Costumes are not just for Halloween!

My best friend had a birthday party for her six year old son recently and she made it into a costume party!  I have to admit, it was kinda cute watching all these kids parade around in their costumes when it was not Halloween; and my son LOVED getting to dress up as Buzz Lightyear again!

So this got me to thinking.  Why do costumes have to be for only one day of the  year?  If my baby boy wants to run around as Buzz Lightyear just because he is in the mood to be an action figure or super hero, why not?  Plus it makes me feel better about spending money on a kid’s Halloween costume if I know it is going to be used more than once.

The next time you are throwing a party, consider making it a costume party.  This is a great way to stretch your dollar further when you are thinking about buying costumes because you know you will have another use for it down the road.  Plus it’s especially great for a kid’s birthday party.  I’m sure the kids will love getting dressed up, and you can even make a theme out of it.  You could do fun superhero desserts, or an animal themed party with “dirt dessert” (I will have to make this some time and post some pictures for you, it is truly awesome for kids parties!).  If you have some recipes or game ideas for a costume party of your own please share them with us in the comments.  In the meantime enjoy the superhero recipe listed below!

 

Here is a fun ‘Avengers’ superhero recipe courtesy of Disney that would work at any awesome costume party!

1.    Whip up a batch of your favorite sugar cookie recipe and use a cookie cutter to make character cookies.  They make Superhero cookie cutters in the shape of many Avengers heroes.  You can also use any oval shaped cookie cutter and instead fill in the details with your decorating.  Once your cookies are baked and cooled, you are ready to begin decorating.

2.    You can make your own royal icing (See:  How to Make Your Own Royal Icing included below) or use store-bought.  Color with food coloring to achieve the various colors you want for decorating.  We recommend green (for the Hulk), yellow, blue, black, white, and brown.  Place each color in a piping bag.

3.    Begin by outlining the cookie in your base color.  (If you were starting with The Hulk, outline the entire shape in green.  Color in your outline with green icing and cover the entire cookie.  (You can actually use a paintbrush to “paint” your cookie.)  Give the base a few minutes to dry and choose your next color.  For The Hulk’s hair, outline his hairline in black and proceed to fill in with black icing.  You can continue to draw features in and watch your character come to life.

How to Make Your Own Royal Icing

  • 3 egg whites, at room temperature.  We prefer dehydrated egg whites, available at most supermarkets.
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • food coloring (optional)

Mix above ingredients with a little warm water until smooth.  Add food coloring.

 

 

Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post in which The Mommy Bunch received compensation, however all opinions are strictly our own!  Avengers recipe and pictures provided courtesy of Disney.

 

 

Jesica H

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