If you have a little boy and are in the market for a birthday idea, take mine. This baseball themed birthday party was simplest birthday party ever thrown.
While the princess party of a couple of weeks ago had a games-crafts-activties list a mile long, the baseball birthday party had just three easy steps:
1. Play baseball.
2. Hit pinata.
3. Eat cake.
And that's it. Really.
There were a few things we did to prep for the party, but they were no big deal:
1. Borrow bases. My neighbor had some so we were good, but I saw a set of bases online for $12.
2. Buy pinata and candy. My dad bought the former and Josh went to Shoprite for the latter.
3. Figure out party favors. I ordered punch balls (the kind of balloon that has a large rubber band at the end) from Oriental Trading. Lucky me, they had baseball themed ones. Even luckier, they were in the Less Than Perfect section. You know what else was in the Less Than Perfect section? Baseball tattoos. I know. It was awesome.
4. Order baseball themed cake from Costco bakery. Again my dad took care of that but he enjoys going to Costco. Otherwise, just order it on the phone. (Just as an aside: I truly enjoy baking birthday cakes for my kids, but I have to say that the lure of an entire sheet cake decorated for $18 is very strong. So I went for it.)
4 1/2. Josh mowed the lawn in the backyard. But it needed to be mowed anyway; this was just kind of an incentive.
Here are some pics from the party.
We hung the punch balls as decorations on the fence.
We have these two 8 foot long wooden benches in the backyard. We set those up so that the team that was not in the field would have a place to sit and eat their snacks: Just some 16 ounce plastic cups filled with licorice, pretzel rods and popcorn. Each kid also got a water bottle as a drink.
Making the teams was not as simple as we had though it would be.
Josh had all the boys sit on the benches, and using his teacher skills, he went
down the line saying, "you're on Team A, you're on Team B, you're on Team A...".
Then he got to the last kid. "Okay. Team A, you're on the field first."
And every single little boy ran to the field.
My dad, the pitcher. He was awesome, making each boy feel like they were the greatest hitter ever - when really, he was just kind of throwing the ball at the bat and hoping for the best.
My nephew, showing the younger boys how it's really done.
The kids were so well-behaved. I don't know why I never thought of a simple baseball party before.
Always funny: Diving for candy after the pinanta was smashed open.
And here it is: the $18 baseball birthday cake from Costco. So worth it.
Such a fun party. And such a fun day.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)