Our son turned 3 this year and he had his heart set on having a Super Hero Birthday Party! It was a ton of fun to plan, and I think the kids had a good time, too! I wrote about a few of the humorous mishaps at the party a few days ago. Here, we’ll talk about what we did to pull it off and how you can, too.
I wanted to keep the party as simple as possible so we ordered a ton of pizza. But, we had themed desserts, fresh fruit, whole wheat chips, pretzels, and chocolate displayed.
The desserts were Super Hero themed:
Original Batman Cape-Colored Blue Cupcakes
Our son wanted blue cake. I decided to make a bunch of cupcakes. I normally try to steer clear of boxed cake mixes, but I haven’t had much luck with cupcake recipes from scratch that come out moist.
I found this recipe on Pinterest for wedding cupcakes and I have to say that it is the most moist and delectable cupcake I’ve ever had. I highly recommend this White Wedding Cake Cupcakes recipe from Recipe Girl.
To make 100 cupcakes, I used 3 boxes of moist white cake mix. The recipe calls for addition of more flour, sugar, egg whites, sour cream, oil, etc….so it’s kind of from scratch. :) I added 3 teaspoons of Wilton blue food coloring to the mix before baking. To decorate, I piped Wilton Buttercream frosting mix (that required butter and milk) on top and inserted Super Hero toothpicks.
Green Lantern Bark
To make the Green Lantern Bark, we used the same recipe as the one I posted about in December here. The only change is that I replaced the German’s Sweet Chocolate with White Chocolate and added green food coloring to the melted chocolate. We coated in green sprinkles before chilling and breaking it up. It was a hit!
Marshmallow Super Hero Pops
I had planned to make Super Hero cake pops or lollipops, but realized we had unopened bags of giant marshmallows. We used those, instead. My kids loved these.
For the printable template I created to make the masks and capes for these, please click here. There is a slideshow tutorial below that explains how I put these together.
I didn’t want to be running a bunch of activities during the party for the kids, but I wanted them to be engaged. We decided to make several Super Hero themed stations that the kids could move to according to their interests.
The party was already at a park, and we had the requisite bounce house, but we added the following activities:
Grab a Mask From The Mask Tree!
As kids arrived, they could pick a mask from the mask tree. We just used clothes pins!
Super Dough (Over 150 lbs of Cloud Dough in 3 bins)
This was a workout but totally worth it! We already had three underbed bins that were long and shallow- perfect for an activity like this. If you’re not famliar with cloud dough, check out C&C’s post on it here for the recipe we used and many others. We used a large table cloth underneath the bins to keep the any mess contained.
Each bin was filled with 1 x 50 lb bag of flour mixed with approximately 10 x 14 oz. bottles of baby oil. (I sought out the cheapest baby oil and flour we could find for this activity to keep costs down).
The litmus test to make sure each bin was ready to play and mold with was to use one of the repurposed yogurt cups to build a few molds. If it broke apart, I added another cup of oil and mixed.
This was a HUGE hit. I offered parents the option to take some home with them in ziplock bags. The kids got a little messy, but that was the point. They had a lot of FUN.
The Craft Table
Repurposed Wonder Woman Starbucks Sleeve Bracelets
& Decorate Your Own Mask
We pulled Butcher Paper ($6.99 a huge roll at Hobby Lobby) across a picnic table and set out a basket of crayons, clothes pins, pipe cleaners, and glitter glue for kids to tinker with.
There were $1 roasting pans each filled with a different craft activity.
The kids made Wonder Woman Cuff Bracelets out of repurposed Starbucks Coffee sleeves and felt star stickers. They also decorated their own masks using glitter stickers and art materials.
A couple of my friends agreed to help me out by doing the face painting station and they did a wonderful job! All the kids were running around with vibrant masks at the party!
Pow! Bam! Pop!
I think this was the most popular activity. We purchased 100 square feet of bubble wrap for about $10. The kids would hardly allow us to tape it down to the sidewalk they were so anxious to take off!
Our son led the hoard, covered in cloud dough and barefoot. The best way to do this activity, I think. The sound was fantastic! It really kept with the Super Hero Pop! Pow! Bam! comic book theme.
Comic Strip Dress-Up and Photo Scene
I originally saw the idea to create a Super Hero Comic Book Photo Background on Pinterest here. On a whim, and at the last minute, we threw this background together. It was really simple to do and took less than 30 minutes!
To do one, just find a few cartoon images and import into powerpoint. Expand the image to fit an entire sheet of paper and print. I used colored tagboard to create the buildings and used a sponge brush to paint the windows and trees. And that was that.
The dress up bin was there for kids to dress up and act out scenarios. (Check out the slideshow at the end for some great poses in front of it!)
Super Hero Piñatas
We had a couple of piñatas. We learned a few comical lessons about how to run that event which you can read about here. But the kids loved getting all the Super Hero themed loot and treats!
By the end of the night, our son couldn’t keep his eyes open.
He was just thrilled with his party and so were we. Things went as planned (well, with a few funny surprises) and I think the kids all had a good and memorable time!
You can see some of the signage we created and displayed throughout the party area with our son’s Super Hero dress-up image on it in the following slideshow. It really tickled him. You can also see more pictures of children doing all of the activities described above!
If you’ve done or are planning to do a Super Hero-themed party, I would love to hear your ideas!