Monday, December 15, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Party

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We get really into super hero movies in our house. We love to dress up and hold fun DVD release parties, Guardians of the Galaxy was no exception. With the movie coming to DVD and Blu-ray, we wanted to throw a party to watch the movie and enjoy some great food. 
The day the movie came out, we headed to Walmart to pick up the Blu-ray combo pack and to find Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise to be the centerpiece for the snack table at the party. I was really set on doing a blue and orange theme for the snacks, so I was thrilled to find a model of Star Lord's ship, The Milano. My daughter was thrilled that it fires little missiles. We also picked up Guardians of the Galaxy Nerf blasters and Star Lord Masks that doubled as decor and fun. At Walmart the DVD features exclusive Character O-sleeve and exclusive music zinepack and a 64 page magazine with cast and crew interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and trivia PLUS a custom “cassette" laptop decal, so make sure to grab it there. Plus, right now when you buy a Rocket Raccoon, Drax or Groot Disney Infinity figure you will get a $5 Walmart giftcard. 
A crepe paper backdrop is one of my go to party decorations because it  is easy to pull together and really vibrant for photos. I love it because you can use it for the background of your food table and then after everyone has eaten, you can slide the table away and use it for a photo booth if you want. I used mostly blue rolls of crepe paper with a little bit of orange tied in. 

For the snack table, I used a orange table cloth with a blue one over top. I went with the blue on top so that I could have mainly orange snacks and everything would tie together really well. The orange snacks included clementines, chips, a cheddar cheese ball and sherbet punch (lemon lime soda with scoops of orange sherbet in it.) 
My absolute favorite part of the snack table had to be the Baby Groot pudding cups. Made with chocolate pudding, crushed chocolate cookies and paper lunch sacks cut in half, they were the absolute hit of the party. 
 For the centerpiece of the table, I simply balanced The Milano on top of a wide candlestick. It gave it the height it needed to be a fantastic centerpiece without taking away anything from it. I also added star confetti to the table below the centerpiece to give it a little something extra.

 Since we have two little kids, almost every time we throw a party there are kids involved. I like to come with some activities that the kids can do to keep busy and have fun while the grown ups are talking or watching a movie together.
 For this party we had three different activities for the kids, popsicle stick stars, galaxy themed play-dough and constellation flashlights.
 The Popsicle sticks stars are fun and perfect for any age, for the younger kids they can decorate the sticks and a grown up can glue them together correctly or for the older kids they can put them together themselves. I prefer using hot glue to put them together because then there is no drying time, but it also needs closer supervision.
The Constellation Flashlights are super easy to make and a big hit. Who doesn't love being able to shine stars on their wall? Made with flashlights and black construction paper, they are fabulous for a astronomy lesson or just for having fun. 
 Galaxy dough is simply play dough made with black food coloring sprinkled liberally with purple and silver glitter. The kids absolutely love playing with the "Sky Dough" and they can help make it themselves. I pulled out a bunch of cookie cutters and they played with the play dough for a long time after it was made.

 Whose to say that the kids have to have all of the fun? The adults had a blast putting on Star Lord masks and having a Nerf war in the front room. You would have thought they were the little kids. 
With every party, I love dressing my girls up to match the theme. It adds a little something extra and so far they have loved doing it. This time we went with Rocket Raccoon for my older daughter and I made a simple shirt using heat transfer for the baby that says I Am Groot, because we all know that dancing Baby Groot stole the whole movie. My older daughter loved being Rocket Raccoon, she couldn't get enough of her tail!
The whole part came together really well and was completed by watching the movie, what party would be complete without the heroes themselves? 

 Have you see Guardians of the Galaxy? What was your favorite part (besides dancing Baby Groot of course!)? 
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