A few weeks ago, we threw CheezWaster a Super Hero themed birthday party in the hall of our church. He is a huge fan of X-men, Spiderman and Iron Man. Since we invited his entire nursery school class, I wanted to do a really fun party.
First, I made invitations using the Create Your Own Comic feature on Marvelkids.com. I made a three panel comic strip. The first panel read: Are You Ready to HERO UP! and save the day for CheezWaster’s 4th Birthday? The second panel listed the time and location of the party. The third panel listed the RSVP details. In each panel, I inserted a background and 2 Super Hero Squad characters. These turned out really great and were all but free. I only needed to purchase a pack of Card Stock on which to print them.
Next, came the decorations. It was near impossible to find Super Hero Squad stuff, so I used a mix of various super heroes. I managed to find some Super Hero Squad tables cloths and paper goods on Ebay (Hallmark’s Party Express makes them, but you need to find a place that carries this stuff. You can not order directly from Party Express unless you have a wholesalers number). The rest of the decorations and paper goods came from Party City (Wolverine) and Oriental Trading (Spiderman, Silver Surfer).
I ordered some decorations online – these are available from various party sellers online – as well as some posters which I found at PosterRevolution.com. I also used the mini posters that come in the packages of the Super Hero Squad toys.
For the activites of the party, we had each table set up with super hero balloons and printed Marvel maze/puzzle dittos which I photocopied from a Marvel Activity Coloring Book. I also found Iron Man, Spiderman and Hulk crayons at my local Dollar Tree store. I included these on the table in case one of the kids did not want to or could not participate in the obstacle course – or if the parents got bored.
Upon their arrival, the first activity we had the kids do was to make their own Super Hero Cape. I found an inexpensive lot of 24 black capes on Amazon from a company called Making Believe. I purchased sticky back felt from which I cut shapes like stars, hearts, flowers, lightning bolts, shields and circles. I also found online sticky back felt letters and numbers.
After each child was outfitted with their very own Super Hero Cape, we had them run through an obstacle course which included 1) crawling through the Camo Tunnel, 2) running through the rings of fire, 3) finding a fractal, and 4) stringing up a villain.
I purchased the Camo Tunnel online at Overstock.com. I made the rings of fire using hula hoops to which I binder clipped flame material purchased from Walmart. I also bought hoop stands online, but the kids were so excited to run the course, the hoop stands were not as effective as I had hoped. My mom wound up holding the rings up while the kids went through them (as shown above). For the find a fractal portion (If you don’t know what a fractal is, it probably means you’ve never seen Super Hero Squad), I bought green glow sticks at Party City and each kid had to find one in a slightly darkened room. The pack I bought came with chord to make the glow sticks into necklaces and the kids flipped over this! We also hid 2 large Kryptonite glow sticks which I purchased on clearance after Halloween. The kids that found them got a special prize – a Spiderman and Friends Super Hero puzzle I found at the Dollar Tree store. The posters in the decoration picture above have 1 side of good guys and 1 side of villains. For the last part of the obstacle course, we gave each kid a can of silly string and had them shoot it at the villains – another big hit (and surprisingly not as big of a mess as I thought it would be). I also had a Super Hero Squad bop bag out for decoration, which the kids demolished – literally. The thing was leaking water from the internal bladder that weights it down. Needless to say after the party, that went into the garbage – but the kids had fun beating the hell out of it.
My husband and I each wore shirts that said Super Hero Academy. I printed this logo found online onto iron-on transfer paper and ironed it onto plain blue t-shirts.
For the food, in the beginning of the party we had out snacks of a Pretzel Tray from a local pretzel shop, cheezdoodles, a veggie tray and a fruit tray. For lunch, we served pizza, pb&j and turkey/ham/cheese sandwiches. I had soda, juice and iced tea for drinks. We ordered CheezWaster an Iron Man Cake from Wegmans. The Iron Man on this lit up and spun.
For goodie bags, I used Super Hero Squad treat bags purchased off of Ebay. I filled them with a bunch of Marvel Super Hero Candy (taffy, lollipops and gum tape) that I found at the Dollar Tree store (also available at online candy shops). I also included Super Hero Squad tattoos found online at Amazon, Marvel grow a washcloths found at the Dollar Tree Store, and little Marvel figures found at the Christmas Tree Shoppes. With the goodie bags, we gave each child a certificate stating they had completed Super Hero Training Academy and were officially Heroes. I used the FREE certificate maker (Fantastic option) here.
All in all, I think the kids had a great time. We received many compliments from the parents of CheezWaster’s classmates. Despite a lot of time, effort and research, I really had a TON of fun putting this party together!
A side note – If you don’t want to buy a professional cake, my mom made this VERY SIMPLE X-men Cake for CheezWaster’s birthday night at my parents’ house.