Superhero Birthday Party

by jessicaturner on September 5, 2012

We had Elias’s 4th birthday party at the end of July, but with the craziness of our house selling and buying a new one, I am just getting to posting about it. If a superhero party is on your child’s wish list, I hope this party provides some inspiration for you (please consider pinning this post!).

Invitations
I looked on a variety of invitation sites, but couldn’t find an invitation that I loved. Thankfully, I found an amazing design from The Patty Cake Press on Pinterest. Melissa the shop owner was a delight to work with – and she lives in Nashville! She graciously provided me with the design files for Elias’s party and I was thrilled with them. (Invitation designs are $16 and thank yous are $10.) I had them printed using a Groupon I had from Picaboo.


Location
We had the party at a local park, so everything had to be portable and easy to set up. It took us just over an hour to set everything up. The playground was also great for the kids to play on as the arrived to the party and before we played games, ate cake and opened presents.

Attire


We asked that all attendees wear superhero apparel. Elias wore a custom Superhero in Training t-shirt, which I ordered using a Groupon from Red Envelope. I made Adeline a tutu to go with her Wonder Woman onesie (tutorial coming soon). Matthew and I both wore Batman t-shirts – thank you Old Navy!

Decor
My goal was not to have commercial party decor, while still have elements to appeal to Elias’s love of Spiderman. Here were the main elements:

City backdrop



I painted a city backdrop using a 6×9 canvas paint drop cloth. I painted the entire thing blue, then added the black building, light and dark yellow windows (using a sponge brush to keep the windows uniform) and white clouds. I used regular paint that you can get at Home Depot (most of it I had around the house). In retrospect, we should have put grommets across the top, but we just put slits and then rope through it.

This was the perfect focal point for the party. We took lots of photos against it and put a chair in front of it for Elias to open his presents.

Pow! Bam! Zap! Signs



To go along with the backdrop, I bought wood “talk bubbles” at Michaels and painted them to look like they were from comic books. I used chipboard letters from my scrapbooking stash so that the letters would be uniform.

I also painted several with chalkboard paint that kids/parents could write on.

I then hot glued dowels to the backs of them.

I wish I had gotten more pictures of these – they were so cute!

Bunting



I love, love, love making buntings for parties, so when I saw the idea to make one with comic book pages, I had to do it! It was super easy because I cut entire books with my paper trimmer. I sewed them together on my sewing machine in about 30 minutes.

We hung it across the park pavilion.

Tables
I covered the tables using plain paper, which I have found to be a cheap and effective alternative to plastic table cloths.

I mod podged a frame using old comic books and put a picture of Elias in it. I found the Spiderman bucket in the dollar section at Target. The star paper products were 4th of July clearance at Target.

Capes



All the kids got handmade capes when they arrived at the party. I made them using felt (18×28) and cut various shapes for the backs (thanks to my amazing friend Brittney, who I could not have finished them without!).

I adhered the shapes with stitch witchery, which was faster than sewing, but still tedious. I sewed the velcro on each cape to ensure it stayed (they make iron-on velcro, but I have read that it doesn’t stay long-term on felt.)

I made the capes in stages over a weekend- cut them all, cut all the shapes, adhered all the shapes and sewed on the velcro.

The capes took HOURS to make. Collective time was about 20 minutes a cape and I made 25 (!!!), so if you plan to make capes, give yourself plenty of time.

Cake



I bought a Spiderman cake at Kroger for Elias. In the past I have made his cakes, but I knew with our busy schedule this summer, I wouldn’t be able to do it. The cake was delicious and Elias loved it, which is all that mattered.

Games
I planned two games for the kids – a superhero obstacle course and pin the superhero mask on Elias. Both were easy to execute and the kids had so much fun.

For the obstacle course, we had the following stations:

  • run through the hula hoops
  • ball toss
  • tunnel crawl
  • knock down the “buildings” (painted foam from several mac computer screen boxes)
  • tie up the bad guy (Matthew wore a mask and the kids tied him up with toilet paper)

The kids ran through the whole thing in just a few minutes and did it several times. The buildings and bad guy tie-up were the favorites. You could easily use small boxes if you can’t find foam. I loved that the foam had holes that looked like windows. Originally I thought the kids could jump over the buildings, but they ended up being too high, so we did knock ‘em down instead!

Once the kids were finished, they all got star bubble necklaces – another Target clearance post 4th of July find!

For the pin the superhero mask on Elias game, I printed a 13×19 photo of Elias and laminated it.


I cut small felt masks out and ran them through my xyron 5″ creative machine (if you do this, be sure to burnish the mask so that the adhesive sticks well to the mask). Then, when it was time to play the game, each kid was given a mask. We peeled off the paper, covered their eyes and let them stick the mask on the picture of Elias.

The kids thought it was hilarious.

All in all the party was a huge success!

Pinterest provided tons of inspiration for this party – you can see my superhero party board here.



{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Vera September 5, 2012 at 5:56 am

Wow wow wow! I would have loved a superhero party for myself :)

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Rebecca Lobb September 5, 2012 at 6:10 am

Elias and Adeline are so lucky to have a Mum who makes so much effort for their parties. You’re creating the best memories for them! Well done Jess!

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libbywilko September 5, 2012 at 6:13 am

Looks like Elias loved it ! You did a great job with all the details :)

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Deonne Lindsey September 5, 2012 at 7:30 am

Love it! Sent the link to my sister who’s been busy planning a Popeye party for her one year old- some great ideas I know will inspire her.

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Jessica Kelley September 5, 2012 at 9:02 am

So cute! I’m pinning it just in case I ever give a boy birthday party! (And how sexist of me to say that–girls can love superheroes too! Kate went through a big Superman phase last year after her grandparents brought her a Superman shirt from Metropolis, Illinois, where Matt’s grandparents live, and she wanted to watch old Christopher Reeve videos on YouTube every night!)

There’s also adhesive-backed felt available at craft stores, if someone didn’t have a Xyron!

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Kaycee September 5, 2012 at 10:32 am

ADORABLE!!! Love the invites, love the capes, LOVE the bubble letter signs – you did an amazing job!!!

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lisa September 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Amazing! Everything is absolutely adorable! I am in love with the cute invitation!

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jessicaturner September 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Me too. Totally knocked my socks off!

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Cheryl September 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Awesome ideas. I love the backdrop you made.

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Sharon September 6, 2012 at 11:37 am

Love all the details. I am also planning on doing the comic book banner. Would love to do the backdrop. What type of paint did you use?

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jessicaturner September 10, 2012 at 6:03 am

I just used paint that I would use on walls from Home Depot – mostly because it was what I had around. :)

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rachel September 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Oh my gosh you are Super Mom!

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shlomit September 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm

Great job!! i love your decoration for the party. I always plan to prepare the party “all by myself” but at the last min change my mind and order some professional staff :)
maybe will try it this year!

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Eva Scott September 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm

What an adorable party! I can’t wait to see your tutorial for the WW onesie! My son is superman for Halloween so am planning on making my daughter a superhero too. :-) Very cute party!!

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KayCee December 28, 2012 at 8:24 am

I absolutely love this! I am looking up ideas for my sons 5th birthday. I already planned to make capes but now I have even more ideas. If you have the comic book bunting, and are willing to sell it, I would love to buy it. Or if you could email me directions and I could try and make one myself. Thank you for the wonderful ideas!
kddouglas1s@gmail.com

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sam February 10, 2013 at 1:59 am

Gave me a few game ideas for my son’s 5th birthday this coming week. thanks a heap!

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Audra March 16, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thanks for the. Great. Ideas, we are having my sons Avengers party at the park, love the easy decorations, your capes turned out great. I used budget. Fabric from Walmart it was 1.00 a yard. It is shiney black, I cut them half a yard. Long and cut a hole at he top With. A slit, and a. Little off the sides (If you pull on the cape hard enough it will rip so I don’t have any worries) and we are going to decorate with paint markers. They are all no sew.

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jessicaturner March 17, 2013 at 7:01 am

Mine were no sew too – well except for the velcro. :)

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