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Planning a Soccer Birthday Party from Start to Finish

Soccer (or fútbol/football as everywhere but the U.S.A. calls it) is becoming ever more popular in the States. With children flocking to learn this quick-paced game, it is no wonder that you may need to throw a soccer birthday party. When the kids want a killer party, I can show you how to get the ball rolling!

chocolate cupcake with grass and soccer ball decorations

Invitations

Soccer birthday party invitations are essential for immediately setting the stage for the theme. You will want to grab a few packs of these stylish invitations. Why? Because paper invitations are the best way for people to remember the event.

You are more than welcome to create an event page online, or even send an e-vite, but a paper invitation remains the number one item to be stuck with a magnet to the fridge. And you guys, we all look at the fridge at least three times a day. 
Soccer Party Invitations (20 Count) with Envelopes

Decorations for a Soccer Birthday Party

soccer ball cake pops make cute dessert at soccer birthday party

Want to score the ultimate goal? Soccer birthday party decorations should be voluminous and bright, pick some fun shades of neon green, the kids will love it!

Soccer Birthday Balloons

For me, balloons are the signifier of any event that a party is happening! They embody “celebration.” The other thing that I love about balloons is their ability to bring height into a room.

We want to attempt to bring decorations from floor to ceiling, and balloons are the thriftiest way to add length. Bundling balloons is an effective way to create mass and provide coverage in areas that may be awkwardly shaped or difficult to reach.  Attach some green streamers, and you have an inflatable soccer pitch!

Soccer Ball 18″ Mylar Balloon 3pk by Anagram

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Bunting and Such

I usually throw intimate parties at my house. I don’t have a huge house, but I at least have a nice kitchen area that is open to my living room. This openness makes that space feel larger.

Since the fireplace mantle is smack-dab in the middle of the wall, this is my favorite place to decorate. I will always place bunting along the mantle as I feel that is most impactful here. I use my easy no-sew bunting template because of this design choice. 

Wherever you choose to decorate, bunting is a great eye-level decoration that makes for a perfect celebratory piece. 

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Paper Decorations

I enjoy the hanging lanterns so very much. They seem to float in the air, almost upon the happiness and enjoyment being produced in celebration. Most of these items are round, so it only seems fitting that you could utilize lanterns shaped like soccer balls.

I would suggest placing them above the food table. The lanterns in this area will avoid the inevitable bumping of heads from your taller attendees. 
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Soccer Birthday Table Decorations

If you are working on a budget, then the table decorations are where you should spend the bulk of your decoration funds. The table will make the most significant impact on the soccer-themed birthday party.

The main things that you want to add to your table decorations are the following:

  • Tablecloths (you can layer several or keep one that holds the theme)
  • Paper products- plates, cups, and napkins
  • Decorative food picks- these are great for placing on cupcakes or finger foods like pigs in a blanket
  • Add balloon bundles here too!
  • Confetti or candies sprinkled around the table looks great

Ambesonne Teen Room Tablecloth, Soccer Field Grass Motif Stadium Game Match Winner Champion Sports Area, Dining Room Kitchen Rectangular Table Cover, 52″ X 70″, Fern Green

Creative Converting Sports Fanatic Soccer Party Supplies Set for 16: Plates, Napkins, and Cups
 
Chocolate Soccer Balls – 5 LB Resealable Stand Up Bulk Candy Bag (approx. 400 pieces) – Individually Wrapped Mini Chocolate Balls – American Soccer Themed Novelty Candy

Food and Drink Ideas for a Soccer Birthday Party

Mexican style food is a hit at soccer birthday party

I don’t know what it is about Mexican food and soccer here in the states. I love sitting with friends and enjoying delicious Tex-Mex food while watching a game. It just fits so well.

I love creating my famous Ain’t got no time enchiladas, a staple here at the Anderson household, but that may not be the best snack for the kiddos. Sigh, one day. While some kids (including one of my own) have pickier palates, I want to give them an easy and delicious snack.

Quick Quesadillas

enjoy quick quesadillas at a soccer birthday party

Making quesadillas is so incredibly easy. You can load them up with whatever your favorite food items are. Since this is for the kiddos, I will be making plain cheese and chicken. These can also be made with just cheese for the ultimate picky eaters. 

Ingredients:

  • 16 ounces shredded chicken (you can shred yourself or buy this already done)
  • 16 mini tortillas (3.5″ tortillas)
  • 24 ounces shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • One pack of fajita chicken seasoning

Directions:

  • Sautee chicken with fajita seasoning (you may only want to use 1/2 the seasoning pack)
  • Preheat oven to Broil once the chicken is fully cooked.
  • On large, cookie-style, sheet pan layout 6 shells to start
  • Place 1-2 tablespoons of chicken into the tortillas
  • Place 1/2 ounce of cheese into the tortilla
  • Fold tortillas in half and secure with a toothpick if needed
  • Place tortillas into the oven for 90 seconds 
  • Turn tortilla tray 180 degrees in the oven for an additional 90 seconds
  • Pull platter of quesadillas out of the oven
  • flip the tortillas to the other side 
  • Repeat the broiling process
  • Once cooled, watch the kiddos flock!

Bubbles on the Green Soccer Birthday Party Mocktail

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I love this delicious drink. It is always a hit at a party. This drink is effortless to make with very few ingredients, but it will be a show stopper. I enjoy easy Jell-o recipes. Let me show you how to make this festive drink.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Lemon-lime green gelatin (or choose the flavor or color your group will love)

Directions:

  • Following the instructions on the gelatin pack, make the mixture and let it set.
  • Once set, place a 1/4 cup scoop of the gelatin into the bottom of the glass
  • Add ice cubes to weigh the gelatin down
  • Slowly pour lemon-lime soda into the glass
  • Garnish with a fun straw!

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Grassy Desserts 

Birthday football cupcake isolated on white background

A few years ago I took some cake decorating classes from a local community college and my most favorite technic was the “grass” icing technic because it was epically forgiving. As in, it was hard to mess up. (See the tips in the image below).

Most people can make this icing for cupcakes or cakes and you can also ask your local bakery to do to this design too.

Her’s a quick how-to video:

Not that crafty? No worries! If you decide to buy a store-bought cake or cupcakes, you can pick up some thematic toppers that no one will ‘bat an eye at!’
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Soccer Birthday Party Gameskids love playing at soccer birthday party

The chances are that if you are throwing a soccer themed birthday party, you’ve got some kids that love to play soccer. And while you could just throw out a ball and some pop-up soccer goals. You could also harness the energy that they have into some classic relay games but include dribbling a soccer ball. Ideas for classic party games re-done with soccer dribbling:

Idea: You can purchase smaller sized soccer balls for added fun!
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Classic Relay Soccer Game Ideas

  • Spoon and egg race- participants must balance a raw egg in a spoon and run to the finish line. They must ALSO dribble a soccer ball down the route. 
  • Three-legged race- teams of two are tied together at the leg (right leg of one to left leg of the other) and must race to finish line. Now they must work together to move the soccer ball down the path.
  • Crab Walk- participants walk across the ground on all fours with their stomachs up. They will try and dribble the soccer ball to the goal without losing control of the ball. 
  • Over/under Relay- in two lines, the kids will pass the soccer ball over their heads and then under their legs to the next person in front. Once it reaches the end, everyone will turn and repeat. The team that does it the fastest wins. 

Since there are plenty of exciting relay races for kids, you can customize to fit this party’s theme easily. 

Soccer Party Favors

Send the kiddos home with some fun items that incorporate the theme. Grab some awesome goodie bags and load it up with some fun return gifts. Here’s how I make mine.

Bags

Start with a great bag. You can go with something thematic or reusable, depending on your group. Since this is a sports-themed party, I like the drawstring bags. Kids can use this to put snacks for the game, their shin guards when off the field, or for whatever they may need them!
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Useful Items

Trust me, we’re going to be putting candy and all sorts of fun items into the bags, but I do like to include one piece that isn’t just a throw-away. For a soccer birthday party theme, I was thinking something that all the kiddos will need and use. Sunglasses are the prized possession of this party favor pack.  
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The Fun Stuff

We all know that kids want stickers, tattoos, candy, and various other plastic party treats. Luckily, those are easily found for a soccer birthday party favor bag. Keep them Oh-ing and Ah-ing over these fun pieces. They will thoroughly enjoy this pack!

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I hope that the soccer birthday party ideas in this post will give you the inspiration you need to create the perfect event. Maybe you’ll even score a hat-trick!

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Planning a Soccer Birthday Party from Start to Finish
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Planning a Soccer Birthday Party from Start to Finish
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Are you looking to throw the ultimate soccer birthday party for your son or daughter? This post will help you plan everything from invites to food to games!
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