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How to... Decorate for March Madness

March is upon us once again, and you know what that means? It's March Madness time! If you're thinking about skipping the crowded sports bars and throwing your own party this year, follow these steps to make sure your party is fun and successful.

Step 1: Clean and bright

Keeping a clean house may not be at the top of your list, but when throwing a party, cleanliness is very important. Your guests have chosen to come to your party instead of the countless other offers they may have had. I think it's time to bust out the dusters and give your house the deep cleaning it deserves.

Step 2: Decorate the house

Decorations are essential to a party's success. You can dress up your walls with your favorite team pennants, have your guests eating in style with these team dinner plates or add some humor with these March Madness buttons. Just make sure you don't go overboard and take away from the big game.

Step 3: Dress to impress

March Madness is the quintessential trash-talking event. Even if you don't know anything about college basketball, it's still fun to slip on a jersey and get in on the banter. Ask your guests to wear their favorite team jersey or game-day bib to the party to the overall ambiance of the event — not to mention it's a great conversation starter. If any of your guests don't have jerseys to wear, you can find a great selection here.

Step 4: Grub down

It is a well-known fact that food can make or break your guest's experience. For the main course, you can go the traditional route with chicken wings or follow the March Madness theme with a hamburger topped with a piece of cheese that looks like a basketball. Simply take a piece of cheese and some black food coloring, cut the cheese into circles and turn it into a basketball. For a fun dessert idea, you can bake cupcakes with the logo of each team in the tournament.

Step 5: Bracketology

For the final step of the party planning process, you're going to want to print and distribute March Madness brackets. If you're having a party later in the tournament, then you can compare where your bracket stands. If you're having a party early in the tournament, it's time to pick your teams.

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