July 27, 2008
Spiderman Theme Party
Ask any true blue boy what he wants for his birthday party theme and nine out of ten will probably yell, "Spiderman!" There's just something about the red hooded super hero that makes boys want to shoot webs from their wrists and get the bad guy off of the streets. Make your very own Spiderman want-to-be the talk of the neighborhood with these party theme ideas.
Greet your guests with spider webs stretched across the top and sides of the entrance either to your home or to your back yard. Decorate the webs with big and small spiders and maybe a few Spiderman figurines.
The colors associated with Spiderman are red, black, and bright blue, so those are likely the colors you'll have in the tableware, napkins, and cups you'll find at the store. If the party is inside, decorate
the rooms with red, black and blue streamers. Use balloons to cover the ceiling or decorate the buffet table. Spiderman posters on the walls will be a big hit too. If you're going to be outside, use groups of Spiderman Mylar balloons along with latex balloons in coordinating colors around the perimeter of the yard. Spider webs will look great stretched across bushes.
DRESS UP AS SPIDERMAN
Even boys think it's cool to "dress up" like their favorite super hero! In your invitations, ask the party guests to wear their very best Spiderman costume or to dress in the colors of red, black and blue. When they arrive, give each child a Spiderman mask to complete their costume.
SILLY STRING AND OTHER GAMES
At game time, give children a can of silly string and tell them to catch the bad guy with their "web". Have one child or an adult dress up like the villain and let the games begin.
Print out pictures of or find posters of Spiderman's worst enemies and put them up around the yard and on the sides of the house. Give each child a water shooter and challenge them to "get the villain!"
Boys love to crack open piñatas. Suspend a Spiderman piñata or big black spider piñata from your swing set or other sturdy place and let the boys take a whack at it. Fill the piñata not only with candies, but little spiders and toys too.
The cake is always the biggest hit of the party when it comes to food. Spiderman cakes can be found at almost any grocery store, or you can make your own. It could simply be a big spider too. Bake an oval-shaped cake for the spider's body. Using individual cupcakes, create the spider's legs. Frost everything black and use sprinkles to decorate the frosting. The children will love it! Another idea is to make a Spiderman cake that is just Spiderman's head. This would not be too difficult.
Given the popularity of Spiderman, it's likely you won't have any trouble finding favors to give as game prizes or to send home with the party guests. There are Spiderman bouncy balls, key chains, punch balls, stickers, tattoos, masks, toy airplanes, and glider/launchers, to name a few. If you have the space, create a large spider web with string or yarn in the backyard or against a wall inside the house. Tie each treat bag with black, red, or blue curling ribbon and then attach it to the big web. The display will serve as a great decoration during the party and the children will love untying their very own treat bag from Spidey's web.
Your son and his friends will love being Spiderman for a day and you'll have created a memorable event as well.