A Baseball First Birthday Party

For George’s birthday, I wanted to do a classic baseball theme. I found these signs at Hobby Lobby last fall (on sale), and that was what started my thought process of the party planning.

11915128_10100890814468031_3876643987451444464_oI have been collecting things over the past 6 months, and then the past month we made the last minute touches.

So here is a look at our celebration of George’s first year.

1495287_10100890815146671_6681852672207887605_oLet’s start with the decorations.

12002413_10100890814248471_7457861057421633721_oThese were our centerpieces. I was able to get a pound of peanuts for $2 at our local grocery store. A pound goes a loooong way. Real baseballs were expensive, so I bought these stress balls instead for super super cheap. I think I got 24 for less than I could get one real baseball. We also had sunflower seed bags and Big League Chew gum that people could take. And of course a little Royals flair had to show up.

12002421_10100890814333301_3635579347020662466_oI really wanted to emphasize how far George has come, so the month to month pictures with the NICU picture was a must. The tags say “Rookie Year.” We made these with our Cricut and a punch out device.

11922956_10100890815705551_1934204914936988137_oWe printed these large architecture prints at Staples for cheap. I took the first baseball one when he was a couple weeks old. The middle picture is one of our favorites, and he was 6 months then. The last one is from his invitation shoot when he was 11 months old. Tom and I made that dugout sign. When George graduates to a big boy bed, we are going to change his decor to a baseball theme, so this will eventually go in there. I will share how we did that later this week!

11894504_10100890815745471_8853660199750160468_oThat mitt is actually a pool floatie that my sister-in-law found online.

11935134_10100890814168631_24198640669325182_oI saw this autograph idea on Pinterest, and it was just too cute not to do. We made the sign using our Cricut and a pre-made scrapbooking sheet.

10429494_10100890813759451_2016854847409029975_nThis is the cupcake stand. Tom made this, and I helped with the baseball stitches. I will share this soon too!

10699694_10100890814812341_800984713648129066_oThis scoreboard is another piece that will go in George’s room. It is a chalkboard sign, so eventually we see George playing with that as his imagination grows.

11999750_10100890814562841_2134369407922666121_oI found a picnic table cloth that looks like grass so we could do the cake smash on it easily instead of doing a high chair. My SIL got the idea to have a grandstand behind him once I told her about the grass. She found that wall hanging and the blow-up catcher on Zulily I believe.

For the food, we did hot dogs of course, but I wanted it to be pretty low key and easy to prepare. We also had popcorn, a fruit and veggie tray, cookies, Hostess cakes, ice cream, and cake pops.

11823033_10100890813894181_3897622861416448086_oWe made this sign to make it be a “concession” stand.

11922848_10100890814487991_2627504259060178010_oWe had it in our church gym, and the kitchen opens up nicely to add to the concession ambiance.

12002487_10100890814068831_4531515354860644404_oMy SIL has a cookie lady who does an AMAZING job decorating cookies. Seriously, look at those things! We also found Hostess baseball cakes which are on our nicely made baseball theme cupcake stand. My father-in-law found the KC Royals peanut bags at a local grocery store, so obviously we had to have those added! I found the Royals napkins at party store here, and there are also regular baseball ones.

12002621_10100890814847271_8820623049336009798_oMy SIL, the party planner, also has a cake pop lady, so yep these happened.

11953530_10100890815605751_1451344335719024023_oThese were our party favors. I just made balls that say, “Thanks for Coming! Hope You Had a Ball!” I made them in Publisher and printed them out myself. Easy peasy. I got a bulk box of them off Amazon for like 10 bucks.

Since there are a lot of kids in our family, we knew we had to have something for them to do to get all the sillies out. So we had inflatable balls and bats just thrown all over the gym. They had a “ball.”

11952796_10100890815670621_1129773986657203551_oMy SIL found these online in a 12 pack, which covered all the kiddos in case they didn’t want to share. And same with the baseball beach balls.

11936507_10100890815016931_2986832896686764566_o 11934968_10100890815121721_3675045106625245992_o 11928712_10100890815001961_7861883815618159264_oSo I bought this little bloomer outfit when George was like 4 months old, and let’s just say it’s a good thing he only wore if for a couple hours. It was a tad snug. 11226056_10100890815481001_294038128549587501_o 11227588_10100890815555851_6063895141694271798_o 11958050_10100890815426111_171671363350497930_oI mean this shirt was just calling my name. Especially when I got it for $4. He wore this after he dabbled in the icing.

12002358_10100890815406151_2526204293931605475_oTom made the baseball cake.

11227566_10100890815306351_580281061381427075_oDoesn’t the backdrop look awesome?

11937031_10100890815391181_3689082686254034623_oThe nice thing about doing it at the church was that it had an industrial kitchen with a big sink perfect for hosing George down.

10669051_10100890814108751_5408306421864629906_oThis is George’s great-grandma who is 96.

11823050_10100890814667631_8620753340258403849_oThese are George’s only first cousins, one from my side and one from Tom’s. I love that we were able to have them both there!

11947912_10100890814747471_8642003758167197522_oYes Tom is awesome for agreeing to match me in these baseball tees that were basically heat traps. Seriously so much sweat…

Tom and I love this little man. We are amazed by him every single day. We are so blessed, and we never knew how much our hearts would grow to let him in. I know George won’t remember this day, but this celebration was also to thank all of our family and friends for being there and supporting us in our first year as parents.

Can’t wait to see where year 2 takes us. We are oh so curious at what big things will happen.

Like talking. George said his first word this week. He said ‘mama!’

We had so much fun putting this baseball party together and celebrating George!

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