Celebrating with delicious food is what my family does best. Whether it’s a few simple snacks or an all out theme party, we love to plan food for sports events. Sometimes I think my children love to watch sports just because of our snack foods and sports traditions.
Now that college basketball is here I thought a basketball theme snack table would be fun.
I think our basketball themed snack table got more attention than the game last weekend! With bowls of cheesy crunch and a basketball shaped cheese ball I can see why.
Let me tell you about this Hot & Spicy Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball… ah-mazing! No one could walk away from the deliciousness! It was super easy to make too! (Look for the recipe at the bottom of this post.)
For a quick and easy basketball theme snack table- without buying lots of basketball decor I’d only use a few times a year- I stuck to a black, white and orange color scheme with some fun decor from my kids’ craft area.
Orange and white twine plus a foam basketball sticker made our simple orange drink pop.
Toothpick markers marked with Go Team and symbol for defense dressed up simple bowls of Cheez-It Hot & Spicy Grooves and Cheez-It Srirarcha Snack Mix.
*tip – Large boxes of Cheez-It products are 3 for $8 at Target (until the 1st week of April), so I stocked up for our snack table. With delicious real cheese in Cheez-It Baked Snacks, I knew I better have plenty to go around!
And the star of the party…
Hot & Spicy Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
- 2- 8oz blocks of cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 oz packet of ranch dressing mix
- 1/4 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
- 1/4 cup finely chopped green onion
- Cheez-It Hot & Spicy Grooves
Using a mixer, whip the softened cream cheese with cheddar cheese.
Mix in ranch seasoning, crumbled bacon, and green onion.
Roll the cream cheese mixture into a ball shape.
*tip – Spray your hands with cooking spray, for easier rolling with less cream cheese left on your hands.
Finely rush about a cup of Cheez-It Hot & Spicy Grooves.
Pour the crushed Cheez-It Hot & Spicy Grooves on a plate, and roll the cheese ball in the crushed crackers until well coated.
Place the cheese ball on a serving tray, then use string licorice to create basketball lines.
*tip – make a plain clear serving tray pop by folding a fat quarter of fabric to fit the size of the tray. Simply set the tray on top of the fabric and fill it with food. As the tray empties, your party table will continue to pop with theme color and pattern!
Surround the cheese ball with your favorite crackers and serve!
Stop by Target for a great deal on Cheez-It crackers for your basketball watching party! You’ll find the Cheez-It crackers in the Signal the Seasons Savor Spot section or near the checkout line.
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