It’s your birthday–time to party! Your birthday is your special day to celebrate everything that is you. So, why not incorporate things you love, like cheerleading? Maybe you just love cheer or you are on a cheer team, but either way, here are some fun and easy ways to have a cheer-themed birthday!

Food.
For food, make it a tailgate. You can have an a-sport-ment (you see what I did there?) of chips, dips, veggie platters, hot dogs and burgers. Maybe make some nachos? Those are always a big hit! Cheerleading goes hand-in-hand with sports, like football and basketball, and tailgating is a big part of the fun. The best part about a tailgate-themed food is you can make it as healthy or as simple as possible. To add in some cheerleading food items, you can buy cheer-themed cookie cutters; they have some great ones online that are not very expensive in the shape of pom poms, megaphones and even cheerleaders. Depending on the age you’re turning, you can pre-decorate the cookies or leave them blank and create a fun cookie-decorating station for your partygoers to decorate their own.

Décor.
This is the perfect time to pick up some sports and cheerleading-themed décor! Depending on the time of year, decoration stores might have things left over from things like the Super Bowl, March Madness, playoffs or more. That means, all those leftover sports-themed tablecloths, paper plates, cups and even pom poms will be on sale! Keep an eye out at your local grocery store or department store closeout bins where you can find some great stuff for cheap. Another great place to look is your local 99 cent or dollar store; I once found individual megaphones that are perfect for decoration or to use as party favors there!

Games and activities. A party isn’t a party without some games. In doing my research for this article, I came across cheerleading Mad Libs®: you can choose to make your own or find free pre-made cheerleading-themed Mad Libs online. I could not help myself; I tried a few with my family and my stomach still hurts from laughing so hard. Other game options are to split the party into two teams and have the teams come up with a new cheer to perform. You can get as creative or as simple as you want. You can provide blank bows and have a decorating station or play cheerleading trivia. Trivia might include facts about cheerleading or facts about your cheerleader’s team specifically. It is a birthday party after all, so you can get as crazy with it as you want or keep it easy and rent a cheerleading-themed bounce house!

Cake.
You cannot forget about the cake. You might be the star of the show, but the cake is the surprise featured guest. If you have the skill, you can make a cake. I do not have this skill, so there are options to buy cakes at your local grocery store and get them personalized with awesome cheer themes. I am a lady who likes to keep things simple and cupcakes are perfect for me. They are easy to hand out and there is no cutting involved. You can try and find cheer-themed cupcakes, or you can buy simple store-bought cupcakes and spruce them up yourself. I found cute cheerleader designs online, printed them out and attached them to tooth picks to create a cake topper for each cupcake. You can also go to your local craft store to purchase some metallic puffy balls that you can attach toothpicks, which look so cute on top of cupcakes–like little pompoms!

Planning a themed birthday party does not have to be expensive or stressful. Cheerleading is all about fun and showing your spirit, so when planning a cheer-themed party, remember to have fun with it!

Have you thrown a cheer-themed birthday party? Show us pictures in the comments!