March Madness Party Ideas {Monday Meals}

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So, we’re in the middle of March Madness.  Even if “you” don’t like basketball, it can be a fun time in your homeschool. Let your kids use some of our March Madtips & tricks to use with Americolor gourmet writer food decorating pens ~ from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comness party ideas to plan a family gathering.  They’ll learn math, science, leadership, planning, and more.

I found some cool March Madness party ideas for you to get started.  I wish I knew about these food coloring pens (Americolor Gourmet Writer Food Decorator Pens) when my kids were still at home.  You can do so much with them.

Here are a couple ways I used the edible markers for our March madness party ideas . . . Be sure to read through the entire post and see my tips & tricks for using the food markers.

basketball cheese crackers - march madness party ideas ~ from

 I love cheese & crackers so it seemed the best place to start for our March Madness party & using my new edible markers.  I was so excited to try out these food pens.  I drew lines on the cheese circles, but it wasn’t as easy as I thought.

TIP #1:  It’s easier to draw on dry food than wet food (like cheese).

TIP #2:  This is just a fluke I discovered.  We didn’t eat all the cheese crackers on Saturday night, so I put them in the refrigerator. When I pulled them out for Sunday’s games, I tried refreshing the basketball lines & was very successful. It was easier to draw on the cheese after sitting in the frig over night. I used those cheese basketballs on our burgers.

Since trying the edible pens on cheese, I discovered another option if you want to draw on cheese: fine tip paint brush & black food coloring. (My grocery store doesn’t sell black food coloring, so click here to get yours.)

jalapeno cheese spread on crackers - march madness party ideas ~ from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comSeveral years ago, Steve & I were walking around Annapolis, Maryland when I discovered some cool cheese spreaders for cheap (like $1-2 each). I bought a football, basketball, baseball & flip-flop spreader. Although the basketball spreader has seen better days (it’s missing the top 2 basketballs), I still use it for our March Madness party ideas.

jalapeno & cream cheese crackers - march madness party ideas ~ from

Be sure to draw basketballs on your Ritz crackers. (I used whole wheat).  The holes on the cracker will help you draw a fantastic basketball with your edible markers.

TIP #3: It was much easier drawing on crackers because they are dry!

Serve the crackers with cream cheese topped with your favorite topping. Ours includes jalapenos.

Steve & I both love jalapenos and I try to keep Dumas Walker Sweet Mexican Strawberries in our frig.  We put them on almost anything & they make a fantastic appetizer.  Thank goodness, I can walk down the street to our local produce market and grab a jar when I need them.

Are you ready for our main course?

buns, biscuits, whatever bread you're serving - turn them into basketballs with food markers - March Madness party ideas ~ from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comWhether you’re serving buns, biscuits or rolls for your meal, turn them into basketballs with your food decorating pens. I picked up fresh buns in the bakery and drew basketballs on each one.

basketball buns for your burgers - just use Gourmet Writer food decorating pens - march madness party ideas ~ from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comAdd your favorite burger toppings and you’ll be ready for your March Madness party.

cheese burgers - march madness party ideas ~ from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.comBasketball buns & basketball cheese make this a fun March Madness snack & party food.  I added lettuce, tomato, avocado & habanero sauce to my burger.  What’s your favorite burger topping?

TIP #4: Since the cheese would be melted on the burger, I re-used the cheese basketball slices from last night. Lines on the ball looked much better.

TIP #5:  I plan to store my edible markers in the refrigerator. I’ve read they will last up to a year.  I can’t wait to use them for Easter…all those pretty colors!

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