Category Archives: Basketball Party


This Bar Mitzvah was for a sweet, fun loving young man who loves sneakers.  He has quite a collection and we used them in our décor for his special day. 
 His color scheme was navy blue, grey and orange
 This was his entrance for the luncheon.  We hung several of his brightly colored shoes from their laces above his sign. 

 Centerpieces were oversized shoes with an iconic “swoosh” in his party colors

Amazing decorated cookie favors for each guest provided by Dina Cohen
Some of the tables had these floral centerpieces.  We made the shoe wraps for the vases and filled the vases with orange and white tulips.

The nighttime party was at a different venue that evening.
We hung more shoes above the dance floor.

A candy buffet featured a cool custom tennis shoe cake centerpiece created by

Here is the entrance for the evening party.  Ben’s card box was made with some of his shoe boxes. 

For Ben’s sign in, we took the door from his bedroom and everyone left a special message.
We displayed more of Ben’s shoe collection in cubbies in the entry.

Ben gave away these cool t’s that also served as chair covers in the party room
Congrats Benny!!  YOU DID IT!!!


We are so proud of our IU men’s basketball team!  They are killing it this year!!  So I was inspired to create a grab and go food table to enjoy while watching the big game.   
 The set up was a nod to Assembly Hall complete with the basketball court, bleachers with IU chairs and the Championship banners.  Here’s to hoping to add a 2013 banner to the set.
The mini chairs held chocolate peanut butter cups with sugar basketballs…
and dark chocolate covered sea salt caramels from Indy’s very own
The Best Chocolate In Town  (I added the little chocolate IU detail)

Mini glass Coke bottles with tiny coaches whistles around the necks of the bottles

Single servings of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

Mini Sliders and Fries
displayed on a coaches clipboard 
The mini striped fry boxes mimic the team’s warm up pants

Slam Dunk Dogs and Mini Caprisi Skewers

served in little hot dog containers

PTP baby!-prime time pasta and cheese

Mini Tacos with “shots” of beer.  Switch these out with Rootbeer for the kiddos

These boy party ideas were also featured on Spaceships and Laser Beams.


For those of you who are long time fans of Indiana basketball, you will remember this…..


So…in honor of The General we decided to pay homage to this great piece of Indiana history…..

Then things went a little rogue….

Don’t forget to watch the #1 ranked IU vs. Michigan State game tomorrow night!


In the spirit of March Madness, I decided to make some basketball truffles. I used the Wilton Large Sports Ball Candy Mold ($1.99) and Wilton orange chocolate.

For the truffles, I used Bakerella’s Oreo Truffle recipe and also used the same technique and used nutter butters. I poured the orange chocolate in the mold but didn’t fill it to the top. I balled the truffles and then smashed them into a disc that would fit inside the mold. When it hardened I popped it out and finished it with melted almond bark and piped the lines.

For the display, I cut a piece of vinyl flooring that looked like a basketball court to fit inside the tray. And oh yeah, I suggest you buy a few of the Wilton molds so that you don’t have to make one basketball at a time…like I did 😉


It’s madness here in Indy as we are the host to the NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball and championship game in just one week. Last week we decorated for a NCAA themed basketball bar mitzvah in the exact location that the final games will be played.

Here is the top of the scoreboard. It is the entire width of the court.

Another shot of the court, scoreboard and NCAA bleachers being erected in the stadium.

Custom press pass placecards.

Stadium screen with a customized border

Chuck Taylor centerpieces.

Tall stacked basketball centerpieces on basketball court table toppers.

Cocktail table centerpieces: chuck lace up cylinders with floating candle.

Klapper Madness entry sign.

Close up of the Klapper Madness sign. The basketball was created with basketball textured pieces.