Whether it’s the sound of hitting a home run or seeing your favorite baseball team take the field, fans can’t wait for baseball season to start. With that same enthusiasm, friends and family gather to cheer on local teams, big or small and celebrate opening games and upcoming championships. Baseball-themed parties are popular for any age and especially during the baseball season. If you consider yourself a die-hard fan, step up your game and try some of these baseball-themed party ideas for your next sports party gathering.

Party Foods

While these include common staples such as peanuts, ice cream, Cracker Jacks, and Big League Chew, there’s also non-concession stand items. These are usually dishes or desserts that are DIY-friendly to make, like: 

  • Baseball cakes
  • Baseball cookies
  • Baseball cupcakes
  • Hotdogs
  • Popcorn
  • Rice Krispies
Baseball cookies, plates, and napkins at a baseball themed party.

“Baseball Cookies” by born1945 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Party Decor

There are other non-edible decorations and party supplies that are essential to a successful baseball party ambiance, such as:

  • Baseball party invitations (pro tip: make them look like baseball cards)
  • Baseball napkins, plates, cups, utensils, tablecloths
  • Baseball party favors
  • Baseball cardboard cutout standees and Big Heads

Anthony Rizzo life-size cardboard cutout celebrating the Chicago Cubs World Series win.

Party Games

Make your party an all-star event by including fun games for the kids attending. We bet even some adult party guests will join in on the fun, try these:

  • Baseball piñata – a piñata shaped like a baseball, helmet, mitt, or a team logo/mascot
  • Inflatable baseball – get an inflatable baseball set to get a ball game going
  • Baseball fan cornhole – pull out your cornhole boards with your favorite team’s logo

Baseball Cutouts

Cardboard cutouts bring something extra to your party. They are unique in that they’re interactive and customizable for your get-together. They can be designed to your specification – any player, team or logo can be printed to promote your fan preference, while life size standees can be put on display for your guests to look at and/or take photos with to remember the day.

A few winning ideas to up your baseball game day party include:

  • Create photo areas with lifesize cardboard cutout standees of players
  • Design hole-in-head cutout standees of players in team jerseys for fun pictures
  • Build custom Big Head cutouts of players’ faces, team logos, pointer fingers, baseballs, bats, helmets, base plates, etc. to hang around the room as decoration
  • Attach Big Heads to sticks to give away as party favors, or use to root for your team during game viewing parties
  • For game viewing get-togethers or competitions, divide the room in half and decorate with cutouts of each team’s logos (for example, decorate one side with Detroit Tigers logos and the other side with Washington Nationals logos)

Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros life-size cardboard cutout.

Bulletin Boards

Baseball bulletin boards and competitions are a fun way to get your friends as well as kids involved and excited for the baseball season. They’re also a great way to keep track of team advancements and/or decorate for a party!

Design a large poster-sized cardboard cutout of a baseball stadium-themed bulletin board and hang it to display progress throughout the season (be it MLB or your local teams). Create smaller printouts of players or logos (think Chicago Cubs logo, Milwaukee Brewers logo, etc) to attach as teams advance.

Create a large, blown-up season schedule to keep track of the games and use printouts of baseballs, bats, gloves, helmets, etc. to attach as predictions on who will win and make it to the World Series!

The possibilities are endless, but the above are just a couple of ideas to get you thinking about using cardboard cutouts to celebrate this baseball season.

Little League to High School Baseball Parties

If you’re a parent with a young one in a baseball league, it’s likely that one day you’ll be planning some sort of party for your child and their team. Maybe you want to celebrate a big win, a championship game, or even just to bring the team together for a little fun – plan ahead and make it a celebration to remember.

Elementary School Rookies

Elementary-aged children have a wide range of interests depending on their grade level. Kids in Kindergarten and first-grade love party favors like bubbles, foam bats, and noisemakers. Kids in grades 3-5 will want older kid stuff, like sports cards and custom baseballs. And kids of all ages want cake (get a birthday cake, nobody cares!), soda pop, and candy! 

Middle School Minor Leaguers

Middle school is when kids start to take baseball leagues a lot more seriously and when kids become more social. If you’re throwing a party for a group of kids in grades 6-8 consider setting up a fun photo booth to take pictures for social media. And plan out some older kids activities and games. Some searches online for baseball carnival games should give you plenty of ideas; soda can knockdown, baseball cornhole, baseball in the bucket, and so on.

High School Major Leaguers

Most kids in high school aren’t going to want the adults around so you might need to plan to stay in the background and let the kids hang out together on their own. It’s probably best to talk to your kid about what they want to do for a party before you plan anything big. Throw out some ideas for activities, food, drinks, and see what they think. This could be a good opportunity to throw a BBQ or pizza party and get some of the other kids’ parents involved (and to share some of the costs!) At this age, sports are a big deal. Instead of an at-home party, consider a celebration in a suite at the local stadium for an upcoming game. 

Birthday Party Planning

If you’re planning a baseball themed birthday party, use the same ideas above.  Simply tailor your food and decor to your kid’s birthday needs and age range. Get some amazing baseball party decorations, plan some fun activities and games, put together some goodie bags, order some pizza or catering, get some great snacks and drinks (for the parents too!) and don’t forget the birthday cake as the centerpiece on the table!

Get Cardboard Cutouts

Whether it’s an LA Dodgers logo or the face of your favorite local baseball player, lifesize cardboard standees and Big Heads are fun ways to show support for your favorite teams.

Cardboard Cutout Standees has hundreds of templates to choose from, along with a design tool that lets you upload your own images and make any adjustments needed.

Get ready for the season with Cardboard Cutout Standees!