After I had kids, I am afraid I lost some of my zeal for sports. Before kids, The Husband and I could be found most weekends either in front of the television watching a game or actually attending them live. We were equal opportunity sports fanatics so each season was filled with football, basketball and baseball. There were few moments we weren’t engaged with some team or the other.
Then I had kids and I just didn’t have room in my brain for the same amount of sports information. I still know what’s going on in professional baseball and football, but my time is not tied to watching all game, every day.
That is, until March. When March hits-kids or no kids-I revert back to my sport-obsessed self. In March, I worship at the church of college basketball. It doesn’t matter the teams. I have a few I love and one I hate, but honestly I just love the Madness of March on every level.
We also love to have parties. We used to throw them all the time-kids or no kids-when we lived in Maryland, but our nomadic existence since moving to Jersey has severely limited our ability to entertain. From the minute we moved in to this home, I’ve expressed my desire to get back to old times of having a house full of people. We have the room now and money isn’t quite as tight so we can afford some food and drink for our friends.
As you can imagine, when given the chance to invite people over to watch some college hoops, I jumped as high as I could. We gathered the masses on a Friday afternoon to watch some early tournament games. Quite honestly, I didn’t even know who was playing as any game would do. But we lucked out when we realized we got to watch the Maryland Terps take on Duke. It was a huge bonus when they actually won!
I had a great time shopping at WalMart for all the goodies and decorations.
Plenty of basketball themed ideas in that store.
It wasn’t just grown ups at this basketball soiree. We invited whole families so the decor and food had to suit adults and kids alike.
I’m pretty picky, even at parties, about what I feed my kids. Knowing Kettle Brand Chips are made with all natural ingredients, these are my favorite pick for fun “party food”. My favorite part is even with multiple flavors, you can still recognize all the ingredients on the label of a bag of Kettle brand potato chips. So, for my party, Kettle chips and basketball are a perfect combination.
Keeping in the family friendly theme, we thought pizza made the best plan for feeding at least 14 kids dinner! Thankfully, WalMart’s Marketside Deli makes fresh pizza that the kids and adults alike adored. (I ate way more than I should have of the Tuscan Veggie pizza!)
I set a beautiful table if I do say so myself.
Of course, Kettle Chips were the star of the show. We even had a little taste test station that everyone tried… at least once. Everyone had a different favorite. I’m partial to salt and vinegar but the old standby sea salt is delicious. So good in fact that the three different dips I bought went untouched. Now that’s a good chip!
Try as I might, I couldn’t get anyone out of the kitchen. I had the big television set up and plenty of seating and of course all the food outside in the dining room but still everyone gathered around my kitchen table.
Thank goodness for our tiny kitchen television. We could still see the score! (Go Terps!) Our little taste test station eventually bit the dust and people just grubbed up on bags of chips. We lost all sense of decorum as the night went on.
All and all, I’d call the event a success (even if we had 20+ people smashed into our kitchen). The guests even left with what the kids called the “best party favors ever”! Kettle Chips of course!
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