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!
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.
Now that you are stuffed from your Thanksgiving Feast and your Gilmore Girl party binge. It’s time to start planning your next event! Winter is on it’s way and that means holiday parties are right around the corner. Here is your list of holiday party must haves and tips to make your party a great success!
- You don’t need to run out and buy an entire stores worth of holiday decorations for your party. You can turn your home into a beautiful winter wonderland by using things around your home and getting a little creative.
- Create a candy bar from jars you have around your home filled with yummy holiday candy treats. Include some cute take home bags for everyone to take a bit home with them.
- Place ornaments around the house not just on the tree. Spread them out for some holiday cheer. Or if you’re having a sit down affair you can always run out and buy some plain glass bulbs and write each guests name on one and use that as their place card!
- Use left over ribbon and tie it around items in the house; candles, lamps, door handles, any where they would look cute can work!
- Don’t forget to dress up the bathroom. Adding a fun holiday soap or writing a cute holiday message or putting snowflakes on the vanity are all cute ideas to dress up the loo.
- Don’t be afraid to use a little glitter here and there! You can take an ordinary candle or vase and add some beautiful silver glitter to the bottom to give it some holiday cheer. Or use it in some little jars around the table.
- Use pinecones from your front yard and dress them up with some fake snow, glitter, or gold/silver spray paint to help create a perfect winter wonderland look.
- Play some fun games. For example you could do trivia games, holiday themed scategories, name that tune, name that holiday movie, pin the noes on the snowman. Play as teams for group bonding. Games are a great way for guests to get to know one another or to become closer.
- Create a Photo Booth with fun holiday props. You don’t need to rent one if you have a Fuji Instant Camera or if you have this fun app on your iPad.
- Give out prizes to guests for random things, like finding something you’ve hidden in the room or to whomever has the most pennies on them.
- Play lots of holiday music using a holiday CD or a music streaming channel app like Pandora.
- Have a holiday movie playing in the background on the TV. Even if you have music playing it’s fun for guests to glance over and see a little Home Alone action on the TV.
- Hold a contest for most holiday spirited sweater or ugliest sweater works too.
- Coordinate a cookie exchange for the party.
- Organize a gift exchange like a White Elephant Gift Exchange.
- Create a DIY S’mores and Hot Coco Bar.
- Have a ornament decorating station both kids and adults will love to take home their own ornament.
- If kids are coming make sure that you have kid friendly activities or that all guests can partake.
- Lighting is an easy and less expensive way to dress up any party.
- Soft lighting with candles and dim lights is always a holiday party favorite.
- When in doubt add white twinkling christmas lights.
- Turn glass candleholders into stylish accessories by covering them in decorative fabric.
- DIY it and add entertainment by having a cookie exchange or a cookie decorating party, S’mores, or Hot Coco Bar.
- It’s ok to make your holiday party a pot luck. Really it is.
- If you are planning on doing the cooking decide what type of party you’re having; full sit down dinner, hour d’roves and desserts, snacks and treats, or some other combination.
- There are a million holiday food blogs out there so I am not the winning location for that information but I will say make sure that if you are having a vegetarian at your party you have enough food to fill them. Don’t make them starve with a couple of rolls and veggies…
- Incorporating your favors into your party is always a fun idea. Like doing the ornament place card or the candy bar mentioned above.
- Unless you know that all of your guests share the same religion. Keep your favors secular.
- DIY it with some of these amazing ideas from HGTV.
- If you have kids coming to your party make sure you have some kid friendly favors for little ones to take home.