I hope you can use some of our Superhero Party ideas! I’ve included everything you need to plan your own, plenty of ideas to steal, and pics to show you what to do. So save this post when you’re looking for ideas about invitations, decorations, food, favors, activities, cake, and some surprise visitors!
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I absolutely LOVE planning birthday parties for my kids. All the little details that make it memorable are so fun to brainstorm about, and carefully record in my notebook. Carrying out the plans? Well, that’s where I turn into a big stressball and wish we had just planned on going to Chuck E. Cheese (and I hate parties at Chuck E. Cheese). But, once they’re smiling for a couple of hours straight through the whole thing, I feel much better. It was pretty much that same story for Dax’s 5th birthday party.
Dax’s “thing” is Superman, so coming up with the theme was simple. Because there would be girls there, too, I made it a Superhero Party! So our theme was superheroes, with an emphasis on Superman and Wonder Woman. I stuck with Justice League or “generic”, all-superhero items. Then with all I have going on right now, I decided to save a little time in some areas. I kept decorations to a minimum as far as degree of difficulty (all bought!), and didn’t go overboard with the cake. There were still plenty of original touches, though, and I’m sharing all of our fun here so you can use these same ideas, or tweak them to fit your theme. Keep in mind, that I’m not exactly showing you a kid’s party on a budget because of some of the extras. You can certainly do a modified version,though. We go big for the 1st birthday (as far as decorating – not necessarily money), then on the 5th, and not again until the 10th. The years in between are celebrated with friends as a small group play date, if anything, and sometimes I’ll throw a treat in for that one. By not doing even semi-big most or every year (like the afore-mentioned Chuck E. Cheese or anywhere that you have to rent a room for them to bounce around), we really spend less overall!
There were many available to order, from fill-in the blanks to custom. I ended up making ours custom on Walgreens site. I love being able to personalize the back, too, and give any extra info there. It’s also the place where we could make it even more personal by showing his playful side, signed as the nickname he gave himself at 2.:-D
Here’s an example of another option.
I would’ve loved to go super custom, homemade here. Again, my available time was a factor, and the fact that there was so much available that worked perfectly for what we needed, and I knew Dax would love it. We start with a personalized welcome sign at the door for all of our bigger parties. These little details are something that my kids love, and get to keep for themselves after.
We had the screened-in porch set up with a table for eating and activities, and they pass through the family room to get there. That is where the bulk of the decorations and the food, cake, and treat bag tables went. I used “scene setters” split up to cover different areas. Bookcases got covered, and smaller parts went on windows. Borrowed tables were covered with disposable plastic cloths and skirts. (These skirts are inexpensive, SO easy to put on, and such a great finishing touch.) I used balloons, danglers, and superhero confetti, and had photos made to put in our frames. (You can make these on Pic Monkey and have them printed out anywhere). Even the treat bag table was part of the colorful decor. Here’s what it looked like inside:
And here’s the porch:
We had the kids grab plates and some food before the surprise guests arrived. Here is where I customized a little more (and stayed up way too late to work on). It was an afternoon party, so kid snack food was served.
Small Orange Slices (I used Cuties)
Mini Pretzel Twists
Sun Chips (Capes)
Round Crackers (Shields)
Fruit Dip (My easy recipe HERE!)
Food Platters & Serving Bowls
I purchased at the dollar store, but it’s always hit or miss there. You can check links above if you’re not able to find anything else that will work. For any that you want the black background, you can also “wrap” a platter you have with part of a black plastic tablecloth.
You can buy these as sets, or mix and match with dollar store plates and napkins.
For drinks we had Caprisun and water bottles in a storage bin full of ice that I made a sign for.
Our first activity was to have the kids make their own treat bags. I bought plain canvas tote bags, superhero stencils, fabric markers, and alphabet, star, & heart foam stickers. They decorated the bags as they finished up with their snacks.
The favors were on a table and got added into the finished bags later on as a time filler between games and cake. The candy choices to take as a favor or eat right out of the bowl were another custom touch. The Skittles were red, white & blue for the 4th of July, so I picked the white out of those, and all but yellow, red & blue from the peanut M&Ms.
For the lollipop display, I ordered a set of the superhero lollipops that come with a mask and a cape for each. I got a box of red swirl lollipops and used superhero stickers to stick in the middle of those. I also used these stickers on the invitation envelopes, and as a last-minute add-in for the favor bag. I then stuck them all into a styrofoam half-round.To make the custom candy bar wraps I used Pic Monkey again to make the design of shield with the “D” for Dax. I printed out on mailing labels and wrapped around the bars. These can also be ordered already personalized if you want to skip that job.
Miniature Candy Bars
As the treat bags were being finished up, our surprise guests arrived!
They greeted the birthday boy, then let the shock wear off a little (he had this look on his face for more than a few minutes 😯 ), then started in on the activities. A little note to help you follow along with our Superhero Party: We had Superman and Wonder Woman come visit, and they took care of activities and games for the next hour. I have their information at the end of post. You can certainly plan and carry out these things yourself. For us, this is the “Chuck E. Cheese” I spoke of earlier. The company we worked with was wonderful, so if you’re considering special guests at any future parties, I encourage you to save their information!
And another shot of that, because I swear it looks like the Bat Symbol in the clouds above! Just me? Okay.
Next was cake time!
As I said before, I didn’t go super crazy with the cake. I made sure there was the choice of chocolate or white cupcakes (so much easier to hand out than cutting cake!), so I made a dozen of each, then poured the remainder of each mix into a glass bowl to bake. It comes out swirled! Set your timer on this for regular cake time, then test for doneness every 10 minutes. This made a nice base for the Superman figure, and Dax got to keep as a toy after.
The cupcake rings were another party favor, and I also had individual cupcake boxes for take-home. Sometimes they’re not hungry then, or have siblings that they can bring home to.
As soon as the singing was finished, the kids lined up for a picture with our superheroes.
We handed each one a cupcake as soon as the shot was taken, then they went outside to eat it. Our superheroes left, and the kids spent the rest of the party playing outside. I think they all had a good time at the Superhero Party!
If you are interested in special visitors for your kid party, here is the information I promised. This is a franchise company, so there is bound to be a location near you. The one we used is listed first, and they serviced a wide area themselves. They also have a long list of characters available. I worked with Ellie and she couldn’t have made it any easier. I had used a different company for Vida’s 5th birthday party, and was in a panic when I found out they went out of business just as I was ready to book. I found PPP online, called Ellie, and she got me set up for the date I wanted immediately. I’m really hoping Viggo has a favorite character for his 5th birthday in a couple of years so I can use them again!
To find your nearest franchise, check out the website HERE.
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