You’ll shoot and score with this fun birthday party theme for your all-star! Whether your number one player loves watching his favorite NBA players on TV or shooting hoops in his home town, he’ll 100% be into the shot you take to make his birthday party special. We’ll set you up for a slam dunk with our DIY tricks, snack suggestions and activities ideas. When it comes to hosting an epic basketball birthday party or a March Madness bracket party, the tips below will keep you from fouling on the party plan! Find all the decorations you need to get set up for the big dance in our selection of Basketball party supplies.
Our party stylist, Tara, hit nothing but net with this sporty soiree. See what other 3-pointers she’s throwing on her blog at Spot of Tea Designs.
Basketball Party Invitations
Let friends know it’s game time with personalized invites directing them where to go!
Basketball Party Decorations
Elevate your game when it comes to party backdrops for this ballin’ celebration. Don’t be afraid to mix all the black, orange, and striped items you already own from your favorite October holiday with classic basketball icons.
Step up your food display skills when building your own stadium seating for your sweets using foam core and Styrofoam discs. Wrap them in crepe streamers to fit them into your color scheme. Visit this post for tips and tricks to recreate this budget-friendly party décor that can be used for more than this party theme.
Run a full-court press on the food table for this basketball party.
Disguise your table as the court itself with this tablecloth print. Layer black and white striped paper plates with mini basketball plates, add basketball napkins and cups to mix in the patterns in this theme.
Feature the birthday boy’s name and age on a faux foam hand centerpiece you create with some basic craft supplies on hand. Play man to man defense setting them on both the main eating table and dessert table.
Include some other interactive elements on the party setup, like these fun megaphone and pom pom set that can be used to shout “Happy Birthday!”
Basketball Party Food & Drink
The party food for this basketball theme can go one of two ways: by color or by theme. You can either hit the grocery store or bakery with the color orange in mind, grabbing all the Sunkist, Cheetos and Reese peanut butter cups you can carry. Or you can think about a display fit for a bunch of athletes and focus on giving them vitamins, electrolytes and protein. We decided on a mix of both!
Top your cupcakes with chocolate-covered Nutter Butter and OREO cookies which easily become referees and basketballs with a few edible accessories.
Place them up on your stadium seating display to easy access by party goers.
If personalized water bottle wrappers aren’t available for your party theme, use personalized stickers and black electrical tape for the same effect. Wrap it around orange Gatorade bottles to refuel those athletes.
Add black lines to any circular orange food item to make it a basketball! Lollipops, mandarin oranges or fruit cups look good on this basketball party dessert table!
Add some chocolate sweets to the table!
Tip: specialty chocolates can be expensive so just buy a few and mix them in with classic favorites, like mini Reese peanut butter cups.
Keep the black and white striped referee inspiration going with paper cups perfect for their favorite drink or air-popped snack.
Basketball Party Activities
Do you really need activity ideas when you host a basketball-themed party and a team of 8-year-olds at your house? Get them outside to work off their energy and shoot some hoops! To make it a little more interesting, try these alternatives of the classic game:
- Birthday Boy version of H-O-R-S-E: Have players try out their trick shots and have friends match the identical shot. If they miss it, have them spell the birthday boy’s name, one letter at a time, instead of HORSE.
- Knock Out: Draw a free throw line with chalk and have players line up at the line. Player one shoots and if they miss the second player can try to make a basket before player one gets the rebound to make a basket. If player one makes the basket they pass it to the next in line who is now against player two. Everyone is trying to knock out each other until there is one winner!
- Around the World: Draw chalk lines around the court, with numbers for each one. Players take turns seeing how many shots they can make an end at a specific number. See who goes around the world first!
Basketball Party Favor
Soon you’ll find the clock’s are running down on this fun party!
Tip: Don’t hide your favors until the end of the party. Favors that coordinate with your party theme look great on your dessert table!