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Basketball Party Refreshments
Basketball Party Refreshments
Set out snacks to keep your guests fueled through the games, like bowls of sporty trail mix, granola bars and goldfish crackers. Keep them hydrated with ice chests filled with Gatorade and bottles of water.

If you'd like to be creative with your basketball birthday party menu, try to come up with a list of "round" foods such as sandwiches on round buns and a salad of fruit scooped in round shapes with a melon baller. Or try serving orange food and drinks, like cheddar cheese balls, carrots and dip and orange cream soda or Orange Julius-style smoothies. Pizza fits both themes nicely!

Or, serve food associated with sports events like submarine sandwiches, nachos, French fries, and chicken wings. Hot dogs are always a hit at children's parties, and you can set up a toppings bar so they can load them up with whatever they'd like. Beware, this will get messy!

Bake a round cake and frost it orange with stripes of black decorating gel to look like a basketball. Of course, you can do the same in miniature to make basketball cupcakes. You can also frost a sheet cake with tan icing and decorate with the markings of a basketball court and basketball player toppers, or bake a cake in the shape of a basketball jersey with the birthday child's name and age as the number.

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After the Basketball Party
After the Basketball Party
Party favor bags are a great way to tell your guests "thank you for coming." Find bags in your favorite team's colors, or decorate orange bags with black lines like a basketball. Large plastic stadium cups with basketball team logos are an excellent choice as well.

Fill with whistles, stopwatches, wristbands and sweatbands, basketball trading cards, mini basketballs and hoops and basketball themed stickers and sticker books. If you want to splurge, you can buy bulk merchandise like keychains and hats with the logos of favorite team from sporting goods or sports memorabilia stores to hand out.

As your guests leave the birthday party, set a basketball by the exit for them to sign in honor of the birthday child. This will be a memorable souvenir they will treasure for a long time to come!

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