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Big Tournament Party Ideas

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Big tournament party idea

Today  I’m sharing some ideas, tips and tricks to host a big tournament party with Coca-Cola and Jewel-Wings. You all know me and hubby are avid sports fans. Whether its football, hockey or basketball..we love it all. As a child I have always loved basketball but didn’t actually get the chance to be a part of the school basketball team. I was short and didn’t quite have the desired height to play the game but I have always been an ardent fan and love watching it with my friends and family.

Since the weather in Chicago is not very favorable for an outdoor party we’ll be watching the Big Tournament at home this year. We have been waiting for the game since long and are super excited with just few days left for the tournament to commence. I usually prepare a guest list and send out invitations few days before the game followed with the preparation: this includes ordering some snacks, diet coke, chicken wings and setting the stage for a sweet celebration. I decorate my living room with a new theme every year and I’ll be sharing a few ideas today. I try to keep things simple so the décor ideas can be implemented easily without spending much on supplies.

1. Choosing the right color palette

It is important to choose the right theme colors to show your support for your favorite team. I used  a colorful theme with orange, black and green as my primary colors.  I used the same color palette for decoration using balloons and other party supplies like colored glasses, colored cushions in the living room etc.

2. Decorate the Wall

Plain walls could look dull so it is always a great idea to decorate the wall with posters of your favorite players, paint, ribbons or a backdrop. I decorated my wall using vibrant plates to add a some color to the party. Another idea would be fixing a mini basketball hoop on the wall which looks quite innovative and appealing to guests.

3. Stock up on food

If you’re throwing a party the first thing you need to think about are the drinks. Chicken wings and Coca-Cola are a staple of sports themed parties and I usually get these in advance from my local Jewel-Osco, they have the best party beverages and appetizers.

Coca Cola and Sprite

Jewel Osco Soft Driinks Aisle. #cbias #shop

I made a quick salad to go with the chicken wings and added some falafels that I had made for dinner the previous night (you can make falafels if you have time). Top chicken wings with some seasoning just before serving to make it more interesting and flavorful.

Jewel Chicken Wings and salad, #cbias #shop

Salad and falafel

I wanted to keep the menu simple yet have a variety of items so I added some popcorn, cookies and cupcakes to my menu which do not need any preparation, at the same time keep guests happy. 🙂

Popcorn

Party cupcakes

4. Decorate the viewing area

It is important that your guests feel comfortable so make sure you declutter your living room space. Your sofa should be clean and spacious. Make sure you have enough cushions and throw blankets. I decorated my center table with colored glasses and made some space for snacks and drinks so my guests feel relaxed and can enjoy food while watching the match.

Living room party decor

Living room party setup

Coca Cola can

Party treats

And that’s about it! Hosting a party at home is all about setting the stage, keeping it simple and enjoying your match. All in all I am happy with my sweet party setup: Coca-Cola and Jewel Chicken Wings bring the best out of any party. I will be sharing more themed party ideas soon. Let me know how you liked this post. Do share your favorite big tournament party ideas with me in the comments below.

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Chad
    March 7, 2019 at 1:24 am

    This is such an amazing idea, love it!!! Next bday party for my kid for sure. Thanks a lot.

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    Michael
    March 7, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for the list. I usually do our family’s parties so I’ll use them.

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    Brie
    March 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    These are great ideas, I hope you enjoyed yourself!

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    Melissa M Sanchez
    March 7, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    What a neat party and what great way to entertain! I love that you incorporated the falafel and the salad in the mix, at times I feel like I attend parties and I never have a good healthier option to eat! Great post!

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    Ashley - Forking Up
    March 7, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    I love having little parties like this! What a cute idea and greatly executed.

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    Bree
    March 7, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    You really know how to throw a party! I love the food and drinks that you made – it all looks so good!!

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    Maureen
    March 8, 2019 at 3:02 am

    I love the plates sticking to the wall, that’d also look good in a craft room — my kind of entertainment soiree.

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    Heather Barber McMechan
    March 8, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Finding the right party theme for a birthday can be tough, but it’s all about the amount o fmoms that r agreed that’ll be coming.

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    Lyosha
    March 8, 2019 at 5:08 am

    It’s official^ themed Parties are the best! I enjoy it so much, it is just too much fun. Your ideas look fun too, enjoy!

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    Kathleen Cregg
    March 8, 2019 at 6:03 am

    Is it bad that I really want a cupcake right now?! Thanks for sharing the great tips! I can’t wait to throw my next party!

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    Catherine Santiago Jose
    March 8, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Such an amazing ideas for this kind of occasion. I’ve agree with everything you’ve said, they are all a logical and rational way of making party so much fun and lively.

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    Alyssa Dawson
    March 9, 2019 at 12:19 am

    Such great tips! I love how festive it all looks. You are such a great hostess! I bet it was a blast!

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    Danielle
    March 9, 2019 at 1:54 am

    So many good options here! I will need to keep this on file for my next event.

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    Danielle
    March 10, 2019 at 11:33 pm

    I am always looking for hosting tips! That Coca Cola looks so refreshing!

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    Anjali
    March 11, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Loved the detailed blog and the pictures babe! I have such parties almost every weekend as that’s all we have to do on weekends 😂 I loved your idea.

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