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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.

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Party Highlights

  • Desserts

    Tiered Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Ganache filling, create your own sundae bar, sugar cookies, pretzels

  • Activities / Games

    NY Yankee Trivia Quiz

  • Party Favors

    Boxes of Cracker Jacks

  • Best Moment

    The guest of honor sitting with all 3 of his great-grandchildren having dessert!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Funniest Moment

    The youngest great grandchild (only 7 months old) grabbing one of the baseball from the top of the cake.

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4 comments

  • Betheny T

    Betheny T wrote:

    SUCH a classy party. Very well done. Just beautiful. Love the colors. Love the stripes and love the theme. :)

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    Crystal P wrote:

    super cute

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    Rhetta H wrote:

    I am planning my Dad's 85th Birthday. Where did you get the templates for "Ed's 85th Grandslam". My dad is a baseball fan as well. Would love to use some of your ideas! Thanks!

  • Danielle Belleza E Luce S

    Danielle Belleza E Luce S wrote:

    Hi Rhetta, So glad you liked the party design. I created and designed all of the party paper items. The items are available in my Etsy shop (http://www.etsy.com/shop/bellezaeluce Have a great weekend!

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