Costumes: We first must decorate our guests. You can request the kids come dressed as their favourite superhero or you can "make your own" gear at the party. For Iron Man you would need a mask and an Arc Reactor (heart thingy). You can give them a party mask from the party ware line and simply have them tin foil a round piece of cardboard for the arc reactor. For a more general super hero costume the guests will need capes, gloves and masks - especially if the birthday child wants to be the only one dressed as Iron Man. They are the guest of honour after all! The capes can made of felt or any fabric that does not fray and the gloves made from mini stretch loves with the fingers cut off. Masks can be easily made with a pre-cut template, craft foam and stretchy string. You can have all the items ready to go or have the kids assist in the creation of their very own costumes. The key is to have plenty of colours and textures available. Do not forget pink and yellow if there are Super Girls attending!
Party Games: Host a Marvel comic book hero Olympics. Some of these ideas are meant for outdoors but can very easily be accomplished on a smaller scale indoors. Prepare a series of challenging feats to test strength and agility. Test their "strength" in the Long Jump, 20 Yard Dash, Javelin Throw, Balance Beam and Shot Put. Test their "super senses" - For this activity you need a blind fold, pair if thicker gloves, and household items like a fork or a hairbrush. To play, simply blindfold the player and hand them an item. It is up to them to figure out what they are holding. It is not that easy wearing gloves! "Super Hearing" - have one guest blindfolded and another unknown guest speak the child's name or any superhero statement through a cardboard tube in their most superhero voice. The Blindfolded child must figure out which one of the guests spoke. To test their sense of " Super Smell and Taste" have a guest blindfolded and put a small piece of food in front of their nose to smell. Use simple fooed like raisins, cheese and pickles. If they cannot guess the item by smell alone give them the option of tasting it. I say option because some kids may not want to do it. This Olympics may be difficult but It will sure tire out the little superheroes and definitely get some big laughs!
Menu: Superhero Subs - You can use whole sub buns or make larger sandwiches using French Bread Sticks. Have a few meat selections available for the little disconcerning tastes. Sometimes a simple peaunut butter and jam works best! Muscle Burgers - Burgers filled with huge hamburger patties served with all the fixings. Carrot Sticks with Power Dip - carrot/celery cut up into sticks and served with your child's favourite dip. A great beverage is Super Hero juice - ice cubes coloured with food colour and frozen ahead of time. Fill clear cups of lemonade with the brightly coloured ice cubes. Whether you purchase a cake decorating set or have it profesionally made - the Cake should have Iron Man on top. Colour co-ordinate the icing and create a scene with a few other action hero's on top.
The Grand Finale is a having Iron Man make a surprise visit to deliver presents, take action shots with all the kids and handing out the loot bags! You may have to bribe a family member or friend to do this but it is so very much worth it!
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