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One month after creating the Star Wars Birthday party for my eldest son and we're back at it again. This time my middle son wants an Avengers 5th Birthday Party. The question is what type of Avengers Party does he want? The Avengers movie recently released: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, The Avengers on television, The Superhero Squad show, Iron Man Armored Adventures, The Fantastic Four, Wolverine and X-Men, Ultimate Spiderman or something else? Does he want a Superhero party or an Avenger party? So after much deliberation we settled on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: The Avengers.
What People Ate
I always feel like I serve the same things at summer parties but I don't want to send the kids home hundry. So we served; hamburgers, hot dogs, fruit and veggies. I stuck with the same colors: red, blue and yellow on both the cupcake wrappers and bottle wraps.
When creating this invitation I wanted a color scheme that reflected the characters in the cartoon. Since my son is not interested in the comic books nor the Avenger Movie, I thought I would keep the look simple yet include expressions often used in the show. I also wanted to focus on the main characters; Ironman, Captain America, Thor, The Hulk, and Hawkeye. Unfortunately the day I planned to take his photo the only costume I could find was Spiderman. Oh well, he’s a favorite too!
For the banner I decided to include each Avenger on a different flag. We searched the internet for a drawing we could print of Iron Man. We used a method very similar to the one they teach kids in coloring books. We created a grid around the drawing and increased the size on the cardboard. Section by section, we drew out Iron Man until we were happy. We went over the lines with a sharpie black marker and colored it in with paint. Once completed, we decided to add a few fun little touches like the push lights in his hand and chest (found at the Dollar store with the flashlights).
I used red, blue and yellow colors on both the cupcake wrapps and bottle wraps. I added little mini figures that I found at the Dollar tree and placed them between the cupcakes. I don't bake very much and ordering a custom cake is a little out of our budget so I opted for a grocery store Avenger Cake. The kids loved it!
Activities / Games
Captain America Disk Toss: We picked up a small tarp at the Dollar Store, cut 5 holes, and painted each hole a different color. We made with pieces of tissue paper to look like Captain America’s shield. I cut out the Captain America letters on my Silhouette and glued them around it. Each child took a turn throwing Avengers' Frisbee. The prize was the Frisbee if he/she managed to get it through the "tissue" Shield. Hawkeye Archery Lessons: I hand-drew Hawkeye, painted him and created a target for him to sit on. Once both pieces were painted and dry, my husband and I glued them together and added a plastic covering to the target (found at the Dollar Store in with the office supply stuff). The kids were all given bows and arrows I found at the Dollar Store and each one took a turn, shooting (We ended up giving everyone both of these at the end of the party though because we didn't want to have anyone go home disappointed). Thor High Striker: I couldn’t even begin to tell you how we made this. We grabbed some extra wood from the garage, pieced them together and well... tried it out. We found a magnet plate meant to put your keys in at the Dollar Store and took it apart. We attached a ring to a ball, fed some string through it, attached the magnet to the top and finally fed the string to the back. The looser the string, the harder it was to get the ball to the top. We added final details the night before the Party like the cardboard and letters and voila…A high striker game! Iron Man Defeats Dr. Doom Water Balloon Toss: Each child took a turn throwing water balloons at Dr. Doom. My husband is incredibly artistic when it comes to drawing these characters with colored chalk. Hulk Smash Tank Pinata: I made this tank out of a cardboard box and added tissue for the layers.The tank didn’t hold up as well as I would have liked but all the kids got a turn so that’s what matters.
I found these great bags in blue, yellow, and red at the Dollar Tree and decided to keep things simple. I made cute little favors tags for them that matched the invitation. The kids each got an Iron Man Pez, a Super Hero Squad activity book, Avenger stickers, crayons, pencils and Superhero laffy taffy. We also had a few give-aways while playing the games so it was good that the bags were nice and big.