The theme was a no-brainer this year - both the birthday boy and his older brother play rep soccer year-round with practices, games or tournaments every day of the week now that it's summer; I volunteer twenty hours a week for the boys' soccer club; and with the World Cup fast approaching soccer is life for this family these days.
We made a soccer ball pinata from paper mache, filled it with candy and chocolate and hung it from the tree in the front yard.
We set the kids up with a "Make-your-own soccer jersey" craft using plain white t-shirts and fabric markers to wear during our soccer game.
Once everyone had their jerseys designed and numbered we headed out back for a massive game of soccer.
After the soccer game we did birthday presents and desserts (a soccer ball cake made from chocolate and vanilla cupcakes and an ice cream cake with whipped cream soccer pitch and pretzel goals) and a make-your-own ice cream sundae station.
We finished off the afternoon with a few swings at the soccer ball pinata and everyone went home with a loot bag full of candy and a soccer ball.