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Baseball Party Ideas

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Get ideas for birthday party invitations, party food, decorations, games, and party supplies

About this Site

If this is the first page you've landed on, let me give you a quick introduction. I'm Matt James, a professional party planner, and the purpose of this site is to show you the most creative way you can use regular, shop-bought party supplies that can be found in most stores. Not everyone has the craft skills of Martha Stewart or the time to spend several days with a glue gun making things from scratch. It's fine to use shop-bought decorations and supplies—as long as you choose them carefully and know the best way to put them all together. So I'll share a few simple tips and trade secrets that anyone can use to add some creative touches to your party—whatever your budget.


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baseball party Ideas

Below are baseball party ideas, decoration & styling tips, and food & drink recipes which can be adapted for either a kid's, teen or adult birthday party or even a baby shower.

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baseball party Invitations

Below are some suggestions for invitations to go with these baseball party ideas:

Matt's Tip

I think it’s important to create a big first impression, so I always try to incorporate some sort of object with the invitations—rather than just relying on a traditional printed card (see examples here). This is a little trick that’s often used by professional party planners to make invitations stand out. People just love to receive unusual invitations. It really captures their imagination and gets them excited about the party.


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3d baseball Invitations

A great 3D invitation to go with these baseball party ideas would be to send out an actual baseball. You can pick up official size and weight baseballs for about $2 each from supplier 2 or use these relaxable baseballs from supplier 1 or 6.

Write all the party information on a decorative shipping tag then tie it onto the ball with ribbon (use a dab of glue to stick the ribbon to the ball). Alternatively, attach these personalized baseball ticket invitations from supplier 4.

You can embellish the presentation even more by sending them out in these small gift boxes filled with shredded tissue paper.

relaxable baseballs
baseball ticket invitation
mini baseball bat

Similarly, you could send out some type of baseball bat as the 3D invitation. You can pick up mini 18" baseball bats (above right, from supplier 3 ) for around $5, inflatable baseball bats (below left, from supplier 1) or 18" bubblegum-filled baseball bats (below center, from supplier 2).

Alternatively, you can send out these mini plastic baseball caps (see supplier 3) which are available for lots of different teams. These are actually small ice cream bowls but they're small enough to send out as invitations. Again, just write all the party details on a decorative shipping tag and tie on with ribbon.

inflatable baseball bat
candy baseball bat
baseball helmet bowls


Edible baseball Invitations

Edible invitations are always a big hit, and would make another great 3D invitation to go with these baseball party ideas. You could make your own baseball cookies and wrap these in cellophane bags tied up with ribbon. Then just tie on a decorative shipping tag with all the party details on and send out in these these cute box mailers.

If you're not the baking type, you can always buy these personalized baseball cookies from supplier 4.

baseball cookies
baseball cookies
box mailers


Traditional baseball Invitations

If you prefer to a use a traditional invitation with these baseball party ideas there are lots of designs available, for both adults and kids, which can be personalized on-line. Some can even be personalized with a photo. Below are some of my favourites, but you can see the full range at supplier 4.

baseball party Invitation
baseball party Invitation
baseball party Invitation
baseball party Invitation


Invitation Wording

Whichever option you choose, don't forget to incorporate familiar phrases from the book into your invitation wording such as:

  • Don't be late for very important date'
  • 'By order of the Queen of Hearts....'
  • 'A very merry unbirthday'

Also, consider whether you want to ask the guests to come to your Mad Hatter's tea party dressed in a weird and wonderful hat. You could even offer a prize for whoever comes in the most wacky hat.



baseball Stamps

If you want to add some extra embellishment to your baseball invitations to make them even more special, use themed postage stamps such as the ones below (more designs available).

Note: These are only available in the USA

baseball postage stamps
baseball postage stamps
baseball postage stamps
personalized postage stamps
personalized postage stamps

Just upload a photo of the birthday boy or girl dressed in an baseball costume (select supplier 10 and 1 for best range) and the personalized stamps will be shipped to you (USA only).

kids baseball costume
baby baseball costume
baby baseball costume
girls baseball costume




Party Drinks

If you're using these baseball party ideas for an adult birthday, and you want to serve something a bit more special than beer, below are some baseball inspired cocktail recipes.

Matt's Tip

Always create a signature drink for your party—it’s one of the easiest things you can do to make your party unique. If your party has a theme, think about what flavors you can use in your signature drink that will convey it. Don’t forget about styling and presentation too. You could serve drinks in individual bottles or jars, add your own labels, use themed ice cubes, straws, drinks picks, or add a simple garnish. A sprig of berries or a single flower head on the rim of a glass can make a simple cocktail look really stylish.


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The curve ball

Pick up some of these mini plastic goldfish bowls from supplier 2, then add red markings with a permanent marker pen to look like a baseball. Then use them as glasses and fill with any white cocktail such as this White Russian recipe. Of course, you could also adapt this for kid's parties by using a coconut and banana milkshake.

mini fish bowls
white russian cocktail
baseball cocktail


Baseball cocktails

Other baseball cocktail ideas include:

Cracker Jacks Cocktail. This cocktail (below left, from Bourbon Buzz) recreates the flavor of Cracker Jacks, which is synonymous with baseball games. There's also a Cracker Jack Martini, which was created by the Avalon Hotel Beverley Hills, which is just vanilla vodka, butterscotch schnapps and white chocolate Godiva liqueur.

Peanut Cocktail. When you think of baseball games, it always brings to mind whole roasted peanuts. So serve this Peanut Cocktail (below center from Liquor) which uses Jack Daniels, Coca-Cola and Peanut Syrup).

Cotton Candy Cosmo. Another food associated with baseball games that can be turned into a cocktail for these baseball party ideas is cotton candy. Check out this Cotton Candy Cosmo (below right, by Campari America).

cracker jacks cocktail
peanut cocktail
cotton candy cosmopolitan


baseball bottle coolers

Give regular beer bottles a baseball makeover with these baseball jersey bottle coolers from supplier 3.

baseball jersey bottle coolers
baseball jersey bottle coolers
baseball jersey bottle coolers
baseball jersey bottle coolers


Peanut butter milkshake

This Peanut Butter Milkshake (below, from Laurenda Marie) is a good option for a peanut inspired drink for kids. Again, don't forget to check about peanut allergies first. Serve in small glass bottles / mason jars and use these baseball themed straws from supplier 8 (center) and 4 (right) to enhance their presentation.

peanut butter milkshake
baseball straws
baseball straws


Cracker Jack Milkshake

For kid's, serve this Cracker Jack Milkshake (below, by Sugar and Charm). Just don't forget to enquire about peanut allergies in advance. You could also serve them in these personalized baseball party cups from supplier 4.

cracker jacks milkshake
baseball party cups
baseball party cups


cotton candy milkshake / shirley Temple

You can make a Cotton Candy Shirley Temple by just topping up Lemon-Lime soda with Cotton Candy. Alternatively, make these Cotton Candy Milkshakes (below right, by Half Baked Harvest on Tablespoon).

cotton candy milkshake
cotton candy shirley temple


Water

Give water bottles a makeover with these baseball themed labels. Alternatively, you can pick up these personalized baseball water bottles for $5 each which would make great party favors for a kid's party. Both from supplier 4

baseball bottle labels
baseball printable labels
personalized baseball water bottles




baseball party Food

Below are some food suggestions to go with these baseball party ideas.

Disclaimer

As a professional party planner, I’m lucky enough to be able to collaborate with some amazing chefs to create menus for my events. As I’m no chef myself and cannot create dishesfrom scratch, I’ve searched the web for recipes that I think would work well for this party theme. All credit goes to the talented people that have created these recipes - so please click through to their site for full details, methods, and in some cases step-by-step tutorials.

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gourmet hot dogs

Hot Dogs are obviously the perfect accompaniment to a baseball game. But you can make them a bit more special by serving a selection of gourmet hot dogs with different toppings. Set up a Gourmet Hot Dog bar and offer different types of dogs, buns, and toppings for people to experiment with.

Check out this collection of different hot dog recipes which includes everything from Classic Coney Island Hot Dogs to Hawaiian Style Spicy Mango-Pineapple Hot Dogs (below left, by Coconut & Lime) and Hot Dogs with Cheddar and Sauteed Apples (below right, from Food & Wine).

gourmet hot dogs
gourmet hot dogs


hot dog cookies and cakes

Alternatively, you could mix things up serving sweet versions of hot dogs with these Hot Dog Cookies (below left, from Taste of Home) or these Hot Dog Cakes (below center and right, by Sweet Cherry Pie) make from Choux Pastry Buns and Devil's Food Cake.

hot dog cookies
hot dog cakes
hot dog cakes


nacho cupcakes / cheesecake

Nachos are another concession stand food associated with baseball games, but if you want to do something a bit different try serving these Nacho Cupcakes (below left, by Sweet Simple Stuff) or this Nacho Cheesecake (below right, from Food Network).

nacho cupcakes
nacho cheesecake


french fries pound cake

Similarly, you could make these french fries out of pound cake (below, by Karen Tack at Parenting). Serve in a basket as shown and see how long it takes people to notice that they're sweet.



cotton candy mousse

While you could just serve cotton candy at your baseball party, it's always better to do something a bit more creative if you can. So try making this Cotton Candy Mousse (below left, from Make Bake Celebrate) or this one (below right, from In Katrina's Kitchen).

cotton candy mousse
cotton candy mousse


cracker jacks / peanuts

Serve individual boxes of Cracker Jacks and whole peanuts in little paper bags (both supplier 3) or have these cute personalized Cracker Jack boxes printed (supplier 4).

cracker jacks
peanut bags
personalized cracker jacks box


Cracker jacks / ice cream / chicken

Alternatively, you can try your hand at homemade Cracker Jacks with this great recipe (below left, from The Kitchn) or for a dessert take on Cracker Jacks, try this Cracker Jack ice cream recipe (below center, from 1 Fine Cookie). You could also use this to make milkshakes by blending with milk. For something a bit more substantial, you could make this Peanut & Cracker Jack Encrusted Chicken Strips with Peanut Sauce (below right, by Karen at Tasty Trials) which sounds delicious.

cracker jacks recipe
cracker jacks ice cream
cracker jack chicken


baseball pasta

Use this cute baseball pasta (USA only), shaped like bats, gloves and balls to make pasta salads or hot dishes.

baseball pasta
baseball pasta


baseball pizza

Pimp up your pizza by arranging slices of pepperoni or red pepper to look like the stitching (see example below left found on Pinterest, source unknown) or arrange the toppings in the shape of a baseball pitch (below right, from Fantasy Baseball Dug Out . These are a good option if you're using these baseball party ideas for an adult birthday.

baseball pizza
baseball pizza


baseball sandwiches & snacks

Check out these amazing baseball themed sandwiches (below left, by Beth at Hungry Happenings). She just used a red food pen to draw the baseball stitching onto a round piece of Provolone cheese. This got me thinking about other foods you could apply this to. Babybel Cheeses are perfect party snacks for a kid's party, so just draw on the stitching using a red food marker (see illustration below center as an example).

You could also do something similar to make open cream cheese bagels by spreading the cream cheese over the entire bagel (filling in the hole in the middle) then cutting strips of red pepper, tomato, or fruit laces / strips to make the stitching (see illustration below for example).

baseball sandwiches
baseball cheese
baseball bagels


baseball treats

These baseball themed Rice Krispie treats (below left, by Jill at Sandy Toes & Popsicles) are really cute and even come with with a step by step tutorial and a free baseball glove tutorial. I would suggest making the treats round, as per the photo below center from the Rice Krispies website using the instruction here, that way they'll look more like baseballs in the glove.

Alternatively, just buy white iced donuts and pipe the red stitching on like these Krispie Kreme donuts I spotted on the Thrifty Jinxy blog. Or for something a little more healthy, try these baseball themed strawberries (from itsy bitsy foodies) which are perfect for either a kid's or adult birthday party.

baseball rice krispie treats
baseball rice krispie treats
baseball donuts
baseball strawberries


baseball Cookie Cutters

Another way to make baseball themed sandwiches is to pick up one of the many different baseball themed cookie cutters (see suppliers 3 and 4). You can also use them to create shaped pizza slices, fruit, cheese and of course, cookies. If you want to make baseball cookies, there's a great step-by-step tutorial here by Recipe Girl (below right)

baseball cookie cutter
baseball cookie cutter
baseball cookie tutorial


baseball Cookies

If you're not one for baking, there are lots of baseball themed cookies available to buy. See supplier 3 for baseball team logo cookies, below left, or supplier 4 for various other baseball cookies, below right.

baseball cookies
baseball cookies


baseball Cake Pops

Follow this tutorial for Baseball Cake Pops (below left, by Courtney at Sweet C's Designs). She pipes the red stitching on, but if you're looking for a shortcut I reckon you could probably add these with a red food marker. Alternatively, you could just buy some baseball cake pops. For baseball shaped cake pops, below center, see supplier 4. Alternatively, for personalized baseball cake pops, below right (other designs available) see supplier 7.

baseball cake pops
baseball cake pops
baseball cake pops


baseball candy

There's also lots of great baseball themed candy available, which is good for filling out a dessert table. These include personalized candy bar wrappers (supplier 4) and chocolate baseballs (supplier 3).

chocolate baseballs
baseball candy bars
baseball candy bar wrappers

Alternatively, there are these baseball Pez (lots of teams available), foam finger lollipops, and Big League chew bubblegam packs. All from supplier 3.

baseball pez
foam finger candy
big league chew bubblegum


Candy Buffet

You can also buy dessert table candy by the color from supplier 1 or 8.

red colored candy
white colored candy


baseball Cupcakes & Toppers

Baseball cupcakes are actually a lot simpler to make than they might look. This recipe (below left, from Martha Stewart) uses red licorice laces for the stitching. Or if you just want to decorate regular cupcakes, there are plenty of different toppers available, such as these edible fondant baseballs and baseball caps or these fondant team logo ones, both from supplier 4.

baseball cupcakes
baseball cupcake toppers
baseball cupcake toppers

Alternatively, these non-edible ones are also pretty cute. Also from supplier 4.

baseball cupcake toppers
baseball cupcake toppers

My favorite are actually these personalized photo toppers, below left, which would work just as well for a baby shower, kid's, or adult's party. Or you can get personalized ones without the photo, below right. Both supplier 4.

baseball cupcake toppers
baseball cupcake toppers


baseball fruit and vegetable platters

With all the sweet food and candy at a party, it's always a good to include a few healthy options. So make a fruit plate in the shape of a baseball diamond (see below - the illustration's a bit crude but you get the idea). Lay out green grapes to make the grass and use pineapple for the dirt area. Cut the pineapple lengthways to keep the semi circular shape, then cut some extra rectangular sticks of pineapple to arrange around straight edges of the diamond. Finally use small cookie cutters to cut out circles for the bases. A nice touch would be to add a few of these baseball figure cake toppers (supplier 3).

Update: I came accross this image, below center, via Pinterest (original source unkown) of someone who has tried out this idea—which might give you a better idea of how it could look.

baseball fruit platter
baseball fruit platter
baseball player cake toppers

You could also do something similar with vegetables and dip. Use green vegetables such as celery, cucumber, broccoli, green pepper for the grass and hummus for the dirt area (see illustration below right for inspiration).

Update: Again, I found a couple of images via Pinterest (original sources unknown) where people have tried this. Whoever made the stadium below right really went to town!

baseball vegetable platter
baseball vegetable platter
baseball vegetable platter




Birthday Cake

Whether you're making a birthday cake from scratch or just decorating it, below are some suggestions to go with these baseball party ideas:



baseball Cake Pans

If you want to make a cake from scratch, there are some cool cake pans available to go with these baseball party ideas, including a baseball mitt, cap (for most teams) and ball. See supplier 3 for all of these.

baseball cake pan
baseball cake pan
baseball cake pan


Edible Cake Images

If you're not really a baker you can also get personalized edible icing cake toppers, such as the ones below, from supplier 4.

baseball edible cake image
baseball edible cake image


Cake Toppers

Alternatively, there are some non-edible baseball cake toppers, such as the one below left, or for a baby shower, there's this cute fondant cake topper. Both from supplier 4.

baseball cake topper
baseball cake topper
baseball cake topper


There are also plenty of baseball themed candles from supplier 3 that you can incorporate into your cake decorations. Some of these, such as the baseball bats and small enough that you can use them on cupcakes too.

baseball candles
baseball candles
baseball candles




Dessert Table Styling

Below are styling and decoration tips to create a themed buffet / dessert table to go with these baseball party ideas.

Matt's Tip

I always think it’s a good idea to concentrate the majority of your decorations around a buffet/dessert table. This will create a focal point in the room. Decorations often have to compete with existing room decor so they can get a bit lost if spread too thinly. I think you’re far better off creating one really well themed feature wall that everyone’s eye will be drawn to. You can then use a few general decorations around the rest of the room to tie everything together.


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baseball Dessert Table 1

To create a dessert table, such as this one, as part of your baseball party decorations, follow the step by step guide below:

baseball dessert table


Background

Create a backdrop by hanging this baseball jersey striped fabric (below left) which is available by the yard. Alternatively, there are numerous other baseball themed fabrics available, such as team specific prints and generic baseball themed images. See supplier 9 or 3.

baseball jersey fabric
baseball fabric
baseball fabric


baseball logo / decorations

You can make your own sign, like the one that reads 'Batter Up' in the illustration above, by downloading this free font by Måns Grebäck called Brannboll (below left). Just download the font, unzip it if you need to (with something like Winzip), then just drag the files into the font folder on your computer to install them. If you want to make the sign yourself at home, and you want it to be quite big, then print each letter individually onto card, cut them out then line them up on the wall. Note: Use the number keys, such as 1, 2, 3 to get the tail that runs underneath the word. Finally, hang one of these cardboard baseball cut outs from supplier 6 behind the letters, as show in the illustration above.

You can dress around the front of the table with a team specific pennant banner, depending on what your favorite team is, and position bunches of team balloons at each end. Get these here or try supplier 3.

free baseball font
baseball cut out
baseball team balloons
baseball pennant banner


centerpiece

For a centerpiece, hang a baseball jersey and cap then arrange a few baseball accessories, such as a mitt and bat, arount it. If you don't already have a bat, you can pick up mini bats (18") for around $8. You can also fill a tall vase with baseballs and add some flowers to the top (as seen in this photo by True Photography Weddings). Either use real ones, or you can pick up these relaxable ones by the dozen. . See supplier 3 for these items.

baseball jersey
relaxable baseballs
baseball flowers vase


baseball dessert table 2

Another way to dress a dessert / buffet table in keeping with these baseball party ideas is pictured below. For this display I've used baseball cards to create a backdrop. You can pick these up really cheaply from supplier 3 (around $12 for 500 cards). Just glue cards along vertical strips of ribbon with equal spaces between them in order to create a grid effect. Then hang the vertical strips of ribbon from the ceiling against a plain wall to create a backdrop for your dessert / buffet table.

baseball dessert table
baseball cards


Personalized Banners

Break up the baseball cards by hanging a personalized baseball themed banner above the dessert / buffet table. There are loads of different designs available. See supplier 2 for the designs below

baseball personalized banner
baseball personalized banner
baseball personalized banner
baseball personalized banner

Alternatively, see supplier 3 for the banner below left, or supplier 7 for designs like the one below right.

baseball personalized banner
baseball personalized banner


Baseball dessert table 3

Below is another option for a baseball themed dessert / buffet table to go with these baseball party decorations. For this dessert table, just apply a baseball themed wall decal from supplier 3 to a plain wall.

baseball dessert table
baseball wall decal


There are lots of different types available depending on your budget from basic silhouettes, to 3D effect decals (below left), and personalized ones. The great thing about these decals is that you can peel and re-stick many of them so you can always use them to decorate a kid's bedroom after the party.

baseball wall decals
baseball wall decals
baseball wall decals


baseball balloons

As this dessert table has quite a minimalist design, use clusters of balloons shaped like balls, mitts, or team balloons (see supplier 3) at each end to add some extra decoration.

baseball team balloons
baseball balloons
baseball glove balloons


baseball Dessert Table 4

Below is one final dessert / buffet table idea, which is particular good if you're using these baseball party ideas for a kid's birthday.

baseball dessert table


baseball scene setters

The dessert table above is largely made up of a stadium scene setter from supplier 2. This comes in two halves, a lower deck (below left) and an upper deck (below center). You can also pick up some add ons such as the score board and dug out (below right). The great thing about this scene setter is that it's 30ft long, so you can use it to dress more than one wall.

stadium scene setter
stadium scene setter
stadium scene setter add ons


table styling

To tie in with the stadium theme, cover the tabletop with these tissue paper grass mats (below left). Alternatively, for a budget option you could use this grass print table cover (below center). See supplier 1 or 3 both. For a centerpiece, fill this baseball player shaped balloon from supplier 3 with helium and fasten it to the back of the table. It's over 3 ½ ft tall so it will make a big impression.

tissue grass mats
grass table cover
baseball player balloon


baseball Photo Backdrops

Alternatively, for a more professional look, use one of these large baseball stadium photo backdrops from supplier 4 which you can also use as a photobooth backdrop later. You can probably just pin the backdrop in place, but it might also be worth investing in a cheap photography backdrop support frame which you can pick up for around $30 from supplier 3. The great thing about the support frame is that you can use it again and again to create different backgrounds for dessert tables by hanging fabric,tissue pom poms, or streamers (as shown below using a backdrop support frame).

baseball backdrop
photographic backdrop frame
frozen party backdrop


Food Styling & Presentation

Below are some food styling and presentation tips to go with these baseball party ideas.



Food labels

Use these customizable food labels to identify different dishes on your buffet table (see supplier 4).

baseball party food tent labels
baseball party food tent labels


food containers

If you're serving hot dogs, you can give them an authentic concession stand feel by serving them in these holders (below left). For other foods, such as nachos, you can use the snack trays (below center) and for popcorn there are cartons (below right) or paper bags. See suppliers 2 or 3.

hot dog holders
concession snack trays
popcorn boxes


baseball mason jars

For an adult birthday party or a baby shower, these baseball themed mason jars would be great for cutlery and napkins on a buffet table (see supplier 4).

baseball mason jars
baseball mason jars
baseball mason jars


baseball drinks styling

If you're designing your party around a particular team you can style your drinks accordingly using these light up ice cubes (below left), drinks picks (below center) and plastic cups. Note: These products are not available for all teams. See supplier 2 or 3.

If you're using these baseball party ideas for a kid's birthday you could use these plastic baseball sipper cups from supplier 2, which would also make great party favors.

baseball ice cubes
baseball drinks picks
baseball team cups
baseball cup sippers


baseball cap bowls

These baseball cap ice cream bowls from supplier 3 are great for serving candy and other treats in and they'll look great lined up on a dessert / buffet table.

baseball cap bowls
baseball cap bowls
baseball cap bowls


foam fingers

If you're serving cake pops, lollies or anything else on sticks you can present them on one of these cheap foam fingers from supplier 3. Just stick the skewers into the foam finger so it acts as a base plate.

sports foam fingers




Table Styling

Below are some suggestions for how to style and decorate the dining table in keeping with these baseball party ideas:

Matt's Tip

If it’s a kid’s party, don’t feel as if you have to shy away from using character-branded tableware. I see a lot of kid’s parties that are so immaculately styled they look more like adult parties. It’s obvious the parents have designed it for themselves, rather than the child. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a professional party planner it’s to design the party for your audience, not yourself. The reality is kids want their favorite characters to have a strong presence at their party; they don’t see this as too commercial, for them it’s just fun. Obviously, it’s important to get the balance right, so don’t go overboard. Character plates and cups work well if combined with a solid color table cover and napkins.


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table cover

I'd suggest covering the table with this grass print table cover, to resemble a baseball pitch. You can then add some texture by using these tissue grass mats - which you could run down the center of the table like a runner. See suppliers 2 or 3.

Depending on the size of your table, you could also use this baseball diamond fabric panel (which is 36" x 44") over the top of a plain green tablecloth. Or position it in the center of the table and cut the tissue paper grass mats to fit around the edges of the fabric panel so that the entire tabletop is covered. Available from supplier 9 or 3

tissue grass
grass table cover
baseball diamond fabric


baseball Tableware

Set the table with team specific ball and jersey shaped plates, cups and napkins from supplier 1.

new york nicks party plates
minnesota twins team party plates
boston red sox team party plates


baseball party Plates

Alternatively, if you don't want to use team tableware there are also plenty of generic baseball themed plates, cups and napkins. I particularly like these vintage style plates and napkins below. (See supplier 1 or 3).

baseball party plates
baseball party napkins
baseball party plates


personalized baseball party plates

Alternatively, there are a number of different designs available for personalized baseball paper plates and napkins, such as the ones below. See supplier 7.

personalized baseball party plates
personalized baseball party plates
personalized baseball party plates


table decorations

This personalized baseball confetti is also pretty cute to sprinkle over the tabletop for a kid's party or a baby shower. Alternatively, these baseball cascarones (hollowed eggs, cleaned, painted, and filled with confetti) are meant to be broken over someone's head to shower them with confetti. The confetti inside can also be personalized. See supplier 4 for both.

baseball confetti
baseball cascarones confetti


baseball Centerpiece

For a centerpiece, use a simple glass vase filled with baseballs. You could also add some flowers, as seen in this photo by True Photography Weddings. This will look great on the tissue grass mats (from supplier 2 or 3). (if you're not using the grass mats on the tabletop, just pick up one mat to sit the centerpiece on). Then scatter a few baseball accessories around the vase such as a mini bat, glove, cap and pennant flag . (If you want to do this as cheaply as possible, and you don't already own any baseball accessories, see the Dessert Table section above for mini bats and cheap baseballs then use one of the baseball cap ice cream bowls as the hat).

baseball centerpiece
baseball flowers vase


baseball vases / planters

If you'd prefer a floral arrangement as a centerpiece there are various baseball planters and vases available that you can just add flowers to. The planters are quite small (a bit like a mug) but as you can see from the picture below you can still create a decent centerpiece by adding a tall / large bouquet. See supplier 3.

baseball planter
baseball vase
baseball planter


baseball flower arrangements

Alternatively, if you're a bit more craftsy you could try making your own baseball floral centerpiece like this one (below center & right). Carnations are great for modelling into balls and it's actually fairly easy - you're just inserting Carnation stems into Styrofoam balls. See a full description for how to create Carnation balls like these (below left, from Delish, photo by Charles Schiller). Make these using white Carnations, then add red Carnations to create the stitching of the baseball.

carnation balls
baseball floral arrangement
baseball flower bouquet


baseball centerpiece

For a quick and easy centerpiece, just use one of these personalized ones, below left, in a vase. Alternatively, have the birthday boy or girls name made in these baseball themed block letters, below right. Both from supplier 4.

baseball centerpiece
baseball centerpiece

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baseball party Decorations

Below are tips and recommendations for general decorations to go with these baseball party ideas:



Entrance Decorations

Always start with some baseball party decorations outside your venue / home, even if its just something simple, to greet guests as they arrive and to identify the party. This could be bunches of team balloons leading up to the entrance (supplier 3), foam fingers pointing the way from the road up the drive and to the front door (supplier 3), or a personalized vertical banner at the entrance (supplier 2).

Alternatively, this personalized yard sign (below center) is a great way to mark out the entrance (See supplier 4). Or if you're a bit more craftsy you can follow the step by step instructions to make this cute baseball wreath to hang on the front door (below right, by Miranda & Jamie at The Pinterest Project).

baseball team balloons
baseball yard sign
baseball wreath


Custom Life Size Standee

Alternatively, you can have a life-size cut out of your child dressed in a baseball costume to put at the end of your drive or outside your front door. These particulary fun when paired with a motion-activated voice recorder for under $10. Simply pre-record your own 10 second welcome message and it automatically plays as guests walk past the cut out of your child. Select supplier 2 for more info on both these items.

custom life size standee
custom life size standee
personalized baseball standee
motion activated voice recorder


baseball hanging decorations

Use these 20" cardboard cut outs of baseball players to make your own hanging decorations. Just stick 3 or 4 of them to long strips of ribbon, equally spaced, then hang vertically from the ceiling to create homemade danglers. There are also baseball, glove, and cap cut outs too which you can do the same with - or mix the two alternating a baseball player and a ball along the strip of ribbon. You can also apply the same principle to foam fingers. See supplier 6 or 3 for all of these.



baseball paper lanterns

You can also make your own baseball lanterns to use as hanging decorations or string lights. Just use white paper lanterns and red rick rack from supplier 3 for the stitching. I always think it's nice to have something hanging above the dinner table to fill the empty space above head height. These lanterns would look great arranged in a cluster (see example below right from Martha Stewart) , alternatively you can just use 3 or 4 arranged in a line, equally spaced, running down the length of the table as if mirroring a table runner.

Update: You can now buy baseball lanterns if you don't have the time to make these yourself. See supplier 1 or 3.

red paper lanterns
baseball lanterns
red rick rack
baseball paper lanterns


baseball posters

Baseball posters are an easy way to decorate larger areas. There's lots of different types available such as team logos or individual players. See supplier 3.

baseball posters
baseball posters
baseball posters


vintage baseball posters

You can also get some nice vintage baseball posters from supplier 7, which is a nice way to give your party more of a classic feel. If you want to for a vintage baseball theme, you could use a couple of these posters to create a nice backdrop for a vintage baseball dessert table.

vintage baseball posters
retro baseball posters
vintage baseball posters


baseball scoreboard poster

I particularly like this scoreboard poster from supplier 7, which can be personalized to include your family name as the name of the ball park or home team. You could also use this as a backdrop for a dessert table.

personalized baseball scoreboard


BASEBALL BANNERS & FLAGS

There are also various flags, banners and pennants for all teams, including some nice vintage style ones, which are a great way to decorate large areas.

baseball flags
baseball flags
baseball flags


BASEBALL BANNERS

Alternatively, use a personalized banner. A banner spelling 'Concessions' would look cute above a buffet table. See supplier 4.

concessions banner
baseball banner


baseball inflatables

If you're using these baseball party ideas for a kid's birthday, these 14" inflatable baseballs from supplier 5 are fun. You could just scatter some of these around the party for the kids to play with. You can also get inflatable bats too from supplier 1. Alternatively, these inflatable punching bags from supplier 3 are 40" tall and would make fun baseball party decorations - especially for a kid's birthday.

inflatable baseballs
inflatable baseball bats
inflatable baseball punching bags


baseball party Favors

There are lots of little toys and novelties available, such as personalized keychains and candy tins (supplier 7) or temporary tattoos (supplier 3) that can be used as favors with these baseball party ideas. See also suppliers 1, 5, and 6.

baseball temporary tattoos
baseball keychain
baseball favor tin

Use them to fill these personalized baseball favor boxes and bags from supplier 4.

baseball cap party favor box
baseball scoreboard party favor box
baseball party favor bags

Check out supplier 4 for other types of baseball party favors too, such as personalized baseballs, baseball glove and ball soaps, and these cute personalized baseball team lip balms.

personalized baseballs
baseball party favor soaps
baseball party favor lip balms




baseball party Costumes

If you're using these baseball party ideas for a kid's birthday, let the birthday boy or girl dress up in a baseball costume. The kit (below 2nd left) features a kid's size team jersey, cap and wristbands (various teams available). Alternatively, have an adult dress up to greet people as they arrive and lead the party games later. See supplier's 10, 1, and 3 for the best range of costumes. While supplier 4 has some cute personalized baseball shirts for kids.

kids baseball costume
kids baseball costume
adult baseball costume
personalized baseball shirt




baseball party Games

See my separate page of party games and activities to go with these baseball party ideas and decorations.

baseball party games
baseball certificates
baseball party photo booth props




Baseball Thank You Cards

Remember to follow up after the party with thank you notes. There are lots of nice designs that can be personalized which compliment these baseball party ideas and decorations. See suppliers 7 and 4.

baseball thank you cards
baseball thank you notes




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Matt

About Matt James

is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.


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