Invite your child’s friends to have a ball at their basketball theme birthday party! This is the perfect theme for the sports lover in your household, and we are sharing our tips and ideas for how to pull the entire look together, including snack ideas, activities and favor suggestions.
Basketball Party Decorations
When choosing your party décor, focus on a few key elements that offer big impact to begin with. We chose this large basketball cardboard standee as our backdrop, as it offers coverage for a 6-8’ banquet table at an affordable price, and requires no DIY. This type of table backdrop is also ideal when setting up in a venue that offers limited set-up time, as it can be assembled and in place in just a few moments. To offset the black coloring of the backdrop, we chose a white pleated tableskirt for our linen, and then draped a simple basketball pennant banner across the front using straight pins at either side to adhere.
Once you have selected your bigger décor items, begin working to choose food and beverage items, as this will dictate the serving pieces and personalized items needed to pull the look together.
Basketball Food & Beverage Options
To keep party costs in check, I often suggest that hosts offer 2-3 snack options in addition to the dessert(s) that they select. Whenever possible, I choose fun foods that coordinate with the theme, and create fun personalized food labels.
These are some of my favorite snack and beverage options for a basketball party:
For our basketball party, we opted to serve a simple green and white cake orange piping and store bought cupcakes dressed up in personalized wrappers with basketball ring toppers. Desserts were served on fun, basketball paper plates.
Basketball Party Activities
Choose 2-4 party activities to engage guests during the party. For a basketball party, here are some of my favorite activity suggestions:
Basketball Party Favor Ideas
Whenever selecting party favors, I consider the age of the attendees, overall budget and theme. My favorite party favors are items that the kids can use again and again following the party. Here are some of my favorite basketball party ideas:
Nom, Nom, Nom! Cookie Monster is such an iconic character, and since we recently introduced Sesame Street into our household, this seemed like the perfect birthday theme for our dessert loving 3 year old. We hope you find inspiration in our design and DIY ideas.
Cookie Monster Party Decorations
I fell in love with this blue linen from CV Linens, so we used this coloring and texture as the base for the rest of the dessert table’s design. The backdrop was hand painted to resemble a stack of chocolate chip cookies, then personalized with the birthday boy’s name using vinyl and this custom made “3” from Itty Bits Designs. For seated tables, we layered white linens with kraft paper as a runner; then added DIY painted ABC letters for a 3D runner. Cookie Monster acted as a centerpiece in a glass cookie jar, then we added an arrangement of balloons (blue, white and cookie print).
Cookie Monster Desserts
The birthday cake we chose was simple, but of course screamed Cookie Monster. Our local baker created this fur texture on a simple buttercream chocolate cake, then added cookies to his mouth for a nod of humor. We chose a large black modern pedestal to sit the cake atop. We added simple paper eyes using a 2” round craft cutter for the white portion, and a 5/8” round craft cutter for the black portion. For cupcakes, we dressed up store bought chocolate cupcakes by setting them inside white cups, then adding candy eyes and ½ of small chocolate chip cookies. And finally, to break up the character motif, we added milk bottle cookies customized with a cookie print “3” to the front. Desserts were served on these adorable 7” Sesame Street paper plates featuring both Cookie Monster & Elmo characters.
Cookie Monster Party Activities
What better way to celebrate this theme than to invite the main man Cookie Monster to the party?!? A meet and greet with a character is the perfect activity to add to an at-home party. He was great with the kids, and even posed for photo ops behind our adorable school bus standee prop. To keep the party guests entertained, we also had a small bounce house, this custom made Cookie Monster bean bag board, a bubble machine and sidewalk chalk. The kids had a blast entertaining themselves.
Cookie Monster Party Favors
We hope you found some fun ideas for your upcoming Sesame Street party or Cookie Monster birthday party!!
Styling & Printables: Crowning Details
Backdrop & Bean Bag Board: Created by Jackie
Cake & Cookies: Frost Bake Shoppe
Linen: CV Linens
Custom “3” Accent: Itty Bits Designs
Black Pedestal Cake Stand: Amalfi Décor
Cookie Jar: Hobby Lobby
Cookie Monster paper plates & napkins, playing cards & School Bus Backdrop: Shindigz
Cookie Monster: Houston Character Events
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Calling all Marvel Comic fans!! The new Black Panther movie is releasing today and SO many superhero fans are thrilled to see this action packed flick. Delight your superhero at their upcoming birthday party with a bold, Black Panther theme.
Black Panther Party Supplies
For this party’s décor, I combined art deco elements pulled from the movie’s poster imagery, character standees and Black Panther icons. The DIY backdrop was created using bright blue corrugated paper that I created a dramatic pattern on top of using black metallic streamers and a staple gun. I layered a black pleated tableskirt with a gold sequin table runner for dimension and to incorporate some of the art déco imagery.
The Black Panther himself was center stage as a standee, centered against the backdrop with his claw positioned as if it were grabbing the birthday cake. Supporting characters Shuri and Nakia were displayed to either side of the table’s ends in standee form for dramatic effect.
We added personalization to the party’s decorative elements through several paper products. Root beer bottles were wrapped with art deco sticker labels reading “Justice Juice”, chocolate bars were wrapped with art deco designs reading “T’Challa Treats” and party favor bags were filled with gumballs and text reading, “You’re a Hero! Thanks for Coming”.
Black Panther Desserts
When incorporating characters into a party’s design, I often select simple dessert designs to provide a more cohesive overall look. For the cake, we selected an 8” white buttercream cake and added black paper feathers to the top and around the base. Store bought cupcakes were dressed up with DIY arrow toppers. And, to incorporate the panther element from the movie, we added paw print sugar cookies. Cake and cupcakes were served on Black Panther paper plates.
Black Panther Party Activities
When selecting activities to entertain guests at a birthday party, I always choose 3-5 things that fit within the given theme, that are also age-appropriate. Here are some Black Panther party activities to consider incorporating, inspired by the movie itself:
We hope our ideas inspire you to create your own Black Panther party!
Styling: Crowning Details
Party Supplies: Shindigz
Cookies: Frost Bake Shoppe
Cake: Confection Deception