Joshua just turned five, you guys. Five feels so huge! It really feels like just yesterday I was planning his Super Mario Super Birthday Party but no, nope. I was recently tasked with planning a FIFTH birthday party.
When I asked Joshua to pick a theme for this year’s birthday, he asked for a Superhero birthday party. Technically he asked for Avengers, but I like to put a personal spin on things and buying party packs doesn’t really let me do that.
Pear Tree Greetings has some perfect Superhero Birthday Invitations in their kids’ stationery line right now, and I knew that they would help me give Joshua a superhero birthday party with a twist. Invites! Ordered! BAM! (Disclosure: I’m a Pearista working with Pear Tree Greetings.)
I also threw some Superhero Thank You cards into the cart so that we can practice teaching gratitude and penmanship. (Being thankful and sensory practice! BOOM!)
And then I fell into full on party planning psychosis on Pinterest and we started the busiest month ever. EVER.
While I was browsing the Pear Tree site, I saw that they’ve recently launched a line of kids’ party decor and scoped it out. I found kids party decorations that matched the superhero invites and a coordinating set with a slightly different style. I bought them both and threw in some favor tags for good measure.
For food this year: Jimmy Johns subs, fruit, a veggie tray (which Dan labeled “decoration” because no one ever eats the veggies), and then chips and an assortment of dips. (Hummus, spinach, and guacamole.)
Ordinarily, I would DIY this, especially the decor, but remember, busiest month ever. So I bought the pre-printed paper goods and farmed out the food making nothing but cupcakes myself and then it became the semi-homemade party and I’m totally okay with that because it turned out so fun. (Please don’t call me Sandra Lee.)
In the midst of my party planning psychosis, I had wandered over to Etsy and bought a graphics file of comic book sounds. I used PicMonkey to make juice box and water bottle labels. I sent them to my local FedEx Office for printing and used glue dots to affix them.
While I was over on Etsy, I also stumbled upon these Avengers fondant cupcake toppers from seller Top My Cupcake. I bought them faster than you can blink because 1) they are AMAZING and 2) semi-homemade party and 3) AVENGERS.
The cupcake toppers arrived super quickly and were in excellent shape. I kept them refrigerated until just before it was time to put out the cupcakes on Sunday. The fondant was delicious.
(So was my homemade cream cheese icing. The FIRST EVER icing I have been able to make which hasn’t slid right off my cake. WIN!)
Seriously. Take a look at these!
For fun and favors, I roped Mama into helping me make capes and masks for the kiddos. And by “helping” I mean I called and pleaded with her to do it for me because NO TIME BUT SO CUTE. We picked color schemes for each Avenger and made capes to represent them. This cut down on the time and cost associated with appliqueing each character’s emblem on the back.
As a fun activity for the four 5 year olds at Joshua’s party, I had the idea to let them shoot silly string at one another like Spider-man. I also wanted to take a bean bag toss board and make it a Superhero bean bag toss game.
But the weather did not cooperate and neither did my time allotment or my budget. So that is how it came to be that 5 year olds were shooting silly string INSIDE MY HOUSE. The games were combined and fun was had. Only two adults had to leave the room to avoid hyperventilating about the mess these kids had a blast making.
Of course Emma the Tiny Destroyer chose the Hulk cape. Joshua chose Spider-man. We also had Thor, Ant Man, and Ironman. Batman made an appearance but his portrayer decided to go as Bruce Wayne instead.
This silly string might LOOK messy, but it cleaned up really easily. I let it dry just a little bit and then it wiped/swept right up. It didn’t stain the rug or anyone’s clothing and was really, really fun. I even caught a few adults sneaking sprays of silly string, at their kids and at one another.
When the Superhero Silly String Shootout was over, the kids headed into the playroom to play with toys.
Then it was time for cupcakes! Absolutely nothing about this picture is in focus, but MY KID IS FIVE. Much sniffling!
We were NOT allowed to sing “Happy Birthday” or say “Yay” or clap or anything other than watch him blow out the candles and then eat our cupcakes. Testy 5 year olds are testy.
After the kids played a little more, it was time to grab their party favors and go. Thanks to Target Dollar Spot and Amazon Prime, these came together for about $5/each.
Each contained: a pair of Avengers socks, a Pez dispenser, a cup, an activity book and a 4-pack of crayons, some Avengers temporary tattoos, and some stickers.
Here’s my defense of the party favors (and a picture of the super cute tags from Pear Tree Greetings).
When it was time to leave the party, the other kids didn’t want to go. (Because who WANTS to leave a party where fun things are happening, right? Right.)
There were threats of tears.
While some decry the party favor trend, I’m a fan. The party favors helped usher the kids out the door with a little bit of distraction and a lot less waterworks.
And that is how we celebrated Joshua turning 5 with a Superhero birthday party! Now to get ready for Emma’s 2nd birthday…
(It’s okay if you’re not a fan of throwing a big party like this for your kid. I readily admit that I throw these parties because I WANT to and not because Joshua cares if I’m throwing them. I didn’t grow up having birthday parties, really, so this is fun for me. I like doing it. This post from my girl Jill pretty much sums up what I’m trying to say here.)
I’m a Pearista with Pear Tree Greetings. The Pear Tree products featured in this post were sent to me as part of our partnership. I love, love, love Pear Tree Greetings and their commitment to helping people tell stories and am excited to be working with them this year.