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Calling all S.H.I.E.L.D. agents! Captain America and Director Fury need your help to capture the Winter Soldier!
That was the urgent call we put out to our friends and neighbors, kids and adults alike, for our recent party to celebrate the Blu-Ray, digital and DVD release of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.
S.H.I.E.L.D. agents found a dossier about the Winter Soldier in their backpacks, on their doorsteps and other secret locations with instructions on the party mission. (Here’s a tutorial for the Captain American printable party invitations and badges.)
You might say we had just a little too much family fun planning and throwing this Captain America party, especially my husband and son who are huge fans of Marvel, The Avengers, superheroes, Cap and comic books.
Because #HeroesEatMMs, Jackson and I started our party planning on the candy aisle at Walmart.
We picked up some milk chocolate M&Ms™, Pretzel M&Ms and M&Ms Mega, plus some fun party supplies: red and blue plates, tablecloths and a few yards of Marvel fabric featuring Captain America and his superhero buddies for our tabletop.
The great thing about throwing a Captain America party is that you don’t really have to purchase any special decorations to carry out the theme.
All you need is a little red, white and blue and maybe some vintage comic books to set the tone.
I made photocopies of my husband’s vintage comic books to create the party banner, napkin rings, party favors and other decorations. (No real comic books were harmed in the making of this party!)
Let’s talk decor.
The banner I made from photocopied comic book covers, and I used blue masking tape to string it together.
I added white vinyl star stickers that I made with my Silhouette machine to blue paper dessert plates and stacked them on top of larger red plates to mimic Captain America’s shield.
Sparklers, tin buckets decorated with comic book panels and a vintage metal Captain America sign I picked up from a local antique store continued the theme. And of course, that Marvel fabric made a great table runner atop a plain white tablecloth.
I put miscellaneous red, white and blue frames with images from the comic books around that the table.
The colorful food also became part of the party decor.
It was a red-white-and-blue smorgasbord.
M&Ms, sorted by color and layered in jars were a big hit!
So was that white chocolate popcorn party mix.
The kids especially loved these marshmallow pops. I dipped each end in white chocolate and then dipped them in red and blue sanding sugar.
Blue corn chips, tortilla chips, tomatoes and ranch dip arranged on a round platter to look like Captain America’s iconic shield.
Here’s a tip: If you can’t find a star-shaped dish for your dip, cover the bottom and edges of a star-shaped cookie cutter with foil and spoon in your dip.
I used a smaller star cookie cutter to cut stars out of cheese — white American cheese, of course. I added the star cheese to round crackers with a flag star pick. Kids love simple foods, and these were gobbled up quickly.
So were these red-white-and-blue strawberries, dipped in white chocolate and topped with blue sanding sugar.
For party favors, we sent guests home with a few treats.
Sparklers and M&Ms in plastic test tubes, a much safer and sweeter version of the “Super Soldier Serum” that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America.
These little comic book envelopes each held a to-go packet of fun size M&Ms.
I’ll be sharing an tutorial for tutorial for how to make these soon.
And if you scan the QR code on the printable badges I’ll be sharing, you’ll be taken to a fun social hub with quizzes, more Captain America party ideas and M&Ms snack and recipe ideas.
These Captain America shield flying discs were perhaps the most fun party favor. I found plain red flying discs and used white and blue vinyl to decorate them. Stay tuned for that tutorial, too!
We set up my husband’s disc golf basket in the back yard, and the kids all had a turn tossing their shields.
I think we may have just found our next generation of Avengers!
Everyone also had to take a turn at donning Captain America’s mask and shield.
Except for this little guy…
Who was content to hang out eating M&Ms. See those full cheeks of his? They’re stuffed with M&Ms, or as he calls them, “potty pills!” Guess who is potty training?
Even the adults got in the party spirit, coming dressed in shades of red, white and blue. These are two of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s top agents!
I think it’s safe to say we had a blast celebrating Captain America and his fellow Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
Now is the perfect time to throw a Captain America viewing party, too. You can save $5 off Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier with this coupon and there are all kinds of great quizzes and other party ideas at the new #HeroesEatMMs social hub.
Plus, your country needs you!
S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Amy Buchanan signing off…
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