Three Poolside Theme Parties The Entire Family Will Enjoy

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By Tracy Kunzler – Relaxation Expert

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Take Me Out to the Backyard Ball Game

Here's how to "cover the bases" for a celebration sure to make a home run with party-goers of all ages!

Set the Mood

Have everyone dress in the colors of their favorite team or wear team jerseys and ball caps. Play baseball stadium sound effects and music. An album titled "Stadium Organists: Baseballs Greatest Hits" is available on for $13.99 for the whole album or just 89 cents a cut and is chock full of music and sound effects perfect for a baseball-themed party. You can even sample before you buy. You could also check your local library for ballpark theme music CDs


Hot Dogs

Coca-cola in small bottles (being sure to take care to keep glass away from the pool) and lemonade.

Pre-game Starters

Serve traditional ballpark favorites like popcorn, peanuts in the shell, and boxes of Cracker Jacks.

"Top Dog" Hot Dog Bar

A hot dog bar with all the fixings makes perfect sense for a baseball theme celebration! Grill up a bunch of hot dogs and warm some hot dog buns. Set these up at the beginning of a hot dog bar that includes toppings like:

  • Jalapeno slices
  • Relish
  • Chili
  • A variety of mustards
  • Sauerkraut
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced onion
  • Guacamole
  • Chopped bacon
  • Ketchup
  • Coleslaw
  • Banana peppers
  • Diced tomato
  • Corn

Let everyone customize a dog (or three) just the way they like it. You could even award distinctions like "most creative dog," "most unusual dog," "most tricked-out dog," etc. We found this impressive set up of a hot dog bar on the blog "Life With Fingerprints."

Baseball park ice cream novelties and candies

Get a variety of ball park candies like cotton candy, Baby Ruth bars and M & Ms, or ice cream novelties such as Nutty Buddy cones, Italian Ices, Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bars – whatever your favorites are.

COOP Hydro Catch


Play ball!
Play ball – a game of wiffle ball that is suitable for all ages and skill levels – in the backyard. You can find wiffle balls and bats at most toy or department stores. Another great game to play with folks of various skill levels is Hydro Catch™ from COOP. Hook and loop fabric on the inside of the round mitts "snags" the ball at almost any angle, and a strap on the outside to slip your hand under makes for a secure fit. All pieces even float if you want to take the game right into the pool! The set makes a great gift for the guest of honor, too! Find Hydro Catch™ sets in a variety of colors at many department and toy stores or buy it online in the SwimWays store.

Gift Ideas

Gift ideas for the baseball-loving guest of honor include tickets to a ball game, a jersey or ball cap with the logo of their favorite team, or a subscription to a sports magazine.