April showers also bring with them sunshine, picnic parties *and* baseball season. Whether you’re just in it for the peanuts and giant beers or are all about that #hometeampride, an opening day party is a definite must. Once you’ve written your last-minute group text invite to watch the big game and tossed on your chic baseball cap, check out the adorable, delicious and sporty ideas below to make your viewing party a home run. All it takes is a little DIY action, lots of baseball-shaped food and even more fun. Scroll on and get ready to become the designated viewing party host among your friends.
1. DIY Peanut Decorations: Snag a few paper bags in your team’s colors, fill ’em up with peanuts and set them out on the coffee table or at the snack bar. Not only do they serve as a cute extra decoration, they’re also the perfect easy snack for Opening Day. (via Love of Family and Home)
2. Homemade Soft Pretzels: Nothing makes you feel like you’re at the ballpark like a delicious soft pretzel. Follow this easy recipe to make a batch at home for you and your pals. (via Healthy Delicious)
3. Paper Built Shop Printable Photo Booth Props ($6): The seventh inning stretch calls for a little party break. Use this instant download to DIY a photo booth with props on popsicle sticks or skewers, so you and your guests can show off your love for baseball. Your Opening Day Insta game just got V strong.
4. Texas Tommy Hot Dogs: Adding hotdogs to the menu should be the first lesson of Baseball Viewing Parties 101. Use this recipe to make a batch of anything-but-standard dogs, filled with cheddar cheese and wrapped in bacon. (via Tablespoon)
5. DIY Baseball Cap Piñata Cookies: These might take a *few* extra minutes, but the result is amazing. Make baseball cap piñata cookies using a simple cookie recipe and M&Ms to give your viewing party a serious upgrade. Use food coloring to customize these cookies with your team’s colors and logo, so your guests know exactly who to root for. (via Hungry Happenings)
6. DIY Baseball Goodie Bags: Set out goodie bags for your own version of the famed Cracker Jacks. Fill them with candy or a handful of peanuts, and include a super cute surprise trinket in each bag. Pick up a pack of bags at the party store and DL this baseball printable to kick it up a notch. Your guests will feel like they hit a home run when they find out they get to take a little bit of the party home. (via Landeelu)
7. Homemade Cracker Jacks: It’s officially easy to make your favorite baseball snack at home. Whip up a caramel mixture and pour it over popcorn. Pop it in the oven, let it cool and break into bitesized pieces. Fill a mason jar with your nom-worthy snack and pass one on to each of your guests. They’ll be seriously impressed. (The Chic Site)
8. DIY Heart-Shaped Baseballs & Pretzel Bats: These heart-shaped baseballs and pretzel bats are super Instagrammable, but will go fast once your guests have figured out their genius #hashtag. Start off with heart-shaped chocolate candies and dip them in white chocolate. Finish them off with a little red piping to create the stitches, and use pretzel sticks for the bats. Any guest who loves baseball (or salty/sweet treats) won’t be able to resist. (via Sugar Swings)
9. DIY Baseball Spoons: To be the hostess with the mostess, you have to go the extra mile on the little things too. Instead of using regular plasticware, opt for a wooden option like this one. Customize them by stamping on baseball terms to help your friends keep track of their plates. Save the blank ones for your next spring or summer party. (via Spaceships and Laser Beams)
10. Acme Party Box Co. Biere Glasses ($52): You can’t watch a baseball game without a little brewski, which makes these pint glasses a must for your Opening Day party. Break in the set at your get-together, and reuse them for your future summer parties.
11. Easy Snack Bar: Running low on time? Head to the grocery store to pick up a few packs of Big League Chew, Cracker Jacks and mini packs of peanuts. Stack them on a tiered dessert tray for a snack bar that takes only a few minutes to put together, but gets an A+ for presentation skills. (via La Luz Photography)
12. Forever Yours Truly Baseball Confetti ($5+): It’s not a party if there isn’t a little confetti thrown around. Sprinkle this baseball option on your tabletops to give it an extra festive touch.
13. DIY Pennant Banner: Put your DIY skills to the test and upcycle an old pair of jeans to make this banner. Combine it with other fabrics like simple cotton or burlap, and you’ll be left with a garland that’s worth keeping up for the rest of baseball season. (via Chalkboard Blue)
14. Baseball Jello Shots: Last but not least, these Jell-O shots are the perfect addition if you’re looking to bring the baseball theme to the bar. They’re sure to get the party started, so hand ’em out at first pitch to start the game off right. (via Brit + Co)
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