This was the first year that we had a REAL birthday party! By that, I mean we had a party that we invited children to, with actual invitations and party games and goody bags, not just family and MOM and DAD’S friends who happen to also have kids. It was a lot more work, BUT IT WAS SO FUN!!
We had a Superhero party. I found the cutest invitations to download FREE here along with some great ideas. The invitations invited our guests to Superhero Training. We started out by making our own capes. I had them all cut out and ready to decorate. I decided the easiest way for the kids to personalize their capes was to sponge paint some stencils. Unfortunately for me, I had the make the stencils myself. The boys each have their own favorite hero (Batman for Jonathan, Superman for Zachary, and Spiderman for Thomas) and Reagan made her own hero, Princess Reagan (think Princess Presto from SuperWhy). I was able to buy a crown stencil, but the others I cut myself. Luckily, I have a little artistic ability and they turned out pretty good, if I do say so myself! Below are th samples that I made so the kids could choose which one they wanted.
After capes it was time for Superhero training. I had devised a series of games to test the kids’ superpowers: knock down the bad guys (super strength), race (super speed), balance beam (super agility), jumping contest (super…ummm…distance jumping). I think knocking down the bad guys may have been the favorite. It was certainly a fav of my kids who have continued to play the game every day since the party. I found some coloring pages online of some famous super villains, colored them, and taped them to empty plastic jugs. Then kids got to throw bean bags at them and knock them down.
After games it was time for cake and ice cream. I made the birthday kiddos each their own cake with the choice of chocolate cake or Funfetti (because Jonathan doesn’t eat chocolate) and did the leftover batter in cupcakes.
Poor Reagan, her pink crown is really sad. Sorry, Reagan! I’m kind of proud of the others though, especially the spider!
Then it was present time! Thank you again everybody for the really great gifts! The kids LOVE them and fight equally over EVERYTHING!!
As party time drew to a close, I announced that I was going after the goody bags, then returned to inform the kids that THEY HAD BEEN STOLEN by our greatest enemy, Spankin’ Man. (He’s the bad guy at our house, anyway!) Then I sent all the kids to the back yard to find the missing goody bags. I wish I had a picture of the kids’ faces when I said the goody bags were gone! Eyes wide like saucers! They TOOK OFF to go save those goody bags!
Okay, I’m really proud of my bags. Each guest got a a bag with their super initial on it.
Whew, the party was lots of fun, but when it was over, I CRASHED! I was so tired! I curled up in a chair in the living room and would easily have gone to sleep if the kids had left me alone for 30 seconds straight. Instead they kept climbing on me or poking me to LOOK AT THIS! WATCH THIS! HELP ME PUT ON POLLY POCKET’S PANTS! The noise I could have slept through, but not the constant jostling. That’s okay, though, the kids had a blast! I hope all our guests had as much fun as my kids did! Thank you to everyone who came and made this day so apecial for my children, especially those that had to drive all the way across town to get to us!
And the capes, they turned out pretty good too:
Have a Super Day!