Monday, March 31, 2014

Pop! Pow! Snacks and Cake!

Refreshments for the Super Heroes at PB's Vintage Comic Book 10th Birthday Bash!
Atomic Popcorn...Comic Book Cake.
I got a super cool space age looking vintage corn popper off of etsy just for this party.
I figured the kids have never seen anything but a microwaved paper bag of popcorn before so this was kind of a side fun thing for them to marvel upon.

I could not find popcorn bags that I liked for whether reason of price, size, or style so I kinda made my own.  I bought regular white lunch bags and cut part of the top off with pinking shears.  I printed out and glued on the "POP" image and stamped a few small stars.  

For snacks, we had a Popcorn Bar with several different things to add in.  Some examples were more savory like puffed gold fish crackers and cheese balls or sweet, like Junior Mints and churros snacks.  We also had pizza bites and fresh fruit to offer.

The Comic Book Cake!
PB designed his own cake this year using fondant and food markers.  He drew a comic of his own creation with a birthday greeting.
It is hard to read it in the picture below but it says:  
Did I hear something?
I heard someone say....
Happy Birthday!

 The character in the comic is his own, "Bugman".

Here are the super heroes winding down with some snacks in the Bat Cave while watching the Adventures of Superman.

Next up .... Comic Book Ad Mail Order Goodies!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Pow! Bam! Vintage Comic Book Bday Party Activities!

Activities and Challenges abound for PB's 10th Birthday Party!
When the Super Heroes first arrived to the "Fortress of Solitude" they designed their own Super Hero gear.
 I purchased 10 solid color t-shirts from a thrift.  I then freehand cut the back and neck hole out to form a cape shape.  I also cut out, from old scrap white tees, circle and shield shapes that I sewed on the backs.  I had a huge stash of fabric markers on hand for the Heroes to draw out their Super Hero logo.

 The Super Heroes also drew their design on Super Power Wrist Cuffs.  These were made from TP rolls that were covered in the left over t-shirt material.  Everyone wrote their Hero name on "Hello, My name is...." stickers to wear.

The first matter on hand was to expose the Heroes to a radioactive chamber to boost up their powers.
 Each Hero announced the powers he would like to have and made a pass through the chamber.  When on the other side, the Super Heroes became super charged! 
The chamber was made from a large washer box spray painted silver with other odds and ends glued down to it.  On the inside we attached several black lights and hooked up the fog machine for extra effect.

Once the Super Heroes were geared up and charged up, then came the challenges!

Save The Citizens in Peril!
 For this game, the Heroes were divided into two groups. On the city-scape towers were many Citizens in Peril (images of lego minifigs) hanging on for dear life in the windows.
A Hero from each team pulled a card from an envelope that reveled which Citizen they had to save.  The two Heroes then dash out into the city to perform the rescue. Who ever found their citizen first, won. 

We made the city towers from cardboard boxes originally containing  fluorescent lighting tubes.  The boxes were covered in paper and spray painted with a few shades of grey.   The windows are cut squares of black construction paper hot glued down.  I wanted to add red and yellow tissue paper coming out of the bottoms like flames but ran out of time.  To keep the boxes from falling over during the mad dashes, jabbed into the ground inside the boxes were tiki torches (sans oil container).

 Spiderman Webslinger!

 For this game each Hero had to practice their Spiderman webslinging capabilities using silly sting.  Each Hero had to stand at a certain distance and announce which villain he was aiming for and go for it.

To make this game, we bought several cans of silly string from dollar tree and covered the cans in red paper with black spiderwebs drawn on it.  We found images of vintage Spiderman comic Villains on the nets which we printed out, and attached to pieces of those plastic  "Vote for ________" signs.  I cut around the Villain and jabbed a wooden chop stick into the inside of the plastic sign material.  

 Hulk Smash!

 For this challenge, the Heroes got to SMASH!

 To make this game, PB and I gathered a wall full of boxes.  We laid out masking tape to form a brick pattern and then spray painted them brown.  The kids loved this game!  10 year old Hulk Heroes love to smash stuff.  

 Kyrptonite Deactivator!

 For this challenge, the Heroes had to use special Deactivator grabbers to snatch up Kryptonite rocks and place them into lead deactivator containers.  They were again split into two groups and in a mad dash grabbed up all the rocks they could til none were left.  The catch is there are 19 rocks so someone will at least have one more rock than their opponent, thus making them the winner. 

 Here we see PB, as his comic book hero he invented, Bugman, challenging "The Fox".

To make the Kryptonite for this game, I wadded up newspaper and then covered the outside with aluminium foil, which I then spray painted green.  The grabbers are those grabbing arms "As seen on TV" that we added metal tubing and a black duct tape covered soda can  for more atomic hero appeal.  The metal wash tubs are things we just have laying around.

And now for the EVIL!
The Heroes had a real life Villain, Doc Ock, to battle!
The Heroes were given ping pong balls that they had to toss into the cups at the end of Doc Ocks' tentacles.
Total pandemonium... those goggles were not there just for show!

We made the Doc Ock outfit from an old black back pack, metal tubing, paper cups and some duct tape.

Next up in the Vintage Comic Book B-Day party postings...cake, space age popcorn and comic book mail order goodies!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Zap! Pow! Vintage Comic Book B-day Party Decor!

Introducing some of the party decor for PB's Vintage Comic Book birthday party!

 I made him a "Happy Birthday" banner out of black construction paper and color copies of covers of some of his vintage comics.  I freehand cut the letters out, glued them to the black paper and connected it all with red yarn.  Why the bats you may ask...stay tuned to this bat channel for more info! 

 This is an image of the backdrop behind the snack table...
 We hung black trash bags, black streamers, and printed out images of "Pow!"  "Bang!"  "Bam!".
 On the ledge we put out some of PB's vintage comics.

And now on to why the bats....
Holy Birthday Party Batman!
 We built the Bat Cave! On the other side of the wall ledge is our dinning room.  We hung black trash bags from the ceilings against the walls, hung black streamers from the ceiling along with a horde of bats...
 We were inspired in part by this vintage Bat Cave play set.

Inside the Bat Cave, which was through a secret cave entrance.....!
 I covered the fronts of the sideboard and china cabinet in black plastic table clothes along with vintage computer looking parts, gauges, and dials to transform them into Bat Computers!

 The Riddler had invaded the cave right before the kids went in to eat their snacks!  There were balloons with riddles written on the outside that they got to pop and inside on a small slip of paper were the answers.  This gave them something to do as each got their snacks.

Another Bat Computer with displays of wanted villains!

 No Bat Cave is complete with out the Bat Signal Light or the Bat Phone!

 I attached print-outs of vintage Bat Man and Robin trading cards and images to the bat "walls".

And when the Super Heros needed to use the restroom they went to the BATh ROOM.

While in the Bat Cave, the Super Heros watched episodes of the 1950's Adventures of Superman on the monitor while replenishing after battling evil.  More on the snacks, cake, and evil in a later post!

Don't forget alot of images for the party are on my Vintage Comic Book Party Pinterest page.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Vintage Comic Cupcakes

For the kids in PB's classroom to help celebrate his special 10th birthday, I brought in themed cupcakes...

All of the images on the cupcake picks are scanned printed copies of comic books that PB actually owns.  It was fun for him to let his classmates pick which one they wanted and for him to give them a bit of information about each one.

Like I mentioned in the last post, there is going to be a lag in posting the rest of the party for up to 2 weeks, but it will be worth it!

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Pow! Zap! Vintage Comic Book Birthday Party!

PB just turned 10!!!
The chosen party theme this year was Vintage Comics and Super Heros.  
PB saves all his money and buys 1940-60 comics on ebay along with reading and checking out information from the library on the subject...he even has invented his own super hero called "Bugman", who stars in the comics that he writes and draws himself.  He watches the original "Adventures of Superman" with George Reeves on a daily basis. You may remember his brush with a Superman celebrity here.
A 10th Birthday Party kinda has to be a "Kapow!" anyway so through a series of several posts I will cover all of the aspects!

Starting first with the invitation.
I had the idea to make it like the fun membership club packet that kids would have gotten in the mail during the 50's-60's.
 I bought brown envelopes and glued copied images on the front.  The address section was a copy of an club order form from a vintage comic.

Inside was all the items that would have come with a real membership.  I found images of a membership card, button, certificate, official letter and both sides of a Supermen decoder. 
I typed the names of the "members" on the cards and certificate with our old typewriter for more authenticity. I laminated the cards and the buttons.  The decoder was double sided with all the codes inside.
The letter was the actual invitation announcing the child's membership and the first "meeting" was to be birthday boy's 10th celebration.  I included a "P.S." in Krypton Code 9 stating they should start thinking up their superhero name and powers.
The letterhead was a cropped image from an image of the original.

I will try my best to include images for all the things I made for the party either on MHICTY or check on my Pinterest Board:
Pinterest Vintage Comic Party

There will be a bit of a lag between posts for the next few weeks....very sorry about that but it will be worth it!  I still have several things to photograph and I am planning a few tutes on making the "goodie bag" items which were all based after the fun mail order items from comic books that kids would send in their money they saved from turning in old glass soda bottles for the deposit way back when.