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Joe & I love hosting dinner parties (he does ALL the cooking and I do the rest 🙂 ), but this was the first time I had planned any type of sporting event party. Never backing down on a reason to celebrate, college basketball play offs seemed like a perfect time to host a party! I’ve been wanting to do a basketball theme party for a while and excited with how it turned out!
Wanting the look to be mostly black & white with hints of orange throughout, I first searched all over our home for decorating inspiration (and anything I could use for the decor). Fortunately I was able to find a couple items around the house to include. I’ll point out those in photos below!
Not only did we need decorations, but FOOD as well! I decided to make my fun sweet and salty Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies.
With shopping list in hand, I headed over to Target to pick up our supplies (recipe ingredients & decorations). I would have bought online, but I really wanted to check out the decorations section in person!
Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 2 cups chips, crushed
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup softened butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Soften butter by putting in a microwave safe bowl and heating for about 30 seconds. To crush the chips easily, first put them in a plastic ziplock bag BEFORE crushing in to tiny pieces. In a large bowl mix all ingredients well. Cover & refrigerate for 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough in to small balls (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter). Place on to a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray 2 inches apart. Bake for roughly 10 minutes. Cookies should be lightly brown around the edge.
Once the cookies were done, it was decorating time! I started with a black table cloth & used all white serving dishes. Blending some items I had around the house (silver vase with twigs) and some that I bought at Target (basketball netting), below.
To add some more ‘sweet’ dishes, I whipped up some chocolate cupcakes with white icing.
Decorating was super easy:
Each cupcake has two strips of card stock paper: 1 1/2 inch white paper and 1/2 inch black paper. Wrap both around the cupcake and staple the paper together in the back.
Taking orange card stock, I simply cut out small circles, added the basketball lines in and stuck on top of the frosting!
The Potato Chip Double Chocolate Chip Cookies were placed in these adorable white baskets that resembled a basketball hoop, lined with tissue paper.
I added some chips to compliment the sweet dishes in a silver bowl, setting on top of black & white alternating napkins. (Confession: this is a pretty small bowl because unfortunately I couldn’t just eat one. Oops!)
White ramekins were used to hold the orange gumballs and Reese’s Pieces.
The bottled water even got a makeover with two inch black card stock wrapped around with a little tape in the back!
May your next basketball party be as fun to plan as it is to host!