The Perfect Superhero Party (For Us Anyway)

I have been thinking for months that 2011 has not been my best year. While I am very much the eternal optimist at heart, 2011 has shown that I do have a pessimistic side and that it rears its ugly head when things don’t go the way that I want them to go.

What in the world does this have to do with a Superhero party? Are you worried it was a flop? Well, don’t.

This year has given me two really fabulous days of spring weather for the two most perfect and loved children in my world. I have had the good fortune of beautiful weather in March and April to celebrate my kids’ birthday parties… something that I really never thought would happen in their lifetimes, much less in the same year. So, 2011 delivers.:)

While all of the fun activities, decorations, and food made for a great Superhero party… the weather is totally what made it incredible… and possible. So, thank you Mother Nature or God or whomever I should be thanking. I would complain about the horrible wind, but I just can’t. The wind was blowing hard all day, even going so far as to knock the kids’ plates off of the table while they were eating, but it also kept us cool on an 80+ degree day in April. So, no, I won’t complain at all.

Here is how we planned an incredible superhero party. I knew I wanted an awesome party, but I had no idea how awesome it could be until I ran across a description of a birthday party online that outlined Jake’s dream party. As soon as I saw it, I e-mailed it to Cilla and said, “I have to do this. I would be a horrible mom if I don’t. How can I NOT do this for Jake?” Cilla was in complete agreement that this just had to happen. While I tweaked the party ideas outlined in the description, I have to say, I stuck with a lot of the suggestions. So, please visit the party description here to read about it… because I totally didn’t come up with this stuff on my own, at all. I have always said that I can create, but someone else has to give me the ideas… and this mom did. So, nameless woman who submitted this all online, thank you!

I digress.

The party was a Superhero Training party.

The children were all invited via e-mail (again a money and time-saver, especially since all of the guests are close friends and family). We picked a date that worked with everyone and a time that was manageable for people traveling in for the party. Each child was asked to select a hero that they would be.

I started planning the training. My favorite part of this entire process was when I had to find a person to play the villain. As soon as I read through the description of the party to Brad, we started laughing. We both looked at each other and said, “Bret has to be the villain.” I didn’t mention it to Cilla at first, because I wanted to see what she would say about the entire party before asking. Her response to my initial e-mail was:  “You know that Bret would be the perfect bad guy and would LOVE every minute of it.” I didn’t even have to ask him… he was just naturally selected and pushed into that role. If you don’t know Bret, he’s the instigator of all kids… you know… the guy that makes your kids all shriek and scream… the one that you can’t wait to do the same to his kids when they are about to go to sleep. Oh yes, payback is going to be fun.   Even though, after this weekend, I think I really do owe him… so maybe I won’t “pay him back” quite as much. He totally made the party.:)

Anyway…  the training session would require us to be outside. So, I have been doing anti-rain dances for April 10th since early March. While Bailey’s party was more fun outside, we could have managed inside. Jake’s party, on the other hand, HAD to be outside to be as successful. We had to have the swing set and trampoline for the obstacle course.

And here is how it all went down.

The kids entered their “Superhero Training Office” on one of our three tiers for our deck. I had it decorated with Wanted posters for the villains, a desk, some superhero toys, a pretend laptop, and a poster of all the superheroes. We let the kids play around while they waited for everyone to arrive.

Since we knew some of our guests were going to be late, we went ahead and served the food. This is where the wind gave us a few problems, but we just went with it anyway. For food, we served “Peter Parker’s Pizza, Superman Shrimp, and Wonderwoman’s (Chicken) Nuggets (tee-hee).” We also had carrots, which were marked “For X-Ray Vision,” strawberries, which were marked “For Super Health,” celery, which was marked “For Hulk Strength,” and bananas, which were marked “For Iron Heart.” Again, the kids really probably didn’t care about the labels on the food… it was all for me.:)

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My favorite thing in the world, though, was the cake. Cilla and I found some amazing cakes online (isn’t it great to have a best friend?). When I found some I just loved, I e-mailed a friend of mine and asked her if she could do one for me. I wanted to try it myself, SO much, but I just knew I didn’t have the time and I was worried that I couldn’t perfect it. I am so glad that I ordered from Aaron. She did a great job with it… and it was delicious. So, if you are looking for someone to do a cake for you in the central or northern Kentucky area, please get in touch with Aaron at Sugar Bell Cakes  – check her out on Facebook here .

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Everyone had not quite arrived, but the kids were getting restless, so we got the villain into his costume and I introduced everyone to the Superhero Training Camp. I told them that they were going to work hard to prove themselves as superheroes today and would earn their superhero cape, mask, and wristbands during the party.

As I said this, our villain jumped out and yelled something to the effect of “Hahahaha! I am going to ruin this birthday party for Superman Jake and all of his superhero friends!” As he exited, he pulled out a cart filled with water balloons and said, “These bombs will ruin everything!”

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After he left (out the fence), we coached the kids to “destroy the bombs.” They knew exactly what to do… and Bailey enjoyed throwing one right at my mom.:)

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Once they completed that, they were awarded their Superhero Wristbands.

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I told them that we had to get prepared for the villain to come back and we all needed to do our training so that we could earn our capes and protect ourselves from the evil villain.

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This is where the obstacle course came into play. The kids had to climb the ladder like Spiderman, fly down the slide like Iron Man, swing on the hand swing like Robin, fly on the swing (on their belly) like Superman, run as fast as they could to the fence like the Flash, and crawl through the batcave (under our trampoline we hung toy bats and covered the outside with black tablecloths).

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Then, they were awarded their capes. We let each child go through individually so that everyone could cheer each other on.

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As the last child finished the obstacle course, the villain came back. This time, he dropped green Kryptonite (green rocks) to defeat the superheroes “once and for all.” As he left (after Jake stopped chasing him down with a horrible snear on his face – so cute), we showed the children to use kitchen tongs to pick up one rock (each) and place them in the “biohazard” container that was our small cooler.

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Once all of the Kryptonite was removed, the children were awarded their masks and instructed to protect their identities at all times.

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The villain re-entered to “steal the cake and ruin the party” and we gave all of the children cans of silly string. This was probably every child’s favorite part of the day.:)After they had sprayed the villain completely, the police officer, aka Dad, came in to arrest him. Of course, Bailey and Jake could not resist spraying him, too, despite Brad’s arguments that he was the “good guy.”

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Once the villain was removed (to change clothes and join the party), the superheroes were all cheered for and told to come eat cake and ice cream!

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As for the props for the actual party, most of it was homemade or printed. I made the capes, masks, and wristbands. Those served as the party favors, too, so I went ahead and embroidered the children’s names on their capes so that they could take them home and wear them. Jake’s was the ultimate cape, complete with every one of his favorite superhero’s logo on it. He was so proud.

We printed out the wanted posters, the BAM and POW labels, and I used a lot of Jake’s toys (since he has everything superhero-related) and posters to complete the look. Balloons added to the festive feel, as did the red and blue table runners for the deck (again, still not painted). Brad made a fun CD of Superhero music that I plan to send to each of the party attendees as a Thank You gift (yes, if you came to the party, watch your mailboxes!).

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And, that was it. The kids had a blast. I was completely exhausted (as in went to bed at 8:30 p.m. that night), but Jake had a fabulous birthday party and that made it all worth it. Thank you so much to our friends and family who came and helped… and if you need ideas or suggestions or help in anyway planning a superhero party, let me know!:)

So happy that these two superheroes can keep fighting crime… and making me smile everyday!:)

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Andrea - September 6, 2011 - 10:27 am

Aww! Thanks! So glad that you liked it! And, yes, my son still goes on and on about it. He even remembers the little details – melts my heart and makes me so happy that I went ahead and took the time to do some of the things that I didn’t have to do!

Correen - September 4, 2011 - 8:38 pm

Oh my goodness. I just happened upon your post as I was writing an article about Making My Own Superhero. Loved your creativity and all the photos. What you have created for your son will never be forgotten by him and all the party-goers. I bet you are still pooped after pulling that one off. 😉

Aaron - April 15, 2011 - 9:11 pm

Andrea Thank you so much for letting me do the cake for Jake. I am so glad that you and your family enjoyed it! Sounds like everyone had a great time :-)

Andrea - April 13, 2011 - 11:20 am

Haha! :) You girls are too sweet. It was a lot of fun… but I definitely need a little hiatus from birthday party planning. :)

Kelly - April 13, 2011 - 10:52 am

Wow – how awesome was that! I LOVE it! :) Can you plan my kids b-day parties?? lol :)

Sara - April 13, 2011 - 10:34 am

What an adorable, creative party!

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