20 November 2016

Superhero Birthday Party {Sarah's 10th}

This past weekend, we threw a Superhero 10th birthday party for my youngest sister. She loves costume parties, so guests were encouraged to come in superhero costumes, and Sarah and MaryGrace worked together for weeks before the party to make 'badges' out of perler beads for guests to wear who didn't come in costume. There was no escaping the superhero theme.

When I say 'we' threw a party, what I mean is that we used our usual division of labor--I planned and came up with the menu and all party ideas, Mom did the grocery shopping, Mom and MaryGrace did most of the food prep, Rebekah cleaned the house, and I was in charge of decor, Sarah's costume, leading party games, and artistic table set-up. Teamwork for the win!

First of all, there were WonderWoman invitations--created by MaryGrace and Rebekah. I don't typically do invitations for parties, I just tell everybody to come, but these were really cute!

Sarah's WonderWoman costume consisted of a top I'd made using my new sewing machine--finding a sewing machine-friendly way to make an iconic WW logo seemed too difficult, so I hand-embroidered that part. MaryGrace made the crown and Mom surprised Sarah with the golden armbands on the day of her party. (Last time I sewed Sarah something to wear was for her 7th birthday in 2013...she's grown so little in the three years since that she can still wear the dress. Is there any wonder I always call her my 'baby' sister?)

MaryGrace dressed as Queen Mera. Since no one else among us is quite as knowledgeable about the superhero universe, she spent the whole party explaining to us that Queen Mera is the Queen of Atlantis and is married to Aquaman and has some cool water powers. Had you ever heard of her before? I hadn't.

I didn't feel like trying to be a glamorous superhero so I went for a Christopher Reeve-era Clark Kent since my normal glasses already look like nerd glasses--wearing a borrowed shirt and tie from Angel, a borrowed jacket from Mom, and a borrowed fedora from Rebekah. The black slacks are actually mine, and Angel recognized them instantly as my old cosmetology school uniform and complained constantly that me wearing them brought back bad memories of beauty school. It must have been a difficult time for him.

Angel believes that the only costume worth wearing is a bear costume, but Sarah gave him a black cape and a Batman badge to wear, so he was Batman for the night.

Now, I'm going to warn you, prepare yourself for a few too many food photos. We were pretty proud of our food for the night, mostly of the labels we came up with and the theming that was put into action.

(This dip is Mom's absolute favorite, a creamy buffalo chicken dip, which inspired the name.)

Our green-with-hints-of-purple (weird combo!) punch was appropriately titled:

I crack myself up...

Spiderman isn't a favorite in our family, but even he got a nod with webbed rice krispies!

I'd seen the idea of serving 'superfoods' at a superhero party before and thought it was hilarious, also, I like fruit and veggies, so they were definitely on the menu!

 Cutest cupcake toppers ever!

Jellybean infinity stones were Angel's idea.

More superfoods!

Okay, okay, enough eating! What really makes a party fun is the games. I had MaryGrace build "Thor's Hammer" (actually, two of them) before the party, our of a tissue box, a paper towel roll, and a lot of foil and duct tape. The hammers were weighted with a bag of popcorn seeds inside them and stuffed with cotton balls for maximum throwability and durability. My goal was to have a game where everyone got a chance to throw Thor's Hammer and see who could throw it the furthest. We weren't actually sure if the hammers would hold up to being thrown by all of the guests but we decided to treat them like pinatas--the game lasts as long as the hammer lasts.

Impressively, the hammers lasted through two whole rounds of everyone at the party taking their turn of throwing them, and this was a highlight of the night, as it was a game that everyone could take part in--this was quite a feat, as this particular party included guests spanning an age range of 3-55+ and speaking a variety of languages.

After the hammer-throwing, it was beginning to get dark, so we headed back to the house for more snacks and to wrap up our night with indoor games. We first played a round a game-show style superhero trivia, where two contestants would race to be the first to answer a trivia question correctly.

After that, we divided into two teams for superhero charades. I came up with charade options by filling up one page with people from the superhero universe, and another page with locations, materials, and objects from the superhero universe, so we'd get a good bit of variety. 

Pro tip: If you want to make charades that are ridiculously hard, include the words: Vibranium, Adamantium, Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, Gotham City, and Mutant. Those words are surprisingly hard to act out. Also, it's hilarious to watch Angel act out Mutant. Also hilarious is watching Dad desperately trying to act out Groot while everyone on his team is repeatedly screaming: "Poison Oak! Poison Oak!" Is Poison Oak even a superhero thing?

Sarah, who is the biggest Youtube expert of us all, requested that we make a birthday vlog covering the some point, I stopped remember to take video and/or assign Angel to take video, but we did capture these fun moments, including the hammer-throwing:

Of course, the guys always have to get some credit for playing a productive role in the day, so Angel and Dad headed up the clean-up project as we saw off the guests of the evening.

It was a bit of a non-traditional birthday party, as we didn't have a cake or candles, nor did we sing the "Happy Birthday" song. Mom and Dad did surprise her with a WonderWoman doll, Sarah shows off her new doll in the video, but I wish I would have gotten her reaction to opening the present on tape. Safe to say, it was the perfect present for a perfectly superhero-filled birthday.

What's the best birthday you've ever had?
Angi said...

Your family is the most creative bunch I have ever "met." I love ALL of this and I'm thinking you should look into party planning as a side career because you're so good at it!

Natalie said...

This is SUCH a cute party idea! I love your costume--it's seriously on point while being completely unexpected! :) I'm a huge sucker for themed parties, and this one looks amazing. Happy birthday to your sister!

annies home said...

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Bethany Carson said...

Wow! You guys are super heroes at party-throwing! Such a neat event! Thanks for sharing photos.

Mica said...

This looks like such a fun party! The themed food is brilliant, what a great idea. A happy belated birthday to your sister :)

Hope you've had a wonderful weekend :)

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Unknown said...

Amazing family, amazing party! You are very creative! It seemed everybody had so much fun. My favorite is the themed food! LOL

Unknown said...

Sounds like such a fun party! I love the super heroes theme. Her Wonder Woman costume is very impressive! I can't believe you hand stitched the logo, you did an amazing job! It was all so creative!

Kerry said...

The homemade decorations look great and I like the themed food, too. My daughter's birthday just passed and we did pirates this year, but she is really into the super girls now so I suspect I'll be revisiting your post next year.

Welsh Cakes and Wellies said...

Party looks brilliant, love the wonder women costume - Girl Power! What a great idea to do super hero charades, I think we'll try that at Christmas, looks like such fun!

Donna said...

Everything about this is so cute! You did a wonderful job on Sarah's costume. I had no idea Aquaman had a wife!

Charlene Maugeri said...

Rachel, party planner extraordinaire, at it again! This is so cute!

Suzanne said...

What fun!


Chrissy said...

You guys are so much fun! So creative! Love all of this! Just amazing!!

AnneMarie said...

Sarah makes a great Wonder Woman-and what a neat way to celebrate her birthday! This is all so seriously epic, and I love all of your ideas. I think the hammer toss is absolutely brilliant, and I'm going to tuck that away for the future. I am very curious about those Daredeviled Eggs (love the name!): did you add red food coloring? Or is there a specific ingredient that you used to make them red?

Tayler Morrell said...

That is so cute! And, yeah, I knew who Queen Mera was...haha...I'm a huge Justice League fan!

Rach said...

Ah! So much fun! And all the food looks delicious. Oh, and this: "Angel believes that the only costume worth wearing is a bear costume" <--- HA! That made me laugh!

And that birthday vlog was adorable! You guys sure know how to have fun! The Thor's hammer toss is a great idea! And Sarah is just adorable. How cute is she?! Happy birthday to her! :)

Sheila Jo said...

I love that this was all stuff you came up with on your own! The food names are awesome! Great party!

Susannah said...

You throw such great parties!!!!!!! I love the theme so much!!!!

Carrie said...

Ahh, how cute! My daughter was just Wonder Woman for Halloween. Those cupcake toppers are the cutest!


The Lady Okie said...

I love all of it! Those invitations are perfect and your sister looked great in her outfit! I am so impressed by all the decorations and the names of the food and everything. That is really fun :)