Hosting a baseball-themed birthday party can be a lot of fun. Kids who live for the crack of a bat and the cheer of a crowd will love every minute of celebrating ballpark style. There are thousands of ways to include America’s favorite pastime in food, party decor, games and activities. Some of the most popular ideas are shared below.
A baseball party wouldn’t be complete without ballpark fare such as hot dogs, nachos and soft pretzels. Small plastic helmets can be turned upside down and filled with condiments. As kids are chatting or playing, “vendors” could also walk around handing out popcorn, Cracker Jacks and cotton candy. Use a tier stand to display small bags of peanuts, Baby Ruth candy bars, foil-wrapped chocolate baseballs, or baseball bat cookies.
Hang baseball team pennants and pennant-shaped banners with letters spelling out “Happy Birthday.” For table decorations, fill a jar with baseballs, spread a baseball jersey across the tablecloth, set a tray of cookies against a baseball mitt so it appears to be holding the tray, weight red and white balloons with a baseball glove, or paint mason jars to look like baseball stitching and fill with utensils or cinnamon sticks.
Games and activities
Create a scoreboard chalkboard that list the number of people in the family as “home” and have a section to write in a number for “visitors.” When guests arrive, let them erase the previous number under “visitors” and increase it to include themselves.
Create a “Hall of Fame” with photographs of the birthday child and have guests see if they can match the correct date caption with the corresponding snapshot.
Set up a batting tee or pitching machine so the kids can try their hands at real batting practice. For summer parties, Wiffle bats and water balloons add a cool splash to a hot day.
Fill a pinata and make sure everyone gets a swing with a real bat.
Bake cookies and ice them with white glaze icing. Mark only a handful of cookies with the words “home run” on the bottom in edible gel. Set them on a baseball diamond-themed tray with a note that reads “Can you hit a home run?” Guests who find the words “home run” on the bottom of a cookie win a prize.
Set up a ball toss board and let kids have a chance to throw pitches into the holes.
Set up a pyramid of plastic cups and let kids practice their throws, knocking them down.
Supply the kids with baseball hats, foam fingers and pennants for some photo booth silliness.
Purchase baseball print foil-wrapped chocolates and toss handfuls into the backyard. Set the kids loose to see how many “foul balls” or “batting practice balls” they can gather in one minute.
Have all the guests autograph a baseball or jersey for the birthday guest of honor.
Watch classic baseball movies such as “Angels in the Outfield,” “The Bad News Bears,” or “The Sandlot.”
Sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and finish off the party with red, white and blue confetti popper “fireworks.”
Baseball theme party favors can include bottlecap necklaces, plastic bats and balls, sport bottles, baseball caps, baseball shaped suckers, baseball cards, miniature plastic baseball caps filled with candy, cotton candy, or bottles of Gatorade packaged with Cracker Jacks.
A baseball theme party is one of the easiest parties to throw together, but will create memories to last a lifetime. Be sure to capture all of the guests’ smiling faces on camera so the birthday boy or girl can have a team poster to frame for their room when the big day is over.