Calling all Super Readers! We threw a Super Why birthday party for our daughter and she had a blast. It was so much fun to see her excitement, watch her get into character, and play games with the guests. Her sheer joy was infectious. Our daughter loves Super Why and its focus on the alphabet and books-two of her favorite things- and the superhero theme certainly adds to the allure, and I love that the show teaches her to spell and read. Letters/books and superheroes are a perfect combo for a kid’s party – there are loads of letter games for entertainment, books make a perfect party favor, and what three-year-old doesn’t want to dress up as a superhero? Bonus for the party planner: PBS has done much of the work for you. The PBS web site has lots of activities, decorations, music and so much more ready to go. Printing decorations from PBS, prepping food ahead of time, and snagging game ideas from the PBS web site made the party affordable and stress-free.
Though it would have been fun to create a story book village, I simply printed the PBS Super Why banner and table confetti, added some balloons and some colored table cloths and that was pretty much it for decorations. Easy peasy! Guests came as their favorite Super Why character. The festivities started with the kids searching for super letters – I used foam letters from a mat. Once found, they rearranged the letters on spots we marked on the floor in order to guess the message (similar to Wheel of Fortune). We also played Lickety Letters Bingo (printed from PBS) and had a dance party with Super Why songs and the birthday girl’s favorite tunes. Books made great party favor gifts for the spectrum of age groups, but the varying sizes of books made it difficult to find a favor bag that would work for them all, so instead I wrapped the books in birthday paper and attached a Super Why party favor picture and a coloring page (thanks, PBS).
Calling all Souper Eaters! For food, I played on the phrase “calling all super readers” and had a soup fest, and it worked perfectly. I served potato leek soup with kielbasa croutons, creamy tomato basil soup with ham and cheese roll ups, and chicken pot pie soup with pie stars. I added pesto to some of the pie stars and roll ups and called them Princess Pesto (Princess Presto) wands and stars. I made all the soup ahead of time and simply reheated them before guests arrived. The whole process from prep to clean-up was very easy – I’m a party soup convert! I also made these easy rosemary rolls and an Alpha Bites mix with pretzels, dried fruit and nuts, and mini cookies. I made two punches-one with ginger ale and orange juice (grenadine is an optional addition) and another with lemonade, lemon-lime soda, and frozen strawberries. Desserts included a homemade Super Why cake and an apple dipping station with apple slices and all sorts of fun toppings.
It was fun to throw a party for a three-year-old -she really got into the theme this year and appreciated the activities and dress-up. With PBS doing half the work, I saved time, money, and my sanity.