A young writer from Adelaide, Richard loves to entertain people through the written word.
Published June 2nd 2011
Was your last dinner party lacking a certain element? Were your guests somewhat disappointed by the lack of underwear worn on the outside by others? Then it's time to add some colour to your next social gathering with a superhero theme. Costume parties are a great way for people to come out of their shells and get creative, and a superhero theme will be sure to cause some spandex-related mayhem.
Costumes Arguably the most important element of a costume party is your costume. Your costume is a great way to express yourself: are you going to design your outfit yourself to get some laughs? Or are you going all-out and hiring something that will surely amaze and impress? Make sure your guests know their options when it comes to dressing up. If you're afraid of eight Spidermen and a dozen Supermen knocking on your door, try going for a theme. Tell your guests they can create their own hero. Suggest that partners come as a hero/villain combination. Facebook is a great tool to ensure that guests can ask questions or even share ideas. Costume stores are an excellent source of inspiration, even if you're not planning on purchasing anything.
While you've advertised it as being a dinner party, chances are it won't be a sit-down affair. Tight pants, giant wings, clawed hands and other superhero paraphernalia would make passing the potato salad a near impossible task. That's where finger foods come to save the day. Party pies, crackers and dip, chicken wings, and meat balls would all do the trick to satisfy the hungry hero, so don't fret. Ask guests to bring a sweet or savoury dish if it takes some pressure off. Check out some simple recipes if you're a do-it-yourself kind of person.
The age and general attitude of your guests will decide the importance of including games during the night. You may find that spontaneous battles between good and evil will break out at random times, it's best to allow these to transpire. Mock feats of strength games are always a fun idea, including running, throwing and jumping contests. These are a great way to allow your heroes and villains to boast their powers. Funnily enough, the inclusion of alcohol seems to always create unique games as the night goes on.
Hopefully now you've got some essentials to start planning your own superhero dinner party. Remember that the main idea of a party is to have fun, so don't get hung up on making everything perfect. Often the best nights are the ones that are sponteneous and unexpected.
Richard, this is a brilliant idea! I hope I can convince a few of my friends to join me with this. It would be such a fun evening. I can already imagine the costumes, the food, the conversations. Definitely keeping this in mind for future events. Great write up.
By Daniella - senior reviewer Saturday, 22nd of October @ 02:32 am