Every year, the San Diego Comic Con attracts thousands of costume-clad comic book and movie fans for four days of superhero-fueled bliss. Missed this year's event? That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of the fun — especially if you have a pool in the backyard. Really, what’s stopping you from hosting a poolside comic con of your very own? You know you’ve been looking for an excuse to wear that waterproof Han Solo costume. Follow these tips to host your own floating comic con:
No Admittance Without A Badge
If you’re ever lucky enough to snag a pass to SDCC, you’ll receive a badge that has your name and picture in addition to the event’s logo and date. Mimicking this approach with your invitations would be a great way to set the tone for your comic con, and honestly, who could say “No” to a personalized invitation? Add the invitations to these badge holders and you're all set.
Costumes Are Not Optional
Half of the fun of Comic Con is the insanely elaborate costumes that people create to celebrate their favorite characters. Just because your guests will be getting in the pool doesn’t mean they can skimp on the costumes. In fact, it’s the perfect opportunity to push their creativity even further. Designate a table where people can vote for their favorite costumes. And if one of your guests forgets to wear a costume, don't let them off the hook. These inexpensive, waterproof capes aren’t going to win them any awards, but at least they won’t be stuck in the fortress of solitude.
Have a Designated Comic Lounge
These days, blockbuster movies have become Comic Con’s calling card, but you can harken back to the good old days by giving your attendees a designated space to read and share comic books. Why not buy a bunch of these inexpensive pool loungers and strew them around the deep end? On the invitations, tell guest to bring an issue of their favorite book for a comic exchange, and use the lounge area as your base of operations.
A Photo Booth (Of Course)
What party is complete without a photo booth? Floating Comic Con is definitely no exception. The Polaroid Instax 8 makes the perfect-sized photo for building an instant, comic book-inspired photo album. Why not make some text bubbles out of construction paper, too — then, have your guests strike their best superhero poses and add their own BAMS! And BOOMS! to the album.
And don’t forget: Comic Con is all about creating buzz, so give your guests a creative #hashtag to use on Instagram and Twitter when they share photos. If it catches on, who knows? Maybe Robert Downey Jr. will show up for next year's event.
The Following Preview is Approved for All Audiences
Once the sun goes down, transform your pool into an outdoor theater with this projector and screen combo. Show a recent favorite or an obscure classic for extra nerd bonus points. Don’t forget to screen the trailers for all of the upcoming releases. Your guests will be so impressed. They’ll probably start standing in line for next year.