Sports Mania Party
Have each guest come dressed as their favorite sports star, or wearing their favorite team's tee-shirt, hat and, of course, sneakers are required! Any parents attending should bring out the stripes and come dressed as referees.
Bring out the kids' (or mom and dad's) trophies and sports team's pictures to create a personalized centerpiece.
Read All About It
Hang up recent sports pages from the newspapers with catchy headlines.
Make a Grandstand
Tape together large pieces of oak tag along a wall. Following the template for the grandstand, sketch out the grandstand, leaving the heads of the people in the crowd blank. As each guest arrives, take a headshot with a Polaroid and place it on the grandstand. This makes for a great memento for the birthday boy or girl.
Make Your Own Pennant
In the days prior to the party, collect the sports pages from the newspaper and/or sports magazines. Have each guest cut out the pages to create their own sports collage on a pennant. For pennants, cut triangles from felt squares. When pennants are dry, tape large ends of triangle to wooden dowels.
Set up different areas in the backyard with various sports equipment: Basketball net, tee ball set, volleyball net, soccer ball net, and more.
Play all of your favorite sports games, only backwards! Split up guests into teams and start off with 10 points each. For baseball, have them run to third base first. For basketball, have them throw the ball through the net from the underside. Play along backwards, having each team "unscore". The first team to get rid of all their points wins!
Hang a tire in the backyard. Have guests take turns trying to throw baseballs or footballs through the tire. The guest who throws the most balls through the tire in a row wins.
- Decorate brown bags with sports stickers and fill with baseball cards, bubblegum, sporty erasers and a whistle.
- You can also add a cookies decorated as sports balls in a plastic baggy.
- And don't forget to take home your pennant!
Not all activities or party ideas are recommended for all ages. For the safety of all in attendance, no party should be held without adult supervision.
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