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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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Decorations

cinco de mayo fiesta decorations

Looking for a great excuse to throw a party that’s full of color and fun? How about a Cinco de Mayo fiesta? I love the bright colors, upbeat music, and yummy food and drinks that all come together to make a wonderful fiesta. You can find lots of great Cinco de Mayo theme party ideas on our fiesta party page, but here are some new inspirations for fiesta decorations, perfect for a Cinco de Mayo extravaganza!

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Start with bright colors — Fiestas are all about bright. When you think about your fiesta decorations, keep color in mind every step of the way. Orange, lime, hot pink, turquoise, and bold yellow can come together to make a really vibrant color scheme. If you have fiesta ware serving pieces, these can be great. Silver toned serving pieces also can be a nice contrast to a colorful table. Another easy option is to purchase some paper fiesta themed tableware. (Best of all, this offers easy clean up at the end of your party.)

Hang some tissue paper decorations — Tissue paper fans, flags, and flowers can all add whimsy to a Cinco de Mayo party. Here is a tutorial we posted a while ago showing you how to easily make tissue paper pom poms.

mini pinata fiesta decorations

Colorful mini piñatas make fun fiesta table toppers


Include a Piñata —  Piñatas are great fun as both fiesta decorations and a party activity. You might hang a giant piñata over your party area or set mini piñatas on the table as a fun touch.

Think about the lighting — If your party is going to be held in the evening, white twinkle lights wrapped around trees or draped from above can help cast a magical glow.

Use traditional Mexican decorations — Some things that can be great additions to your décor are colorful traditional items such as serapes, sombreros, or painted maracas. You might use them as centerpieces or set them on the ends of your serving areas.

free fiesta printables

free fiesta printables

Add some flowers or cacti — Big, bold flowers such as dahlias or zinnias can be beautiful addition to your fiesta decorations. Or, you might try using cacti planted in painted pots or bright cans.  We found the fun picture above at a fiesta on Loves Food, Loves to Eat. These little gems also make great party souvenirs for your guests.

Personalize your party with free printables — We created these free fiesta party circles and a free printable fiesta invitation that you can download and use at your next event. Enjoy!

Include great music, food and drink — Of course, decorations can only take your party so far. For a truly memorable event, don’t forget to think about the atmosphere (i.e. music) and the menu. A delicious taco bar or signature drink can be great additions to a wonderful Cinco de Mayo party.

Be Sure to Take a Look at Amol’s!Amols’ is a vendor that we love who specializes in all things fiesta! Whatever you are looking for in the way of fiesta decorations, you can be sure to find it here! Here are a few of the amazing, colorful items they sell that can definitely help brighten up your Cinco de Mayo party!

Cornhusk Indita Doll
Cornhusk Dolls
Large Paper Picado Banner- Multicolor
Papel Picado Banner
Multicolor Pansy Cornhusk Flowers
Multicolor Mexican Flowers

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Adult Easter Basket Ideas

adult Easter basket ideas

Easter is coming soon and it’s time to start thinking about putting together your Easter baskets! It always seems easy to find ideas for the kids at Easter time, but what about something for your husband, wife, or other special someone?

When I start assembling things at Easter, I always start by thinking of a person’s interests. That can usually spark a few ideas about what small gifts could go along with those themes. Sometimes I need a little more inspiration, so last year I started making a list of adult Easter basket ideas. Here is what I’ve come up with… our top 10 adult Easter basket ideas for gifts that go beyond the traditional jelly beans and chocolate bunnies (plus some creative ideas of how to display everything)!

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Adult Easter Basket Ideas for Men:

  • Airplane size liquor bottles
  • Lottery scratchers
  • Some favorite snacks like sunflower seeds, beef jerky, nuts, chips, etc.
  • Cologne
  • DVDs
  • Small electronic accessories like earbuds, car chargers, or aux cords
  • Cigars
  • Small tools
  • Travel mug
  • Tickets to a game, concert, or movie

Instead of using a basket to arrange your Easter goodies, think about what your gift recipient’s interests are. You could put everything in a baseball cap, a tool box or fishing tackle box, an ice cooler or a six-pack bottle carrier.

Adult Easter Basket Ideas for Women:

  • Nail Polish, lipstick, or other small cosmetics
  • Brandy Filled Easter Eggs
  • Magazines or books
  • Wine and 2 nice wine glasses
  • Gift card to a favorite restaurant or shop
  • Seeds for the garden and gardening gloves or tools
  • Jewelry
  • Flip flops
  • Kitchen gadgets
  • Bubble bath

Some fun ideas to use for holding your Easter gifts might include a large bowl, a pretty watering can, an upside down open umbrella, a beach bag, a large travel cosmetics case, a sun hat, or some colorful rain boots.





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thumb-easter-party1For more Easter party ideas and inspirations (plus some free Easter printables), be sure to check out our Easter party page!


Spring Break Staycation Ideas

spring break staycation ideas

No plans to head out of town for spring vacation?  No worries! We have some fun staycation ideas to keep your kids busy.

 

Parties…They’re not just for birthdays.

  • Luau-Turn up the heat and invite your friends over for some fun in the tropics. Find all your luau party ideas and activities here
  • Camping-Don’t want to camp out in the cold and wet weather? Set up your own campsite indoors.  Make s’mores in the microwave and grab some flashlights to make shadow puppets.  Everything you’ll need is right here
  • Science – Put a little education into your vacation by having a group of friends over to conduct some science experiments. Here are all your ideas.

Get Crafty…Make Gifts

  • Take advantage of the down time you have at home this week.
  • Why not work on that end of the school year teacher gift?
  •  Mothers’ Day will sneak up on you too.  Head to your local craft store for supplies.  You will be so happy to have this task crossed off your list.

Hands On Gardening

  • Take your kids to the garden store and buy some vegetable and flower seeds to sow in starter kits in the house.
  • Paint flower pots

Little Chefs in the Kitchen

  • Look through your cookbooks with your kiddos and enroll them in helping to make some meals you could freeze for those busy week nights.
  • Follow the format of those reality cooking shows and do your own Cupcake Wars, Cake Boss, or Iron Chef night.