Friday, April 19, 2013

Baseball Birthday Party (for a 30 year old!)

My brother-in-law, Gabriel, turned 30 on Christmas Day.
He rarely ever gets a big party because everyone is always
so busy around the holidays. But since this was a milestone
birthday, my sister really wanted to do it up big for him!
Gabriel and Rebekah live in Louisville, but their
families and a ton of friends are back here in WV.
Since they would be in for Christmas, Rebekah planned
a party for the weekend after Christmas.  She got the word out
months in advance so people could plan to be there.
Gabriel said all he wanted was to play wiffleball and eat
hot dogs.  He is a baseball fanatic, so of course, Rebekah
tooks Gabriel's idea and turned it into a whole baseball themed party.

She made the invites using the Boston Red Sox
font (that's Gabriel's favorite baseball team).

The outside of the envelopes

 So Gabriel could remember who all came to the party,
Rebekah asked everyone to sign a baseball... a sports
version of a guestbook!
 Gabriel really wanted everyone to fill out a card to describe
what baseball is to them... I thought Anna Kate's answer was cute =)
Behind the food table, Rebekah set up a lot of Gabriel's own
baseball stuff from over the years.
Here's Gabriel's dad's glove, and a picture of Gabriel
with his dad... who passed away a number of years ago.
These are very precious memories for Gabriel!
Rebekah served all the yummy food that she thinks of when
it comes to baseball.... peanuts, crackerjacks, hotdogs, & chips!
I love the Peanuts and Cracker Jacks sign =)
I thought this was so cute - Rebekah highlighted some
of the "famous" hotdogs from different baseball teams!
Love the red velvet cupcakes with the #30 baseball
toppers... Thanks for making them Jennifer Duncan =)
And our dad makes THE BEST rice krispie treats.... love them!
And what's baseball without some Big League Chew? Rebekah
bought most of these at once, and when the cashier looked
at her like she was crazy, she felt like she had to explain that
they were for a baseball birthday party.... for her 30 year old husband!
Coca-Cola (Gabriel's favorite drink) and gatorade
Water.... labeled as High Quality H20 and Quench Your Thirst
So good!!
The centerpieces were simple but so cute! Peanuts
in the bottom of the bowl, with moss, then a bunch of
baseballs, topped with an American flag.  A miniature
bat (from the Louisville Slugger Museum) were on
each table, as well as some sunflower seeds to munch on.
Each table was labeled with its own section.
Rebekah made a red, white, and blue pennant to hang on the
balcony in our church's gym.  She also painted lots of signs,
some that are in Boston's stadium, but some that just reminds
her and Gabriel of baseball. 

Just some more of Gabriel's baseball stuff.

Loved the inflatable bat and baseballs, for the little
kids to play with. And flags were the perfect touch
to add to the trashcans - you gotta have them, so you
might as well make them blend in a little!

Popcorn was set up next to the movie area - we played
The Sandlot, just to have something else for people to
do if they didn't want to play wiffleball.
Rebekah even made a Boston pillow, for the red couch, out of an old t-shirt!
These numbers are the ones that are retired.
Another sign to resemble one in Boston's Fenway Park
 The scoreboard, made to resemble the one at Fenway Park.

 So the first game was wiffleball for kids... with lots
of help from the adults! It was pretty cute =)

Then it was the adults turn... there were about 4 different
teams (I think) so it was like a tournament. And let me tell you,
Gabriel and his buddies are SERIOUS about wiffleball!

Before the end of the night, Rebekah got a group shot...
Unfortunately a few people had already left, but this was
almost everyone! Gabriel is a much loved person!!

And I LOVE Gabriel's birthday present... a bicycle!
It's funny that everything about his 30th birthday resembles
a little kid's birthday... a baseball theme party and a bike!
But he really does love bike riding!

Great party sis!!!


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