A Super Hero Birthday Party!

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.

Face Painting

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!

Bubble-Wrapped Sidewalk

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!  

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78 Responses to A Super Hero Birthday Party!

    • My kids helped with several parts of the prep- It was just nice to see all the kids having fun! Love your blottos!

    • Nanny Nanny Boo Boo, Bridget. I’m sticking my tongue out and making rotating moose ears at your profile pic right now. 🙂

  1. thank you 🙂 nice to meet you too following you on pinterest and twitter @torviewtor
    this looks like a fabulous party children would have love it such a wonderful idea 🙂
    keep in touch regards Akheela

    • Thanks for the twitter follow! I didn’t find you on FB…. 🙂 Let’s do keep in touch, Akheela- Great ideas on your blog! 🙂

    • Thanks, Barbara! They took me a little while to do until I got my “system” down. haha! Thanks for checking my blog out today- 🙂 Congrats on Top 9!

    • Everyone seems to love the bubble wrap! When was telling my friends, most thought it sounded ridiculous- but I just knew the kids would love it- mostly because I wanted to run through it. haha!

    • I will link up! Thank for hosting one! The marshmallows took a little bit of effort but my son was just thrilled. 🙂 Thanks for checking my site, Mia!

    • Thanks, Crystal! It wasn’t awful to prep- I started preparing the activities a month in advance so the hardest part was setting up. We were only supposed to have 2 hours to set-up (but I was able to do some prep on the park outskirts a couple hours ahead of time. We made it just in time. haha!

  2. OH MY Patricia!! This is AWESOME!!!! I love it! Love the bubble wrap! Love that you made 150 lbs of super dough! And love the arts and crafts table! SO fun! My husband said WHERE IS THAT?! I said in Texas…loved how the kiddos were in shorts! Definitely not short weather here! It turned out awesome mama!

    • It is so hot here in Texas! I’m sure it’s like your Iowa Summer during our Winter! I’m so glad that you liked the post- Thanks for the nice comment!

  3. Wow! That must have been a lot of work! I bet everyone will be talking about that party for a long time to come. I loved how you said you kept it simple and then listed a huge long list of food you had. 😛 I’m addicted to planning birthday parties.. and stalking the ideas of other parties. You are fueling my addiction! Thank you! Haha. I loved it all. And wow at those crafts! Those were really clever. Great job! I shared on Facebook and will pin.

    • Joyce- Well, I kept the food simple (whole fruit, pizza, dumped a bag of pretzels and a bag of chips) haha! For me, that WAS simple, Joyce. 🙂 I’m so glad you called me clever- that does my self-esteem good. 🙂

    • Terri- I think it would work for girls, too! The funny thing is my daughter was the only villain- She was catwoman- Maybe you could do a girls’ villain party! haha!

  4. Holy cow! That is incredible. I can’t believe you thought of so many great ideas for a super hero party and then got them all together in such a fun way.
    Great work!

    • Abbie- Blogging about doing crafts with kids has opened up a whole new world of creativity for me. I used to think I lacked creative vision and ability- but, sharing with creative women and learning has been a wonderful thing for me and my kids (and my blog!) Thanks for visiting!

  5. Holy Activities, Batman! What a party. You must be exhausted – especially after all the trips it must’ve took to Starbucks to get those coffee cup sleeves. Fantastic idea, though. You should really pat yourself on the back for pulling it off.

    • Nami- I do wish you weren’t in NYC- You guys would have definitely been invited- I know your boys would have had a great time! 🙂 Maybe one day! I want to go to BlogHer in NYC next year!

  6. Wow, that looks like an amazing party! I’ve never had any success with birthday parties so I’ve just decided to nix them for now. I really enjoyed looking at your son’s though, this post makes throwing a party seem doable to me!

    • Aleacia- I’m sure he would have been just happy with a cake and his family in the kitchen. I just get so darned excited about planning parties. Once upon a time, I considered being an event planner. I love coordinating events! 🙂

    • Thanks for all the love! 🙂 What’s funny about super heroes- is that my son loved them instantly- before he’d ever seen a character in a book or onscreen. Something about the figures is very appealing to little boys! 🙂

  7. Wow! A lot of prep went into a 3 year olds bday party. I thought I did a lot. hahahah! Awesome! I’m glad the marshmellow thing worked for you. At our party, everything would have to be edible,the masks for the mellows would have been eaten (attempeted) by someone in that age group! hahahah!
    Also, did you pay Starbucks for those coffee sleeves or did you just collect them from all the purchases you made? 🙂 I collect their plastic stir stick that seals the coffee lid so it doesn’t spill.

    Lake Forest, CA

    • Sandi- I’ve seen people with far greater skill than me do edible versions using fondant! Getting the sleeves was a combo of collecting mine and friends and asking for extras at the drive-thru! Thanks for the comment, Sandi!

  8. Super awesome party!!! Love all the details. The bubble wrap walk is awesome. Cannot believe you took on a party that large. Looks like you guys had such a great day 🙂

    Btw, tonight my husband declared cloud dough banned from our house – including outdoors – ha ha!

    • Thanks, Chrissy! Funny about your hubby! The party was so much fun- The weather was great- Our next party will be small scale- a spa sleepover for my daughter. For us, the 3 year old birthday parties are a big deal because it’s their first “I’m Aware It’s MY birthday party” party. After that, we scale them back. 🙂

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    • Carla- The party store and HEB (stores here in Texas) carried several super hero masks. I had to buy packs containing 8 masks of each super hero- and I think they were around 4 or 5 dollars per pack….Hope that helps!

  10. Wow! What a good idea! I wish I were as thrifty as you are. I bought some capes from powercapes.com because I can’t sew or anything. 🙁 Next time I can’t wait to use make the kyrptonite!

    • Kassy- Thank you! I have a power cape from that site, too! 🙂 Actually, my son is wearing it in the flyers marking the cloud dough and bubble wrap activity! 🙂 The kryptonite bark is super easy to make! Thanks so much for your comment! We are gearing up for this year’s Green Lantern party. 🙂

    • Goodness, Susanne- thanks for lettiing me know there might be an issue with the link! will check kwhen i iget home…if I can’t fix it, I will email it to you! 🙂 Tricia

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  14. Do you remember what size bubble wrap you used? From the pics it doesn’t look like the real tiny bubbles… but just wondering what size… I think different sized pop easier for the kids… Thanks!

    • Marcie- The bubbles are about the size of a quarter….I found this giant roll at Lowes….and it was pretty inexpensive…about $15. Good luck!

      • Oh my gosh, thank you! Thank you for the quick reply and this info is super helpful. Planning a Batman party for my 3 year old and soooo want to include this activity. 🙂 My boys (3 and 5) love popping bubble wrap… but I know sometimes the tiny stuff can be hard for them and the real big is hard for my 3 year old. From your pic of the big roll my husband thought this was the size but thought I’d check before I purchased. What a creative idea! Love, love. Thank you sooo much!

        • You are welcome, Marcie…The previous year, we bought the bulk roll of bubble wrap with the small bubbles from a postal center and it popped great under little feet, too! Please do let us know how your Batman party goes! Good luck!

    • Totally! The following year, we threw the Super Hero Training Academy Party found in this post: http://crittersandcrayons.com/2013/01/29/our-super-hero-academy-party/

      The one thing you DO have to be careful about when it comes to bubble wrap, though! There are actually “bubble-wrap imposters” that look like bubble wrap, but that have a sort of un-poppable, thick plastic material that is actually stamped to retain the air- YOU CANNOT pop that stuff- Even my husband couldn’t do it. So, I always test bubble wrap before we buy it if it is for play! The other stuff is genuinely made to actually, well, protect stuff when shipping it- and it is excellent for that boring purpose. 🙂 Good luck!

  15. Im am planning a superhero party for my boys. I love the bubble wrap idea! Thanks for making the blog 🙂 How ever as my party shall be indoors, I might miss out the cloud dough, not sure I wantto be cleaning that from the carpets until the following party 😛 x

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