Football Birthday Party Ideas! Including Decorating Tips, Football Party Games and More!
Football themed birthday parties are not only fun, they are easy to plan as well! The goal of this HUB Page is to provide football birthday party decorating tips, party game ideas and goody bag suggestions (or as we like to call them in my family…swag bags). Now if you have read any of my other birthday party HUB Pages (John Deere Tractor Party, Strawberry Shortcake, Dinosaur Birthday, Halloween Birthday, Bug Party…just to name a few) then you know that I am a HUGE fan of the “at home” birthday party. Now I understand that it may be easier to simply go to McDonalds or Chuckie Cheese, however, once you realize that you can actually SAVE money and throw a great party at home…you might just change your tune! Oh…and one other thing…you don’t have to be Martha Stewart…or a craft expert to put together a super cute party.
Obviously, this HUB Page is all about throwing a football birthday party…so we don’t need to come up with a theme. However, there are other things to consider. Do you want to throw a “general” football party or do you want to make it team specific? In other words…if your child is a huge Baltimore Ravens fan…then you may want to throw an NFL Baltimore Ravens Birthday Party. Why does it matter? Well for one thing, I like to come up with a color scheme for my parties, therefore, if I am having a team specific party…I would obviously use that particular team’s colors (by the way, a Raven’s Party would have a black, purple, white and gold color scheme…just in case you wanted to know). My Nephew, Nick, wanted a general football party; therefore, the color scheme I chose was green, white and brown. It is important to note that football birthday parties are quite popular; therefore, it is very easy to find team specific party supplies (both on the internet and at your local party and dollar store).
I love putting together a great tablescape. What is a tablescape? I’m glad you asked! A tablescape is simply the aesthetic layout of a banquet or party table including the centerpiece, linens, china, flatware and other decorations. I love to make my birthday party tablescapes whimsical and fun. For this particular party I purchased most of my plates, flatware, napkins and other decorations on- line. There are MANY party stores on-line…and they are quite competitive (so be sure to price check several stores in order to find the best prices!). I also purchased quite a few things at the dollar store. I often find GREAT decorations at the dollar store…so I suggest starting there before buying on-line.
As you can see in the picture, I found football shaped plates, a table covering that resembles a football field, and even football shaped confetti that I sprinkled all over the table to add some sparkle and shine. My centerpiece was a cupcake stand filled with chocolate cupcakes that were decorated with green icing (think grass) and football rings. I made the cupcakes and piped the icing (which is easier to do then you may think). I also found football napkins and a football treat dispenser…which I filled with M&Ms. While shopping on-line at one of my favorite discount party stores, I found some inexpensive green pom poms. These were also used to decorate the table and the girls that attended the party each took one home. Finally, to complete my tablescape, I purchased a bag full of miniature footballs and football party hats…both of which were a hit among the kids.
Football Party Decorations
I’m a huge fan of inexpensive birthday party decorations. After all, the decorations usually end up in the trash at the end of the party…so why spend a lot of money on something you are simply going to throw away in a few hours. Balloons, crepe paper and theme specific cut-outs are all inexpensive…and go a long way when it comes to turning a room into a festive birthday party scene. I purchased mylar football balloons on-line and had them inflated at my local party store the day of the party. Most party stores will inflate balloons (that you have purchased elsewhere) for a minimal fee. I also purchased one dozen latex balloons in my theme colors (green, white, brown). I also used several rolls of crepe paper to decorate and add color to the party room. As for cut-outs, I found wonderful realistic football and football player cut-outs on-line. I placed the cutouts on the walls and above the party table. Not only did they look great and add to the football theme…the kids loved them. Note: If you look closely, you can see the footballs hanging over the table (see picture above).
Football Party Games
The first game we played was pass the giant football. I was lucky enough to find HUGE blow-up footballs on-line (and they were NOT expensive!). This game is similar to “Hot Potato” only we used a giant football instead. My husband (who was dressed as a referee in a black and white striped shirt) would blow a whistle which would let the children know it was time to pass the football! My husband would then turn his back…wait a short amount of time…and then blow his whistle again. The child caught holding the giant football was “out.” The last child left standing is the winner. Note: When dealing with small children you might want to make everyone a winner (in other words…no one is “out” when the whistle is blown…you simply continue the game. Some small kids get very upset if they don’t win, however, older kids can usually handle the situation). The children at the party LOVED passing the giant football and really enjoyed this game.
Next, we divided the children into two teams and had a giant football relay race! Each child had to run (while holding the giant football) to the end of the yard, go around a chair, and race back to the start. Once back, they passed the giant football to the next child. The team that finished first won a prize. The kids really enjoyed the relay race and found that running with a giant football wasn’t so easy…but it sure was funny!
Last, but certainly not least, was the football piñata. Though this really isn’t a game, the children loved taking turns hitting the piñata until it broke open. Of course, it was filled with all kinds of candy and small football themed toys.
As a child I can remember how exciting it was to go to a friend’s birthday party. Yes, I enjoyed the cake and games…but I really loved receiving a goody bag at the end of the party! Goody bags are a nice way of saying “thank you.” For this particular party I purchased simple green and white bags at the dollar store. I then glued a football die-cut on each bag and wrote each child’s name underneath. Inside the bag I put football related items including: pencils with footballs all over them, small pads of paper with footballs on the front and back, beach balls shaped like footballs, football erasers, mini footballs, a small gumball machine and all types of candy and snacks. The goody bags were easy to put together and kids really loved them (the parents did too).
Football Goody Bag Ideas!
So there you have it…tips and ideas to make your football themed birthday party a success. I hope the pictures I posted along with this HUB Page have inspired you. Remember, throwing an old fashioned, at home birthday party doesn’t have to be difficult and it certainly doesn’t have to empty your bank account! Be creative, have fun and make memories…that’s what it’s all about!
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