Ok, yes this party happened back in June and I am just now getting around to blogging about it...no judging please! :-)
I will admit this party was a lot of work ahead of time, but in the end it was SO much fun and totally worth it. I actually think the adults ended up having just as much fun as the kids did! Looking back I am realizing we didn't get pictures of everything in action so I will do my best to fill in the missing pieces for you.
First off for the invitations. I knew I wanted to do something along the lines of a newspaper and found some amazing inspiration on Pinterest. I bought a booklet of newsprint, designed the invitation and then my local Kinkos was able to print directly onto the newsprint for me. It turned out exactly how I imagined it!
To start the party off, all the kids had to make their training gear (aka. capes and masks). We purchased t-shirts, jewels, fabric glue and glitter paper from Hobby Lobby and the foam masks came from Target. Before the day of the party I got the t-shirts cut into a cape shape and glued the shape and beginning letter of each child's name onto the backs. (You can download a .PDF of the shape template I made here.) This way all the kids had to do was decorate their cape and mask with jewels.
Now for the really fun part...the training stations! I found most of my inspiration for these on Pinterest and will do my best to link to all the original sources at the end of the post.
In total, the kids had 8 different stations they had finish in order to complete their "training". I made training passes attached to a lanyard for each child to wear around their neck. At the end of each station their training pass would get stamped.
These are something I didn't get a close up picture of, but this is the front side of the training passes. The back side had the other four stations. These were cut out, hole punched and attached to a lanyard.
To stamp the training passes I used this set of stamps that I found at Target.
Now for the training stations details. The kids went through all the stations together led by Batman and his assistant, Catwoman.
At this station the kids were working on their mind strength. A jar was filled with candy and they had to guess how many pieces there were. The person who guessed the closest got to take the jar of candy home.
Find the Villain
For this station each child received a "Hero" card that had a picture of a hero on it along with pictures of three villains.
The villian cards were hidden around the yard. As soon as they found their three villian cards this portion of their training was complete.
"Kryptonite" (Foil balls spray painted lime green) was hidden all over the yard. The person that found the most kryptonite in one minute won.
This, by far, was my favorite station of the training and I wish we had more pictures. Spiderman (Uncle Joel with a Spiderman mask on and armed with cans of Silly String "web") chased the kids and tried to catch them in his web. If they got caught in the web they had to freeze. The only way they could get unfrozen was if someone got all the web off of them. I don't know if I had more fun watching "Spiderman" try and get the kids or the kids trying to get web off of each other as fast as they could!
For this station I made a target with three holes in it from a cardboard box. The kids took turns trying to toss balls into the holes.
The goal of this station was to fine tune their shield throwing abilities by knocking down a tower of tin cans covered with Superhero logos with a "shield" (Captain America Frisbee).
Leap Tall Buildings
At this station their task was, as the name says, to leap over tall buildings (Cardboard boxes of various heights painted to look like buildings). To make the "buildings" I spray painted the front of the boxes all yellow. Once that dried I put sticky notes on to make the windows and doors and then spray painted the boxes all black. Once that dried, I peeled off the sticky notes which left the yellow windows and doors.
For this station I hung pictures of villains from a tree. The kids were given a squirt gun and had to "vaporize" the villains by squirting them. This one was a little tricky because a slight breeze made for moving targets.
This wasn't a part of their official training, but we had to throw in a few flying lessons as well.
Once all the stations were complete, each "hero" earned a ring to signify the completion of their training.
That's it for the training stations!
Of course after working so hard on all of their super hero skills meant we had a lot of hungry superheroes on our hands! To remedy that we had "hero" sandwiches, chips, bananas, bottled water and cake pops.
For the sandwich labels I purchased some round blank stickers, designed the labels and printed them on my home printer.
I found the water bottle wraps on Pinterest, but I actually ended up recreating them myself and adding one of Wonder Woman because she is my daughter's favorite and she wasn't included in the set.
To make the cake pops I purchased a cake pop maker from Hobby Lobby. If you choose to buy this be sure to use one of their weekly 40% off coupons!
I tried out a lot of the recipes they provide and the lemon really is the best. You might be tempted to try using a box cake mix, but I'm going to save you some time, money and disappointment and tell you...PLEASE DON'T! I tried it and it doesn't work at all! Just stick with the recipes that come with the cake pop maker. :-)
I found the superhero cake pop toppers on Etsy. I thought they were super cute and it was only $4.00 for a set of 12!
Phew!!! I think that's everything! To see future projects of mine head over to my Facebook page and give me a like.
If you have a birthday party coming up, or any event for that matter, I would love to design some custom pieces for you to make it extra special! Feel free to check out some of my other work or contact me for a quote!
Resources and Inspiration
Sandwich Labels, Food Labels and Cake Pops:
Cake Pop Maker:
Water Bottle Wraps:
Super Man and Super Girl Rings:
Superhero Cupcake Toppers: