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My grandfather (Dee Dad, as we call him) is a lifelong NY Yankees fan; when he talks about great moments in baseball, he would always recall the old-timers and good ol’ days of the simpler life, when people would get dressed in their Sunday best to go to the ballgame. With that, I decided to create a party with nods to the olden days of baseball.
Peanuts, old baseballs, bats, and mitts were used throughout the decor.
I created miniature pennants featuring the man of the hour’s initials in his own logo, his number, and some fun baseball phrases (‘Hey Batter Batter’, ‘Swing!’, and ‘Homerun’ to name a few). As guests arrived, they were asked to sign their autograph on a new baseball bat I purchased.
Peanuts, popcorn, and pretzels – staple food of ballgames, were all available for guests to help themselves. For me, no trip to a game is complete without an ice cream sundae in one of those helmet cups! Imagine my delight, when I found the official Yankee cups online and in stock!!!!
Guests traveled back to their homefield with individual boxes of Cracker Jacks and a tag that read, “Ed’s 85th Grandslam,” tied with navy striped baker’s twine.
The guest of honor sitting with all 3 of his great-grandchildren having dessert!
Most Touching Moment
The guest of honor being received by all his guests; it was quite emotional as some he had not seen in over 2 years, including his sister.
The youngest great grandchild (only 7 months old) grabbing one of the baseball from the top of the cake.
What People Ate
We served typical ballgame fare: hot dogs, burgers, sausage sandwiches, peanuts, and popcorn
What People Drank
Coca Cola in old fashioned glass bottles, sangria, cucumber infused water, and iced tea
Tiered Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Ganache filling, create your own sundae bar, sugar cookies, pretzels
Activities / Games
NY Yankee Trivia Quiz
Boxes of Cracker Jacks