Sunday, October 24, 2010

Superhero Birthday

Just like most boys his age, Stephen loooooves superheroes.  So naturally, he chose to have a super hero party for his 5th birthday.

the invitation
Printing on regular copy paper gave this invitation a more authentic newspaper feel.  Be sure to "age" the page with our photo editing software first though!  Here's a blank version of the Daily Planet for your use.

If you'd like to use the happy birthday comic found on the bottom of this invitation, click here.  I've added it without a name so you can add your own!  Enjoy!

Stephen was so proud of this invitation and his depiction of the Man of Steel.  He studied the original image of Christopher Reeve very carefully before posing.

the cake
Two layered cake, cookie "buildings" and plastic Wolverine claws coming up through the center.

the decorations

 Red, blue and yellow were the colors of the day.  The fun comic terminology made for fun decor as well.  Bam!  Pow!  Zap!  signs hung above the table and made up part of the placemat collection.  Secret identities were safe with the masks and capes that hung from the back of each chair, graciously made by a dear friend of mine.  Superhero themed candy filled the jars on the table.

The food table added to the decor.

the food
Guests enjoyed a Super Hero Sandwich, Fantastic Four Food Groups (cheese, crackers, pepperoni and grape platter), The Penguin's Breakfast (Goldfish crackers), Peanut Butter Bat-wiches (sandwiches cut with a bat shaped cookie cutter), Daredevil-ed Eggs, Green Goblin Guacamole & The Human Torch Spicy Salsa (w/ tortilla chips), Superman's X-Ray Vision Carrots, Capt America's Fruit Kabobs and Catwoman's Claws (Bugles).  I made the food tags shaped like conversation bubbles and taped them to some of Stephen's little superhero figurines.

the favors 
Guests were treated to a Candy Bar as a thank you for joining us.  The "building" in the center is made up of multiple 3" squared boxes.  Each guest filled a box with their favorites from this selection of red, blue and yellow candy.  Not only was it a yummy treat, but added lots to the decor of the party.

the game
As the invitation warns, Dr. Doom did make an appearance at the party!  Luckily we were all armed with our Spidey-Shot!  I bought cans of Silly String at our local Dollar Tree and made custom labels for them.  The kids had the best time chasing Dr. Doom down!

Add Spidey Shot labels to your Silly String!  Image available here.

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  1. Love your party! I am currently planning a superhero party for my little guy and was hoping to do an invitation similar to yours. I'm having trouble finding a "Daily Planet" logo, though. The only one I found was in .cdr format, and I need .jpg. Can you point me in the right direction, by chance?

  2. Where did you get the super hero birthday party comic picture from? I would love to use it!

  3. I found the birthday comic online. I edited it to add Stephen's name. I've added a link to it, without a name, so you can add your own. See above, just below the invitation.

  4. Where did you get the placemats?

  5. I made the placemats. I printed the images then laminated them.

  6. So creative, this party looks amazing, the decorations are incredible!

  7. when i try to click on the link for the spider silly shots it doesnt take me anywhere????
    amazing party i am sure everyoen had a blast!!!

  8. Hmmm... it's working for me. I'd be happy to email it to you if you contact me at

  9. This is awesome. Love that most of it is DIY which I am really in to. Thanks so much for sharing. My boy turns 5 in January 2014 and I can't wait to use some of your ideas for his party!

  10. Where can I find inexpensive candy jars? I love the idea of a candy bar instead of favors but all the jars I've found are too expensive to buy that many.....

    1. My collection has grown over the years. Some are dollar store vases, others I bought at craft stores, most often using their discount coupons available online.

  11. What software did you use to "age" the invitation. I just designed one for my nephew, but would love to age it

    1. I used the "aged newspaper" Artist Effects in Corel Paint Shop Pro X.