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Encouraging Heroes. You can be one too.

Following only Avatar and Titanic on the list of the highest-grossing films of all time, Marvel’s The Avengers has brought the superhero dream team much attention. The film also captured the hearts and minds of children, and started the biggest youth-friendly trend since Silly Bandz.

An Avengers themed party is a necessity; at least in the next few years, as your children idolize Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor and Black Widow. Follow along for details on planning a superhero bash.

Invitations and Costumes

“Start your party off right with the perfect invitation,” writes the NYMetroParents staff. Naturally, that involves bold superhero colors. You could even integrate cutouts or stickers of your child’s favorite Avenger.

Include all of the necessary details. Note the date, time range, and other important info that parents need to know, such as location, RSVP details and a possible need for volunteers to help supervise.

Be sure to mention that this is a costume party, so no child feels left out when he or she shows up in a t-shirt and jeans. Expect plenty of Hulks, Thors and Black Widows, as there are a myriad of store-bought and homemade versions of the six epic heroes’ outfits around. Consider extending the options to include Wonder Woman or Spider-Man, so that there are more available choices for kid costumes.

Start Your List

There are plenty of great ways to integrate the Avengers into your party. Here are some quick and easy ideas to consider:

  • Menu: You could easily bake cookies in the shape of stars, shields and other hero-approved items. The NYMetroParents website recommends freezing water infused with green food color to create Hulk ice cubes for your beverage choice.
  • Music: Opt for superhero music, of course. Play the Avengers soundtrack, or find an album from another superhero flick.
  • Centerpieces: Stick with a single Avenger here, using bold colors reflected in the character’s costume. Disney offers printable Avengers masks and coloring pages that could go along with your theme.
  • Party Favors: Handmade superhero bookmarks or comic books are a great option, depending on the child’s age.

The trick is to find something that suits your party, and the time allotted. Whether you have a group of youngsters, or an older group that needs less supervision, you can offer healthful snacks and activities to fit their needs.

Putting It All Together

Create a list of ideas that you will integrate into the party. For a birthday party for an older child, you might choose a few decoration items and party favors, and concentrate on the menu. You could also integrate all of the superheroes, or focus on the birthday boy or girl’s favorite one.

Choose a few superhero themed activities, but be sure to leave enough room for free play outside. You can even integrate Nerf dart guns for a truly epic battle — although that may require some bravery, even if you are Supermom.

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