Kids' Parties: Slugger Party
Head to the ballpark for this kid's theme party.
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Summer is the perfect season to celebrate America's favorite pastime -- baseball. An outdoor setting is just right, so tailgate at a nearby ballpark or toss some balls around in your own backyard. Fill your team up with a hearty meal and you're sure to hit this one out of the park.
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Grand Slam Invites
This craft is a two-in-one invitation and party favor.
How to Make It:
Decorate plain wooden boxes with lids (available at most crafts stores) with baseball-theme stickers or scrapbooking papers. Consider sticking a baseball card to the box with temporary adhesive tack so the card can be kept as a collectible. Choose boxes deep enough to hold a baseball nestled in shredded green paper "grass." Use a permanent felt-tip marker to write the party information on the baseball. Hand-deliver baseball boxes to party guests.
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Peanut butter and dried fruit are a tasty surprise on crisp celery. If everyone is going to the ballpark, prepare this snack after you arrive because it can get messy during transportation.
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Triple Play Snack Mix
It doesn't get much simpler than this three-ingredient recipe. Just toss it all together and dive in!
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Home Run Cheese Ball
Peanuts give this creamy cheese ball a crunch. Wrap in plastic wrap to keep its shape when traveling, then just unwrap and serve with crackers.
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Prepare a variety of favorite sandwiches -- like ham, cheese, and mayonnaise; turkey, cheese, and mustard; and peanut butter and jelly. Cut with different size star-shape cookie cutters to give them a fun shape. Arrange the sandwiches on a serving platter, then cover tightly with plastic wrap. Don't forget to keep them chilled until serving time if there is mayonnaise on any sandwiches.
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Wash down ballpark snacks with this cool drink. Fresh fruit is naturally sweetened with honey, and yogurt gives it a boost of calcium.
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Parent Party Tip #1
Hold onto all the game tickets until you are entering the baseball park so they don't get lost or misplaced. Make sure everyone enters the park as a group.
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Parent Party Tip #2
Let kids blow off some energy by playing toss before the big game. Ask kids to bring their own balls and gloves, but bring some extras, just in case. Pick a spot away from windows and parked cars.
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Parent Party Tip #3
If a whole team is going to the game, encourage them to all wear their team shirts. This is a handy way to keep track of your group. Consider setting some rules for behavior in the park, like everyone stays in the seating area at all times or instituting a buddy-system if kids are a bit older.