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. My daughter has played softball since she was little and I have always been involved with her teams. 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!!

softball party banner

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

 

softball centerpiece idea

Softball centerpiece idea

One More Great Thing! — now I have finally found some great softball themed party accessories on Amazon! No more coloring baseballs yellow! here are some options that would be great for a softball party:

softball party table

softball team dinner

 



 

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Easter Table Decorations

Easter table decorations

Looking for some fun new ways to decorate your Easter table this year? We searched all around and gathered some of the cutest ideas for Easter table decorations out there to share with you. Have a joyous holiday!

Easter flower centerpiece

You can adapt this easy and colorful jellybean centerpiece by using whatever flowers or vases that you have on hand. Tulips, peonies, daffodils, or lilies can all be great choices. (Anchor flowers into a piece of damp green florist foam before surrounding them with candy.)

Easter bunny table centerpieceCourtesy of Good Housekeeping

Add long ears and smiling faces to plain white bags for an instantly adorable bunny centerpiece. The best thing about these bunnies is that after brunch they can serve double duty by holding all the treasures your kiddos collect on their Easter egg hunts!

butterfly wine markers make a great Easter table decorationCourtesy of Southern Living

These sweet silk butterflies can be purchased pre-made at your local craft store. Add one to each glass at your Easter table for a pretty burst of color.

How to Make a Folded Easter Bunny Napkin

 folded bunny napkinhow to fold a bunny napkin

This whimsical folded bunny napkin can make each place setting at your table look special. Here are the steps to make it, or click here to go to youtube.com for an easy tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens.




Easter Basket Ideas for Teens

30 Easter basket idseas for teens

Remember how easy it was to fill an Easter basket for your kids when they were little? Now, finding myself the mom of two teenagers, things have gotten a little harder in the Easter basket department. Sure, there is always the filler candy, but I usually try to stick a few items in there to make things special. For the past few weeks I have been jotting down ideas of things that might be both useful and appreciated by my teenagers. Here is the list of Easter basket ideas for teens that I have come up with. Happy Easter!

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  1. Sunglassesearbuds
  2. Ear buds
  3. Books
  4. Tee shirt
  5. Lanyard or Key chain
  6. Car wash coupon
  7. Cologne or perfumeEaster bunny t shirt
  8. DVD
  9. Chapstick
  10. iTunes card
  11. Flip Flops
  12. Emergency road kit
  13. Magazines
  14. Cell phone case
  15. USB stick/Flash driveflip flops
  16. Baseball cap
  17. Nail polish/makeup
  18. Air freshener
  19. Socks
  20. Video game
  21. Gas cardbunny baseball cap
  22. Water bottle
  23. Jewelry
  24. Starbucks card
  25. Hand sanitizer
  26. Movie tickets
  27. Sports gearwater bottle
  28. Tickets to a game or concert
  29. Car charger/ lightning cable
  30. Homemade coupons

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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!