If you son or daughter is a keen AFL fan and their birthday coincides with the September footy finals frenzy, why not capitalize and have an AFL footy themed birthday party.
At the end of the home and away season, AFL team merchandise is usually on sale to clear out current stock. So check out your team store, and keep an eye open for online sales on the club websites as well.
Best and Less, Big W, Target and discount stores like The Reject Shop and Red Dot have a range of football paraphernalia at reasonable prices. You will have to be mindful that you have ALL clubs represented if you are going to use club merchandise as prizes.
On the invites, ask the children to come dressed in their team colours or as their favourite football hero. If you are a one eyed supporter, you may choose to use your household’s team colours or the team your birthday child supports for invites, table and house decorations.
Choose a park or oval for the venue. Check with your local council regarding hire arrangements. You may be able to use the clubrooms, which would facilitate heating and serving food, just like at a real footy match.
Organise a game of footy Ozkick-style, goal kicking and handball competitions, and set up a circuit of fun ball-oriented activities to wear the kids out and work up an appetite.
Suggestions for food include pies, pasties, sausage rolls, sausage in a bun, hot dogs, chicken rolls, pizza or any of the range of fast food, all easy to cater for and in keeping with the football theme. Make the birthday cake in the shape of a football, or decorate the top of an oval with goals at each and or simply decorate a butter cake in club colours.
If you don’t fell like doing all this yourself, get the GymBus to host the party inside their Double Decker mobile play centre and you sit back and enjoy the party with your friends.
This post was written by Grant Carlyon