You don't have to “take me out to the ball game” to throw this fun birthday party! Just invite the guests over to your house or a nearby local park for your own baseball game! We've thrown a baseball birthday party twice now for two of our sons, and they both loved it! Another one of our fun favorite kids birthday parties!
A baseball party is actually fairly easy to pull together! Below you'll find all of the tips and ideas we had to make this event tons of fun!
The Baseball Party Invitation
I love the idea of sending out baseball-shaped party invitations! But of course, you can also just email these to invited guests, thereby saving on printing and mailing costs!
You can download a copy of our free printable baseball party stationary at the end of this post!
Setting Up the Baseball Teams
We wanted to be able to divide the party guests into two teams, and I thought it would be a fun party favor if we gave everyone a team t-shirt!
Since our baseball party was held in the summertime, I decided it would be cool to give the kids tie-dyed shirts that I created using blank white cotton tees and a tie-dye kit , which I created in advance of the party (one team was red, white, and blue and the other was yellow, white, and green).
Another (and easier!) idea is to purchase solid colored cotton tees for the kids to divide up the teams. We did this for our second baseball party!
Lay Out the Ground Rules for the Game
We realized that it would be important to lay out all of the “ground rules” for the ball game ahead of time, so there would be no arguing once the game had started.
We even figured out all of the “odd” details that go along with playing a baseball game in your yard with young kids- such as what to do when a batter sends his or her ball into the tree (a double), and that there would be unlimited strikes and balls for anyone under the age of 6!
We provided a batting tee for the younger players, and we used tennis balls over baseballs for the younger ones- and we made sure that we had plenty of balls on hand to keep the game moving! (We picked up balls as we switched sides).
But went with adults pitching and catching to help move things along!
We planned the batting order ahead of time too- so everyone knew what to do!
And Don't Forget Baseball Park Music!
One of the things that made this party “extra cool” for the kids, was that we had used baseball park music and we played it between batters- including all of the baseball park sound effects that you might hear at a real baseball game (or at least the Minor League games that our family attends!) The kids got a huge kick out of this!
Baseball Party Food!
Of course the perfect party food for a baseball party is hot dogs! We also served watermelon and chips and plenty of cold water to drink!
And we ordered a case of blue plastic water bottles which we had printed with the slogan “The best part of the game? Getting the chance to play!”
The tees and the water bottles served as the party favors!
For one baseball party the cake was a giant baseball:
And for another baseball party, we made a pennant cake and baseball-shaped cupcakes:
Baseball Birthday Party Thank You Notes:
I created this easy-to-complete thank you note for the kids to use after the party!
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Would your son or daughter love this baseball birthday party? I'd love to hear about it if you hold one too!