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.
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.
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…
Where she had chalked her lawn to mimic a mini soccer “pitch!”
We dubbed this “Max and Cal’s Stadium.”
Complete with a “Concession Stand” stocked with Pirate’s Booty and apple juice.
In addition to the soccer clinic, guests could visit the “Press Box,”
Where we asked a caricature artist to sketch the kids playing their favorite sport:
We hung these on the “Hall of Fame” and they were sent home as favors.
The kids’ lunch table was decked out with plenty of sports paraphernalia, including pom poms…
basketballs, soccer balls, footballs and baseballs — all sized just right for little hands…
and water bottles for the Super Soccer Stars to quench their thirst.
The spectators’ table included megaphones and the giant foam hands often found at pro sporting events.
The buffet table was anchored by a large trophy cup filled with sunflowers…
And the cake table featured more sunflowers and sports themed goodies.
Cake pops are such a great choice for a sports themed party!
But, because of allergy concerns, we opted for cupcakes, sports themed cookies by Dough*Girl…
and a small cake for each birthday boy!
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:
Our husbands dutifully wore official referee shirts:
And my friend and I wore “Ref” shirts that we found on Zazzle:
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…
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?!?):
And, finally, that special, kitschy golfer in your life can usher in summer by toting this playful Kate Spade number…
Artificial turf as fashion statement? I guess we’ve officially seen it all.
Photos by Laura Ricciardi
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