PLAYING THE FIELD


I have plenty of experience planning pink “princessy” parties for my daughter, but – until recently – I had stayed on the sidelines with respect to boys’ parties.  That all changed this past fall, when my friend and I got into the spirit of things by pulling together a sporty soirée for our sons who were turning three.

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Our husbands played basketball together in college and our sons – born just ten days apart- are sports enthusiasts and best buddies.  A sports themed party featuring a clinic hosted by “Super Soccer Stars” was just the ticket for these two aspiring athletes.

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My friend graciously hosted and we set out a balloon arch and a pathway of orange cones to greet guests and guide them to her backyard…

 

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Where she had chalked her lawn to mimic a mini soccer “pitch!”

 

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We dubbed this “Max and Cal’s Stadium.”

 

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Complete with a “Concession Stand” stocked with Pirate’s Booty and apple juice.

 

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In addition to the soccer clinic, guests could visit the “Press Box,”

 

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Where we asked a caricature artist to sketch the kids playing their favorite sport:

 

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We hung these on the “Hall of Fame” and they were sent home as favors.

 

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The kids’ lunch table was decked out with plenty of sports paraphernalia, including pom poms…

 

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basketballs, soccer balls, footballs and baseballs — all sized just right for little hands…

 

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and water bottles for the Super Soccer Stars to quench their thirst.

 

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The spectators’ table included megaphones and the giant foam hands often found at pro sporting events.

 

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The buffet table was anchored by a large trophy cup filled with sunflowers…

 

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And the cake table featured more sunflowers and sports themed goodies.

 

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Cake pops are such a great choice for a sports themed party!

 

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But, because of allergy concerns, we opted for cupcakes, sports themed cookies by Dough*Girl

 

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and a small cake for each birthday boy!

 

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The playlist for the afternoon included old favorites like: “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “Put Me in Coach” and “Glory Days.”  As for “uniforms,” we had shirts made for the boys (and my daughter!) at Chilly Bear:

 

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Our husbands dutifully wore official referee shirts:

 

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And my friend and I wore “Ref” shirts that we found on Zazzle:

 

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We topped these off with whistles, which come in rather handy when corralling a group of sugar fueled three year olds.  All in all, it was a great day and – most importantly – our boys loved it!

Taking this trip down memory lane has unlocked my inner “Sporty Spice,” and I am leaving you with a few ways to enjoy the sporting life this summer.  Namely, with a cute baseball T for the ballpark or for running errands around town:

 

 

With a pair of sassy new sneakers to pair with shorts for comfortable and stylish sightseeing:

 

 

By celebrating Wimbledon stateside with strawberries and cream…

 

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and a preppy commemorative polo.

 

 

By toasting the Louis Vuitton Cup with a new bag from their summer collection (methinks this could almost double as a gym bag?!?):

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And, finally, that special, kitschy golfer in your life can usher in summer by toting this playful Kate Spade number…

 

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Artificial turf as fashion statement?  I guess we’ve officially seen it all.

xoxo,

Cath

 

Photos by Laura Ricciardi



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Comments to “PLAYING THE FIELD”


  1. you are amazingly creative!