Want to throw a slam-dunk March Madness party this year? Foodie on Campus has a few tips to ensure that your guests all have a ball.
- Send out brackets as invitations and have your guests fill them out ahead of time. This will get every guest involved in the fun before your party even begins.
- Dress the part by wearing a referee jersey. This will ensure that your guests will always be able to find you, and it’s fun!
- Play ESPN “jock jams” to pump up your fans.
- In between games, start pickup games in your driveway or at the park to get everyone moving.
- Put mini basketball hoops over your trashcans. It’s festive and will make it more likely that your guests will help clean up.
- Feeding a party can be like feeding a basketball team, so make sure to have enough dishes to please the crowd. Here are a few dunk-worthy dips:
Zesty Vegetarian Taco Dip
- 1 16 oz. can of Amy’s organic chili
- 1 16 oz. container of Greek yogurt
- 1 16 oz. jar of natural salsa
- 3 avocados, mashed
- 1 large tomato, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 bunch chopped green onions
- 1 small head of iceberg lettuce, chopped
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (can substitute low-fat)
- 1 (6 ounce) can of sliced black olives, drained
- Pour chili into a large, flat dish.
- Spread Greek yogurt over the chili.
- Mix the salsa and the avocados. Spread over the previous layer.
- Place a layer of tomato, green pepper, green onions, and lettuce over the avocado mixture.
- Top with cheddar cheese and garnish with olives.
- Enjoy with tortilla chips!
Greek Bean Dip
- 1 15 oz. can of white beans, drained
- ¾ cup Greek yogurt
- ½ cup feta cheese
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- black pepper, to taste
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh dill, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh mint, chopped
- ¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
- Place all ingredients except the herbs into a food processor.
- Puree until smooth.
- Add herbs and pulse until mixed evenly.
- Serve with assorted vegetables such as baby carrots, sugar snap peas, pepper strips, broccoli, or cauliflower.
Danielle DiCristofano is a sophomore at the University of Dayton majoring in dietetics. She plans to become a registered dietitian and work for a health magazine.
Photo Credit: Nicole Hayashi, Dollar Photo Club