September 14th, 2012 |

Football Backyard Party

Celebrate a favorite fall tradition, football, this season with a backyard party.  Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails created a charming party for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Read on for details from Kori, and ideas for recreating this party for your family….

When it comes to a fall party, football is one that often comes to mind, but I found it’s usually a party to watch football. Getting little boys together for a football party is much more fun when they get to play!! I took inspiration for the little boys “backyard football party” from years of playing and watching football in the backyard on Thanksgiving morning and throughout the fall. What little kid doesn’t love a chance to run around and get muddy?

The party was set up as a birthday party and I felt that it should stay simple in design in order to fit the theme. To start the party, you need an invitation, and this is where I wanted to set the tone! Finding sports shirts on sale for a few dollars a piece, I thought sending one to each child to wear to the party was a great way to start it off! Along with the shirt, each child received a letter which was a “Draft Notice” to see what team they were drafted too! It called the guest to wear the color shirt they received and report to the backyard field for the party.

When it came to design, I wanted to mix the rustic feel of the backyard party with a little bit of modern design, so I incorporated black stripes (a la referee) and bright grass green color. I mixed these modern elements with Kraft paper to cover the tables, Kraft Boxes, and “mud in mason jars” on the dessert table. I decided the “sweets table” would be the “halftime snacks” and had birthday cake, mini cakes, “mud pie” jars, and football shaped water bottles. Playing outside, you know the kids need to stay hydrated, so I put a drink bin with frozen water balloons and more water bottles next to the benches!

Our big activity was obviously the actual game, which consisted of a lot of running, some chasing, a little tagging, a lot of laughing, and a few falls! We kept score with a black mat board and a piece of chalk which was fun for the kids and an easy decoration to make! Once the game was over and the sweets were finished, each child left with a mini football, their football water bottles, and a little bit of mud.

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3 comments to Football Backyard Party

  • I liked your table preparation.. your decorations and ideas are fantastic.. you really did a great job here..

  • Parker

    Thanks for the awesome tips! We’re having a huge party this weekend for all my friends and coworkers at Dish, and I’ve been looking for just these kinds of ideas! It’s not going to be outside, but I especially liked the idea of getting little gift baskets together for the kids that are coming over; something to keep them busy during the games. We’re also getting a giant nacho sombrero and a six-foot sub. With my Hopper, I’m going to hook up three TVs in our living room. The Hopper has three tuners, so that will allow us to watch three different games at the same time in full HD, and still have the fourth TV to spare so the kids can watch a movie off the DVR. Between my three-TV extravaganza and your awesome tips, this will be THE party of the season!

  • Parker

    Thanks for these awesome tips! We’re having a huge party this weekend for all my friends and coworkers at DISH, and I’ve been looking for just these kinds of ideas! We’re also getting a giant nacho sombrero and a six-foot sub. With my Hopper, I’m going to hook up three TVs in our living room. The Hopper has three tuners, so that will allow us to watch three different games at the same time in full HD, and still have the fourth TV to spare so the kids can watch a movie off the DVR. Between my three-TV extravaganza and your awesome tips, this will be a great party!