The party was a success; the children arrived like a swarm of locusts with the parents squealing out of the driveway happy for 2 hours of freedom. They bounced in the rented bounce house, tattled on each other, ate sandwiches, candy and cake, there were some tears and laughter, and someone got a wedgie.
Games: Mr. Freeze froze Batman and Robin, so the kids had to save them by melting the ice with water guns. I borrowed this from our Ben 10 party. The game was a huge hit;
Batman buckets - I taped images I found on Google to our Bozo buckets game. Easy! I wanted to use Liz's idea of making villain bean bags, but I ran out of time.
The cake.This one was a sleeper...I thought it would be easy, so I waited until the last minute to make it. I had a Wilton 3-D car pan and my plan was to cover it with fondant and put wings on the back, but then my husband claimed that was not the Batmobile. The Batmobile is a long car with red pinstripes from the 60's, not "the movie" one was making. I had to piece in pound cake to the front and back which made it all bumpy and weird. At 11 p.m. I ran out of fondant and the stores opened at 10 the next day (the party was at 12). I took a deep breath and peeled the fondant off and started mixing frosting, but realized that my black frosting color was dry. I can't believe I didn't heave the cake across the room. I put it aside and waited until the next morning. See, I am making excuses for why it looked like this;
It's from the 60's, so the body needs some repairs. I hope this isn't cake wreck worthy. It's o.k., but I am a bit of a perfectionist and I wasn't happy with how it turned out. I do like the flames out the back, which was rock candy on a stick. Black frosting or fondant is gross, so I had a cake to serve, which was a bakery cake I decorated with the Bat signal made from fondant:
Tears because he is too young to realize why there are no presents for him.
I've mentioned this before; I love making treat bags. I sewed these last minute and crazy stitched them, but it's the thought that counts, right?
The tags are supposed to resemble the "Pow" from the Batman show and I used a Word shape, enlarged it and added text and filled with color. The kids probably didn't notice them, but I thought the tags looked cute. Inside was a coloring book I found on clearance, Batman PEZ, airplane, Batman fruit chews and sucker.
I say this every time, but I have to remember to scale these parties down. It overwhelms my kids to have a tent and bounce house in their backyard with kids running around. My vision of a Mary Poppin's party is shattered when my kids start acting obnoxious because they can't handle the excitement. This is our third kid party, so we are still in the learning phase of this, but chances are good I will overdo the next one.
Favorite gift; a bug vacuum. If you know a child who loves bugs, buy them this toy. I didn't buy it for my son because I was afraid it would harm the bugs when they were vacuumed, but it's very gentle and has a chamber with a magnifying glass on top so they can look at the bug and then release it. The toy hasn't left his side; he slept with it the first night, which is strange, but cute.