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DC and Marvel comic party ideas

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…the greatest party theme EVER!

for The Brooklyn Paper

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Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine in four X-Men movies.
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Lynda Carter played Wonder Woman on television from 1976 – 1979.
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Robert Downey Jr. plays a perfect Tony Stark in the Iron Man movies.
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Christian Bale’s portrayal of Batman helped re-launch and re-define an already wildly popular character and franchise.
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The “real” Superman has always been — and will always be — Christopher Reeve.
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Heath Ledger’s iconic role as the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Night,” earned him an Academy award for best supporting actor.

You kid’s maturity sense is tingling! He’s becoming a man, and with that power comes great responsibility.

His bar mitzvah is coming faster than a speeding bullet, and you need a theme in a flash. We’ve got a marvelous idea: how about a superhero or comic book theme? He (or she, let’s not exclude the awesomeness that is Wonder Woman, Invisible Woman, Elektra, Jean Grey, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Catwoman, Black Cat, Ms. Marvel, Supergirl, She-Hulk, Black Widow, Black Canary, Starfire, Raven Power, Hit Girl from “Kick Ass,” Girl Storm, Rogue, and the Power Puff Girls … just to name a few) has grown up loving Thor and dressing as Captain America for at least two Halloweens, so why not make your friends and family honorary Avengers? Here’s how to whip up a comic book or super hero party that even Tony Stark would be proud of (and check out our slideshow above to see some of the most iconic movie superheroes — and villains — of all time):

Table assignments

Start your party planning by assigning each table a superhero. A guest’s seating card can have a picture of his table’s hero and a short description of the hero’s history. Assign tables with older guests (co-workers, grandparents, neighbors) as older DC Comic heroes like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, and the Flash. The younger tables can be newer heroes such as Marvel’s Spider-man, Iron Man, and Wolverine. If you have a little wiggle room in the budget, you can also provide a small piece of the hero’s costume for each guest (i.e. Batman’s utility belt or a plastic Green Lantern ring).

Decor

Have you ever wanted to have a super-cool bat cave like Bruce Wayne? Decorate the party like a lair. The entrance can look like the opening of a cave and the rest of the party hall can be dimly lit with bats hanging from the ceiling. Futuristic computer screens and gadgets can also be set about the room, giving it a billionaire-turns-vigilante look.

Entertainment

If your kid’s favorite superhero movie is Marvel’s latest installment of “The Avengers,” have the MC dress as Nick Fury, the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. His dancers can dress as S.H.I.E.L.D assassins as well, giving the party guests the feel that they are members of an elite bar mitzvah-squad hired by Fury to save the world. Avengers assemble! You can also hire look-alikes to take pictures with your guests. Both kids and adults will have a blast hanging out with the Hulk, and after a few drinks your Uncle Jerry will be flirting with Catwoman. You can even hang a green screen so that your friends can take home pictures of themselves fighting alongside the Fantastic Four or flying up, up, and away with Superman.

Food

Don’t forget the thing that makes superheroes super: radioactivity. Leave some radioactive goodies around for your friends to become super, too. Get some gummy spiders like the one that bit Peter Parker. Give your guests some gamma-ray cider by adding a few drops of green food dye into cider, and serve neon green appletinis to the adults, so they can get as big as the Hulk (or at least their tongues can be as green as his). And, of course, have your favorite baker create a green, rock-like, Kryptonite cake. Just don’t offer any to Superman.

Games

If you have been to at least one bar mitzvah, you have played the classic game of Coke & Pepsi. If you have not yet had the privilege, the game goes like this:

1) Each party guest chooses a partner.

2) The partners then stand on opposite sides of the dance floor.

3) The MC assigns each side of the dance floor a label of “Coke” or, you guessed it, “Pepsi.”

4) When the MC calls out one of the beverages, that side must run to their partner.

5) The last person to reach their partner is eliminated. (Unless you are partnered with the bar mtzvah boy or girl. In that case, you are in the clear.)

6) The final pair remaining is the winner.

The game is simple, but it is a staple for bar mitzvahs everywhere. It is therefore the perfect game to tweak, Stan Lee style.

The new game: heroes vs. villains. Instead of Pepsi and Coke, the MC will now call out “Aqua Man!” and the heroes will have to dive across the dance floor or “Green Goblin!” and the villains must fly to their partners. This also adds a fun twist to the game of figuring out if the name called is a hero or a villain, which will sort the comic book-lovers from the comic-don’t-knowers.

Party favors

Sweatpants or T-shirts are popular gifts, depending on the season. Items of clothing are perfect for this theme because you can put a customized version of your favorite superhero quote on them, like, “It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Michael’s bar mitzvah!” If you would like to spend a little more to create the ultimate party favor, have a T-shirt company put each guest’s green screen hero photo on his or her shirt, making it a truly unique and SUPER gift.

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