Sept. 1, 2010
Take a picture of your child wearing their favourite Iron Man costume and attach to card stock with the caption "Calling All Superhero's"
, "You are Invited to BLAST OFF at___'s Birthday Party!" Another unique idea is to use a page from an Iron Man comic book. First, white out (liquid paper) the text in the speech bubbles and blowing up the sizing with your computer or a copier. Then write the party details into the empty speech bubbles, copy as many as you require in color or black and white and attach to card stock.
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!
Concentrate on the Iron Man theme colours of red and gold. Use lots of balloons, streamers, tablecovers, tableware and curling ribbon. Hang Iron Man Posters around the party area. Posters work great as decorations, are very inexpensive and are popular game prizes. Do not forget the licensed Iron Man tableware and decorations!
Even a little goes a long way - you certainly do not have to break the bank! You can even incorporate other Marvel comic book heroes into your party plan like Superman, Super Women, Spider Man, Batman, or even Wonder Women because one thing is the same - SUPER POWERS! Pull out you poster paper and paint and create some retro signs using popular superhero words like "POW", "ZOOM", "ZAP", "KABLAM", "BOOM" and "ZOWIE" to hang around. Superhero comic books are not only great for making posters, but also look really neat when used to decorate a table. Separate the comic pages and place randomly under a clear plastic cover - voila, your own custom tablecover! No party like this would be complete without the Iron Man 2 soundtrack blasting in the background! No soundtrack - no problem. Any AC/DC greatest hits album will do!
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!http://www.partydepot.ca
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