A softball banquet celebrates the players' efforts throughout the season. It is a way of recognizing the achievements of teams and individuals through presentations of awards and certificates. It also means careful planning and budgetary considerations. You can put together a banquet that honors your softball players, while staying within even a tight budget.
Deciding where to have your softball banquet is the first decision you must make. This goes a long way in determining what kind of food, décor and entertainment you will have. Come up with an estimate of how many people will attend. If your softball team is part of a school, maybe there are some on-campus options. Talk to the principal and see if she is willing to let you use a place such as the gym, auditorium or cafeteria. If your team is sponsored by a private organization, call some local halls and see if they are willing to work with you on a special price. You might want to consider an outdoor option. Many city and county parks have covered pavilions that they rent for much less than you would pay for a traditional banquet facility.
You can make your banquet facility look presentable on any budget. Blow up some balloons and use them for paper mache molds. Cut up strips of newspaper and apply them to the balloon with a mixture of flour and water, leaving the very top of the balloon uncovered. Once you apply four or five layers of paper, let it dry and then pop the balloon. You now have a round form that you can paint to look like a softball. You could use these for centerpieces. Have balloon bouquets made with the team's colors to scatter about the facility. If your budget allows for the purchase of ready-made decorations, go to a party supply shop for items such as inflatable softballs or small plastic ones that you can use on the tables.
There are several options that you can use to feed your banquet crowd. The most economical is a potluck style event, where everyone brings a dish. This helps to spread out the cost of food, so that your school or organization does not have to finance it. Another option is to take funds from the organization to pay for food and have some of the coaching staff or parents cook and serve a meal. If you have the funds in budget, look for a caterer in the area.
You want to have some sort of entertainment arranged for your softball team. You might want to find a guest speaker to talk to your team. The speaker might be a local business owner or teacher. You could compile a DVD presentation using pictures and video of team members from the season. If your budget allows for it, hire a DJ and have a dance for the team. If your event is less formal, you might arrange for games such as potato sack races and tug of war.
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