The 60th annual Daytona 500 - February 18, 2017
February has 28 days in it, (ok, 29 if itís a leap year), but thereís one
day that really matters to NASCAR fans.
Start of Mardi Gras?
Not even close!
The Daytona 500 is the most iconic NASCAR race held all year. Ask any true NASCAR junkie, itís sweeter than Valentineís Day, more historic than President's Day, and a much better use of pavement than Mardi Gras.
Cars roaring around the track at high speeds, and even though they always turn
left, is so action packed itís nearly impossible to take your eyes off the
The Daytona 500 is the final race of Speedweeks, which is the string of
races that take place during January and February. This prestigious race is
the unofficial championship race in NASCAR, which is unique because the
sports community tends to associate championships as end-of-season events.
There are still plenty of points to be had after this monumental race, but
itís by far the biggest one of the competitive season.
Trevor Bayne (2011) is the youngest winner of the race (20 years, 0 months,
1 day), while Bobby Allison (1988) is the oldest to win the race, checking
in at 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old.
The race is 200 laps and covers a whopping 500 miles! Itís like driving
from Denver, Colorado to Lincoln, Nebraska, or Pittsburgh, PA to Knoxville,
TN! Who knew turning left for multiple hours would be so invigorating and
exciting to watch!? Go ahead, sit back, relax and root on your favorite
Here's another amazing number: The Daytona 500 gets a global
viewing audience of 20 million, on average. Thatís a lot of people watching
these brave drivers zip around the track. No matter who you are rooting
for, you can be sure you're probably not the only
Here are three questions to test your knowledge of the most prestigious
1) What driver drove the #17 car and won the Daytona 500 on,
coincidentally, his 17
A. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
B. Matt Kenseth
C. Darrell Waltrip
D. Fred Herb
2) When did the Daytona International Speedway open?
A. November of 1957
B. September of 1958
C. January of 1958
D. February of 1959
3) Who is the Grand Marshal for this yearís race?
A. Donald Trump
B. Owen Wilson
C. Denzel Washington
D. Tom Hanks
(Scroll down for the answers)
This yearís race is on Sunday, February 18 and begins at 2:30 ET. You can watch the race on FOX
and if youíre hosting a NASCAR party, make sure to have plenty of snacks
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1 - C
2 - D
3 - B
March 13 to April 2: March Madness
March Madness time, baby!
This time of year is the best in college
basketball, because everything is on the line and famous broadcaster Dick
Vitale is in top form!
It all starts on March 13, Selection Sunday
is March 11th this year. The committee reveals what 68 teams are in the Big Dance and in
which region each team is competing. Make sure you make a bracket and
compete against your friends! This is a very popular time of year for
sports and gambling enthusiasts alike!
TRIVIA: Can you answer this funny, yet interesting question?
In terms of odds of the event occurring, which is least likely to
Being hit by a meteor
Going to the emergency room for a pogo stick related injury
- Getting a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket
Getting a royal flush in a first hand of poker
(scroll down for the answer)
The college basketball season is a lot of fun to watch. The conference
tournaments are even more fun to watch, but even that pales in comparison
to the excitement and frenzy of March Madness. The players and coaches know
that it all comes down to this, especially for those with title hopes. One
loss and itís all over. For those of you who make a bracket, and possibly
put some money down on it, you could be stressing just as much as the teams
actually competing on the court!
Corporations lose roughly $1.9B to unproductive workers during March
Madness, according to
The first roundóafter the play-in gamesófeatures 32 games across two days! Itís action-packed and full of college basketball, which is a dream for many! Youíll likely be at work when the games are going, so if you couldnít get off for the games, there will be sites offering radio streams of almost all the games! Hey! Donít contribute to the roughly $1.9B mentioned above! Listen to the game while at work, and then once you get home, watch as much as you want!
FUN FACT: A No. 1 seed has never lost to a No. 16 seed in its first game. NEVER!
Once we get through the opening weekend, we get into the trenches of the tournament, where itís time to get your friends together! Talk some trash, enjoy some food and beverages, and of course, enjoy some college basketball. Here are some common March Madness terms you should familiarize yourself with if youíve never watched it before.
- Sweet 16: Refers to the final 16 teams in the tournament.
- Elite 8: Refers to the final eight teams in the tournament.
- Final Four: Refers to the final four teams in the tournament.
For all things March Madness, visit the official
NCAA March Madness Page
The teams are putting it all out on the court and you should put your all
into planning an awesome March Madness viewing party! Check out our
party decorations and
party supplies right here at PartyCheap!
TRIVIA ANSWER: 3 - Getting a perfect NCAA March Madness bracket
Take the Plunge - Pool Party Tips and Ideas
Get Ready for a party by the pool!
11 Tips for a Successful Pool Party
- Have extra towels for guests who forget their own.
- Provide a changing area and a place for party goers to leave their clothes.
- Provide shade for those who prefer to stay out of the direct sun.
- Have extra sun block on hand.
- Have extra sunglasses for guests who forget theirs.
- Have insect repellent available, just in case.
- Plastic is best for serving refreshments, avoid glass around the pool!
- Provide tables, trays and flat surfaces so your guests have a place to put their food and drink.
- Lots of inflatable pool toys in the pool.
- Assign someone to be your DJ to make sure the music keeps playing and is appropriate.
- Use waterproof tape to let guests know how deep the water is.
Pirate Themed Party
Set the theme from the beginning with treasure map invitations. Create a map of the area, X marks the spot at the pool's location. Donít forget to include a compass rose and mark distances in paces along with the usual party information like the date, time and guest of honor's name.
If youíre hand delivering the invitations, roll them up and wrap with a pirates eye patch or skull and crossbones bandana. Planning to hand delivering your invitations? Roll them up inside plastic ďgrogĒ mugs or bottles and include fun accessories like temporary pirate tattoos, plastic treasure coins or gems.
A pirate themed party begs a red and black theme. Be sure to use pool-friendly items as decor. Inflatable swords, hooks, pirate ships and red and black beach balls in the pool keep the pirate fun going. Jolly Roger flags look great hanging from a fence, pavilion or porch roof. Use inflatable treasure chest and pirate ship coolers for your refreshments and be sure to include a few inflatable palm trees around the pool.
Plastic telescopes, gold coins and gems, eye patches and pirate themed playing card decks are just a few great party favors to send home with your guests.
Rock ĎN Roll Pool Party
The 50ís were a classic time and a 50ís themed pool party is classic fun. 50ís music is a must to get your guests into the Twist. Place pool towels for guests in shades of black, white, pink and turquoise around to help get the 1950ís soda shop feel. Inflatable jukebox coolers, stick on mutton chops and cats-eye sunglasses for your guest will have everyone bopping in no time.
Serve classic 1950s foods like fondue cheeseburgers, French fries, milk shakes, and malts.
A Luau is one of the most popular pool party themes, decorating is easy and inexpensive. Ask your guests to wear their brightest Hawaiian print shirts and give each a lei and grass hula skirt as they arrive (or include a lei with your invitation)
A soundtrack of jungle sounds playing in the background, inflatable palm trees and tropical bird and flower cut outs, centerpieces and blow-ups, Tiki torches and Tiki totem poles set the mood.
Plastic coconut cups to sip from while cooling down with a woven fan will transport your guests to their own pacific island. A kiddy pool filled with sand is a nice touch for those that like to bury their toes.
Pineapple chicken or ham are great dishes to serve, or treat your friends and family to an authentic pig roast.