So remember when I said Brady wanted a bowling party? Wellll, none of us could get really excited about that, so we asked him if he'd rather have a superhero party at home instead...he agreed (oh and also may have been persuaded by a water slide too ;) When I saw THIS party on the HWTM blog, I knew instantly I wanted to recreate it. When I showed Brady the photos, he was SO excited, so I knew it was the right choice. We only had a little over a week to prepare (lots of credit goes to my Mom who is my savior for this kind of stuff!), but we managed to pull it off.
We stole borrowed lots of the ideas from the HWTM blog. Mom made the buildings w/empty boxes covered w/wrapping paper and used electrical tape and a sharpie for the windows. I cut the black polka dots with my Silhouette and she painstakingly lined them all up and stuck them on the backdrop with the big "Super B" emblem (also made by Mom). She also saved the day with those superhero masks for all the kids. Brady ate his breakfast in his yesterday...it's safe to say he loved that part ;)
The cupcakes were my job and I found this font, which made making the little "b" emblems super easy!
The cake stand and other decorations were my job to tackle too. In the inspiration party, I'm pretty sure the base was made of cake and fondant decorations, but I'm not that great with icing, so I opted to use a round hat box instead. My Silhouette came to the rescue again with cutting the city scape. I cut it in black and then again in red, blue and yellow. I added the windows with a black pen and then layered the colored buildings over the black ones. The decorations on the shelves are all from Brady's room (lucky for us, he already likes superheroes an awful lot ;). I stole one of Tom's old Superman comic books (he has a TON!) and made some pinwheels from the pages (AFTER I checked the value of the comic on ebay to make sure it wasn't worth a fortune. lol) The marshmallows were a must and Brady's been talking about those since I made them for Valentine's Day. The "pow" flags were super easy to make in photoshop with the help of another great font.
For favors, the boys all got a lenticular Spiderman puzzle (yay Target dollar spot!) and the girls each got a pack of Wonderwoman/Supergirl silly bands. I made the tags in photoshop, printed them onto cardstock and punched them with my trusty circle punch.
The beauty of having a water slide is that you don't have to do anything activity wise for the kids. My boys were on it for 5 hours straight. It's always such a huge hit!
He had a blast, which makes it all worthwhile...before he went to bed that night, he said "Mom, I had the coolest party ever!". Love that boy. Happy Birthday, buddy!