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Birthday Party Planning Guide

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Throw a party that your little MVP is sure to remember! Check out all of these fun activities and games that will keep the party going. Got a hungry team on your hands? Don’t worry we have the most tasty recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest player in the bunch!

Party Checklist

4-6 Weeks Before the Party

  • Select Date:



    Plan a safe, inviting place for kids to have fun. Set time to 2-3 hours for young children, and 3-4 hours for older kids.

  • Create Guest List

    Just fill out the handy list in this guide!

  • Order Football Fan Birthday Party Supplies, 
Football Fan Favors & Party Activities

    BirthdayExpress.com is the place! You’ll find over 150 party themes, with party pack options for all of them. Expecting more guests? Choose our Pack Add-On option

  • Order Birthday Costume/Outfit & Gifts

    BirthdayExpress.com has lots of fun choices. Look for our costumes, T-shirts, hats and special birthday gifts designed to match our party themes.

  • Book Entertainment (optional)

2 Weeks Before the Party

  • Order Cake

    Schedule to pick it up one day before the party.

  • Mail Football Fan Birthday Invitations

    Let the birthday child help by adhering the stamps and putting the invitations in the mailbox.

  • Create List of Parent Phone Numbers

    Keep on hand in case of emergency.

  • Plan Party Menu

    Check out the recipes in this guide. Ask parents if kids have any food allergies.

  • Choose Party Games & Collect Party Supplies

    This guide has ideas that match your party theme!

2-3 Days Before the Party

  • Prepare Cameras

    Check batteries. Charge video camera. Buy film or video cards. Get Birthday Message Cameras for the kids to use.

1 Day Before the Party

  • Make Food & Drinks, Bake/Get Cake, Buy Ice

    Set out chilled/heated foods just before kids eat.

  • Childproof & Decorate Party Area

    Remove breakable items and objects that could prevent guests from moving freely. Decorate with balloons, crepe paper, and other items included in your party pack.

  • Set Up Party Games, Fill Favor Boxes & Piñatas

    Invite your party child to help!

Party Day!

  • Fill Birthday Balloons with Helium

After the Party


Team Spirit Flags

  • Fun foam
  • Glitter
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Stickers
  • Small magnets

Start the party off with a cool activity that will get their creativity flowing! You’ll need fun foam cut into long pennant flags. Set up a table with enough flags for each guest, and provide them with art supplies like glitter, glue, paint, and stickers. Once your guests have arrived assist them in decorating a flag of their very own. Attach small magnets to the back of each flag with a small amount of white glue. This will make the perfect take home gift that they can hang on their refrigerator.

Football Toss

  • 5-Hula hoops
  • 5-Chairs
  • Foam football
  • Large outdoor area to play in

Test their skills! Prior to the party set up 5 hula hoops propped up against the back of chairs. Each hula hoop should be placed at different distances to increase the difficulty i.e. 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most difficult target. Have a table near the area with coordinating prizes for each hoop. Each child will receive 5 chances to toss a soft foam football through the hula hoops. If they make it through the first hoop they will then move on to the next.

Training Camp

  • Training cones
  • Tape
  • Large outdoor area to play in

Get the whole team involved in a great game of Football Training Camp! For older kids set up cones for them to weave around in a figure eight motion as fast as they can. You can also use tape on the grass to form squares that they have to step in and out of. For smaller children, a fun way for them to enjoy training camp is to line them up facing you or another adult. The adult gives the kids a command i.e. (jog in place, do jumping jacks…) followed by saying “Coach Says”. At the end of the training camp session reward each child with a prize for their hard work.

Football Bingo

  • Football themed bingo cards (one for each guest)
  • Pre-recorded football game
  • Bingo chips or markers

Wind the party down with a fun game of Football Bingo! Prior to the party have enough cards for each guest made up with football related words arranged like a bingo card, on them you can write yellow flag, touchdown, interception… Play a pre-recorded football game of your choice and when a play is called, each guest marks it off their card. The first person to reach BINGO receives a small prize.


Football Cake

Estimated Total Time: 40 minutes

  • 1-Box your choice cake mix
  • 1-Container of chocolate frosting
  • 1-Container of vanilla frosting

Bake cake as directed on the package in the football shaped cake pan. Let cake cool completely and remove from pan. Frost a 1 ½ inch band on each end with vanilla frosting be sure to leave about a 1 inch space from the tip to frost with chocolate frosting. Frost the remaining amount of cake with chocolate frosting. Carefully smooth frosting with a bakers knife. Empty remaining amount of vanilla frosting into icing bag. Pipe football stitching across the center of cake (use a football or a photo of a football to assist you with stitching design.

Football Helmet Sandwich

Estimated Total Time: 40 minutes

  • Bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Football helmet cookie cutter
  • Serving platter

Spread peanut butter and jelly on top two slices of bread. Close sandwich by placing the two slices of bread on top of each other. Cut each sandwich using the football helmet cookie cutter. Place on a platter and serve.

Party Mix

Estimated Total Time: 5 minutes

  • 2-Cup of plain Chex cereal
  • 1-Cup of salted peanuts
  • 1-½ Cup of pretzels
  • 1-Cup of chocolate chips
  • Large bowl

Pour contents into a large bowl. Mix and place in individual cups, or serve from the bowl.

MVP Nachos

Estimated Total Time: 25 minutes

  • 1-Pound of ground beef
  • Diced onions
  • Diced tomatoes
  • 1-Large bag of triangle tortilla chips
  • Pre-cut black olives
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1-Large container of nacho cheese
  • Serving bowls

Cook ground beef completely and drain access oil. Place tortilla chips into bowls. Scoop a small amount of ground beef over chips. Heat nacho cheese in the microwave as directed. Pour cheese over meat and chips. Sprinkle lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and olives over the top. Add some of your favorite salsa for extra kick and serve.

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