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Soccer Theme Birthday Party-Last Minute Party Comes Together

Hello Friends! Today’s post is all about last minute party planning. I know I am not the only one that has faced this situation, but this is the first time I was the one frantically organizing a birthday party and it happened to be Christian’s 9th birthday party! March is always a busy month for us, but this year we were hit HARD with the flu bug. I was out for 2 weeks and it happened during the week of Christian’s party. Ugh! All of the countless ideas that I had planned to do or make were thrown out since I knew I would not be able to put everything together. To be honest, I was not going to post this party, but the more I thought about it, I realized this does happen, so let’s share a few tips + tricks when faced with this situation.

Oh, did I mention, another challenge was this party was not held at our house. It took place at our community soccer centre,  so I only had 30 minutes to set up a simple, dessert table in a room with yellow tinted walls and poor lighting. Cringe! Fortunately, the large printable poster added color and was a perfect backdrop for the dessert table.

full table #1

I used the most popular printables that we sell as these really are the decorations that make the most impact on a table. When pressed for time, use cupcake toppers, water bottle labels, a banner, and few other printables for cake toppers and gumball containers. Voila! You have a dessert table in minutes!

cupcake toppers #1

water bottle #1

banner #1

Several weeks before the party, I had ordered chocolate covered oreos, fondant toppers, and delicious sugar cookies from Alison at Whippt  so these were easy to incorporate on the table. I also included a cello wrapped cookie in each of the favor bags.

cookies #1

oreos #1

fondant toppers #1

Tanya from the Cake Bake Shoppe was able to decorate a simple, fun cake that worked well with the table. It was delicious, too! Yummy! I topped it off with printable flags and a 4 inch circle from the collection.

Cake #1

One of my absolute favorite items on the table were these Marquee Leters from Michaels We have since added these to Christian’s room. These are a fun addition for boys’ bedroom decor!

goal letters #1full table #2

Candy jars filled with green, black, and white gum balls were topped off with printable flags.

flag #1

I did not have time or the right space to hang the soccer paper lanterns, so I lined them down the center of the table. Takes seconds to do!

tablescape #1

paper globe

What’s a sports themed party without popcorn? Our family LOVES popcorn (I think I have said that many times before!) These coordinating black striped bags are super easy to serve popcorn in. I love how the star matches the star on some of the printables! It’s the little details that make a party! Even when you have very little time.

popcorn and water bottles

For the favor bags, I filled crisp, white bags with soccer theme goodies topped off with coordinating printables. I love the Black striped ribbon from Michaels

Christian handed out soccer balls (purchased at Wal Mart) and the favor bags at the end of the party.

favor tags #1

favor tags #2

Happy Birthday to our sweet boy and thank you for being the BEST kid ever!

Love you, xoxo

Also, a BIG thank you to all the moms/friends that helped me pull off this party at the last minute. I couldn’t have done it without you!

christian #2

3 boys #1

Here are a few of the details that I was able to put together for this soccer theme party:

  • Large poster and a selection of personalized printables
  • Delicious sweets including a small cake, cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate covered oreos
  • Marquee letters are a must! They come in various sizes and colors. Bonus: they can be used for parties and room decor. Buy them on sale or with your weekly Michaels coupon!
  • Easy treat bags filled with candy, cookies, soccer temporary tattoos, and a gift card to a local juice bar (A little nutrition makes all moms feel better, doesn’t it?). Include inexpensive soccer balls. P.S. Forget the dollar store toys that fall apart within minutes. These may seem like a good, cost-savings idea, but they really aren’t.
  • Finally…if possible, don’t be afraid to ask for help! No one is super woman and it is okay to lean on friends. Before you know it, everything will be set up and you will have had a few giggles along the way.

Thank you for letting me be honest and feel free to share your best tips!

Happy Planning,

Antonia

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