Here’s what Christy said about planning the party- “My Grandpa, or ‘Pappa’ as my kids call him, lives to play baseball. Every year my grandparents fly from Seattle to Mesa, Arizona for the winter specifically for my Grandpa to be able to play on his softball team. At 79, he sometimes plays three games a day! It’s his love of the game that inspired me to throw him this 79th Vintage Baseball Birthday party.
This party was created on a very small budget with only a few days to plan, so I borrowed as much decor as possible, kept the sweets simple and made the most of the printables!
Glass Coke bottles and striped straws with our mini baseball pennants in a vintage soda crate made for picture perfect and cost effective party favors.
With no time to bake and a tight budget, the dessert table treats included Twinkies with a bit of red icing that became “hot dogs on a stick”, Starbucks cake pops and Golden Oreos dipped in white Wilton Candy Melts and piped with red buttercream to resemble baseballs and of course Cracker Jacks and Popcorn which are a must have for any baseball event. I was able to pick up popcorn bags at my local craft store as well as a roll of brown packaging paper for a table runner and red polka dot balloons which added a lot of bang for my buck. I reused some paper fans I had from last years fourth of July celebration as well. Red and white carnations from the local grocery store rearranged into a baseball like centerpiece with color coordinated ribbon trim provided a centerpiece for under ten dollars.
Overall the party was inexpensive, stress free and fun! Most importantly my grandfather had a great time and was able to enjoy a little baseball even though his playing season was over for the year.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Popcorn Boxes Polka Dot Balloons Cupcake Liners White 2-sided Frame Lollipop / Treat Sticks Striped Paper Straws Paper Fan Honeycomb Flowers Burlap
This is what Dona said about planning the party- “I had so much fun planning my son’s 4th birthday party. It was a basketball themed party for the biggest little basketball fan that I know. From the tablescape and sweets, to the decorations and favors, to the ultimate Basketball Junior World Sports Games jumper, the party was truly a SLAM DUNK! In planning the party, I started with my email invitation from RedCappi that I designed myself with our event details in the party scheme colors. On the party day-of, I adorned the table with a Party City NBA Spaulding tablecloth, and draped a second tablecloth on the back wall of my kitchen to create a backdrop and an awesome photo opportunity. The dessert table featured delicious handmade goodies by KK’s Bakeshop, including cupcakes, cookies and chocolate covered Oreos. All the sweets and desserts were featured on cake stands and serving plates onto which I had glued coordinating basketball-language for a really cute overall display. I even found basketball themed Arizona Kidz Iced Tea at Dollar Tree. I kept it simple and placed the party favors right on top of the table and invited all to help themselves to their choice of mini plastic basketballs from Target, wooden basketball peg games from Dollar Tree and Basketball Nightlights from the 99 Cent Only Store. I added matching colorful balloons arranged in clusters up top of the photo backdrop to give us a home win. Outside, we held a slam dunk contest. The kids and adults alike had a blast with the Junior World Sports Jumper I ordered from Party On Rentals, which featured five popular sports activities (including basketball) all under one inflatable play structure. It was so much fun! Oh, and of course no party would be complete without the right attire, so the birthday boy wore a $5 Basketball long sleeve T-shirt from Target, with neon green jeans from The Gap. For my daughter, I just purchased a smaller size of the same shirt from Target, with a coordinating neon green tutu from The Gap. It was totally perfect!”
Jason said this about planning the party- “Our party is full of DIY projects, some fabulous recipes including one for Cheddar, Beer & Bacon Cupcakes (we call it The Cupcake for Men), and a great source for giant balloons and balloon tassels.
This party is chock full of Vintage Football Party goodness, including the FOOTBALL PRINTABLE PARTY DECORATIONS. We were inspired by a vintage early 20th century era of football for this design, incorporating aged paper textures and simple stripes along with a collegiate font look and vintage football art. The scoreboard is also reminiscent of a by-gone era, where actual number cards were placed for each point in the game. Pennant banners were big back then and still are to an extent today, so we included a vintage felt texture on our large pennant banner and small pennant flags to give it a true to life feel.
Be sure to include the CUPCAKES FOR MEN on your party table, a moist delicious treat that will please everyone. Ingredients include: BEER, CHEESE & BACON. What more could you want in a cupcake really? If you feel bit nervous about a cupcake that includes beer and cheddar cheese (I was at first) let me put your mind at ease. These are still sweet just like any other cake, and the beer in the buttercream is the perfect touch. Use your favorite beer and get creative with specialty cheeses too, you could make these cupcakes something simple or super gourmet.
Recipes pictured include: Kickin’ Hot BUFFALO CHICKEN Cups and Off-Sides HAM & SWISS SLIDERS. These are both mouth-watering delicious recipes, and we were very pleased with the results! A big thank you to GIMME SOME OVEN and THE GIRL WHO ATE EVERYTHING for providing the perfect recipes.
Store bought treats include: French Fries , Bottle Water (Our Referees), Pork Rinds (Pig Skins), Yogurt Covered Pretzels (Laces), Licorice (Black Eye Paint). You can of course add your favorite party treats to the mix, but these were the ones we felt best represented our creative football themed names!
We created a few props for this party that really pulled everything together including a football field table cover, goal posts and bleachers. This really made the look of a football field complete. Step-by-step DIY projects linked: FOOTBALL FIELD TABLE COVER & FOOTBALL PARTY BLEACHERS DISPLAY.
The balloons and tassels were the final addition to our look, representing the cheering crowd waving their poms in a abstract sort of way. The tassels were spot on perfect for this theme and the large balloons were so fun and really stood out nicely against the brick wall background.”
Photography, Food, Design, Printables: Hello My Sweet
Balloons & Tassels: The Flair Exchange
Vintage Football: Happy Blue Moon
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Balloons Cupcake Liners Clear Cellophane Bags White 2-Sided Frame
Now THIS is a party to remember! How awesome is this VINTAGE BOXING 84TH BIRTHDAY PARTY submitted by Lauren Borquez of Capes and Crowns! What a fun and original party theme…especially for Lauren’s grandfather! I love it.
Lauren said- “I’m so excited to share my grandfather’s vintage boxing theme party. He was a former boxer so this was the perfect way to honor him and the sport he loves. I’ve been collecting vintage boxing memorabilia for months and each piece I found has such a special relevance that this party really came together in a “meant to be” sort of way and has a world of sentiment for my family and I. My grandfather’s old boxing name was Thomas “The Tomcat” Laster. I knew that I wanted to incorporate cats in small ways thru out the theme. I found some adorable magnets with boxing cats on them as well as a vintage boxing glove from a fabric transfer I’d ordered and knew I wanted both elements to be part of the theme. Miranda at Whimsical Printables was so wonderful to work with on the printables. She took the project on last minute and really showed out. They were far better than I could have ever envisioned and really brought the this party to life. There were lots of behind the scene challenges and obstacles with this event. My grandmother had a stroke a month prior to this event so its been a difficult time for both my grandparents. I still wanted to celebrate this great man on his birthday and it seemed highly appropriate because he truly is such a “fighter”
I asked Natalie of The Knock Knock Factory to make one of her charming wreaths. She never disappoints. The only details told to her was “vintage boxing” and she did such a fabulous job! The menu consisted of my grandfathers favorite foods. My husband is an amateur MMA fighter so I had a little help naming the food using boxing terms. It was lots of fun. We served old fashion cream sodas appropriately labeled “Poppa’s punch”. For the dessert table I wanted to incorporate vintage boxing magazines so I decoupaged the covers of the popular magazine The Ring on the backdrop. The beautiful desserts were made by Hot Momma’s bakery. I wanted stars to be present on the KO Cake to give it that “seeing stars” effect but I wanted the cake itself to have a vintage feel. She executed it perfectly! The guest of honor had a wonderful time and even at 84 he’s still a knockout!”
Vendors and Credits-
Party Design & Concept : Capes and Crowns
Photography : Danielle McCann Photography
Custom Printables: Whimsical Printables
Custom Wreath : The Knock-Knock Factory
Cake, Cookies, & Cupcakes : Hot Mama’s Bakery
Cake Pops: Bite Size Delights by Ann
Flag Banner : Giggles Galore
Items available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Burlap Table Cloth Ribbon & Fabric Carnival Tickets Rock Candy Striped Paper Straws