This week, we were due to be celebrating Back to School with a Captain America themed party for Flea and her best friends – collectively known as The Awesome Foursome. Sky Movies had sent us a bundle of things so we could truly immerse ourselves in the movie experience.
However, United Utilities had other ideas.
For the fifth (or maybe sixth) week in a row, we’re unable to drink tap water in our house, because it’s infected with a rather nasty bug.
It’s (even) more annoying than you might think- we have to use bottled water to rinse dishes, to brush our teeth, to make up drinks, to give the dog… needless to say, it doesn’t seem like the BEST time to be inviting people round.
So, in true game show style, I thought I’d show you some of the things we WERE going to be using at the Captain America movie party. If it had happened.
The good news is that Captain America lends itself nicely to party decor – there’s loads of red, white and blue stuff to choose from, so you don’t have to spend a fortune.
We started off with drink bottles. I’m a big believer that anything with a lid on is a good idea when kids are involved, like these lidded cups from Sky Movies with funky coloured straws. Although they’re purple, nothing berry-based will be served – do you think I’m some kind of idiot?
Next up, we used these customised party invites – there are LOADS of free downloadable Avengers-themed invitations online – we got these from the team at Sky Movies but why not try these free superhero printables, or these Avengers invites?
Of course, you don’t NEED to dress up to watch a movie, but why wouldn’t you? We love this Captain America mask, from The Disney Store – you can pick it up with a shield for £30. Why not get a selection and all the kids can wear ’em? Here’s a cheaper version if you want to buy in numbers.
Patriotic-themed American tableware isn’t hard to find – we like these fun strong paper plates and napkins – perfect for your junior Captain Americas. You can find a selection over on the Party Pieces website.
What are plates and napkins without a matching tablecloth? Love this Avengers table cloth from Amazon, which is a bargain at £2.50
Next up, how about bunting? This hanging decoration from Party Pieces is available in red and blue, and looks really effective.
These shields, from The Disney Store, are great fun to play with and make sounds when the kids play with them.
And of course, every Captain America party needs Captain America, right? This Captain America costume from The Disney Store is an age 7-8, but Flea (10) can still squeeze into it.
If you want to go the whole hog, how about Captain America cushions on the sofa, for your movie party? Dog optional, of course. I love this round shield design over on Amazon…
Last but not least, how about some cool popcorn packages for that full-on movie experience? I love these vintage style popcorn boxes, which cost just £1.99 for eight.
For the time being, Flea and Teddy are having a grand time at their movie party for two, but I suspect things will be a bit louder when the Awesome Foursome finally are able to visit to take on the Avengers!