My great uncle, Charlie, was a sports writer for the local newspaper in Mobile, Alabama. As a journalist, he had countless opportunities to meet star athletes. Two in particular were Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb. Ty Cobb was his all-time favorite. He even personalized his license plate with Ty Cobb’s batting average. Numbers are important, especially when it comes to birthdays. So when Charlie turned 89 years old, we had a baseball themed birthday party for him. It was a hit!
To create our “pitcher’s mound” centerpiece, we placed brown rocks on green Astroturf that we used for a tablecloth and then put two glass cylinders filled with plastic baseballs. All items were purchased from the Dollar Tree store.
We scored a home run when we found these baseball signs at the dollar store. In the package, they had home plate and all three bases written on them. We placed them on white plates with a red napkin folded on top.
We also found baseball themed bubble gum and place them at each place setting.
Each guest scored a home run with these key chain party favors. They were a big hit!
Be sure to offer your guests peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
Ty Cobb Salad
Makes 8 servings
4 cups shredded lettuce
1 avocado, cubed
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/2 cup sliced green onions
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 cooked chicken breasts, cubed
6 slices crisply cooked bacon, crumbled
2 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
Mix first four ingredients in serving bowl. Arrange final four ingredients on top. Serve with your favorite salad dressing.
View our Ballpark Inspired Hot Dogs (click link below).
Pop Fly Cake Pops
We purchased ready-made cake pops and dipped them in melted white chocolate. Once cooled in the refrigerator, we used red candy marker pens to mark the baseball stitches on the cake pops.
Score a Home Run!