Over this past year, Mikey became obsessed with superheroes so it was no surprise when he requested a superhero birthday party. Some of you may recall from that unexpectedly popular post back in March that he specifically requested Batman as a party guest. (He later added Iron Man and Captain America to that list.) Now, here’s the thing. I know it’s kind of become trendy to throw giant parties every year, preferably with built-in “entertainment” for the kids, and that’s totally fine if that’s how your family rolls. For us, we have a general plan of “big” parties for ages 1, 5, 10, 16, and the other birthdays as definitely special, but more low-key.
Well, this birthday was a #5, and I have to tell you it was hard to say who was most excited about it all – Mikey, me or Hubby. 😛 In our usual way, we did a little DIY, a little store shopping, and a whole lot of Pinterest.
And here are the photos! 😀
Not even going to lie, Hubby totally stole the show with his DIY cityscapes. I had seen a very simple cardboard one painted black on Pinterest, which I showed Hubby. But he was all, “Awww, come on, sweetheart, I want to use MAN tools, and some ARTISTRY!” I very wisely left him to it, and we ended up with this:
While we’re at the table, I kept things very simple food-wise – chicken nuggets for the kids and wings for the adults, shrimp cocktail, a fruit platter (aka Captain America’s shield!), salsa & chips, and cupcakes for dessert. The cupcakes were (in my mind) a pretty ridiculous splurge for a kid party, but seeing all those kids go wild over them definitely justified it. Right? (Just say yes. Thank you.)
I downloaded the Avengers birthday banner from Etsy and printed the comic words for free. I got the tablecloth, and blue streamy things at Party City, the cups from Target, and the yellow lanterns from Amazon. The Marvel hero figures Mikey had been collecting for a while, and got a couple more as birthday gifts.
I found these paper masks on Amazon, and threw in a couple plastic ones we already had. My aunt whipped up a whole bunch of superhero capes in various colors, so when the kids arrived, they chose their hero mask and cape for the party. (These doubled as favors, and they were a huge hit with the littles. Highly recommend if you’re ever doing a superhero party. They were wearing their capes for weeks afterward. haha) PS, yes, Hubby also made mini skyscapers out of shoeboxes. I.Cant.Even. <3
In case you were wondering… yes, the Superheroes came to Mikey’s party!!! 😀
Hubby had the brilliant idea to put on a robber mask and run into the party chased by the heroes, which was all very exciting and was reenacted several times over the rest of the day. 😛
I am sure there are people for “hire” to play characters at kid parties, but we were incredibly blessed by 3 friends offering to do it for Mikey… and putting on an absolutely epic performance. (Thank you all again. You’re wonderful!)
Some more party moments…
All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful day, full of precious memories and lots of happy faces. Like with so many things, I love that we all had as much fun with the process of creating as we did at the actual event.
Happy, Happy Birthday, my baby boy. You might be “too old to say Mama now” (sniff sniff) but you will always be my baby! Mommy and Daddy love you! 🙂