{Real Parties} Vintage Baseball Birthday Party

This past June we had the wonderful priveledge and honor to design a vintage Yankee’s inspired baseball party for my grandfather’s 85th birthday.  Did I mention it was a surprise party for him and also my grandmother, too!  Talk about keeping secrets!!!

My grandfather (Dee Dad, as we call him) is a lifelong NY Yankees fan; when he talks about great moments in baseball, he would always recall the old-timers and good ol’ days of the simpler life, when people would get dressed in their Sunday best to go to the ballgame.  With that, I decided to create a party with nods to the olden days of baseball.

The invitation was designed in navy pinstripe with a silhouette of a batter knocking one out of the park.  Some old-fashioned font styles completed the simple but festive design.  I added the batter’s image to the envelopes as well; pretty envelopes are so much more fun and exciting to open, afterall!

With the invitations mailed out, I began to work on all the party details.  Of course, I had these wonderful visions of the party being held outdoors on our porch overlooking the pool with navy and white pom poms hanging from above.  Cue weather: 1 hour before the party, the skies grew dark and the heavens opened to a downpour!  Onto Plan B: indoors  with a few friends helping me move the centerpieces into the living and family rooms.  (If you remember, my Popsicle Party was a washout as well – I really need to figure out a way to control the weather on party days!)

Peanuts, old baseballs, bats, and mitts were used throughout the decor.

I scored a box of 50 old baseballs and a bat at the flea market for only $7.  I created miniature pennants featuring the man of the hour’s initials in his own logo, his number, and some fun baseball phrases (‘Hey Batter Batter’, ‘Swing!’, and ‘Homerun’ to name a few).  As guests arrived, they were asked to sign their autograph on a new baseball bat I purchased.  The bat full of well wishes now sits proudly in my grandfather’s office at home.

The guest of honor finally arrived, and the surprise was a wonderful success!  At that moment, I was able to relax.  (I think surprise parties are the most stressful to pull off.)

Guests were encouraged to test their Yankee knowledge at one of 2 quizzes while enjoying traditional ballgame fare of hot dogs, sausage sandwiches, burgers and more.

Dee Dad’s great-grandkids dressed in matching jerseys in honor of the occasion (even the daughter of a diehard NY Mets fan!)

The 7th inning stretch consisted of a cake that was prepared by the very talented Elyse of Joy & Cake (& By Little Hands); my aunt would not believe that the baseballs were edible – until the kids dug into them!

Peanuts, popcorn, and pretzels – staple food of ballgames, were all available for guests to help themselves.  For me, no trip to a game is complete without an ice cream sundae in one of those helmet cups!  Imagine my delight, when I found the official Yankee cups online and in stock!!!!

Guests traveled back to their homefield with individual boxes of Cracker Jacks and a tag that read, “Ed’s 85th Grandslam,” tied with navy striped baker’s twine.

The party was a homerun, and Dee Dad was able to celebrate with his entire family and friends; in his words, “the best gift of all!”

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6 Responses to “{Real Parties} Vintage Baseball Birthday Party”

  1. Brandi says:

    This is ABSOLUTELY the BEST birthday party I’ve ever seen!!!! I’m having a vintage sports birthday party for my two year old son December 11th. I’ve been searching the internet for weeks looking for great ideas…your party is exactly what I’m going for!

    Is there any way you would be willing to share your templates for the food cards, cracker jack tags, the autograph and thank-you signs??? Or where can I buy it? I was planning on pulling a few all nighters this weekend to create everything using my cricket and scrapbook supplies. What did you use to print on your pennants? They look amazing!

    I bet your grandfather was truly blessed by this party! I love the last picture with his lil’ fans! Too cute!

  2. Belleza e Luce says:

    Hi! I have the favor tags from the vintage baseball party available in my shop The placecards and signs are also available for sale – email me or send me a convo on Etsy.

  3. Krysten Hurwitz says:

    Hi! I love all of your ideas for the birthday party! I was wondering where you found the yankees baseball ticket from the 1932 world series?

  4. Janeen Bellissimo says:

    I love all the ideas!! What are those green flowers?

  5. Dana says:

    I love this party! I have been trying to make a banner for my son’s party this Saturday and miserably failed haha. Is there by any chance you have a printable format that I can purchase from you? I know it’s super last minute.

  6. Silvia says:

    Hi, I absolutely love this party! My husband is a die hard Yankee fan. I am looking to throw him a 35th baseball theme birthday bash. Where did you find the Baseball ticket sign? Do you still have it? Are you willing to sell it? Please, let me know. I visited you Etsy shop, but did not see it. Thanks.

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