Shoot and score with these March Madness party ideas with a few friends or at the office!

Mini Game Ideas:

Bring on the competition before the games start: all you need is an empty trash can, balls of paper, and have a free throw contest. Make it interesting by having people turn around five times or close their eyes before shooting.

Team logo pictionary: Take turns trying to draw the logos of all of the teams playing this year and guessing the logo.

Commercial breaks mean Trivia Challenge! Test your knowledge of sports trivia and the winner gets bragging rights.

Recipes:

Mini Meatball Sliders

  • 12 beef meatballs
  • 12 party sized rolls
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • Butter
  • 12 slices of provolone cheese
  1. Cook meatballs in a crockpot for four hours with BBQ sauce or in saucepan on stove until warmed through.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease baking sheet.
  3. Separate rolls and butter each side. Add one slice of cheese to one side of roll. Bake until cheese is melted.
  4. Add meatballs to top of cheese side and assemble rolls. Enjoy!

Use these fun basketball party decorations and plates!

Basketball Cake Balls

  • 1 box of White Cake Mix (plus ingredients to make)
  • 1 container of your favorite frosting
  • 1 cup of white chocolate chips

Make cake according to box. While warm, use a fork to crumble cake into a medium bowl. Stir in icing. Use a melon baller to scoop cake mixture onto wax paper. Melt white chocolate in microwave, drizzle over top of cake balls. Let cool and enjoy!

Use these fun basketball cake toppers to pick up the cake balls!

Fruit Balls With Cream Cheese Dip

  • Watermelon
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew Melon

  • Cream Cheese Dip:
  • (2) 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz of cool whip
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar

With a melon baller, scoop out balls of the fruit and place in a bowl or serving platter.

To make the dip: beat the cool whip with the powdered sugar. Stir in cool whip. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Get out your glue guns and markers: time to get festive for St. Patrick’s Day! These DIY craft ideas are perfect for work, school, or a get together with friends. Pinterest and Instagram worthy.

Rainbow Party Streamer Backdrop

  1. Start by collecting different color streamers & some masking tape
  2. Secure a long piece of yarn or string across a wall with tape. The length of the string will be the length of the rainbow.
  3. Take a roll of streamer and attach it to the string with tape, unraveling as you go. Add small pieces of tape every 6 inches or so to keep it in place.
  4. Continue to attach and unroll each streamer on the string with a slight overlap.
  5. The ends will be all uneven so trim them up and secure with a piece of tape.
  6. Hang balloons at the top for a nice added touch.

Shamrock Balloon Backdrop

Photo and idea credit to the House That Lars Built.

Materials: cardboard, balloons, fishing line, tape, lo-temp glue gun, green kraft paper, greenery (I used artificial), scissors, marker

Step 1: With a marker, make a shamrock shape on cardboard and cut it out with scissors or utility knife.
Step 2: Cover your shamrock with green kraft paper.
Step 3: Start by attached biggest balloons first with heavy duty tape. To keep the shape of the shamrock, make sure they don’t dangle past the edges of the cardboard. Keep them inside.
Step 4: Once it’s filled in, use your lo-temp glue gun to add the balloon layers on top.
Step 5: Stuff some greenery into the balloons. You can even secure it with wire by making a hole in the cardboard and weaving the wire through.
Step 6: To hang the shamrock, attach fishing line to the back of it and attach heavy duty tape to secure it.

Clay Pot Leprechaun Hats

Photo and idea by Hatter and Hare events.

Medium Clay Pots
Small Clay Pots
Green Multi-Purpose Acrylic Paint
Paintbrush
Black Ribbon
Gold scrapbooking paper or Gold Vinyl
Hot Glue Gun/Hot glue Sticks
Scissors
Xacto knife

  1. Paint the pots green
  2. Wrap pots with a black ribbon towards the bottom and glue it
  3. Cut out buckles from gold cardstock
  4. Glue the buckles onto the black ribbon

St. Patrick’s Day Green Punch

1 bottle of rum (optional)
2 (12 oz) cans of frozen limeade concentrate
2 (12 oz) cans of frozen lemonade concentrate
2 (2 liter) bottles of lemon-lime carbonated soda
2 quarts lime sherbet

In a large punchbowl, combine all of the ingredients except for the sherbet. Add half of the sherbet right before the guests arrive.

Rice Krispie Treats with Lucky Charms

1/4 cup of butter
4 cups of soft marshmallows
5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Green food coloring (optional)
3/4 cup of Lucky Charm’s marshmallows

Melt butter over low heat until completely melted. Gradually add marshmallows and stir often to avoid burning them. When mixture is completely melted, add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and your green food coloring and mix well. Remove from heat and stir in your Rice Krispie cereal. Once mixture is mostly combined, stir in the Lucky Charm’s marshmallows.

The luck is in the deliciousness of these St. Patrick’s Day recipes.

Shepherd’s Pie Potato Bowls

Ingredients
4 large potatoes
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk
1/4 cup sour cream
Salt and black pepper
Shepherd’s Pie Seasoning
1 small carrot, chopped
12 ounces ground beef
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/3 cup frozen peas, thawedShepherd’s

  1. Bake potatoes in a 425 degree oven about one hour until cooked all the way through. Let cool slightly.
  2. While the potatoes bake, brown the ground beef. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste. Add chopped carrots and peas until cooked through. Set aside.
  3. Cut a 1/4-inch-thick slice off the top of each potato. Carefully scoop out the flesh into a medium bowl and mash with the milk, sour cream, 2 tablespoons butter and 1 teaspoon salt using a fork or potato masher. Fold in shepherd’s pie seasoning.
  4. Spoon the beef mixture into the bottom of a greased baking dish. Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes on top of the beef mixture and bake on 350 for about 15 minutes. Cut the remaining tablespoon of butter into 4 slices and place on top.
Beef Pot Pie

Beef Pot Pies

For the dough:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
6 to 7 tablespoons beer
1 large egg, lightly beaten

For the filling:
2 1/4 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup of diced onion
1 pound carrots, chopped
1 cup of peas

  1. Make the dough: Use a food processor to combine the flour, butter, cheese, and salt until it resembles a coarse meal. Drizzle in 6 tablespoons beer and pulse to combine. Squeeze the dough between your fingers; if it does not hold its shape, pulse in up to 1 more tablespoon beer. Pat the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
  2. To make the filling: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Toss the beef, flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste in a large bowl. Melt the butter in a large ovenproof pot over medium-high heat. Add the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned all over, about 7 minutes. Add the Worcestershire and 2 cups water, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot. Bring to a simmer, then cover, transfer to the oven and bake for 30 minutes. Add the onion, carrots and peas to the pot and continue baking, 1 more hour.
  3. Put six 10-ounce ramekins on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll out the dough between 2 lightly floured sheets of parchment into a 10-by-15-inch rectangle; cut into six 5-inch squares. Make a few slits in the middle of each square to let steam escape. Remove the filling from the oven and increase the temperature to 375 degrees. Season the filling with salt and pepper and divide among the ramekins (there may be some filling left over). Top each with a square of dough, pressing the edges into the ramekin. Brush with the beaten egg. Bake until the crust is crisp and golden brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let rest about 10 minutes before serving.

St. Patrick's Day Cake Recipe

Green Layer Cake

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
1 1/4 cups buttermilk, well shaken
1 tablespoon green liquid food coloring
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 large eggs, lightly beaten

Frosting:
4 cups Powdered Sugar (or 1 pound)
1 cup Butter (Softened Salted Sweet Cream)
2-3 teaspoons Vanilla
1-2 tablespoons Milk
Green food coloring
Green candies and sanding sugar for decorating

  1. For the cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease three 8-inch round cake pans, line with parchment and butter the parchment; set aside. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl; set aside. Whisk the buttermilk, food coloring and vanilla in a small bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat the granulated sugar and butter in a stand mixer on medium speed until very light in color and fluffy, about 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. With the mixer still running, slowly add the eggs and beat until fully incorporated. Reduce the mixer speed to the lowest speed and add 1/3 of the flour mixture, then 1/2 of the buttermilk mixture, alternating the flour and buttermilk mixture until fully combined. Scrape down the sides and beat until well mixed. Divide the batter evenly among the three prepared pans. Bake until slightly puffed and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes in the pan, then turn out to cool completely.
  3. For the frosting: Add softened butter and vanilla to the mixing bowl and mix until completely combined. Add Powdered Sugar and beat on low until it is incorporated. Then move mixer up to medium-high speed. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often. When completely mixed the frosting may appear dry. Add milk a little bit at a time until frosting is the proper consistency. Stir in 3 – 5 drops of food coloring.
  4. To assemble: Place one layer on a cake plate, spread frosting on top and repeat with the 2 remaining layers. Frost the sides and decorate with candies and sanding sugar if using.
Rosted Lamb Chops

Roasted Lamb Chops

1/2 cup snipped fresh mint leaves
2 tablespoons finely shredded lemon peel
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 lamb rib or loin chops, cut 1 inch thick
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups of frozen peas
1/4 cup milk, half-and-half, or light cream
1/4 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
2 tablespoons coarsely snipped fresh tarragon
Melted butter (optional)
4 slices of bread, toasted

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl combine mint, lemon peel, garlic, the 1 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Place chops on rack in shallow roasting pan. Brush both sides of chops with olive oil. Press mint mixture on both sides of chops. Roast, uncovered, 17 to 20 minutes (145 degrees F for medium-rare, 160 degrees F for medium).

Meanwhile, cook peas according to package directions. Drain. Place in food processor or blender. Add milk and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and process until nearly smooth. Transfer to bowl; stir in tarragon. Drizzle peas with melted butter; top with fresh herb sprigs. Place chops on bread slices alongside peas. Makes 4 servings.  –

Potato Cakes (Boxty)

Potato Cakes Recipe

4 medium potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), peeled and quartered
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup buttermilk
Butter
Sour cream and green onion (optional)

  1. Finely shred the potatoes into a bowl of cold water, and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, stir together the flour, salt, cheese, and baking powder.
  3. Drain potatoes and pat them dry with paper towels. Add the potatoes and buttermilk to flour mixture. Mix well.
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter until sprinkled water sizzles on the skillet. Spread 2 to 3 tablespoons potato mixture into a small pancake (2-1/2 to 3 inches in diameter) in skillet, making 4 at a time. Cook over medium heat about 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crisp on the edges. Remove pancakes from skillet. Cover and keep warm.
  5. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more butter as needed.
  6. Serve with sour cream and green onion. Makes 12 to 16 pancakes.

Cheers to St. Patty’s with these yummy cocktail recipes. 21+ beyond this point, pretty please.

Irish Flag Drink

1/3 Green Creme de Menthe
1/3 Licor 43
1/3 Baileys Irish Cream

Carefully layer the ingredients into a shot glass, in order.

Shamrock Juice Cocktail Recipe

1/2 ounces gin
1/2 ounces white tequila
1/2 ounces light rum
1/2 ounces vodka
1 ounce Blue Curacao
4 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice

Fill a hurricane or parfait glass with ice. Pour in the liquors and top off with the orange juice. Garnish with cherries.

Chocolate Leprechaun Drink

1 ounce Irish cream
7 ounces milk or almond milk
2 tablespoons chocolate syrup

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Pour the ingredients into a tall glass and stir well.

Pot Of Gold Shots

1 (3.4-oz) package lemon or lime gelatin
1/2 c. cold whiskey or vodka
1 c. Cool Whip
Gold sprinkles

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Add Jell-O mix and stir until dissolved. Turn off heat and stir in cup more water and the whiskey or vodka. Place 16 plastic shot glasses on a baking sheet and pour in mixture until each is two-thirds full.
  2. Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours.
  3. Top each with a dollop of Cool Whip and gold sprinkles.

Lucky Charms Shots

1 c. cold whole milk
1 c. Lucky Charms cereal, divided
1 c. Bailey’s Irish cream, chilled
1 tbsp. rainbow sprinkles
1/4 c. vanilla frosting

  1. Pour 1/2 cup Lucky Charms into milk and let sit in the fridge for 10 minutes to infuse milk with the cereal’s sugary flavor.
  2. Strain out cereal, pouring milk into a pitcher. Add Bailey’s to the cereal milk, stirring to combine.
  3. Remove 8 marshmallows from the remaining Lucky Charms. Set aside. Take the rest of the cereal and crush finely, pouring it out onto a plate and mixing with sprinkles.
  4. Dip shot glasses into vanilla frosting, then roll in crushed cereal.
  5. Fill each drink with Bailey’s-infused milk and serve.

Moving into a new apartment soon? Use this checklist to not miss a beat and make the move as smooth as possible!

6 to 8 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Create a file for every document relating to the move to keep organized and in one easy place.
  • Review your current lease so you know how you should inform your landlord that you’re going to vacate.
  • Looking into hiring professional help for moving? Start pricing out options now. TaskRabbit can help with finding a mover to fit your needs.
  • Gather supplies such as boxes and tape to start the packing process. It’s better to get ahead of it before it becomes crunch time.
  • Explore the neighborhood you’re going to be living in! Take a drive around and checkout nearby shopping and restaurants.

4 to 5 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Start going through your items and donate any items you don’t need or haven’t used over a period of time. Getting rid of what you can means less stuff to pack!
  • Finalize your moving arrangements with the moving company, your new apartment complex, and any help you’ll need from family / friends.
  • Start packing nonessentials. Separate your valuables from everything else so they don’t get mixed up or damaged during the move. We love these tags for boxes.
  • Fill out your change of address form provided by the U.S. Postal Service.
  • Schedule cancelation or transfer of your utilities.

2 to 3 Weeks Before You Move:

  • Change address with your bank and any mail service companies (Amazon, box subscriptions, magazines, etc.).
  • Finish making arrangements with the utility companies.
  • Review your current lease for any cleaning that is required and schedule a cleaning day. Use Care.com to have someone do it in the case you just don’t have time for that.

1 Week Before You Move:

  • Finish packing. You’re almost there!
  • Pack one essentials suitcase for everything you’ll need for the first two nights at your new place.
  • If you have access to your new place, give it a thorough cleaning to get ready for the move.
  • Confirm the installation date of your new utilities and details with the moving company.
  • Setup rent payment for your new apartment.
  • Have your favorite treat for finishing packing. Wine and chocolate could do the trick

Moving Day:

  • Deep breath. You can do this!
  • Before turning in the key for your old apartment, do one final walk through making sure you didn’t miss anything. Complete any cleaning required in your lease.
  • After your items have been moved into your new place, plan the unpacking process one room at a time and by priority items.
  • Go to dinner (and take the family and friends that helped you too) or order in, whatever works!