I LOVE hosting parties. ANY parties. And tis the season for basketball, so that’s how we’re going to party. Although admittedly a game day party wouldn’t at the top of my list. But since we end up inviting neighbors to stop by for big games, I wanted to make it a little bit more festive than the typical beer & pizza style gathering.
Swapping out the standard orange décor and heavy appetizers, we went with more of a light brunch theme with a fun wine cocktail. The gals who came to watch the game definitely appreciated it. Being on the west coast and the Pacific Time Zone we can literally watch basketball first thing in the morning with our pajamas, so brunch was a perfect theme. (Yes, I reluctantly changed out of my pajamas 😊)
Not only did I whip up a fun wine cocktail (scroll down for the recipe) and a light brunch spread, we threw in a basketball version of Bingo to keep everyone entertained. Aka – keep ME entertained when watching basketball. Joe knows I’m losing interest when I start scrolling through Facebook during sporting events. Ops.
Here’s how we played Basketball Bingo
Print out the Bingo printable template which includes 8 DIFFERENT Bingo card boards to accommodate lots of guests! (You can print out a couple copies for multiple games)
Each guest picks a team from the game we’re watching. So for all the squares on the Bingo card, the team they chose has to complete those actions. This made the game more exciting and kept it going a little longer. Plus, you can double the amount of people who can play (8 different boards x 2 teams = up to 16 people can play if you print out two copies of the template)
To get the competitive juices flowing, everyone contributes one dollar into the pot before the game started. Whoever gets Bingo first gets ½ of the pot. The second Bingo winner gets ¼ of the pot (which is half of the remaining pot) and the 3rd Bingo winner gets the final ¼ (the remaining money in the pot).
As traditional Bingo goes …. The first person to get 5 in a row wins!
We printed off stacks of these basketball Bingo cards and played a couple rounds throughout the game.
Now let’s not forget about the beverages!
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We made this delicious Frontera Chardonnay Al Fresco. An extra bonus is that instead of just having one beverage to serve our guests we technically had two – wine and a wine cocktail. Frontera wines are great to serve for parties like this or to pair with game day recipes.
Serves 1 (Multiple recipe by number of guests you’re serving)
4 ounces Frontera Chardonnay
¼ cucumber chopped
2 tablespoons simple syrup
Muddle the cucumber, lime juice and simple syrup.
Add ice and wine.
Strain into glass and enjoy!
Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Cheers to being the fanciest basketball party hosts on the block! (even if you’re still wearing your pajamas 🙂 )
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