Slam Dunk Snacking

Mar 18, 2024

Everyone can agree that the most important part of any basketball watch party is the grub -- the actual game is secondary! 

So, round up your friends and family--even if your team was knocked out of the running-- and fill your belly with delicious bite-sized appetizers, ice-cold drinks, and gooey dips.

If you’re planning on hosting a basketball watch party party this year, here are some tips to ensure your event is a slam dunk.

Make it a potluck

There’s a good chance guests will offer to bring something when you extend the invite. Take advantage of this generosity and have them bring an appetizer or dessert. To avoid doubles of the same dishes, you can give guests a couple options of dishes to bring and make note of the one they choose. 

As for your contributions, pick dishes that you can make ahead of time or pre-made items so that you can enjoy socializing and watching the game. A large bowl of deli-made potato salad, bean dip and tortilla chips, a cheese or charcuterie board, and beef brisket sliders are all appetizers that won’t require too much of your time. 

Don’t overcomplicate it

The spread doesn’t need to include 12 different dishes -- when it comes to hosting game day parties, simple is best. Sticking to a theme can also prevent you from going overboard. For example, a Mexican-themed watch party could feature build-your-own tacos, guacamole, black bean dip, nachos, and cheese and beef empanadas

Also, don’t be afraid to stick to a few of the classics. A host can never go wrong with chicken wings and ranch dip, spinach and artichoke dip with bread, sausage rolls, mozzarella sticks, and buffalo chicken dip

Compliment your spread with the perfect pairing of crispy Bud Light and refreshing Coca-Cola (including the new Coca-Cola Spiced), ensuring your game day experience is a slam dunk of flavor and fun!  

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Have a mix of hot and cold dishes

There are few things worse than running out of oven space, which is why it’s always a smart idea to have warm and cold appetizers. Some snacks that won’t require heating include: guacamole and salsa, bacon ranch pinwheels, tortellini and bocconcini cheese skewers, cold spinach dip, macaroni salad, and a shrimp ring. 


Don’t forget healthy options

Many people are still sticking with their New Year’s resolution of trying to eat healthier. And after stuffing your face full of cheesy, fried foods, you might also be craving a veggie or two. Buying a pre-made vegetable or fruit platter is a simple way to provide some healthier options for guests. 

Along with vegetables and fruits, other healthier snacking options include hummus and pita chips, mixed nuts, stuffed mushrooms, and deviled eggs

Keep frozen foods handy

There’s no rule that says every appetizer at your party needs to be homemade! Most of the snacks people eat at the pubs and sports bars are premade and frozen anyways. At the grocery store, you can find options like sausage rolls, mini quiches, samosas, Super Pretzel Soft Pretzels, chicken wings, spring rolls, potato skins, jalapeno poppers, and mozzarella sticks in the frozen section. 

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Have drink options for all age groups

Of course, it’s important to have a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages at your party, unless it's B.Y.O.B (bring your own beverage). If you’re hosting a family-friendly party, consider creating a hot cocoa bar where kids can top their drink with marshmallows, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream. You can also make-ahead a big bowl of punch or pink lemonade for the young sports fans who will be attending your party. And if you haven't already given it a try, consider the new Coca-Cola Spiced. 

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Decorate the space

Like with the menu, you don’t have to go overboard on decorations. Simply pick the team you want to win and choose décor that is the teams’ colors. Floral arrangements, balloons, streamers, and basketball-shaped confetti and coasters can add some flair to your party space. A signature cocktail and team merch to show your support will also elevate the vibe. 

Think about convenience 

Without a doubt, everyone will be hanging around the snack table for a good portion of the day. Having lots of reusable or disposable plates, cutlery, and napkins on-hand can prevent crowding in the kitchen or around wherever the food is set. This way, guests can take what they want and venture back to their spot in front of the screen. As for glassware, use drink markers or plastic cups with names written in permanent marker to keep people from losing their beverage. 

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