A lot of people love the great American pastime. If you’re one of them, you already know we’re talking about baseball. Personally, I’d rather watch football all day long, but that doesn’t change the fact baseball is a popular and celebrated sport. It also is a lot of fun to use as the theme for a party! It’s great for end of season team parties, Opening Day, and even birthday parties. Here are great tips to throw the perfect inexpensive baseball party including an awesome DIY baseball bat guest book!
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We recently celebrated my son’s first birthday (so exciting)! I decided that a vintage baseball theme would be adorable since we are in the throes of baseball season (heehee, see what I did there?). This of course came as a shock to all of my friends and family because I’m not what you’d call an avid baseball fan, or even a casual fan for that matter. It was simply too cute and fit so perfectly so baseball it was. (As you can see from the pictures below, a cake decorator I am not.)
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have your entire home decorated for a party. Save yourself some money and some time by just having the food area decorated. This adds a festive air to your party that will impress your guests.
These plastic babies aren’t just for covering your table! You can get them at the dollar store and use one to cover the table and one to hang on the wall as a backdrop. Plus, these are so light you can simply hang them with push pins.
Another great and inexpensive decoration idea is to pick up a pack of paper plates and attach them to the wall with more push pins. I found these awesome baseball ones at a party store for a dollar! You can use them to fit any theme you’re having if baseball’s not your thing.
Don’t underestimate reusing old decor. These cake stands were actually purchased on clearance after Independence Day for my husband’s welcome home party after his second tour. The red, white, and blue also worked for the baseball theme. Get even more space by placing some of those paper plates you bought on top (see in the picture above). These are great for holding chips and crackers.
Empty jars make great serveware as well. We served suckers and sugar tubes in ours but these are great for cutlery, straws, and more.
A baseball party may be the easiest meal you ever plan. What screams baseball more than hamburgers and hotdogs? These are such a cheap and easy food idea. Of course, you’d be remiss if you didn’t include the Cracker Jacks! Bonus: the kids will get baseball stickers in their treats.
A cake stand is so useful for displaying the birthday cake! It should be centered on your table to show it off to your guests.
It may not look beautiful but a baseball cake is super easy to make. All you need is a round cake pan (or you can buy a ball one like I did), white icing, and a red icing writer.
- Bake your cake.
- Allow to cool completely and then cover with your white icing.
- Next, draw the threads with your red icing. That’s it!
If you have them laying around, use baseballs as part of the tablescape. You can also go to a used sports store and purchase a few for about a dollar each. (This is what I did.)
In addition to the rest of the party items above, I made this awesome wooden baseball bat guest book. This was my favorite party idea and I’m super excited to share it with you. The best part is that for about $2 you can create your own keepsake for your baseball party. If you are having a party for your kid’s team, have all the team members sign it and give it to the coach as a gift. Or, if it’s a birthday party like ours, have your guests sign it and hang it on your child’s wall to display.
Draw your child’s name (or team name) and any other wording you want with a pencil on the bat.
Go over the pencil with the wood burner using the pointed tip attachment.
Have guests sign the bat with the sharpie.
- A fine point marker works best for this.
Seal with a coat of Modge Podge and let it dry.
Now you have a beautiful keepsake that you can hang on the wall of your little one’s room or a meaningful gift to give coach for all the hard work. As for my little one, he enjoyed every bit of it (including the cake). If you want more ideas like this follow our parties board on pinterest!