I feel like I blew it.....

United States
April 3, 2007 6:09am CST
My son's 4th birthday is next week and I feel like I blew it! I haven't planned anything for a party. I tried booking a local kiddie moonbounce place but they can't accomodate what I need. So now at the last minute I'm scrambling. I feel like just throwing in the towel and just saying forget it, but he's 4 and he's really excited for his birthday. Plus, I live in a neighborhood where everybody has parties for tehir kids and I feel like I don't have my share (I didn't have one for him last year either). I think I can throw together a little lunchtime party and my son loves baseball so it could be a baseball theme. But I need to do games and stuff. Does anyone have any cute ideas for a baseball theme party? I'm looking for simple games for 4 to 6 year olds.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
At 4 he has no clue. You can even have it a week or so later. Here's some great stuff to get you started: http://www.dltk-cards.com/cards/msportsbirthday.html Invitations with baseball theme - FREE to print off http://www.dltk-kids.com/disc2004/display_message.asp?mid=669 A discussion thread regarding a baseball themed week including how to create a cake http://www.coloring.ws/baseball.htm Baseball coloring pages to print off to keep the kiddies busy while you get stuff ready and wait for guests http://resources.kaboose.com/games/baseball.html Baseball games to play online while you're waiting to gather guests http://www.kidsdomain.com/craft/baseball-frame.html Baseball picture frame to create as a craft at the party and last but not least.... http://www.kaboose.com/features/summerguide/baseball.html a TON of baseball stuff from coloring pages to jokes
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Thanks a bunch for the links-- I love DLTK Kids!
@dfinster (3538)
• United States
3 Apr 07
I don't think you've blown it. I think you're being way to hard on yourself. And I think that's becasue we all love our kids and want the best of everything for them. So, I gave it some thought and came up with some ideas for games and activities that go with the baseball theme he likes. I think they'll be pretty easy to organize and fairly inexpensive but most important fun for your son and his friends. You could just take some of the standard birthday party games and put a little baseball twist to them. For instance, what about having a pinata. You could get one that was a baseball and if you can't find one at a store tey're easy to make. Fill it with candy and little toys and then instead of using a broomstick to break it open, use a plastic baseball bat. Cover the kids eyes with bandana's from some of their favorites teams. Instead of pin the tail on the donkey, you could play pin the ball on the catcher's glove. Get a large sheet of posterpaper and get someone who's pretty good at drawing. Have them draw a catcher sqwatting down, holding out his glove like he's waiting for a pitch. Cover the kids eyes with the bandanas, spin them around 1 or 2 times, give them the paper or cardboard baseball and see who comes the closest to pinning the ball in the catchers glove. Make a double layer round birthday cake, (any flavor), frost it with white frosting and use red piping to make it look like a baseball. You could also have the kids play a whiffle ball game in the backyard. It could be just for fun or for little prizes like whiffle ball, plastic bats, team bandanas' or penants. If you wanted to go as far as giving out 1 or 2 GRAND prizes you could give a ball glove,(if you but them at KMart or WalMart) they're not expensive. The second place grand prize could be an official team baseball cap. I got my Michigan Wolverine one at Walmart for like $5. I hope you liked some of these ideas and I wish I could be there to help you. I love doing that kind of stuff. Let me know how everything goes. If you liked my suggestions and you want to ask me anything else, I'd be happy to help if I can. Giid Luck. I'm sure your son will think he's got the best mom in the world!
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Wow,dfinster, you should be a professional party planner! Thank you for your ideas- I will definitely be using some!
@wmaharper (2316)
• United States
3 Apr 07
you can go out and buy a tee,and some bats, and balls, and ask everyone to bring thier mitt, and see if you can go down to the local ball field, (or create your own if you have room), (all of the stuff you buy, is an added gift for your son) YOu can take pictures of the boys with a Polaroid camera, and then use those pics and make thier own baseball cards, they would love that, and use contact paper to laminate them, it's something they could be proud of and would want to keep with them. ( get a professional looking jersey, from yous son's favorite team for everyone to wear) the kids will have fun no matter what, as long as you are having fun. Don't worry about it. They don't need a spectacularly planned party, even if that's what the neighbors do, this isn't for everyone else, it's for your little guy, celebrating his special day, do what he likes, and that's all that matters.
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• United States
3 Apr 07
Wow, thank you for the great ideas!
3 Apr 07
One game I can suggest is musical hats. You need two hats and some music. One hat on one child, one hat on the child opposite. Start the music and the kids have to take the hat from the child on the right, put it on their head, and pass it on
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• Canada
3 Apr 07
You can never be to careful with the possibility of lice, i'm not sure that's a good idea for children unless they have all been checked in advance by a nurse who knows what he/she is doing....
• United States
4 Apr 07
You haven't blown it.. I've thrown alot of 'last minute' birthday parties for my son when he was younger and let me tell you - as long as the kids are all together in one place, they will have fun on their own! With that said, I think the baseball theme is a great idea and a poster a few spots above me gave you some wonderful ideas on how to put a twist on things to give them a baseball theme - go with those. The "Pin the ball in the mitt" game is a wonderful idea! Here is what I would do: Make a homemade round layer cake - frost it white and make it look like a baseball with red icing for the stitching. Decorate the house with balloons/streamers in the colors of your son's favorite baseball team. Also match the paper plates and napkins in those colors. Get a baseball pinata at your local party supply store. Make Goodie Bags with bubble gum (all baseball players chew bubble gum!) and little candy/toys/stickers with a baseball feel OR just buy enough cheap plastic bats and wiffle balls to give to each child as they leave as a 'parting gift'. Serve hot dogs, single serve chip bags and juice boxes (if you are doing lunch). Play maybe 3 games. The suggestion of "Pin the baseball in the mitt" is an excellent idea. You can even make it yourself by getting a really large piece of poster paper and cutting out a mitt, coloring it brown and then making a bunch of little paper 'baseballs' with a piece of tape on the back and the child's name on the front. You could also play "Hot Baseball" - just like hot potato but use a soft baseball instead. When my son was turning 5 we also did a little relay race - I bought paper bowls and put a cherry in the bottom .. then I filled the bowl with whip cream (from the can). The kids were all lined up in front of a bowl and had to keep their hands behind their backs. When I said 'go' they had to get the cherry with their mouths. They LOVED it! What boy doesn't like to get messy!? You could switch it up and use a baseball shaped piece of bubble gum instead of the cherry. Also, have wet wipes on hand to make cleaning up really easy! The kids STILL talk about that and my son is 16 now. They said it was alot of fun and something they remember. I hope you relax and just have fun. That is all that matters. I do not think you should just skip it. It's easy to have fun with just some simple ideas. You need to hurry up and make some invitations though! Baseball ones of course :] Happy Birthday to your son - I hope he has a blast with his friends!
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@NatureBoy (493)
• Singapore
4 Apr 07
How about getting some water bombs. But i advise extreme caution. Look for plastic bags which are thinner and easier to break. Don't use the actual water bomb balloons. They are too hard and would hurt the kids. They can have a good throwing session, but just let them use the porch, in case they mess up the rooms. Treat it like free watering of the garden. Remember to clean up though.
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• Philippines
4 Apr 07
Don't fret too soon. You still have a couple of days to make your son's birthday memorable. You can check on the web for some cool ideas for the party. I'm sorry but I'm not really artistic so I cannot suggest any ideas on this. I usually check some magazines and of course the web for some wonderful themes and ideas.
@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
3 Apr 07
Everybody hsa submitted wonderful ideas. I don't know if yu have a backyard or not but you could have the kids play tag, pin the tail on the donkey, musical chairs. You could take the children to a local play area and they could play on the structures there. You could buy a Pinata and have the kids wing at that with a baseball bat....
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@kurtbiewald (2629)
• United States
3 Apr 07
pizza small gifts inside balloons maybe a scavenger hunt just make a list of things: a live animal, a stone, a bottle cap, a worm, a twig, aluminum then prizes or a treasure hunt, hide a clue that leads to the next one, etc, every works together on it, then the treasure is like kazoos for everybody maybe thats what my folks used to do for my parties
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• United States
3 Apr 07
you can buy the soft balls and hard bats and let them get a chance to play baseball and you can get a bseball cake for him i really dont know about baseball so thosse are the only things i can think off hopefully its helpfull to you and sorry couldnt give more ideas.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Trust me it doesn't take much to make the party a sucess for a child that age. Go with the baseball theme. Get a cake and what not that goes with it. Get a pinata, they have them where you just have to fill them with candy and supply the bat. That can be a lot of fun for the kids to do. Water balloons are another great thing for kids to play with. Do a water balloon toss where they toss them back and forth going further and fruther back till only one winner. It's a lot of fun and they get wet which kids love to do.
• Pakistan
3 Apr 07
Duedesses its the 4th ok there are still more just make it seem like you have planned. GEt a couple of balls and bats and a cake some french fries and burgures and have a game in the back yard/ front yard. Trsut me ive help parties for my 2.5 year old sister tehy were poor planned but came out better than planned so just take a chill pill and a coffee and everthing will go alright.
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• United States
4 Apr 07
Do you have a yard you can have the party in? And do you live somewhere where it is warm enough yet to have it in your yard. Or maybe you can have it in the house. We had my son's 6th birthday at the local bowling alley. We invited his class and then we rented two lanes. Our local bowling alley also has party prices. I think we payed $60.00 and that included the lanes, shoe rentals, drinks, balloons, etc. I think the only thing I had to buy was the cake. I think we ended up with 10 kids showing up. I would try looking up "baseball birthday parties" on the internet. You can usually find great ideas and games that are of any theme you chose. Some of the websites even have printouts for invitations and such.
@anc350 (326)
• India
4 Apr 07
dont be too hard on yourself. just take it easy as possible and keep ur composure
• United States
4 Apr 07
You didn't blow it. At that age I'm sure your son will be pleased at anything you can throw together as a last minute party. Take it one step at a time. Don't stress over it and things will fall into place. I hope your son has a nice birthday btw. :)
• United States
4 Apr 07
Hey it is your sons birthday not the neighorhoods. He will be the one to remeber it not them. So have him tell you what he wants to do and take him somewhere he will never forget. Next year when he is 5, have a neighorhood party
@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
3 Apr 07
Have no fear! I have thrown together a birthday party for a 4 year old overnight. My payday ended up being the day before my daughters birthday. I wouldn't limit your party to a baseball party, they have more options for sports related parties. You can hit your local dollar store and and find tons of things for the kids to play with also, you can make cute little inexpensive gift bags for guests. A baseball cake and ice cream, some balloons and your ready to go! For food go with easy stuff like pizza, hot dogs and baseball related eats, that are cheap. Have fun with it and don't stress too much!
@Phoniex (74)
• India
3 Apr 07
you can arrange a party in you home only and it will be wonderful.
• United States
3 Apr 07
He will have so many more birthdays come to him, missing this one will not be a big deal. You could just do what some mothers do and go to wal mart and get a cake and some candle and pick up a few presents at the same time, just let it be you and the family, or just the household. You do not have to go all out for a kid on their birthday. Being 4 years old he probably will only remember what he see's in the pictures anyway. And just because your neighborhood has parties for their kids, that doesn't mean anything at all. You should not do something because your neighborhood does it. Do it the way you wanna do it, and do it when you have time to do it.