The balloons have all gone down. The cake has been eaten. But that bloody silly string is still in the backyard! Welcome to our Spiderman party.
At the beginning of this month is was Ari’s 4th birthday. Yay for birthdays! Yay for them all being done for the year!
I love organising a good birthday party at home but after this one, with the introduction of kindy friends as well as our regular group the Mr made the call that next year we are “taking it off campus!”
OK, yes, it was a little full on at times and I much prefer the end of the party when I can pour myself a wine (without wondering if the mothers of the new kids are judging me), with all my jobs done, the games played, and have an adult conversation.
Back to the party.
A Spiderman party for a boy who is four!
I got out of the decorations very cheaply! I bought a party in a box from Costco. They come with plastic table clothes, bunting, party bags, balloons, paper plates, cups, serviettes and I am sure I am forgetting things. It was packed. It was the best $29.95 I spent! Yes, the party was covered in TM material but so what, it’s a 4-year old’s birthday!
I did purchase some fancy honeycomb balls in black and red to hang from the guttering too. Oh, how I love those Christmas light gutter clips! I use them all the time. If you ever see a box grab yourself some. Very handy! It saves on taping lots of things up or hammering nails.
This time, I calmed down on the cake front (compared to Leni’s) with just two layers of chocolate cake, covered with butter icing and royal icing for the piped on web.
I did try to do a pinata style of cake but I think my big fail on that was I used too big a chocolate inside. M&M’s would have worked better to the Malteasers and Jaffas I chose. I was trying to run with the black and red theme. They were in there but unfortunately didn’t come oozing out when the cake was cut open.
Red is a hard icing colour to get! I had to make a quick trip out to the cake/party store on the day of the party for a different red colouring. All I was getting the night before was pink, pink, or pinker! You can see I used the pink icing for the middle layer, by the next day it wasn’t so pink but I couldn’t have used it all over.
Games, we played a few! Besides the old pass the parcel we also played pin the spider on the web and these Spiderman theme games.
With the help of a few bamboo stakes and a lot of black crepe streamer, we made a web that each child had to weave through. There are a few way of working the game, you can time each child through but we just did it for the fun of it due to the ages of the kids. We discovered that most were a little too young for this one and it is best suited to 6 years+ I think.
Don’t forget to pick up the stakes as soon as the game is over. The kids were fast to pick them up and go all ninja turtle with them. Argh!
Now I think I may have won Mother Of The Year with this one.
If you are game, purchase some silly string from your local discount shop (I got mine for $3 a can), enough for one for each child.
Jump online and grab some pictures of Spiderman villans. I used Green Goblin and Venom (I’m sooo up with it) plus I made a few targets with a spider on them with Canva. Make them big, like A4 size, print them off and cut them out.
Along a fence tape a roll of garden plastic (I got mine from Bunnings for $12) and then stick all your villans and targets on it.
Line all the kids up along the fence and on the count of 3, let them go nuts with the silly string.
Controlled and FUN!
I found this idea on Oh Happy Day and if I can recreate it anyone can! Such a fun idea for memorable photographs.
I didn’t have paper wide enough so just taped three lengths of butcher’s paper together. With black paint and a thick brush, I got to work. The best part about this cityscape that it doesn’t have to be perfect and it looks so good!
For Spiderman’s swinging web I just used a few lengths of black wool taped together.
It was so much fun and looking back at all these photographs I am not completely sure on not having a backyard party next year. Stay tuned to see who wins in the end.
What do you think, backyard party or head “off campus” next year?