Celebrate the Little League Baseball Season with a Baseball Theme Party!
June 01, 2012
The end of season celebration for Little League teams is a time-honored tradition that goes back nearly as far as the game itself. When it’s time to plan your league’s next end-of-year party, a little creativity will help you knock it out of the park with fun new ideas so that you aren’t stuck with the same old ideas and boring food and activities you have every year.
Even if your team doesn’t make it to the playoffs, help the players celebrate a season filled with fun, friendship, and teamwork with a party that will incorporate all the important life lessons they learned along the way. Start the event with a customizable baseball banner with a message for you team congratulating them on a successful season! Since you can personalize these banners with whatever message you want, use them to recognize individual players, show off the team’s stats, or just tell them good job!
Chances are your team will be full of kids with healthy appetites, so you’ll need to have plenty of food to tame the hungry beasts! Stock a buffet table with baseball paper goods including baseball paper plates, napkins, and coordinating cups. Pizza is always a fan favorite for kids, but if you want something a little different there are plenty of other menu options you can consider.
- Baseball park fare, like hotdogs, nachos, cotton candy, and peanuts are a fun option and simple to serve.
- Instead of calling the local pizza place for delivery, let the kids create their own personal pizzas, with unique toppings like pineapple, ham, sundried tomatoes, olives, and garlic, in addition to traditional toppings like pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, and onions.
- Serve up nothing but finger foods like Buffalo wings, tortilla rollups, chips and dips, potato skins, and mozzarella sticks.
- Set up a taco bar and let the kids go crazy filling their taco shells with all the toppings they want. Be sure to have hard and soft taco shells, as well as nacho chips for some variety.
- For dessert, order a sheet cake in the shape of a baseball diamond from a local bakery, or choose individual cupcakes with a baseball motif. Baseball shaped cookies are a fun option as well.
Once the kids have eaten the fill, you’ll need to have some activities planned so they can work off those extra calories and burn off some energy! After playing baseball all summer, the kids probably won’t want to start a rousing game of baseball in the backyard, but some fun baseball-themed games will probably be a hit.
- Create a trivia game with questions about various members of the team. Use player stats, hobbies, family life, and likes and dislikes to create the questions.
- Let the kids practice their swing while taking a whack at a baseball piñata. Not only will they love swinging the bat at the piñata, but they’ll love all the candy and other goodies they can collect once they crack it open!
- See how coordinated the players are by holding a juggling contest with baseball stress balls. Whoever can keep their balls in the air the longest will be crowned the champion!
- Before the party ends, hand out baseballs to each team member and let them get their friends’ signatures. Not only will everyone have a fun keepsake of their team roster, but if anyone ever makes it to the big leagues, they’ll have proof they knew them before they hit the big time!
Before the party is over and the season draws to a close for another year, gather the kids together for some team camaraderie. Pass out award trophies to the team’s most valuable players, most improved players, the player who encouraged their teammates the most, and whatever other awards your team typically hands out at the end of the season. Reward the players for working well together and remembering that the true purpose of Little League isn’t winning games, but learning how to work as a team and how to have fun. Whether your team won every game, lost every game, or split their stats down the middle, the end of season is a time to celebrate and let the kids have some fun together, so knock your party plans out of the park with some fun and exciting activities and yummy foods the kids will love!