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Football Birthday Party Theme
Make football invitations for the party using cardstock and some imagination.
Football Invitations - Take a piece of brown card stock paper and fold in half to make a card. Trace a football shape onto the cardstock card. Make sure that the top of the football is on the cards fold. When cut the football will connect at the top fold. With a hole punch make holes near the top and insert a white shoe string or plastic laces into the holes.
On blank note cards paste football trading cards and/ or football pictures from a magazine of the birthday child's favorite team - or find a player or players jersey numbers that match the birthday child's age and inside the invitation write "The NFL is celebrating ______'s birthday - why not join us?!
You can also make a football jersey cut out just like the football card example above. Use card stock in your teams colors and draw or use stickers to put the number (or last name) on the jersey that matches your child's age.
Create a Football or Event type ticket with the birthday child's name as the Main event. There are many types of football tickets - make a mock copy of your child's favorite teams ticket. Check Flickr for examples. Not crafty? There are many online stores that sell Event Ticket theme invitations.
Goal posts can be made fairly easily out of colored tissue paper. Unfold the tissue paper and then twist into long tubes. Add several together to get the length you need for your goal post.
A fun and easy idea for a football party is to serve the food 'tailgate" style. Set up barbeque grills in the backyard and cook hot dogs and hamburgers.
Have the parents and adult helpers wear white and black referee shirts.
Football Birthday Party Games
Hang a hula hoop from a tree with string. Have guests stand back 20 feet and try and throw the ball through the hoop. The guests who can accomplish this get another turn - but have to move back 10 feet. The winner is the guest who can accurately throw the ball the farthest. Or give each player 5 tries to make it through the hula hoop. The player with the best accuracy wins. Give bonus points when the ball doesn’t touch the hoop.
Set up 3 laundry or bushel baskets 10 feet apart. Line up guests 10 feet from the first basket. Give points to each basket - 1st basket is worth 1 point, 2nd - 2 points, 3rd - 3 points. Give each player 5 turns to see who can get the highest score.
Set up 10 bottles or cans pyramid style on a small table and have guest stand 20 feet away. The guest who can knock over the most bottles wins. You can play several rounds and add up the scores for more fun. This can also be played by setting up just one can and seeing who can hit the can from a distance.
For a real challenge after the players have completed these accuracy drills have them play again only this time have them try while blindfolded or with their back turned.
Set up two baskets or buckets about 7 feet apart and have a kicking contest to see who can kick the football through the “goalposts” - best out of 5 tries wins.
Don’t Say It
If you want to make it a lot of fun for the younger kids make small yellow squares of felt or cloth and give one to each guest. When they catch someone saying the taboo word have them thrown their flag and call a penalty.
First player to cover the spaces on their card either across, down or diagonally wins a prize such as a foam finger, jersey or team item.
Monkey in the Middle
For more fun football games see our Birthday Party Games pageActivities
Paint the birthday guests faces in the colors of your favorite team to get them all in the football spirit.
Food for Football Themed Parties
Serve everything you would find at a football game.
Chips and Dip
Buy a football cookie cutter to make football shaped food. Ideas for football food shapes are Cheese, cold cuts, bread, cookies, brownies, mozzarella cheese for pizzas and slices of fruit.
Football trading cards
Football pencil toppers
Decals or stickers of your favorite team
Foam #1 Hands
Check with your local football team and see if they have any free or inexpensive giveaways
Small plastic football helmets
Football themes bandana
Football themed sports cups
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