Hosting a birthday party for your son or daughter is easier when you’ve got a unifying theme. If your child plays soccer —o r is just a soccer fan — why not throw a soccer birthday bash? Here are some great ideas to get your party started.
Set the Scene with the Invites
While there are lots of pre-printed soccer invites that get the job done, it’s often helpful to send custom personalized invites that help guests know what kind of party to expect. Phrases like, “let’s kick up some fun,” tell guests your party will likely have some outdoor athletic activities and games, so they come dressed to play.
Choose invites with the colors of your child’s favorite team and use those colors in your party planning. If your child and their guests play on a team together, you may want to use team colors in your party. Be sure to send your invites at least three or four weeks in advance, especially if your party falls during the school year so parents have time to plan.
Prepare the Pitch
Once you’ve decided where you’re throwing your soccer party, it’s time to choose your decorations. Your decorations are more limited in an outdoor party, but you can still hang balloons and streamers, put birthday yard signs in the grass, and decorate the food and gift tables.
For an indoor party, you can get as creative as your budget allows. Hang soccer pennants along doorways and walls. Use synthetic grass mats on the goodies and cake table; they’re the perfect backdrop for a soccer ball cake. Cover a wall in the party room with soccer decals or a scene setter. Make clusters of black and white balloons to keep the soccer ball theme.
Score with the Perfect Party Foods
A soccer theme party is the perfect place to showcase a creative touch on the foods you’d typically find at a soccer stadium. Popcorn is a yummy and inexpensive favorite; you can also add a glaze in your team’s colors for extra punch. Hotdogs, pretzels, and nachos are all popular kid-friendly choices. Serve your goodies in striped paper containers just like you’d find at the stadium.
There are lots of options for a soccer-themed birthday cake. The simplest option is to decorate a sheet cake like a soccer field with green icing and field markings piped in white topped with a soccer ball candle. You can also make a soccer ball cake by baking your cake mix in oven-proof glass bowls that can be glued together with icing and covered in frosting to resemble a soccer ball. Individual cupcakes topped with feathered green icing that looks like grass and topped with a soccer ball candy are another option kids will love.
The Goal is Great Games
Soccer-themed games can be adapted for indoor or outdoor parties. Try soccer bowling using empty soda bottles for pins. Have players kick the ball to knock down pins; score just like regular bowling. Play airheads with black and white balloons; players must keep their balloon in the air using only their heads. A summer favorite is the water balloon obstacle course where guests have to dribble a water balloon around cones and other obstacles without breaking their balloon.
Be sure to send guests home with a soccer-themed swag bag and great memories of your child’s special day.