Best Football Party Ideas
Need help kicking off your child’s football party? Well check out these great football party ideas, football party games and party decorations for your little quarterbacks birthday party and get ready to kick it off in style!
Decorate your turf with red, blue and silver banners and balloons. Place real or homemade footballs (oval shaped brown construction paper with white stitches paint on) or real footballs, as well as trophies (of any kind), pompons, jerseys and helmets in the party rooms. Line with Football Lights. Go to sports stores, radio outlets and TV stations and see if they have any football banners they’re willing to give away. Check grocery stores for life size cardboard cut outs of local NFL stars used to advertise a soft drink or cereal (you just may get lucky!).
Play football related music like “Who Let the Dogs Out?” and the ABC Monday Night Football song “Are You Ready For Some Football?”
Tell the children to dress in sports attire and as they arrive, use black eye crayon to smear under their eyes and red lip liner to write NFL across their foreheads.
GAMES AND ACTIVITIES
NOW THAT WAS SOME KICK-OFF
Let the kids kick off the birthday party celebration with none other than a football kick off! Go out doors or to the neighborhood park so there’ll be lots of room. Make white flags and labeling one with every child’s name, and one red flag to mark the kicking tee (simply sharpen some new pencils and attach triangular pieces of white or red paper to the eraser end with tape.) Also arrange to have a friend dress up as a referee. He or she will need a striped shirt, white pants, a whistle and stop watch, and a yellow flag in his or her pocket. Have the referee rally the athletes. One by one, let them kick off the football, placed parallel to the red flag. Where ever the football or ball settles, get the child to run with his or her flag and mark the spot. Let each child have a turn, and have several rounds until everyone’s had a chance to win.
This game is sure to get your little quarterback’s adrenaline pumping! First, make a “start,” “middle,” and “end” line with masking tape. Get the referee to randomly separate the kids into two teams and tell each team to line up single file behind the start line. Give each team an Inflatable Football (or just a ball). Tell them that once the whistle blows, the first member of each team will have to run all the way to the end line, touch the ball to the ground, run up to the middle line and throw the ball to the next team member. Before the referee blows the whistle to begin, have the him or her shout, “Are you ready for some football?” The kids will reply “yes,” but have the ref shout louder still, “I said are you ready for some football? …I can’t hear you!” At this point the kids. should yell twice as loud. Build excitement by getting the kids to cheer on each player! Give the winning team a small red ribbon.
Let your young quarterbacks get their passes in shape with this simple and fun football throwing exercise. Have the referee hold a hula hoop out away from his or her body and get a volunteer to stand behind the goal post or hoop to “umpire” or catch the ball and return it. Signal them to throw with a blow of the whistle. Give each child three tries to throw the ball through the hoop while standing behind the line! Be sure to whoop it up and cheer on every child’s attempt!
All these football games are guaranteed to work up quite an appetite, so be sure to have plenty of chips, popcorn, pretzels and other kinds of “concession-type” food on hand! Also fill up an ice cooler with Gatorade and other sports drinks so they can quench their thirst!
For the birthday meal, try serving submarine sandwiches or, if you can grill outdoors, hot dogs and hamburgers, and serve on NFL Metallic Plates! For the birthday cake, simply cut a homemade cake into an oval shape, frost it with chocolate icing and use white icing gel to line it with stitching to look like a football.
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