Last year my son wanted to have a superhero themed birthday party so I decided to DIY the whole thing! Here are just a hint of what made the party such a success.
Superhero Training Course
The first activity on the agenda was a super hero training course that the kids could all complete at their own pace. I brought out items like tunnels, wood for beam walking, and I made little buildings to leap over using black wrapping paper over boxes I was recycling covered in little white paper windows. I also made cute signs put them on card stock and stuck them in the ground using using skewers. I also gave each guest a superhero training checklist to complete as they went around each activity and at the end of the event each child got their own superhero training camp competition certificate.
Superhero Party Activities
The majority of our guests were around 3 years old but there were a few younger guests as well as parents around and we didn’t want to exclude anyone from participation. So we brought out a variety of other activities. Cars and Bikes to ride on, a ball pit tent full of balls, superhero smash and of course corn hole. All given appropriate signage to stay on theme.
Of course we did also have one other special activity, cape and mask decorating! For this activity we needed a couple of supplies:
We left all of the materials out on a plastic table cloth with instructions for parents to help their child create their very own superhero masterpiece!
Other activities I considered but cut:
- Make your own shield
- Spray the bad guy (though all the kids did chase my husband around he may have appreciated being sprayed with water given how hot it was)
- Treasure hunt
Superhero Party Decorations
I created A LOT of decorations for this party from a comic book story of my son saving our cat as a superhero rolled into cones and then filled with veggie sticks, to the buildings wrapped in black paper described earlier, a super cute birthday sign printed on card stock, water bottle labels, table tents, superhero table cloths, napkins, and then of course these amazing superhero stats cards! I love them I took details about each child and created a mini superhero for each of them with their stats! Everyone loved them!
I also created chocolate candies which I wrapped in wax paper and sealed with these superhero themed stickers. The candy molds said pow and bam and I also had some stars.
There was a lot of prep work involved but everyone had a great time and my son loved it so much he wants a superhero theme again and to do all the same things… I’m working on convincing him that something different would be better.
Happy party planning everyone and if you need any tips leave a comment and I’ll get back to you or check me out in my etsy shop!
My son wanted a superhero themed party for his 3rd birthday so I got to work trying to think up some fun superhero activities. One of those activities was the Superhero Smash. Some people have made them and called them Hulk Smash. Here are the instructions to create this fun activity for yourself!
- Large flat box
- Plastic Cups or Bowls
- Tissue Paper
- Ribbon or Rubber Bands
- Wrapping paper
- Cut wholes in your box where you want your cups or bowls to go. Draw a circle of your cup bottom in the spot then cut an X slightly larger over the X. Push in the triangles and see how your cup fits in. Do this again a few more times so that everyone attending can have a prize cup.
- Cover the box with your chosen wrapping paper and then cut the wholes again.
- Place the cups in all of the wholes to make sure everything fits properly.
- Decorate the box as you see fit. I chose to cut out superhero’s and a title.
- Place the prizes in the cups.
- Cover the cups with a thin piece of tissue paper and secure with ribbon or rubber bands.
- Have fun at the party!
Hey everyone we’ve just added some fun new invitations to our Etsy Shop that we wanted to share with you. Make sure you check out our printables for all of your party needs at our Etsy Store HERE.
If you have a party coming up then please take a moment and download and print this awesome checklist!
- Determine Date/Time/Place
- If needed ask for helpers
- Create a Guest List
- Pick a RSVP Date
- Chose a theme
- Determine your Budget
- Send Invitations
- determine decor
- pick centerpieces
- chose table settings
- Plan your menu
- plan activites/entertainment
- Make a Shopping List
- Confirm your guest list
- Book Photographer (if needed)
- Go Shopping
- Determine your Schedule
- Plan for Parking
- Chose a Space for Coats/Bags
- Pick a Gift Spot (if needed)
- Plan your Food Display
- Make Place Cards or Signage
- Clean the Party Location
- Make or Purchase food
- Set out Decorations
- Set Table
- Prepare Drinks
- Do any Last Minute Touches
- Get Ready for the Party
Reserving a room block for your next big event be it a wedding, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, anniversary, family reunion, or even a conference is the best way to ensure that your guests have a place to stay by your venue and at a discounted rate! Doing a block booking gives you all sorts of deals like free wifi, parking, discounted room rates for your guests or even a free room for the wedding/anniversary couple or conference chair person. Here is everything you need to know to complete a block booking.
How do you block hotel rooms for a wedding or special event?
When looking into hotels there a few key points to keep in mind:
- Price Point
- Amenities (do you need parking available, wifi, a gym or pool, bridal suite, etc)
- Distance to your venue
- Or if you are in need of a venue does the hotel have one available
- Free bridal suite included in booking enough rooms
- Extra discounts for people who book early
If you’re having a wedding with a lot of out-of-town guests try to block at two different hotels with two different price points. That way your guests can have a selection of prices to play around with for their travel budget. This is also helpful as hotels might not be able to offer you a big enough block to cover all of your guests.
How do you Begin your Hotel Block Booking Process?
Start by searching online. Look up hotels that are close to your venue and check out what a normal price is there around the time of your event. Narrow down your search to two or three hotels that meet your criteria. You can then contact their booking managers to coordinate the block.
When you call remember to give them the dates you want to reserve. You may want to reserve blocks for a day before and a day after your event if you have out of town guests looking to make a weekend trip out of their travel. You should also give them any special requests like dropping off welcome bags in guests rooms or having them at the desk when they check in. Start by blocking a smaller number of rooms, you can add more later but discuss this with the booking manager they might also allow you to block a larger number and release them as time goes on. Especially if you are booking during a busy season for the hotel, you don’t want to lose spots to other guests.
You can also use free hotel room block series like Skipper or Group Travel to do the work for you. They let you search all the major hotels near your venue, helps you negotiate the price, and you can even reserve your block right through them.
How do you Negotiate your Hotel Block?
Now that you’ve found a room block that works for your event it’s time to negotiate the contract with the hotel. There are certain key words to know when review the contract terms. Here they are:
- Allowable Shrinkage Clause: The percentage of rooms that are allowed to go unbooked.
Your target percentage is between 10–20 percent. Which means, if you’ve blocked 20 rooms but 2–4 go unbooked, you will not be penalized with a fee.
- Attrition Rate or Minimum Commitment: The percentage of rooms that must be filled in order to avoid paying a penalty fee which should be between 80–90 percent. Example: If the entire room block is not used, you’ll owe the hotel damages for all unused rooms based on a minimum commitment of 80 percent. This means that if you do not book the minimum amount of rooms agreed to, you will owe for up to 80 percent of the room block.
- Mitigation Clause or Resell Clause: The hotel will try to book unused rooms in your block so that you are no longer responsible for them you in essence release them, and they are sold to other customers and there for you aren’t paying for rooms that other guests are renting.
How Should you Communicate your Block Information to Guests?
The best way to let them know about the block booking options is to include it all in your wedding website. That way they can know all of the information and options available. You can point your guests to your website in your invitation. You can include information such as: please visit our website at http://www.wedding.com to see more information about our wedding and accommodations. It’s also nice to include directions to and from the venue to the hotel or transportation information on the website.