Baseball Themed 1st Birthday Party

My son turned 1 this year.  Its amazing how everyone said it would fly by and I believed them and really really tried to live in the moment and cherish every second.  It still flew by!

However, the fun part is that we got to throw a big Baseball themed 1st Birthday Party.

Some fun elements were a flag banner that featured photos from every month of life from birth to 12 months.  It was a fun way to show guests how much he’s grown and changed.  And a “Happy Birthday” banner hung above the high chair.

A sandwich board chalkboard on the curb guided guests the gate leading to the backyard.  Above the gate hung another flag banner that said “Admissions” and a little “Gate B” sign on the gate for fun.  (B is for Bennett)  As guests entered the backyard, a table was set up with some fun ballpark goodies.

•  Cotton Candy hanging on a tree branch
•  Apothecary jars and mason jars filled with peanuts and sunflower seeds
•  Vintage cracker jacks wrapped up with a tag that said “Thank You for Helping to Make Bennett’s Birthday a Grand Slam.”
• Some classic treats like Red Vines, Big League Chew, Twix and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
•  An old wooden bat for guests to sign for the birthday boy
•  And some pictures from a recent photoshoot
Of course, what’s a baseball party without baseball cupcakes…. I made some Padres pennant flag toppers since the San Diego Padres are my husbands favorite team.  The tables were covered with a light gray cloth and baseball jersey pinstripe overlays.  The centerpieces were a 2’x2′ astroturf square with apothecary jars filled with baseballs and mason jars in the four corners with a single white rose (from Eufloria) to represent a baseball diamond.  And finally, a snack bar filled with some yummy classics:  hot dogs, fritto boats, nachos, pretzels, churros and some fresh fruit.

We played wiffle ball in the yard and I made a “Schmitz Stadium” flag banner to hang above the “ball field.”  We purchased foam fingers for the teams and to top it off… I made family shirts for our little nuclear family.  It has our names and ages on the back.

It was a blessed day for my little man.  So much fun hanging out with family and friends.

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