softball sweets station

My oldest daughter started playing softball in the third grade.  She decided to join our community recreational league just to see what it was all about.  I didn’t have a lot of expectations for her at the time…she had just quit dance classes and horseback riding that same year.  When I arrived at the end of her first practice, I was told by the coach that she was hit in the head with a ball.  I thought she would never go to another practice, let alone play in a game…who knew she would find a passion that has lasted for the past nine years!

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

She LOVES softball!  She has spent countless hours throwing the ball in our yard, working with a batting coach, and now learning to be the catcher for her high school team.

There are some fun times, also.  One of those is the team dinners hosted by the parents throughout the season.  The girls gather at a teammate’s house for some food, fun, and team bonding.  I was lucky enough to host the first team dinner of the season a few weeks ago!

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

I had a lot of fun preparing for this!  It was a sunny day, so I was able to create this festive entrance at our front door.

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The dinner consisted of a baked potato bar, a green salad, clementines, and fresh berries.  My favorite part of the evening was the softball sweets station that I created for the girls!

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

I started with the mantel decorations…you know how I love to transform my mantel for any occasion.  I created pennants for each player on the team using the school colors, and then hung them below the mantel.                 softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences                     softabll sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

I painted the outline of a softball on a framed canvas, and placed it on the mantel.  Then I scattered softballs among the greenery.

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

Next came the sweets…

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

What’s a game without the ball?

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

For those who scored a run!

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

Laces for tying those cleats!

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

Chewing away the game…

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

The school mascot…Go Green Bears!

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

Swing batter, batter, batter!

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

Grandslam goodness!

    softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

        softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

The finishing touch to the sweets station…

these adorable softball themed cutout cookies!

Upon leaving, I invited everyone to fill a bag with some sweets to take home with them.  The black paper bags had each of their jersey numbers attached to it with a mini clothespin.

softball sweets station | polka dots and picket fences

Fun was had by all!  The girls enjoyed hanging out with their teammates the night before the first game of the season…which they won!

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