Idea No.

17899

Girls Baseball Party -4yr- T-Shirt Jerseys

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Date

April 2008

From

Melissa in De Pere, Wisconsin, USA

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Baseball Party

My very girly daughter decided she wanted a baseball party and wanted it to be pink and purple.  Well, after searching in vein for pink and purple baseball things, I convinced her we could do a girly baseball party in red.  I found her an adorable baseball dress on ebay that had matching bloomers.  We also used lots of ribbon and dainty touches to soften" the baseball theme. 

Invitation:  A baseball mitt with the center cut for a baseball to slip in.  The baseball had all of the party information on it. 

For the decorations what she learned this past year and some cute sayings so we can remember all the things she did and liked over the year.  I do one of these each year for her so when she is older she can see how she changed through the years.  I plan to bring them out at her high school graduation party!  I purchased cracker jacks and and tied ric rac and baseball ribbon around the boxes and displayed them in a basket.  At the end of Easter I found some baseball themed baskets on clearance at Target and purchased those to put food and other goodies in.  I also found some plastic "popcorn" type containers at the dollar store to put food in. 

I found baseball printed gum balls in red white and blue and placed those in a glass hurricane.  I found some other clearanced items at Pottery Barn Kids - a cute table runner diamond placemats and plates.  All of this could be easily made but the price was right!  We had two bouquets of red and baseball shaped balloons.  I tied baseball themed party hats to the back of chairs and put a styrofoam ball in the hat big enough to stick out.  I had painted stitches with red foam paint on the ball.  I cut off the elastic strap and used gingham ribbon to tie the hat to the chair. 

For the favors:  I found plastic popcorn type containers at the dollar store for each kid.  At the end of the Christmas season I found baseball ornaments on clearance and purchased one for each kid.  I tied a red gingham ribbon to each ornament with a tag that had a baseball on it and said "G's 4th Birthday."  The left over ornaments were hung over the table for decorations.  At Easter time I found baseball shaped plastic "eggs" and purchased them to fill them with baseball foil wrapped chocolates.  I also included some inepensive favors from Oriental Trading Company.  I purchased blue and pink plain youth-sized baseball hats for each of the kids. 

For the boys' I adhered an iron-on initial to their hats.  For the girls' I found a baseball iron-on rhinestone and ironed that on the front of the hat and ironed a rhinestone initial on the back of the hat.  I made "jersey's" I purchased a pack of t-shirts and made t-shirts for each kid with their name and age for a number as well as a "logo" on the front.  I used the ink-jet iron on material for this - very inepensive to make customized team "jerseys" and the kids loved seeing their name on them. 

For activities I purchased felt pennnats and items to customize the pennants for each kid to make their own pennant.  I also got a baseball pinata and found a baseball game again at Pottery Barn Kids on clearance. 

For food because we have some celiac family members I made some gluten-free deserts.  I made gluten free baseball cupcakes (decorated with white frosting and red for the laces).  I also made round shaped gluten free peanut butter rice krispie treats on a stick and frosted them with white chocolate and used a red chocolate candy write for the laces.  I placed them in the glass container with the gum balls.  I wrapped each in a cellophane bag and tied it off with a ribbon.  I purchased cotton candy and put it in a glass dish - it looked really cool.  In addition to some other favorites we had the typical baseball food - peanuts popcorn burgers and hotdogs nachos and chips.  We also had a baseball shaped cake. 

My daughter LOVED the party and everyone had a great time.  Since most of the decorations can be reused I am saving them and will "repurpose" them for my son's birthday in September."

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