I have two superhero mad boys here in my house, so when I started planning their party earlier in the year a superhero theme was a no-brainer. Max loves all of the superheros and super villians, he has so much fun playing with his various figurines and mini figures and asks us to read him one of the avenger stories every night. Lincoln doesn’t know all of the superheroes yet, but does love to walk around banging into things and saying ‘hulk smash’.
Max and Lincoln’s birthdays are only two weeks apart and this year (for the first time) I decided to host a joint birthday party for them. Max chose to be Thor for his costume and we chose Hulk for Lincoln (thanks to his love of all things hulk smash!).
Right from when I started planning I knew I wanted the styling to be comic book style superheroes. All the speech bubbles and bang, pow, pops are so cute!
The backdrop was a team effort DIY by my husband and me. I bought two large pieces of timber (I want to say ply, but it was cheaper and lighter in weight than ply), then sketched out my skyline before painting the whole thing. I just used craft paint, no priming or sealing as it just needed to last the day. Once it was dry Sean and I stuck on all the little windows and made the superhero logos from card stock. It was one of those things that was really easy, but still had a huge impact.
Invitations – 2 Bird Studios
Hulk Hands – Target
Garlands and Backdrop – DIY
Cake Toppers, Bam Pow Pop Stickers, Water Bottle Labels – B Squared Design
Popcorn Boxes – Gem’s Wedding Supplies
Jelly Toppers – Free Printables
Cupcake Cases – Paper Eskimo
Napkins and Cups – Pink Frosting
Party Bag Printables – Paixao Designs
Paper Straws – Light & Co
What People Ate
I kept the food really simple, partly because it was a 2pm party and also because my husband kept going on about the good old days of party pies, sausage rolls and fairy bread. I didn’t go quite that old school, but still managed to keep it pretty simple. My mum and I made everything ourselves, Captain America fairy bread, jello cups, iced spiderman cookies, Thor’s hammers made from rice krispie treats, buttered popcorn, lollies, cupcakes, fresh fruit and the birthday cake.
What People Drank
Over on the drinks table I served bottled water with superhero labels, apple cordial and soft drinks & sparkling water for the adults. I also included the party bags over on the drink table, which I decorated with these fun superhero comic cutouts. I found black and white spotted cups that I like and added the stickers myself.
Now the birthday cake definitely isn’t the most elegant or artistic cake, not by any stretch of the imagination. But it’s homemade and that’s something that’s important to me. My mum always made my birthday cakes, and I love to do the same for my boys. It’s three layers of vanilla sponge, filled and iced with buttercream. Decorated with candles, superhero toppers and black fondant circles.
Activities / Games
For the games I built a ‘brick’ wall and gave the kids some giant hulk hands, you should have seen the little ones (especially the boys) having a ball smashing down the wall. By far the cheapest and most fun entertainment I’ve ever seen! We also had some of the dad’s pretend to be super villans so that the kids to could chase them down, capture them and tie them to chairs with crepe paper. Max declared that the best game he had ever played in his life. Oh to be five again!