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 Just call me hostess with the mostess! As I get older, I am slowly but surely learning how much prep work goes in to throwing the ‘perfect party‘ or gathering (it’s a lot…Martha Stewart I give you credit :p). Between the shopping, coordinating, decorating etc. It really takes a lot of time and attention to detail, so what’s a gal to do when she has just 2 days to plan and throw the best NCAA viewing party ever? (ok…exaggerating a little…it may not have been the ‘best’ but it was pretty close if you ask me haha!) Make a plan + get to it! Here’s my ‘How to throw a fun bash on a budget!’missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,

There is no handbook on how to throw a fun, affordable get together, but here are a few of my awesome tips that helped me prep for a great NCAA viewing party!

1.Make a list of your party essentials — I am a visual person so making a list of the snacks, decor or favors I will need really helps me prep for my trip to the store (plus it helps me make sure I don’t forget anything)!missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,

2.Search your local stores flyers to circle what items you need — This is a great chance to see what specials are happening / sales going on. I got lucky at Von’s and discovered thatCoca-Cola Zero™ was on sale just in time for my viewing party! (Usually, the more you buy, the more you save — this kind of deal is perfect for a party since you are normally buying in bulk anyway)!missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,

3.Head to the store — After getting your list together and going through the weekly circular to make note of what to get, it’s time to head to the store and stock up (and save)!

For this party, I headed to Von’s to shop for my party snacks (specifically Coke Zero + OREO…they are kinda my favorite + super yummy…so if there are leftovers, I get to have what I actually like haha!)missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,

4.Start setting up — After shopping, that leaves one thing…begin setting up for the party! I picked out cute glassware, serving trays + bowls to serve snacks and beverages in (I mean if i am throwing a party it has to be insta-worthy :p).missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,missyonmadison, melissa tierney, ncaa party, basketball season, ralphs, ralphs supermarket, oreos, oreo, popcorn, party snacks, how to throw a party, throw a party on a budget, coke zero, coke zero party, grocery shopping,

And voila! You are basketball viewing party ready!

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