Monday, September 10, 2007

Baseball Birthday

David's birthday was last week and on Friday night, we celebrated Baseball style! Here's the scoop on the whole night:

A Baseball Cake with pennants that said, "Happy Birthday David!"

Home Plate shaped place mats made out of brown kraft paper were topped with enamelware dishes. Bandannas were used as napkins and bound with a slip of scrapbook paper and attached with double-stick tape. The pennants were made out of construction paper and wooden skewers and acted as place cards.

Here is the template for the place mats!

The centerpiece was simply David's baseball glove, a baseball and an American flag.

I made this chalkboard recently (will be posting more on this later in the week) and decorated this into a scoreboard. The paper pennants are just stapled onto string. We also had lengths of these hanging across the ceiling.

For dinner we had hot dogs, watermelon, small bags of chips and ...

...of course, icy cold Coke's!

Cracker Jacks were available for snacking! And, I found a copy of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" on one of Emily's CD's, so we played that while serving dinner.

After dinner and cake, we were ready to get outside and have a little fun. I had seen this idea and decided to make my own. I bought one yard of navy blue canvas at Wal-Mart for about $4.50. I used painter's tape to mark off the lines and then painted with craft paints. Cutting holes for the different spots was the last step.Here is the finished product hanging from the clothesline and ready to play!

A bucket of bean bags and a few players are all you need!
I think this may be my favorite photo of the whole event! Look at that sweet face peeking through the third base hole!

Emily had a great time! She has this thing about wearing our cloth napkins, and in this case bandannas, on her head!

We wrapped up the whole baseball theme the next morning by having this fun cereal for breakfast! It was perfect because this was David's favorite cereal growing up and with the baseball shaped pieces, I could not resist!


Wendi said...

Monica, you are the queen of theme! Love the cereal, great way to finish it off. Looks like lots of fun!

*carrie* said...


So glad you all had fun. I love the photo--and movie--of Emily in her little kerchief!

Everything as usual turned out darling.

It's dark, cold and rainy here this morning so N's sleeping in a bit!

Michelle said...

You did such a great job with everything ~ it looks like the whole evening was fun, fun, fun!!! I love all of your creative ideas :)

Have an awesome day!

AmyG said...

what a wonderful thing to do! So much fun and so thoughtful!

Anonymous said...

Monica, your attention to detail is amazing! I'm sure David felt very special. :) Great party!
Love you, Mom

Leah said...

Oh, my word, Monica - the WORK you went to! Bless your heart!! I hope all was appreciated by the birthday "boy". =)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful party! Thanks for the ideas. I'm sure my little baseball fan would LOVE this type of party next year.


nannykim said...

I am tired just looking at all you accomplished--your hubby must feel loved. You are very creative--Praise the Lord for his gifts!!

Christine said...

What fun! You are just so creative!

Angela - Life w/ Two Busy Boys said...

Looks like so much fun and what a great idea!!

It's a Mom Thing said...

You're the best wife! I bet your husband (and the kids) really enjoyed this birthdya celebration. Way to go!!!

kimi said...

YOU DID FANTASTIC! love it! so creative and fun (yet frugal) I am as usual impressed as all get out!

Gena said...

That is an adorable party. I love all the decorations and the food! You are certainly good at that - very creative.

Amy said...

You are too cute! I love all of your theme ideas- you are just too creative for words. I hope your husband had a wonderful birthday and enjoyed being spoiled :)

Anonymous said...

What a clever idea for David's party. You are indeed the queen of theme ideas!! You don't forget one thing, do you? I'm sure David felt very special and loved. And I KNOW Emily had a good time...the movie is too cute!
Love you, Grandma

Abbi said...

Very very cute! It is fun to see other's ideas for frugal theme birthday's. We have enjoyed doing stuff like that at our house but I don't know that we have ever done it quite that nicely. Just lately we had fun doing a dog birthday party for my son but unfortunatly my camera was not working at the time.

kristin said...

Your ideas were great.My Husbands Birthday is coming up and we are all baseball fans.I think I will do that theme.You are such an inspiration in many ways.
Thanks again