Our Super Hero Academy Party!


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We threw a Super Hero Academy Birthday Party this year for our son…..

 

Last year, we ran a Super Hero-themed party and you can read about it:

  • here (for how we did it, complete with tutorials on Super Caped Marshmallow Pops and activities),
  • and here (for all the funny stuff that happened at the party),
  • and here (for the pleasures and perils of the 150+ lbs of Super Cloud Dough at the Super Hero Party)!

This year’s Super Hero Academy Party was incredible fun to plan and throw.   Here’s what we did!

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We made our own pennants using materials from the local craft shop….just the pennants, stencils, glue, ribbon and glitter-   It’s a good, cheap way to personalize your party!

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! I never realized how easy and inexpensive a pretty name pennant banner was to make until my little sister asked me to make one for her daughter’s ENCHANTING Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party!

You can see the banner for that party below and the gorgeous party in my sister’s post here. 

To learn about how we “Quilled Superman” to make that paper filigree rendition of our Super Son, you can go here.

We made simple vanilla cupcakes with buttercream frosting with golden sprinkles in black cups this year.   For the recipe we love, you can check out Recipe Girl’s excellent Wedding Cupcake recipe here!

And, those cupcake holders are made using Dollar Store candle holders and metal platters affixed with super glue!

We made a spiderman cake using the same Recipe Girl wedding cupcake recipe (only with a box of Devil’s Food cake mix).

 

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! I found Duff’s Candy Writer in black to be very helpful in doing the lines of The Spider Man. It hardens quickly and really helps novice cake decorators to stay within the lines with the buttercream frosting! A few moms asked where I found the cool black cupcake liners and those were also from the Duff line, as well as the really pretty gold, white and shimmery sprinkles! I found the Duff line of cake decorating items at our local craft store.

You can also go here to check out other interesting baking items from the Ace of Cakes guru’s line!

We used simple gold balloons, and a giant Spidey balloon visitor that stalked the guests from above…..

 

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About a week before the party, we had a painting play date where the kids had fun painting a bunch of boxes black with giant rollers.

***CREATIVE TIP!!! Get the kids involved in the large-scale painting activities and teach them about recycling and re-using items to make their Gotham City! Including them in the party prep is fun for them, builds anticipation, and cuts down on some of your work!

With a few swipes of white paint with a sponge brush, we had a move-able, build-able Gotham City for the kids to run through!

The Birthday Boy could teach Super Students how to chase a villain through the city streets!!!

The kids had a lot of fun chasing each other between the buildings….

….Where they played Super Heroes Vs. Villains.    The Bad Guys get wrapped up in the Super Heroes’ Crepe Paper of Truth….

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And Super Kids can learn to build their very own City!

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OR Batmobile!

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It’s a cool photo prop, too!

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! You can make Super Hero cuffs out of coffee cup sleeves and duct tape, and super hero capes from plastic table cloths! For other parties, cover the coffee sleeves with patterned duct tape to make trendy bangles!

 

We laid out a roll of plastic table covers in a sky blue color the Birthday Boy picked out with trays full of pre-cut cardstock shaped like Pentagons.

There were caddies full of safety scissors, glue sticks, markers, glitter glue and stencils for the kids to create their own personalized symbols.

Whenever we go to Starbucks, we always save our cardboard sleeves.

For the kids who wanted Super Hero cuffs, we simply wrapped them in gold or silver colored-duct tape!

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Busy Super Heroes can just fish a a cape or costume out of a SUPER HERO DRESS-UP BIN!

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The Lead Super Hero Instructor conducted an expert demonstration on how to make those “POP!” and “POW!” sounds for the others to follow!

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! Bubble Wrap can be bought in bulk at postal/mail centers where they sell it by the foot! Compare the prices at your local bulk warehouse or home improvement store! It is a super fun and low cost way to really entertain the kids! For $15, we found Green Lantern-hued giant bubble wrap at a local home improvement store!

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! A Bubble Blower doesn’t cost much and provides a lot of Summer fun. Kids can “Pop” the bubbles while they make Bubble Wrap Popping Sounds as part of the Comic Book Sounds Activity of the Super Hero Academy!

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And, then there is the leftover bubble wrap pre-school after-party…. :)

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Super Hero Training Academy 43

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My awesome hubby spray painted a skyline for the Punch & Hunt Activity we came up with to replace our normal pinata activity!

Toward the end of the party, parents held up the skyline banner between all the little Super Heroes and a field of party favors for the kids to hunt once they punched through that skyline!

We liked this idea because the kids didn’t have to wait in line for their turn, and there were no swinging sticks endangering small children or adult knee caps!  :)

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! Get a huge roll of butcher block paper from a bulk warehouse for under $20 and use it all year for large arts & crafts projects like this one! For the Punch & Hunt, pull a length as long as your “hunting area” and use a brick or block of wood to shape your skyline to fill in with spray paint!

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! The Super Hero Punch & Hunt (A banner skyline that kids punch through before going on a favor hunt) is a fun alternative to the pinata!

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Even some feisty moms were ready for the Punch & Hunt!!! Ha!

We asked the older kids to save some of the items for the smaller ones as part of the “Safety Briefing”…..

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Meanwhile, behind the backyard fence….as kids began opening their Iron-Man shaped Gummy Treats….

Two masked villains plotted to STEAL Candy and Coloring Books!!!!!

They snuck into the backyard where the Super Heroes were playing with their bat slinkies and Captain America yo-yos……

EGAD!!!!!

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***CREATIVE TIP!!! A couple of parents in black with masks make excellent villains who can be foiled with some simple spools of crepe paper! Delightful for the kids!

BUT, HAVE  NO FEAR, PARENTS!  

THE SUPER KIDS ARE HERE!!!!

CREPE PAPER AT THE READY!!!

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THE VILLAINS SCATTERED FROM THESE FEARSOME FACES!!!

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AND BOOYAH!  

THE BAD GUYS WERE…..DEFEATED!!!!!!!!!!

ALL WRAPPED UP IN THE CREPE PAPER OF TRUTH!

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CANDY-STEALING CRIME JUST DOESN’T PAY, DOES IT?

GO AHEAD, VILLAIN!  

YOU CAN SAY IT!  

SO…UH…WHO’S YOUR DADDY, NOW???!!!!???!!!!

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And, THAT, was the final exam of our son’s Super Hero Training Academy!

Another Class of Super Heroes graduated and are now ready to defend party favor bags the world over….

And, we owe it all to our Birthday Boy,

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The Super Hero Extraordinaire,

The Destructor-Instructor,

The Master of All Skills Super Hero, 

And Our Beautiful, Wonderful Son….

 

 
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So, Until Next Year…..

Super Hero School’s Out!

:)

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Happy Super Hero Training Academy Birthday to Our Little Super Hero…

And To ALL Of Yours!

For MORE Super Hero Birthday Party Ideas, please check out my dear bloggy friends’ party ideas!

Megan of Coffee Cups And Crayons wrote about their fantastic Batman Party!

Super Hero Play Inspirations From Go Kid Yourself!

And you can always check out Critters And Crayons’ Super Hero Party ideas from last year!


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26 Responses to Our Super Hero Academy Party!

  1. OMG OMG OMG! What a party! I just love the fake city and the real life villains that invaded the party! Of course the name banners are awesome (LOVE MINE!) Well done sister! Liam is so lucky to have you as a mama! xo

    • Thanks, Angie! I still wish I could have seen your gorgeous Riding Hood party in person! The photos are so gorgeous!!!!

  2. Patricia,
    Only a” Mother” like You could have “Done It” !!!
    A Very Good & Excellant Accomplishment !!!!!
    We Love You’ll,
    PaPa & (NaNa)

    • Victoria- If you guys were still here, you would have SOOOO been invited! Our daughter still asks about open art!!! She really misses you guys!

    • Chrissy- haha! yes, I opted out of the cloud dough clean-up this year….after all, it WAS at MY house this year. haha!

  3. What an amazing party! Wish we could have been there. I know your sweet son and all the others will remember this for years to come!

    • Lisa- The party was only made possible because of YOUR amazing ideas to use the tablecloths as capes and to wrap the villains up with toilet paper!!!! We opted to use the crepe paper because I found a good bulk deal and it because it wouldn’t separate! haha!

  4. AMAZING!!! Hooray for you guys! I farm out my kids’ birthday parties to Anywhere That Isn’t At Home and Anywhere That I Don’t Have to Entertain Your Friends. We used to do the big-scale, backyard party with weeks of advance planning and craft-making and family bonding, but our life is so busy, now, it would just be a massive stress-fest for us. Fortunately, my kids prefer science party, so I can sort of feel like a good parent while the facilitator teaches them about fossils and animal tracks… sort of…. :-)

    • Desi- You are just slightly busy ,mom! When I was a working mom going to school, we did parties with just the three or four of us, a boxed mix cake, and the birthday song! That was all I could muster….so anything more than that, I would applaud! :)

  5. Your Gotham City is amazing! I’m thinking of creating that just to appease my Godzilla playing fantasy. Those buttercream frosted cupcakes look perfect – I’d never make them because I’d eat the whole batch.

    Wow – fantastic party. Great ideas! Thanks for the tips. You make it look SO easy.

    • If you do decide to do the dollar store cake stands, make sure you get brand-name, high quality super glue! It took us a few tries to find glue that would adhere and stay adhered! :)

  6. This party rocks!!!! How fun!!! I love everything! Your city is super cool and man can your husband spray paint! Wow! And I am totally taking your creative tip about the platters and candlesticks and using them this week for my daughter’s party! Perfect timing!

    And thanks for including a link to my party, very sweet of you considering that the hit of my party was the bubble wrap idea from yours!

    • Thanks, Megan! Super Hero party themes are about as much fun as they can be! You batman party was really beautiful! I wasn’t brave enough to try to pull together a 3D cake like you were, though! haha! Cake decorating is HARD! :)

    • Thank you, Mia! If by creative, you mean “cheap”, then I agree. hahaha! It is much easier to throw the party in my head if I make the items for it….otherwise, my Etsy bill would be unaffordable. :)

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