Ainsley's birthday party had a superhero theme. It was the first time that we did a party for friends also and I was having a hard time thinking up good ideas. Facebook friends to the rescue. The party was so much fun that I wanted to share the games for others who need ideas.
My cousin and her daughter helped me make 12 little capes for the guests, which turned out really cute.
The first thing we did was have the kids do an obstacle course to train them as superheroes. It went around the yard and culminated in them rescuing stuffed animals. They loved it and did it four times in a row. Wish I'd gotten pictures of it, but we were too busy cheering and guiding.
Then we played Superheroes and Villains. Two of the moms were villains and the kids were the superheroes. They got to chase and capture the villains and tie them to chairs with toilet paper.
Then the villains would break free and it would all start over.
It was *such* a blast. After the first villain run, one of the villains had to give up her life of crime because it bothered her son to see her being chased. Another villain - with an infant, no less - stepped up and the game went on
and on ....
and on ....
until the toilet paper rolls were used up.
Then the superheroes got to clean up their town, eat cake, and play around as long as they wanted. We had emptied our swimming pool and filled it back with only three inches of water and a bottle of dish soap. The kids would stand in the water and we would pull a hula hoop up over them to make a bubble around them. It almost worked on the shorter kids, but only got waist high on the bigger kids. Then they used the hoops to make huge bubbles.
It really was a brilliantly fun party.
Ains only wanted a few things. A scooter. A book about Dragonology. A skirt.
I wanted to put up some pictures of the handmade goodness she got, so here is her (very) ruffly skirt. *Very* ruffly.
Seriously, I never want to see ruffles again.
Hannah made her a pillowcase.
She drew a picture of a unicorn, transferred it to a piece of muslin and embroidered it, picked out fabric to match and I sewed it into a pillowcase.
Then there's the present my sister gave her - a knitted superheroine doll.
It looks cute in the picture, I know, but people - it is so. much. cuter. in your hands. You can't help but fly her around.
And the detail is wonderful - look at her cape.
I want one.