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Baseball Invitations and Trivia Games

Martha Stewart Living Television

Birthday parties created with a theme are surefire ways to have fun with little ones, and this birthday party is all about America's favorite pastime.

Baseball Invitations
This baseball invitation looks like the real thing.

Tools and Materials
Compass
Pencil
Oak tag
Scissors or utility knife
Micro hole punch
Red waxed twine (6 inches)
Avery address labels
Envelopes

Baseball Invitations How-To
1. Make a template for your invitations. Use a compass or premade template to draw a circle onto oak tag. (Martha made a circle 4 1/2 inches in diameter.)

2. Cut out the circle.

3. Lightly mark out 2 semicircles on the top and bottom.

4. Use a micro hole punch to punch 8 holes along each semicircle, starting about 1/4 inch from the edge and making holes about 1/2 inch apart.

5. Use this as a template for your invitations, tracing the circle and marking the holes on each one. Cut out and hole punch each one.

6. Add stitching to the invitations. To do this, knot a 6-inch piece of red waxed twine and weave it through the holes of the first semicircle. Finish the end with another knot, pulling it close to the card. Repeat on each semicircle.

7. You can write the party information out on the back of the baseball or you can use your computer to print out labels. We used Avery address labels and that are 1 1/3 by 4 inches, just the right size to fit on the invitation. (Martha typed the information in on the computer and printed them out.) Now, affix them to the back of the baseball cutout. Place inside envelopes (we used 5-inch square kraft paper envelopes).

Trivia Games
You can use the template from your invitation to make these little accordion trivia games for the party guests. They'll have fun showing off their knowledge of baseball.

Tools and Materials
Heavy paper
Pencil or pen
Bone folder
Scissors or utility knife
Avery address labels
Red felt pen

Trivia Games How-To
1. Start with a strip of heavy paper that is 4 1/2 by 22 1/2 inches.

2. Make a mark on the long edge at 4 1/2 inches.

3. Fold the paper along this mark. A bone folder will help to make the fold sharp.

4. Continue folding, accordion-style, every 4 1/2 inches until you have a square folded book.

5. Trace your circle onto the folded square so that 2 sides are slightly over the edge of the folds.

6. Cut the circle out, leaving about 1 inch of the folds on each side. This will make your accordion hold together.

7. Now you can write out the questions and answers or use your computer to print them out on the address labels. Martha printed out four questions and their answers on the same Avery address labels that she used for the invitations. You can use a baseball fact book to find ideas. Gear the difficulty of the questions to the ages of the children.

8. Affix the questions to one side of the accordion and the answers to the other side.

9. Decorate the front of the book with 2 semicircles of red "stitching" using a red felt pen.

10. Title the book "Trivia" and the kids will know exactly what to do.

Resources
We used 5-inch square kraft paper envelopes from Kate's Paperie.