Our son was OBSESSED with Spider-Man at the time he turned four and he wanted nothing more than a Superhero party. I started compiling a list of details and was quickly overwhelmed. First word of advice, keep the decorations SIMPLE and GENERAL. It’s easier to find standard superhero stuff rather than ALL Spider-Man, or ALL Hulk, etc, etc, etc—this means putting together the decor is easier and you can focus on a specific superhero with the cake (which is really the centerpiece of the whole party anyway, if you ask me!)
I’m a HUGE fan of Etsy–I love going there for so many things but especially invitations. I found my invites pictured below there from MKelly Design. For $10 I bought my design and printed them at home on cardstock. They were perfect! (I’m pretty old school, I still like to mail invitations, but you could easily buy this design and email it out too!)
We hired the greatest Spider-Man from my friend Jenna at Face Candy Art & Entertainment.
This Spider-Man was not only SPOT on in the way he acted the part, but he really interacted with the kids and he ran a Superhero Training Camp that was incredible. The kids LOVED him. The look on my son’s face was totally priceless when he came in. We also hired Jenna to face paint the kiddos, now Jenna doesn’t face paint like anyone you’ve ever seen, she uses REAL makeup and she’s a PRO. Take a look at some of the faces she did (including my son below!) If you live in Connecticut and need a character for any party, definitely check her out, she has tons of characters that look really authentic and she runs a very professional shop.
I set up a backdrop in the house using a bedsheet I got at Walmart in light blue for the “sky” and then I made more buildings using black cardstock and yellow cardstock rectangles. I made a cloud out of paper, stuck that on and I used one of the oriental trading signs to complete the look. Each child got to take a pic with Spider-Man and we took a bunch of fun family pics too.
Check out my daughter, she wanted to be a tiger superhero and Jenna nailed it!
The Decor: What I Used
- I got most of our Superhero party supplies at Orientaltrading.com (shocking, right?) The Jumbo Superhero Word Cutouts signs were awesome, huge and really cheap. Our table also had this really cool tiered tray with holders for cones of snacks in the cityscape theme I wanted–again super affordable and easy. I filled ours with pretzels and goldfish. No Superhero table is complete without the city themed tablecloth which set the stage for the entire theme, it was perfect! I ordered plain red and blue paper plates (again, keep it simple) but if you wanted to order themed plates, why not?
- I loved the look of a cityscape behind the table, but I wasn’t about to pay $36 for a backdrop I’d never use again so I decided to take some cardboard boxes I had (shirt boxes and some shoe boxes) and I wrapped them in black craft paper from Michael’s and then I cutout rectangles on my cricut and glued them on to make buildings. This whole project took me about 20 minutes and it really gave a wow factor to the table and the mantle where I had more decorations set up.
- Banner: Thanks to the wonder of my cricut I was able to make a banner to go with the colors of my party (red and blue) and made a custom banner. If you don’t have a cricut (quick buy one or make friends with someone who has one!) then you can get banners like this on etsy. Something like this or this would work.
- My Son’s Toys! I used any Superhero/Spider-Man themed toys I could find to add to the table/mantle to just really take the theme up a notch.
- I knew I wanted capes for the kids but I wasn’t up for sewing and was trying to keep the DIY to a minimum when I came across this tutorial that shows you how to cut a cape from felt! It was so simple, I hammered out blue and red capes for each of the kids in no time. I took it one step further though…………..I used my cricut (man, I use this thing a lot!) to cut out the first letter of each child’s name in gold and silver glitter iron-on vinyl to personalize the capes. I secured the top with stick on Velcro pieces which was very easy as well. The capes turned out GREAT and were really cost effective since felt is so cheap! The kids loved having something custom made and really made them feel part of the Superhero training camp (more on that below!)
- I knew the look I wanted for this cake had to incorporate the cityscape and also Spider-Man. I knew there was no way I could hand-scuplt Spider-Man so I bought a gumpaste Spider-Man on amazon for $14. Exact look I wanted without the 5 hours of frustration that would have come if I tried to make him!
- Two tiered cake, the bottom tier was a 9″ three layer cake and the top tier was a 6″ three layer cake. Both vanilla butter cakes were filled with chocolate cream and iced with buttercream before being draped in fondant and decorated. To make the spider webs, I used thin black licorice rope (again thank you amazon because I had the hardest time finding this stuff near me!)
Hope you enjoyed checking our my Superhero Party!