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Fan-Tastic World Series Party Ideas
World Series Baseball
Fall is a time for cooler weather, kids going back school, quickly approaching holidays, parties and of course, Major League Baseball’s Postseason.
Towards the end of September and into October, the most successful teams from the National League and American League, give it all their all in a fight to win the ultimate prize – The World Series Championship. The increase in crucial games, overall anticipation and pressure, add to the fun sport that starts out in spring and ends in the fall.
If your team makes it to postseason, you may find yourself in a back and forth battle of wins and losses. That can be a lot of nail biting! Whether you are a die-hard fan or not, it’s obvious that big sporting events like the World Series, start to stir up excitement from men, women, children, the old and young, so much so, that rallying behind their favorite team is like a continuous party.
So why not throw a party? Instead of biting those nails, bite onto some delicious fall recipes and celebrate being around your own fans (so what if they are your kids?)
Most fans can’t afford the luxury of taking time off work and spending a fortune on a nosebleed seat. But no one is going to call you “out” if you decide to splurge a little on throwing your own shindig. Take yourself, and your guests, out to your own ball game (party) with these baseball postseason party ideas.
You can get creative with the baseball theme whether your favorite team is still fighting their way to win the pennant this year, or not, starting with invitations. They can be customized with a team’s mascot, certain symbols, specific colors and more.
3D invitations are fun and can be customized for a relatively cheap price. You can send out actual baseballs or stress relieving squishy baseballs and write directly on them with permanent markers in team colors.
Decorative shipping tags can be glued onto the ball or tied on with a ribbon. If you want to get a little fancier, placing the baseball in a fun box with green tissue paper may impress even the biggest of rivals. You can even step it up a notch by using green AstroTurf.
If you are looking to make a good first impression, edible invites are always a hit. Baseball sugar cookies are relatively easy to make and decorate. You can use a round cookie cutter, biscuit can, or other circular tool to create a baseball shape. Simply frost the cookies with white icing and top with red frosting for the baseball’s stitching.
Standard fill in style baseball invitations do the trick and may be more beneficial if you are in a rush.
To add more details, you can get creative with baseball phrases such as, “ It’s our Little Slugger’s Birthday Party”, “Ben is Joining the Big League”, or “Get Off the Bench and Join Our Team on [date]”. And don’t forget your baseball postage stamps for extra detail. Putting your own spin on the small details will make your baseball bash a big success, and again, it starts with the invitation.
Do you want your guests to feel like they are walking into Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field or AT&T Park? If so, you have to start with the décor, no matter what baseball park atmosphere you are looking to create. The options are endless when it comes to a baseball theme. You can decorate using ideas from teams still in the postseason, or you can stick with a generic baseball theme.
Always start with the outside of your home or venue to direct traffic to your party. If your guests have never been to your venue, offer them some assistance with visible outdoor signs. You can use balloons, foam fingers and banners to direct your guests where to go.
Where is your party going to be centered? Are you going to watch a live game while throwing the party? Then you probably want to focus the bulk of decorations near the gathering area. You can set up a table that displays all your food and beverage where the main event is happening – after all, most people gather around the grub anyway.
Incorporating tissue grass mats onto your table is a fun touch that adds texture and a grass-like feel. If you don’t want to use team tableware, stock up on plates and napkins with baseball pictures or even a solid color that matches.
A fun craft idea for a centerpiece is taking a simple glass vase and filling the center with baseballs. If you want it more customized, add your favorite team’s colors or flag on top.
Do you have old memorabilia? Jerseys, posters, bats and more can all be incorporated into your modern day party. Turn old beat-up baseballs into a festive fall wreath that can be used over and over again. The key is to get creative and if your team is still in postseason, sport their colors, symbols, and mascot in any way you can!
Food & Beverage:
A party isn’t a party without food and beverage, just like any good ballpark isn’t a good ballpark without drinks and hot dogs. The good thing is, you are the head coach that can create your own menu and customize it as you see fit.
Why not create a gourmet hot dog bar? Since hot dogs are such a great accompaniment to a baseball game, add fun toppings to knock it out of the park. Mango salsa, cheddar and sautéed apples, bacon and more bacon are just a few examples.
Vegetarians joining your event? Make sure to offer soy dogs or other meatless options to keep them happy.
A nacho bar would be another idea where your guests can customize their game day delights. Have some crock-pots handy with delicious beans, queso, or meat so you can keep them warm for your guests while you enjoy the game.
Want to keep it simple with snacks? Buy them some peanuts and Cracker Jacks, popcorn and cotton candy are on the right track! Plus, these simple snacks help limit costs and cleanup!
Sweet tooth? Baseballs are perfectly shaped for cookies, cupcakes and cakes. Make it a big baseball birthday celebration by making your little leaguer’s cake your centerpiece.
Is this an adult party or family friendly event? Check the attendance of your guests and decide what type of yummy baseball related drinks or cocktails you can offer.
For Extra Fun:
If wearing your team jersey isn’t an option, there are always costumes you can try. Baseball costumes are available for adults, kids, babies and pets! Even if it’s a baseball cap or catcher’s mitt, get creative with your attire.
You can also incorporate baseball activities and games to add even more details to your party, especially if younger kids get bored during long innings. Piñatas are always fun for kids and adults.
For a kid-friendly crowd, add baseball theme favors, old baseball cards, mini boxes of Cracker Jacks, bubblegum or an assortment of candy. For the adults, you can always add mini plastic bottles of liquor.
Instead of, “Pin The Tail On The Donkey” you can play, “Pin The Baseball In The Catcher’s Mitt”.
Sometimes simplicity is best. If getting crafty isn’t your thing, you can always grab gear to play a round of softball in the backyard or a game of catch. This is your game day, coach!
Lastly, don’t forget to follow up with a fun thank you note to your guests, especially if the party took place in honor of someone’s birthday or celebration. Thank you notes are always appreciated and will end your event as a perfect game.
As you can see, the options are extensive for throwing a big baseball bash. If baseball isn’t your thing, you can always incorporate similar ideas for other sports, especially since football season overlaps baseball’s postseason. Plan ahead and utilize what you may already have at home so you don’t have to stress like a closer in the bottom of the 9th. With so many creative and inexpensive ideas, you will be the MVP among your fans and guests, no matter what team ends up taking home the 2014 championship.