covered Oreos. They make a great basketball party treat.
Basketball Hoop Rice Krispy Treats
These are a great 2 bite treat that only take a few ingredients and steps to make. They are fun and delicious. You can’t get any better than that!
Here is what you need:
• Your favorite Rice Krispy treat recipe or store bought ones if you are short on time
• Mini Reeses
Step 1: Make your rice krispy treats and cut them into 1” X 2” squares. Make sure they are fully cooled.
Step 2: Take your 1” rectangle cookie cutter and place it on top of the rice krispy. Grab the white icing and ice inside the rectangle. Use the nozzle to smooth out and fill all the holes. Let dry. This will be the backboard.
Step 3: Take the orange icing and ice a rectangle about ¼” in on the inside of the white rectangle. To help, in the cookie cutter set there is multiple sizes. Take the rectangle 1 size down from the 1” one you used to ice the white and trace the orange icing. This will be the target area on the backboard.
Step 4: Before the icing dries, add a mini Reese in the middle. Creating the hoop on the backboard. Let fully dry about 1 -2 hours. After they are dried, just like that you have a basketball hoop ready to eat!
Basketball Mason Jars
I always love a good mason jar decoration and these hand-painted are quick, easy but definitely make a statement at this basketball party. They are also perfect for holding silverware or other fun basketball party goodies in.
Here is what you need:
• Plate or paint tray
Step 1: Glob a bit of orange paint of your plate or paint tray and will load your sponge brush with orange paint. With long strokes, paint the entire outside and inside of the jar. Let dry and add a second coat.
Step 2: Once the 2nd layer has dried, load up the tip of your sponge brush with orange pant. Push the tip of the sponge brush directly down on the jar and lift back up. This will create a faux basketball texture to your mason jars. The texture works best if you rapidly push down and pick up the tip of the sponge brush. Haha! Notice the paint on the hands in this picture? It’s ok to get messy when you paint. I do it all the time and the acrylic paint washes right off.
Haha! Notice the paint on the hands in this picture? It’s ok to get messy when you paint. I do it all the time and the acrylic paint washes right off.
Step 3: Let dry and then glob some black paint on the plate or painting tray. Follow the step by step on how to make a basketball design above from the chocolate covered Oreo tutorial but essentially you will want to paint something like this on the jar -> )|(
Once dried, these basketball mason jars are ready to use and decorate with!
Basketball Food Cards
These basketball food cards really bring out the basketball theme to this party. The letterman jersey font is a perfect fit for the basketball theme. These are a great DIY, with steps that you can do over and over again for any party theme.
Here is what you need:
• A Smart Cutting Machine – I love my Cricut Air 2!
I used my Cricut to make this project so these instructions will be geared towards using that machine but they can be adopted with any cutting machine.
Step 1: Open a new project in the Cricut design space. Select the text option on the side bar. Type out the foods that you have at your party. For a basketball party, I chose fun names like shooters, hoops and swish.
Step 2: In the top drop down menu, select the Creative Memories Total Sport font from the Cricut fonts. Highlight all of your text and change it to that text.
Step 3: In the right sidebar, there is a viewer where you can see the layers. There is an icon that looks like scissors. Select it and then scroll over to the copy/icon that says write. This will now change your design to write instead of cut.
Step 4: Click “Make It” in the top corner and adhere the white stock on the cutting mat. Load the mat into the machine. Then hit the Cricut button on the machine and watch it work its magic! I love seeing how it draws out each letter. It’s memorizing. And it makes me super jealous because I know there is no way I could be that precise!
I love seeing how it draws out each letter. It’s memorizing. And it makes me super jealous because I know there is no way I could be that precise!
Step 5: Unload the mat from the machine and remove the cardstock from the mat. Put the cardstock into your paper cutter and cut out each word from the sheet. I left about ¼” border around the words.
Step 6: Line up your cut word on the orange card stock and insert it into the paper cutter. Cut about ¼” boarder around the word from the orange card stock.
Step 7: Attach the cut word to the card stock with a glue stick.
Step 8: Line up the orange card stock on the black cardstock. Leave about a ¼” border around the orange paper. Once you have that laid out, add about 1”1/2 to the overall cut. This will allow your card to have a crease and stand on its own when it is folded.
Step 9: Once the black is cut out glue the orange paper with the word on it to the bottom portion of the cut black card stock. Fold behind the rest of the black cardstock and you officially have a tented food card!
All of those decorations and desserts make really fun elements to a basketball party. I can’t wait to show you the rest of the lovely details of the party. Let’s get to it!
Slam Dunk Basketball Party
These are another fun basketball dessert that is really easy to make! I just pour orange gelatin into mini shot glasses and topped them with vanilla wafers I decorated with the basketball pattern using the black glitter icing.
I added some x’s, o’s and arrows to these bowls to give them a fun basketball play design. You can cut these out with white vinyl on your Cricut and just apply them. It’s a super easy DIY! I love the orange puffs as a snack for a basketball party too. The orange is just the right color!
I love water bottle labels as a cute detail at a party. I found these darling basketball ones online and just wrapped them the bottle and secured with tape.
Popcorn is another party favorite of mine. I displayed them in these fun basketball boxes for an east grab and go snack for guests.
Pretzels are another great basketball party snack. These vertical boxes are great for the basketball look too because they look like ref shirts!
Trail Mix is another crowd favorite at parties. Adding in little toy basketballs really make it fit right into the theme.
I love this tiered bookcase to display all of the fun basketball treats and décor. Adding creative display elements to your dessert and food set ups can make a big impact.
I just love this basketball party and all of the fun elements in it. I hope you do too!
Emily- B. Lovely Events