In preparation for the enormous birthday party we put together for both children [we kind of skipped the three-year-old's party when it rolled around in July—much too much going on with selling and buying houses], I made a special wardrobe for all of the little guests. All thirty-two little guests. Inspired by Mer Mag's superhero-themed family reunion, and deciding not to do anything too princessey because this party was for a little boy, as well, we decided to have a superhero party. Yay, superheroes!
So, I made 32 little capes and 32 little masks and ordered 32 beach balls for fun and entertainment, rather than renting a moon bounce or something fancy like that. I hoped for good weather, envisioning the kids playing in the backyard on the swing set and riding bikes and drawing on the driveway with buckets of chalk. I also set up a little craft table with stars to color and decorate with glitter... this seemed to be a big hit.
In the past, when I've made up the guest list, I could usually expect only a little more than half of the guests to attend... at most. But for whatever wonderful reasons, the stars were aligned and almost everyone was able to come to the party this year! And it was a most wonderful party—homemade banners, beach balls and superheroes with chalk included.
Special thanks to Amanda Soule of Soule Mama. Her instructions on how to make freezer paper stencils in her book The Creative Family were most helpful.