While I love chick flicks as much as the next girl, I've got to be honest with you...I love superhero movies. I love the action and adventure and how superheroes are these dynamic characters, and of course, I also love the little bit of romance that's always thrown in. Plus, you all know that I can geek out, and nothing's geekier (in the best way), than comic books turned into movies. Ladies, you know you're with me....girls can totally love superheroes too!
My favorite superhero franchise out there, without a doubt, is the MARVEL universe. I love The Avengers, and am so excited for the new movie, MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of UltronIn order to properly prepare for the new installment's release, I invited a bunch of friends over to watch MARVEL's The Avengers movie as well as a few of our other MARVEL favorites. Because of the way the MARVEL universe works and the schedule that they release new The Avengers movies, it can be really easy to forget what happened the last time you saw your favorite superhero in action in theaters. So we all got together to refresh our memories before we all head to the box office next week.
1: A Loki (low key) Superhero Party Thor (for) You and Your Friends.
2: Throwing a MARVELous Superhero (Hulk) Smash!
3: Make an Ordinary Friday FANTASTIC FOUR All of Your Closest Non-radioactive Friends... Including Spider-Man.
WHAT YOU NEED //
+ A few of your favorite The Avengers movies (duh!)
+ Your best The Avengers apparel (break out that Captain America t-shirt!)
+ Lots of snacks: soda, ice cream, chips, popcorn, candy, cheesecake, cupcakes (no movie marathon is complete without snack food!)
+ Any food that you see with one of The Avengers on it: specifically look for Cheeze-Its, Doritos, Cherry Dr. Pepper, and Kellogg's Fruit Snacks!
+ Strawberries & Blueberries
+ Salad Supplies
+ Baby Carrots & Dip
+ Salad Supplies
+ Baby Carrots & Dip
+ A few prizes (I picked up some gift cards!)
+ Any of The Avengers action figures and toys, like an awesome Hulk hand (hey...you need to satisfy the kid within)
+ Plates, Cups, & Napkins
+ Brown postal wrap
CAPTAIN AMERICA CHEESECAKE //
To make this easy cheesecake resembling Captain America's shield, I picked up a pre-made cheesecake from Wal-Mart and a few packs of raspberries and blueberries. I formed the outline of a star in the middle of the cake with the blueberries and then filled it in to create a circle around the star, and then set two rows of raspberries to make the circles on the Captain's shield. It was a hit, and no one had to know that I only spent about 10 minutes on it!
THE AVENGERS CUPCAKES //
Ok, so I really wish I could tell you that I made these. I totally intended to actually make homemade cupcakes, but my time was running short last week, and when I stumbled upon these beautiful desserts in Wal-Mart's bakery, it was a no-brainer. To turn these cupcakes into "The Avengers Cupcakes", I picked up a few packs of The Avengers erasers from the party aisle and put them on toothpicks, then stuck the toothpicks into the cupcakes! So easy, and it transformed these otherwise-plain desserts into ones perfect for my MARVEL's The Avengers watch party. (And they were a total hit, too!)
THUNDER THOR POPCORN //
Salty meets sweet. I popped two bags of all-natural, lightly salted microwave popcorn and then melted some milk-chocolate chips (use about 1/3 c. chocolate chips drizzled with olive or avocado oil, and melt in the microwave for about 45-seconds, stirring every 15-20 seconds, until smooth). I tossed the popcorn into a bowl and sprinkled M&Ms over the popcorn, then drizzled my melted chocolate over the mixture. Do this in a few layers, and you've got a salty-sweet treat perfect for snacking!
S.H.I.E.L.D. SNACKS //
No party is complete without every themed snack item that you can find! Keep your eyes peeled for Avengers-marked boxes of Cheez-its, Doritos, Dr. Pepper, and Kellogg's fruit snacks. I decided to label these snacky, finger food items (perfect for munching while movie-watching!) as "S.H.I.E.L.D. Snacks" to keep with the theme!
IRON MAN'S FIZZING FLOATS //
So you've heard of a root beer float, but have your guests ever had a Dr. Pepper float? My guess is no, which is why they'll be impressed with your Iron Man Fizzing Floats! All these take are a scoop of vanilla ice cream and some Dr. Pepper. But be careful....they really do fizz! You don't need to fill the cup up with soda, and I highly recommend putting them together near a sink...or you might end up with Dr. Pepper all over your kitchen floor like I did!
THE HULK'S MEAN GREEN SALAD & COULSON'S CARROTS AND DIP //
While snack foods are great, you do need to satisfy the health-conscious, so I whipped up a salad and picked up some baby carrots & dip. These are pretty much party staples, but they're favorites, so it was a good choice!
GAMES & PRIZES //
Since I invited mostly adults over (with the exception of four kids), I decided to create a few games that the adults could enjoy! I designed an The Avengers Trivia game (download the printable for free here) and an The Avengers Matching game (download the printable for free here), and then picked up some gift cards and a few of the MARVEL's The Avengers movies to hand out as prizes!
SET IT ALL UP //
I picked up a blue table-cloth for the table and tried to keep to a red, blue, and green theme, since most of The Avengers wear one or more of those colors. I rolled a piece of brown craft paper over the table and then laid out the food and used a Sharpie to label everything with my The Avengers-themed names like "Thunder Thor Popcorn", "Incredible Hulk Mint Oreos", "Captain America Cheesecake", "The Hulk's Mean Green Salad", "Coulson's Carrots & Dips", etc. I picked up this great tub for drinks and decided to go with bottled sodas, because they just make things more fun, right?
We enjoyed the beautiful weather by eating outside, and then I passed out The Avengers Trivia and Matching games to everyone to see who knew The Avengers the best!
Once everyone had eaten and the sun started to go down, we headed inside to watch the movie! We went over the answers to the games and handed out the prizes, and then popped in the movie, passed out some Iron Man Fizzing Floats, and settled in to watch MARVEL's The Avengers!
The party ended up being super fun and we had gorgeous weather, which meant we were able to get outside for the first time this year before watching the movie. I can't wait to hit the movie theater on May 1st, when MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man 1, 2, & 3; Captain America 1 & 2, Thor 1 & 2, The Incredible Hulk, and The Avengers
need, including some of the Avengers movies and specially-marked packages of snacks!
Be sure to head to Wal-Mart to pick up your favorite The Avengers party gear!
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE AVENGER? WILL YOU BE HITTING THE THEATER ON MAY 1ST TO SEE AGE OF ULTRON?