Is your child a sports star? Does he or she love playing basketball in the winter, soccer in the summer, and every other sport in between? If so, then there’s no better way to celebrate their special day than with a fantastic birthday party planned using these Sports Party Ideas. Here you’ll find suggestions for everything from invitations to party games that will make all of your child’s pals feel like MVPs!
Planning & Invitations
What Do I Need For the Party?
In addition to basic sports party supplies, like plates, cups, napkins and decorations, you may want to consider purchasing, borrowing, or renting the following items for your little one’s athletic-themed occasion:
- Sports movies, such as: Little Giants (Rated PG), The Rookie (Rated G), Bend it Like Beckham (Rated PG-13), or Air Bud (Rated PG)
- Sports uniforms and sweatbands
- Sports equipment (basketballs, baseballs, baseball bats, soccer balls, etc.)
- Water bottles
- Coach whistles
- Posters of famous athletes
- A piñata
Invitations are an important part of your planning because they get your guests excited for the event. If you have the time to make your own invitations, here are a few ideas to consider that will make your theme clear from the start:
- Buy an inflatable soccer ball, basketball, or football and write the party details on it while it’s fully inflated. Deflate the ball and send it in an envelope. Your guest will have fun blowing it up to get the details for your event.
- Take a photo of your child in their favorite sports uniform. Print the photo on the front of a top-fold card and write your party details inside.
- Cut the shape of a sports trophy (traditionally shaped like a goblet) out of yellow cardstock. Write your party details on the front.
- Cut the shapes of various sports’ balls out of cardstock and glue them side by side. Have your child color each ball and then help them write a few party details on each. Fold them accordion style before putting them in the envelopes.
If you would rather not make your own invites, but would still like a personalized touch, opt for personalized sports invitations!
Enhance your sports theme by dressing up your home with decorations that will not only create a fun atmosphere, but will also set the mood for the party.
- Use your child’s school colors for your traditional decorations like streamers and balloons. Tie groups of three or four balloons together and anchor them around the party area with balloon weights.
- Set mounds of different sports balls and equipment around the party area. Fill a wire basket with sports equipment as well and use it as a centerpiece.
- Hang pairs of high tops or cleats by their laces throughout the party area.
- Turn a table into a miniature sports field using markers or Washi tape on top of a solid colored tablecloth. For example, you could place white “yard markers” on a green table cover to turn it into a football field, or create a basketball court by marking the free throw area over a pale yellow tablecloth.
- Hang a banner over the entranceway to the party that says, “Are You Ready to Rumble?”
- Hang posters of famous sports stars or stadiums on the walls of the party area.
- Alternatively, you can tape trading cards and Sports Illustrated covers around the party area as well.
- For a skateboard, motocross, or BMX party set up ramps, cones and obstacles for your guests to drive around. Be sure to provide helmets and kneepads too!
Whether you’re throwing the party at home or are hosting it at a ball field or park, it can be fun to include some sporty snacks that fit your theme! Here are some suggestions of themed food to serve:
- Serve traditional ballpark fare, such as: peanuts, hot dogs, soft pretzels, root beer, and lemonade.
- Serve popcorn in traditional popcorn bags. Set out various toppings your guests can add, such as caramel sauce, powdered cheese, melted butter, and cinnamon.
- Make “All-Star Sandwiches” by using a cookie cutter to cut sandwich bread into star shapes.
- Serve drinks in sports bottles and snacks in toy baseball or football helmets.
- For an extreme sports party, serve dirt cups to your guests!
- Bake or buy a round cake, then ice it to look like your child’s favorite sport’s ball. We have a variety of different ideas for sports cakes in our article on Birthday Cake Ideas.
Party Favor Ideas
Thank your guests with sporty party favors! You’ll knock it out of the park with the goodie bags when you include:
- Small trophies
- Sports themed backpack clips
- Stickers and temporary tattoos
- Notepads and pencils
- Sports Poppers
- Tote bags
- Sports water bottles
- Sports wristbands
For more Sports ideas, check us out on Pinterest.
Party Planning Toolbox
Use the links below to quickly find related theme party supplies, planning tips, printable checklists, and advice from our party planning experts.
- Sports Party Supplies: Includes paperware, invitations, personalized items, favors, and decorations for your party theme.
- Personalized Items: Check out our exclusive personalized items including invitations, bookmarks, stickers, and more!
- Birthday Party Decorating Ideas: This guide will tell you how to decorate for your party theme, what to do with balloons and streamers, how to decorate with food, how to set the table, and how to make your own party decorations.
- Parties Under $100: Use this guide to celebrate in style without breaking the bank!
- Party Budget Estimator: Download this guide to help budget your expenses.
- More Birthday Theme Ideas: Browse our list of over 130 themed party guides to find tips for your child’s next birthday! Each guide includes ideas for invitations, decorations, food, favors, games and more.
Divide your guests into two teams to compete through this bunch of wacky games.
Partygoers will get a kick out of this indoor version of football.
Children will have a blast playing this variation on the game of tag.
This quiz is a great way to cool children down at the end of the party.
Your guests will love decorating our printable Sports coloring page.
If you’re throwing a sports party, take the kids outside to play ball.
Challenge your guests to a jump rope competition to get the party moving.
Here’s how to fold a paper football and play the game.