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“Go Canes” UM Football Themed Birthday Party

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C-A-N-E-S-! Can you guess what the birthday boys’ “future” favorite team will be? The University of Miami Hurricanes! Tiffany of Orange Moon Events & Planning created this “Go Canes” UM Football Themed Birthday Party, with great ideas to kick off your little ones sports themed party, or even Superbowl Sunday… which will be here before we know it! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Football leather cupcake wrappers with mini seams on a bed of artificial turf
– Easy boxed lunches with orange and green team color napkins
– Hurricane themed cookies including a “Miami” pennant, Sebastian the Ibis & orange football jerseys
– UM team logo paper wrapped sandwiches & a cake to match!

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Tiffany


With football season right around the corner and summer winding down, the two were combined for a football themed pool party (the guest of honor’s “future” favorite team J). This is a focus on the food, drink, and dessert tables.


Mixed orange flowers in bud vases were at the center of each table and artificial turf was used as overlays on the food, drink, and dessert tables. University of Miami paraphernalia were used throughout such as a mini Miami Hurricanes football helmet caddy which held the serving tongs, a mini University of Miami mug which held the football shaped picks, a custom designed “Go Canes” banner which hung over the food table, and dinnerware such as cups and dessert plates.


Kids Lunch: Since it was a pool party and kids were more preoccupied with playing in the pool than eating, the kids’ lunches were served in squat take-out boxes. Each box included either a ham or turkey and cheese sandwich wrapped in University of Miami tissue paper, a bag of chips and a chocolate covered Oreo, two University of Miami soft mints, and a mini squish football toy.

Adult Lunch: A tray of ham and turkey sandwiches with the fixings on the side, a bag of chips, and a small cup of pasta salad.

Drinks: Mini bottled water with custom bottle labels in the school colors and the guest of honor’s name on each label. Also, no football field is complete without the iconic Gatorade cooler full of Gatorade which was also served.


Guests filled gable boxes in the green, white, and orange school colors with various treats from the dessert table. Treats included cupcakes, cookies, and chocolate covered treats. Lemon and vanilla cupcakes were topped with football field and the “U” logo cupcake toppers, and wrapped in football themed cupcake wrappers. Chocolate covered pretzel sticks and chocolate covered Oreo cookies were drizzled with orange and green colored white chocolate. Miami Hurricanes themed sugar cookies included different shapes such as a football, helmet, jersey, stadium, pennant flags and circles with the school name and logo, and the team’s mascot, Sebastian the Ibis. The 2-tier cake matched the theme and school colors and was topped with a fondant version of the guest of honor with his “U” hat and holding a football.



– Event styling & design: Tiffany Berkeley of Orange Moon Events & Planning
– Photography: Farrahn E. Photography 
– Paper printables: Paper & Pigtails 
– Cookies: Not Betty Cookies 
– Cake: Jennifer’s Cakes
– Football cupcake wrappers: The Paper Cupcake
– Cupcake toppers: Claudia Cupcake Lady 

By |2018-06-07T15:32:10-07:00October 25th, 2012|Football Parties|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Farrahn Evans October 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

    This is awesome, Tiffany!

  2. Catherine Lopez November 5, 2012 at 5:57 am

    I love this theme! As I am a fellow alumni! LOVE LOVE LOVE! <3

  3. Parker November 17, 2012 at 7:02 am

    We’re having a huge party this weekend for all my coworkers and friends at DISH, and these are exactly the kind of tips I’ve been looking for! It’s not a birthday party but is definitely football-themed, so this is going to be a huge help. My favorite tip from last year that I’ll be re-deploying is to always have more than one game on. With my DISH Hopper, I’ll hook up three TVs in our living room. The Hopper has three tuners, so that will allow us to watch three different games at the same time in full HD! These other tips you have will come in handy, too! Thanks again!

  4. Andrea November 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Where did you order your boxes ?

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