Team Senior Night Ideas

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 This week marked the end of the league game season for the high school softball teams in our area, and since I am the team mom for my daughter’s school I was put in charge of coming up with some Senior Night ideas to honor the players who were graduating this year. Here are some of the things that we came up with for our team, and even more fun Senior Night ideas we collected from the team that we played.

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1. Senior Night Gifts  — The team we played on Senior Night pooled their money and got each graduating player a sweatshirt from the college that they would be attending next year. For our team, we asked each non-Senior player to contribute a note and/or small gift to be put into a Senior Night gift basket. The gift ideas could be anything from gift cards to small items with personal meaning for each player. Here are some of the gifts ideas that went into our Senior Night basket:

  • Framed team photo  senior night gifts
  • T-Shirts with the team logo
  • Small items from the college each player would be attending
  • Softball key chains and eye black
  • Glass candy jar with players’ favorite candies, personalized with their name and college written in college colors
  • Humorous items from jokes throughout the season
  • Personalized CDs with the team walk-up songs
  • Gift cards

2. Senior Posters and Banners — A great idea that the other team put  together was posters for each girl with their name, graduating year, and a collection of Senior Night posterpictures including one from when they were little, one team picture, one picture with the coach, and a few action shots. These looked great! For our Seniors we made a big banner to hang on the backstop , as well as colorful poster board softballs with each graduate’s name, uniform number, and graduating year.

3. Senior Night Decorations —  Decorating the locker room and around the field can make Senior Night even more special. Here are some ways to make your game area look great!

  • Hang banners
  • Use balloons
  • Write messages for graduates on walkways using sidewalk chalk
  • Spray paint the Seniors’ names and numbers in the outfield
  • String streamers in the locker room and hang a star with each Senior’s name from them
  • Write the Seniors’ names and numbers on the field using line powder
  • Set out big cardboard stand ups of each Senior near the spectator area

Senior Night Decorations

In the locker room where we played out last game, the home team has a huge beam painted in their team colors. As each class of players graduates, it is a special right for them to get to sign their name and class with Sharpie pen on the beam.

4. Senior Night Activities — Including some special activities can make Senior Night really memorable. Here are some things we did for our graduates:

  • Each Senior was walked onto the field with her parents, where she was presented with balloons (*I made special balloon weights by drilling a hole through a softball and running the ribbons through), her gift basket, and flowers for mom. Then first the coach said a few words about each girl, and after that each player got to speak, thanking her parents and coaches, and offering some words of wisdom for the younger players on the team. (This was really sweet, and I have to say that there were very few dry eyed in the parent section of the bleachers during this part of the evening!)
  • The National Anthem was performed by a volunteer player on the team (Also very touching)
  • After the game we had a potluck taco dinner for everyone, with lots of amazing food and desserts. This turned out to be a highlight of the evening because the girls got to unwind, laugh about memories of the season, look through their gift baskets and generally goof around.
  • Another fun idea was to show a musical slideshow of the season, with a special section dedicated to then and now pictures of the Senior players.

Senior Night

In all, it was a really great night, and a great way to commemorate the last home game for a wonderful group of Senior players.

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Host a MINUTE to WIN IT Christmas Party!

Lots of fun Minute to Win It Christmas party ideas

Minute to Win It is a fun, fast paced game show that takes everyday objects and creates crazy games that must be completed in under a minute. The best part, however, is that all of these games can be done in your own home, making  Minute to Win It an awesome theme for a party!  If you’re looking for a hilarious and truly engaging holiday party theme, check out these ideas for hosting a Christmas Minute to Win It party. 

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Minute to Win It party ideas

For even more ideas for Minute to Win It games you can play throughout the year, visit the Minute to Win It Party page at creative-party-themes.com.


MINUTE to WIN IT Christmas Party Game Ideas

Gift Box Christmas Ornament Roll — One player must move a round Christmas ornament across a smooth floor to land on a 12×12 piece of wrapping paper in one minute. They can move the ornament only by fanning it with a flat rectangular gift box.

Wreath Relay — 2 partners must relay a wreath from one end of a course to the other. To do this, one partner starts with the wreath around his neck, and the other slips his head into the opening as well. Then the first partner slips out, the second partner turns around, and the first runs around to join the second so that they gradually move as a team from one point to the other. (No hands allowed.)

Jingle in the Trunk — 12 jingle bells are placed in a rectangular tissue box, which is then attached by a belt so that it rests, with the opening facing out, over the player’s rear end. Shake, dance, and prance to get all 12 bells out of the opening of the box in less than a minute.

Face the Gingerbread Man — A player is seated in a chair, and a gingerbread man cookie is placed on her forehead. The player must move the gingerbread man from her forehead into her mouth using only the muscles in her face and neck.

Christmas Ball Conveyor Belt — A huge Christmas ribbon is tied in a continuous loop between the waists of two players standing about 15 feet apart. One player hooks a christmas ornament to the ribbon and then both must rotate conveyor belt style to get the ornament around in a full loop to the original player. The team must get two ornaments around the loop in less than one minute.

Do You Hear What I Hear? — Two players work as a team to put seven boxes containing different numbers of jingle bells into order from least to most in one minute. They do this by shaking each box and listening to see if they can determine the number of bells in each. The boxes contain bells in increasing increments of 5 (5,10,15,20,25,30,35).

Christmas Cliffhanger — 10 folded Christmas cards are set up tent-style along a long, narrow rectangular table. A player has one minute to blow one of these cards about 8 inches across the table so that it lands with the front flap flat on the table and the back flap hanging vertically off the table’s edge.

Raise Your Glass — In this balancing challenge, a player must make a four-tier stack of martini glasses by alternately stacking a glass, filling it with four round Christmas ornaments, stacking the second glass, filling it, and so fourth, until they create a tower of four stacked glasses. (The final glass does not have to be filled with ornaments.)

 

Whipped Cream Tannenbaum  –  Provide a paper plate and 3 cans of whipped cream per player. Each player has one minute to spray the whipped cream on the paper plate in the shape of a Christmas tree. The player with the tallest Christmas tree after one minute wins.

Napkin Ring Ornament Madness – Provide 5 to 10 large napkin rings in a basket or on a tray and an unsharpened pencil or chopstick for each player. Set the basket on a table or the floor, a few feet away from a Christmas tree. (A small artificial tree works well.) Players must use the unsharpened pencil or chopstick to pick up a napkin ring, carry it to the tree, and slide the napkin ring “ornament” onto the tree. The player who gets the most napkin rings on the tree in one minute wins!

Snowball Fight – Provide white paper for each player or team. Place a dividing line in the middle of the room. Players or teams will need to wad up the white paper and have a snowball fight. The player or team who has the least number of “snowballs” on their side after one minute is the winner!

Marshmallow Toss –  Provide a wreath, a bag of marshmallows, and a bucket for each player. Have one person hold the wreath to their side and place the bucket behind the wreath. Players will have one minute to throw marshmallows through the wreath into the bucket. The player with the most marshmallows in the bucket after one minute is the winner!

Fun Halloween Food Ideas

fun Halloween food ideas

Fun Halloween Food Ideas

Make your next Halloween party something to remember with these fun Halloween food ideas that we’ve gathered from our friends all over the web. Just click on the links below for directions on how to make each of these fabulous Halloween treats!

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1. Deviled Egg Eyeballs

2. Mummy wrap hot dogs

3. Bug ice cubes — Freeze plastic bugs with water in your ice tray

4. Coffin PB &J — Cut your bread into coffin shapes before assembling your sandwiches. Then, after adding your peanut butter and jelly, use red decorator gel icing to add the R.I.P on top of each coffin.

5. Spaghetti and Meatball/olive eyeballs — These are super easy! Just add sliced olives to the top of each meatball in your dish.

6. Witch Fingers

7. Marshmallow Witches — Decorate large marshmallows with small chocolate morsel faces, colored sprinkle hair, and hats made of chocolate wafer cookies and chocolate kisses.

8 Carrot fingers and dip — Arrange baby carrots or cut carrot pieces in your favorite thick dip to look like a hand. Use a little dip on the end of each finger to attach a sliced almond fingernail.

9. Jack-O-Lantern carrots — For this fun veggie platter, arrange some baby carrots into a pumpkin shape. The eyes and nose are made from small dishes containing your favorite varieties of veggie dips. The mouth is made of arranged half slices of zucchini. The pumpkin top is a sprig of parsley. Voila! Instand healthy jack o’lantern treat!

Softball Team Building Ideas

softball team building ideas

It’s springtime, and that means it’s time for all softball players to dust off their cleats and hit the diamond. This year my daughter is a junior in high school and I am the team mom for the varsity squad. I love these girls and I love having the opportunity to find lots of ways to make the season special. Here are some of the softball team building ideas that we’ve done so far to get things kicked off!

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Team Photos  — Every year we hang both a team photo and individual player photos in a display case outside of the snack shack at the field.  This year we tried something a little different by using softballs to spell out the word “family” in the photo. If you gather enough softballs, you could also write out your school name, team name, or team motto. We are hoping to print this photo onto tee shirts for all of the players at the end of the season. If you have a parent who likes to take pictures, another great idea is to collect these and make a video at the end of the season with some snaps of the team and individual players set to music.

Varsity letter locker signs

Varsity letter locker signs

Locker Signs — At my daughter’s school one family volunteers to make a locker sign for each of the players on the team for every away game. The girls go into school early to put these up. These can be simple computer notes, or something a little more. Since I am the team mom, I like to try to make something that the girls can put in a scrapbook at the end of the season. Last year I made team pennants for each player. This year I had two shifts as locker mom. For the first one I traced a varsity letter onto poster board to make personalized team locker signs. For the second I cut the girls’ numbers using a cricut machine (I love that thing!)

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Team pennant softball locker signs

Great idea for varsity team locker signs!

Varsity team locker signs

 

Lucky softball hair bows

Lucky team hair bows

Lucky Hair Bows — Does your player have a lucky pair of socks, underwear, or other special something? For my girl it is her hair bow. This year she decided that she wanted everyone on the team to have their own lucky hair bow. We made these by cutting black ribbon and using sparkly puff paint to write JHS on one side and each player’s team number on the other.

 

Softball Team Bonding Activities — Throughout the season the softball team hosts a few team bonding activities. We usually start off the season with a team get together (for players), have a family barbecue around mid-season, and end with a Senior Night for all families where we honor graduating players. This year we gathered the girls for a night of laser tag and pizza, followed by a sundae party and sleepover at my house.  One of the highlights was the game where the coaches showed up and the girls got to compete with them in the laser tag arena. Another was, of course, staying up all night giggling. It was a lot of fun and a great way for all of the players to get to know each other better.

Here are a few pictures from the event. Best of luck to everyone this season!!

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We converted a baseball banner into one for softball using yellow Sharpie pen

 

softball centerpiece idea

Softball centerpiece idea

softball party table

softball team dinner

 



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