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Basketball Themed Birthday Party

Well my baby boy turned 4 on Wednesday (okay, not so baby) and we had a basketball ball themed party.  Each year he is very specific about what kind of party he wants and he decided early, it was basketball.
I had my parents bring a box cake from the states because they are hands down the best.  Obvisouly a basketball cake. Last year he had dinosaurs and I was 8 month prego and too lazy to make the cake.  The year before was this one.  So I was happy it was an easy little basketball cake, although I could have done better.
‘ans’ in French is years, if you were wondering
Can you tell our cool basketball court table cloth? Love it!
We just took paper from my son’s Ikea drawing board and laid it across the table and used different shapes and sizes to create the court.  Another idea if you have room is placemats for each kid.  That way they can color on them and take them home. 
Face painting, thanks to grammy.
 Face painting for the kids

Pin the basket in the hoop game
 Try to get the ball in the hoop
Basketball banner, orange baloons, and a basketball hoop to complete the look.
 Everything was done for super inexpensive.  We also made chocolate ‘suckers’ for the kids in their gift baskets that I am realizing now I forgot to take pics of.  The cake is easy-peesie.  My mom used to make cakes like that for our birthday’s every year and I loved it.  So I want to do it for my kids. 
It was my first time hosting a party in French.  It was interesting, but I think I did okay.  I had a friend who was there who is bilingual, so that was helpful.  Oh and I also found out that parents don’t stay for parties, they just drop their kids off.  That one threw my for a loop, but worked out for the best because then I didn’t have to try to make small talk in another language!
I don’t usually do personal posts, and I don’t intend to do more, but I thought I would give a shout out to my 4-year-old boy.  He is such a sweet, tender-hearted little boy. I love you Tae!
Love you dude!
Here are some ideas for activities at a basketball party:
  1. Have a hoop in your living room (most people do that, right?) or be near an outside court to shoot and play around
  2. Print out a picture of each kid so they can autograph it and take it home with them, supastar!
  3. For the end of the party while everyone is winding down, have printed coloring pages of the appropriate theme.
  4. Pin the (paper)basket in the hoop (as pictured)
  5. Any kind of basketball games, who can dribble the longest, freethrow contest, shooting contest
  6. Have ‘jerseys’ made for the kids as they walk in with a number so each friend is a player. You can even go so far as to put their last name. (by jersey I mean something cheap that goes over their heads)
  7. Have a professional player stop by. Oh wait, we have that every day! 🙂 lol, I’m a dork, sorry.

7 Responses to Basketball Themed Birthday Party

  1. Michelle March 25, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    What a great idea!!! It looks like you spent an arm and a leg on everything! And your little boy? Super cute! Or, as my 3 year old nephew says, “Auntie Shelly, I am not cute. I am awesome and cool.”

  2. Fashion Meets Food March 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    What a cute idea! Looks like so much fun!


  3. Carol@TheDesignPages March 25, 2011 at 7:51 pm #

    That is a great theme and you did it so well. I bet your son had an amazing time!

  4. Deborah March 25, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

    What a super-sweet thing to do for your son!
    Im sure he loved it so!!
    Happy Birthday Tae!!

    Deborah 🙂

  5. Jennifer March 26, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    Very cute! You did a great job! Love the basketball court 'tablecloth'! I think your cake was great! And your son is handsome! 🙂

  6. Anna of IHOD March 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    I am sure Tae will remember this forever. What a good mama you are. So much fun details.
    What a handsome little guy!
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. MiMi March 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    That looks awesome!
    Your boy is gorgeous. 🙂