Need some creative sports theme ideas for your little one’s birthday party? Birthday parties for boys can be filled with lots of laughter, energy and fun. Choosing a theme for boys is never easy. It seems there are so many more choices for the girls in the family. But there is one timeless topic that boys of all ages seem to enjoy baseball. So why not throw a baseball birthday party this year when the birthday of your son or even your daughter rolls around? Here are some great sports theme ideas to get you started.
Baseball Birthday Party Invitations
You can purchase baseball-themed invitations, but why not make your own this year? It’s easier than you think. Make a template in the shape of a baseball. Fold a square of white card stock in half, making the half slightly bigger than the baseball. Trace the baseball onto the square, and cut out the shape, making sure you leave a top piece connected so it opens like a card. Trace red stitches onto the outside, add a personalized message and pop it in the mail anthropologie birthday coupon.
Decorating can be a breeze for this type of party as well. Simply turn your yard into a baseball field for the day. Better yet, check into holding the baseball birthday party at an actual baseball field. If it is winter time and you need to hold it inside, clear a large room, and just adapt the games you play for the inside, with softer balls, of course. Another cold-weather option might be a local batting cage or a kids’ birthday center that features indoor batting cages.
Once you know the location, focus on the details. Hang colorful streamers in your child’s favorite team colors. Choose table decorations in these colors as well, or go for a generic white-and-red theme. Prop bats, baseballs and catcher’s mitts up in various places around the room. Ask guests in the invitation to wear their favorite uniform, and Mom and Dad might want to wear umpire outfits to the big event.
Food and Fun
The food alone is reason enough to host a baseball birthday party. What could be easier and tastier than ball park food? Prepare hot dogs with all the trimmings, potato chips, popcorn, pretzels, peanuts and soda. As long as the food is hot and plentiful, your little sluggers will be happy. Serve a large, domed cake decorated to look like a large baseball, or make individual cupcakes decorated the same way.
Use baseball cards for place cards, and place baseball gloves on the table palm up. Fill the gloves with extra treats and candies. Clean empty ball caps can hold napkins and silverware. Consider giving each child their own reusable water bottle as a party favor. Then, let the guests decorate them before the games begin.
Games and Entertainment
The ideal game for this fun birthday party would, of course, be an actual baseball game with kids running madly around the bases. You can also have contests to see who can hit the ball the longest distance or have a pitching contest. If weather or space prohibits that, then simply come up with some other fun ideas. Give each child a baseball cap, and let them sign each other’s caps with markers. Make a baseball diamond on a piece of poster board with home base bigger than then others. Print out baseball players and play “Pin the player on home base.” Let the kids bat around spongy balls with plastic bats.
Get creative, and they will have just as much fun as if they were outside. To make sure you have fun as well and aren’t worried about breaking anything, move any fragile objects, like lamps, out of the room. If you have a basement rec room, use it as the location of your party since it will have fewer windows. Even though the kids will be playing with soft balls, you still want to prevent party damage.
An Out-of-the-Park Finish
After the cake and ice cream has been eaten, the presents unwrapped and the games played, you will want to send the kids home with goodie bags. Include pens in the shape of baseball bats, baseball trading cards, chewing gum or even free treat coupons to the local fast food restaurant. Just remember to keep it simple, focus on the fun and have a great time with your child.