How to Host The Ultimate March Madness Viewing Party

The thrilling spectacle that March Madness is upon us, so it’s time to plan your viewing party. First, do you want to invite everyone you know and hold the event at the Alexan Concorde Clubhouse with the many TVs to view all the games on.  Or host a more intimate event at your apartment home with your closest friends in the spacious open floor plan.  Either way, while the men and women’s college basketball teams are sweating it out on the court, you’ll be kicking back with your guests, savoring each moment of exciting play and lamenting over your busted bracket. To create the perfect conditions for this, take the following aspects of the party into account.

Multiple TVs. If you’re holding your party during the opening round of play, chances are pretty good that your guests are going to differ on which of the games they want to see the most. So gather your screens into the room and tune them to the channels that are covering the games. This way, everyone will be together, even if they’re interested in different teams.

Decorations. No party would be complete without a little decorating! Obviously, if you can find basketball-themed plates, napkins, and disposable cups, don’t hesitate to use them. There’s no need to go overboard here, as most guests will be focused on the games. Streamers in the color of your favorite team is a nice touch. And if you don’t have a favorite team, you can hang up a toy basketball hoop on one of your doors for that extra touch.

A great viewing area. One benefit of hosting the event in your apartment is the kitchen opens to your living room and dining room leaving space and seating for all to have a good angle of your TV or TVs.  Bring out enough comfortable seats for each guest; it doesn’t matter if chairs are mismatched, or don’t fit the rest of the decor of your room. This is a day that’s all about friends, family, and basketball.

Top-notch snacks and drinks. While chips and dips are always nice, you’re going to want to serve something a bit more filling. A round of games can last for several hours, so it’s a good idea to serve courses of snacks. Start with some cheesy spinach and artichoke dip or bean dip and tortilla chips, then move on to things like small meatballs, pigs in a blanket, mini quesadillas, or a few pizzas. Beer always goes well with these things; be sure to keep it on ice, and make it accessible via a strategically placed cooler.  Alexan Concorde Apartments are prefect for hosting, whether you set up food and snacks through the viewing area or keep the food arranged on the fantastic kitchen island.

As for what kind of drinks you should serve, everyone has different preferences for beer and wine, but you generally can’t go wrong if you have two kinds on hand: one lighter and one heavier beer along with a red and white wine. Non-alcoholic drinks should be available, too, like soft drinks, seltzer and bottled water.  Keep drinks cold in your large stainless steel refrigerator and then move to an ice bucket or cooler.

The convenient location of the Alexan Concorde community will allow all your friends in the surrounding Baltimore, Annapolis and DC area to come to your March Madness Viewing Party!

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