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Soccer birthday party help: cheap and easy "scrimmage vests"


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I need help figuring out how I can separate the teams from my son's birthday party without paying several dollars per child to buy a scrimmage vest or something similar.  I was thinking fabric swatches as "belts" or something similar, but I wonder if those would fall off/ get pulled off.

 

Does anyone have any ideas?

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On a related note: he will have practice with his city league team on the night of his actual birthday, and we would like to bring something... but I foresee drama if we try to bring cupcakes or the like to a practice that takes place just before dinner. ;)

 

What is something healthy and festive we could bring?

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Would asking the kids to wear either a red or a blue shirt to the party work?  I'd be surprised if most kids didn't have one or the other.  And maybe just say "lemme know if you don't have something, and I'll work some magic," and then check around to see who might have an extra shirt in the right color?  Too much work?

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I would say white shirts versus red or black shirts would be fairly easy to organize. The teams need to be easily identifiable so that the game isn't confusing for the players.

 

Or, could you borrow pennies/vests from his coach if you promise to wash them all for him? Most of them only get washed about once a season. :zombie:

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On a related note: he will have practice with his city league team on the night of his actual birthday, and we would like to bring something... but I foresee drama if we try to bring cupcakes or the like to a practice that takes place just before dinner. ;)

 

What is something healthy and festive we could bring?

Eh, we do this all the time. We save them until after practice and some parents say no thank you and some tell the kids they have to save it until after dinner. Some parents don't care.

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Shirts vs. skins, LOL. I bet asking the kids to wear a certain color could work. If you choose teams beforehand you could have a team assignment in the invitation. Maybe assign blue/black/green and red/yellow/orange so there are more possibilities for people to come up with the right color.

 

Dollar Tree has imperfect t-shirts for $1 each so that is cheaper than $3 each at Walmart.

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I'd be cool with cupcakes :)

 

If this is happening pre-Easter, I've seen adorable plastic eggs decorated like soccer balls (Walmart). You could fill with candy or other treats to enjoy later. I've also seen ones shaped like balls instead of eggs at Kmart (I think) so if the party is no close to Easter they wouldn't seem odd.

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Variation on shirts/skins:

 

You could buy a pack of child med or large undershirts. One team could be white and the other whatever was worn to the party. The white team would pull the undershirts on over what they are already wearing. Collect the shirts after the game and wash to have as undershirts when your ds is bigger or as art smocks or for various craft projects ahead (tie-dye?)

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I would totally buy some shirts, but I already bought these as party favors http://www.childrensplace.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/usstore/p/tcp%3Aus/50-off-sale/50-off-sale-boy/matchables-sports-tee-2036566-524 and the thought of buying more is a bit ... daunting.

 

After a 25% coupon and counting the $10 Place Cash for every $20 spent, the shirts come out to about $2/ kid.... BUT they are all the same color, so doing "teams" that way wouldn't work. I may ask children to bring white shirts and we can do whites vs. blues. Actually, we have about six white t-shirts between my two older boys, maybe those would suffice... Hm.

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The birthday boy, has, at times, requested a Lego (or Lego Movie or Lego Ninjago) birthday party, a Star Wars birthday party, a glow-in-the-dark birthday party, a dance birthday party, a Minecraft party, or an Angry Birds Transformers birthday party.... oh, and of course a Soccer party and a sleepover.

 

So. The full schedule is something like this: 

 

Soccer match, (pizza and other nummies), swimming in our pool (Ninjago "spinjitsu" moves into the pool, pool noodle light saber fights), (cake and ice cream), dance party with a borrowed disco ball, and then whoever is still there will be settling down for a half hour or so of iPad Minecrafting and Angry Birds. (Up to six kids can join each other's Minecraft world.)

 

Oh, and the cousins stay overnight... so there's the sleepover. 

Thankfully the multiple theme thing actually makes it easier because other than a Playmobil or Lego soccer player on the cake and the soccer shirt party favors, there isn't any theme decorating, etc. Maybe I'll spring for some soccer ball napkins. :)

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Cupcakes are totally acceptable and often found at practice times, no matter the relation to the dinner hour.

 

How many boys are you talking about? Can you make simple a "X" style thingy with a waistband out of colored duct tape for each boy? Two big rolls go a long way. It would be easy to premake them and just 'tape' them closed when they are put on the player.

 

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Kids are pretty good at remembering who is on which team.  Just give them a 5 minute practice with their teammates first so they know who is on their team.

 

 

Just use the shirts you already have.  One side uses them inside out.  

Otherwise, break the teams into two colors.  Have half of the kids wear the new shirts and the other have keep on their own shirts.

 

 

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