My baby boy turned 11 on March 12th. It’s crazy how time flies; I know all you mommas out there feel me on that one! He wanted to have a sleepover with a group of his favorite buds. But, he wanted it to be a basketball party since we are in the middle of tournament season. My boy has definite ideas about what his parties should be, which is nice because it makes it much easier for me to plan something when I know what he wants. He came up with the idea for a basketball theme and gave input throughout the whole design period.
Based on what he told me, I started by designing a simple invitation, with a throwback basketball vibe to it. It can be used for any age basketball lover. The color palette started with blue and white for his favorite basketball team, the University of Kentucky. Then we mixed in some orange for the color of the basketballs. You can download this editable invitation and the other party files in this collection. It includes a happy birthday banner, cupcake toppers, drink flags, water bottle labels, a party sign and thank you tags.
I sent the invitation design to Maddie’s Cookie Co. and she created some of the most adorable cookies to match the invitation and cupcake toppers. I loved the old school Chuck Taylor’s she piped on the cookies.
In addition to sugar cookies, we served chocolate cake and vanilla cupcakes. Sam had requested a chocolate cake with white icing. But, he didn’t want a simple chocolate cake, he wanted a fancy one like I had make for a friend. After I frosted the cake, he helped me add gumballs to the bottom of cake to bring in the blue and orange color palette. We also topped the cake with blue cotton candy and blue, white, and silver sprinkles.
In the morning, we sent the boys home with a little bag of gumballs and blue and white lollipops. They are getting to the age where simpler is definitely better!
The party circles or cupcake toppers were the inspiration for the sugar cookies, too. They are blue and grey with some orange accents. They also incorporate the basketball and vintage Chuck Taylor graphics.
The boys snacked on the gumballs and lollipops throughout the evening. They didn’t finish them all off that evening, though!
Maddie’s Cookie Company – Sugar Cookies
Mirabelle Creations – Basketball Party Printable Party Paper Goods – Digital Download