Host a sports-themed party for any age group on a modest or elaborate scale. Make the party decorations at home for a party on a budget and use sports equipment from around the house or discount store purchases for party activities. Plan a variety of activities for a younger party group to keep the party organized and the children entertained.
Party planners can create sport-themed party invitations at home for a unique look. Using card stock, cut out the invitation in the shape of a team jersey and list the birthday boy's name and favorite number on one side and the party information on the back. To make the invitation one that is remembered, have jersey t-shirts professionally made with each guest's name and number printed on the front and party information on the back. Another option is to write the information on a soccer or basketball with marker and hand-deliver the invitations to the party invitees.
Decoration ideas start with using the guests as decorations. Have each guest arrive to the party dressed in sports apparel, such as baseball shirts and caps. Have trading cards blown up and laminated to use as place mats and decorate the walls with posters of his favorite players. Team banners can be purchased and hung, and foil balloons shaped like sports balls, such as a baseballs, enhance the atmosphere. Sports-themed cups and plates are commonly found at party supply outlets and the cake can be cut to look like a sports field or sports ball.
If the party is too big for the home, consider renting a gymnasium to host the party. With access to a large area and the basketball nets or goals, you can host a basketball or soccer game. If having the party at home, video game consoles allow for competitive sporting games without needing an actual field to play. Beanbag toss can be played in a large room or back yard using baseball-themed stress balls. Portable batting cages can be rented to allow guests to practice their swing. An activity that also acts as a gift for the birthday boy includes the signing of a baseball or basketball by all the guests.
The party favors are partially dependent on the age of the party group. Smaller children will delight in an inflatable ball and bat while adults would likely appreciate the benefits from a stress ball in the shape of a sports ball. Cookies shaped and decorated to resemble sports balls and jerseys can be individually wrapped in cellophane and tied with ribbon. Other options that are not age-based include baseball hats and trading cards. Commonly associated treats can include popcorn, peanuts and crackerjacks.
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