Picture it: Friday night high school games under the lights, Saturday afternoon college rivalries, and Sunday NFL games on the gridiron. Your friend or family member is a huge football fan.

And she’s having a baby.

What better way to celebrate her new arrival than throwing a football-themed baby shower? This shower theme is easy to tackle this time of year, because fall means football. You won’t need to look far to find decorations, games, and food to make this party a hit! 

Decorations

Does your friend have a favorite pro or college team? If it’s a local team, finding posters and table décor celebrating the team will be easy. If your stores don’t carry her particular team’s logo or mascot, just go with streamers, balloons, and colored paper that capture the team’s colors. Downloading mascot and helmet images is easy, too.

Encourage those attending to wear their favorite team’s jersey, T-shirt or hat. If you have rival fans, the conversation could get interesting! 

Instead of a guest book for attendees to sign, purchase a football and have everyone autograph it. This could make a cute decoration for the nursery.

Check out the kids’ party section at your local party planning store. Those football shaped-plates, napkins, cups, and tablecloths aren’t just for a toddler’s birthday party. You’ll find all sorts of decorations and party favor ideas. 

Food

Think tailgate! Finger foods, casseroles, salads, and sandwiches. Consider setting up a tailgating area outside if the weather cooperates. For dessert, go for cookies and cupcakes — again, easy to grab and go — or stay with the traditional cake that’s decorated with her favorite team in mind.

Games and Party Favors

Word searches and anagrams are the usually favorites and it’s easy to create either with football phrases. Capture your friend’s competitive spirit when selecting games to play. Tackle and flag football likely aren’t on the list of options, so you may have to get creative and expand to other sports for inspiration.

For party favors, who doesn’t use water bottles theses days? Personalize everyone’s water bottle and fill with candies or other treats. Also look for mini foam footballs, baseballs, golf balls, etc. that serve as fun stress balls.

You’ll score a winning touchdown with friends, family, and the mom-to-be with a football baby shower she’ll always remember.