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Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Ready to feast your eyes on something SUPER FANTASTIC?! Okay good… because this AMAZING Roy Lichtenstein-inspired Vintage Pop Art Superhero party that Maureen (of talented party duo Anders Ruff) designed for her son is exactly that… and super-creative in every way!

There are so many inspiring details and DIY project ideas featured here that it’s hard to pick a place to begin, so I’ll just rattle off a few to help set the scene… DIY cityscape backdrop on the dessert table complete with 3D skyscrapers? Check. HERO sandwiches served in comic book style gable boxes? Check. Squared-off candy containers dressed up with cardstock windows to resemble buildings? Check. An array of the most ridiculously cute desserts possible? Yep!

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

I could go on and on about the details, but as they say – “A picture is worth a thousand words.” – and I think that rings especially true for comic books! So scroll down for TONS more fun party pics (as captured by Becca Bond) + ALL the inspiring creative details, as told by Maureen

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

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PARTY DETAILS from Maureen

“Being in the “party business”, I always have a vision for what I’d love to do for my own kids’ birthday parties… and of course it usually doesn’t align with what they actually want! My son, Pierson, could not be talked out of having a “Super Hero” party, and although I’m always trying to steer clear of commercial characters, I knew I could take a “Super Hero” party in a whole new direction!

I’ve always been a fan of the striking & vintage aesthetic of Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art, so  I decided to have a “Vintage Pop Art” theme to the party. Most moms to boys end up having a super hero party of some sort at one time or another, and I wanted to show that you can have a really interesting, cool & fresh superhero party without having to use commercial characters.

We decided to make this a “Super Pierson” theme and the graphics helped to mold the decor throughout the whole party.  I designed a “Super P” graphic that would be repeated throughout the party.  We also brought in some of the icons” of superheros and the traditional big city skyline.  Patterns used throughout the party and graphics were representative of old comic books and included halftone patterns, as well as classic “benday dots” (Lichtenstein’s trademark).

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE PARTY:
The invitation sent out featured the “Super P” logo along with a vintage skyline and halftone pattern.  “Help Pierson save his 3rd birthday” was the tag line. I mixed in comic fonts and layers of patterns to create the “Comic” and Pop Art effect.  I embellished the envelope with a return address label that was a conversation bubble, and then a halftone pattern “to” label. We love printing on the glossy labels from onlinelabels.com.

The colors we focused on were aqua, red and yellow mixed with black and white.  These colors were great to work with because we were able to find loads of paper products and melamine plates with black/white dots that were perfectly fitting for the party.

Decorative tables included: 1 main dessert table, 1 candy bar table, and a favor table.

The main dessert table featured a large “Super P” logo on the black/white polkadot backdrop.  The table also featured “buildings” of varying heights in the red/blue and white colors. These buildings reflected the graphics that we used on the printables.  To make them, I purchased boxes of all sizes at my local Home Depot, wrapped them with large scale paper, and added “windows” windows using electrical tape and black cardstock punched with square punches.  The desserts were displayed mainly on white lacquer wooden boxes that had black etched trim and a very “POP” vibe.

The focal point of the Candy Bar was a Pop Art style graphic poster (printed by 702signguy.com) that I drew from a photograph of Pierson in his cape/mask. I also added a “conversation bubble” that said “Super Pierson!”.  I found clear squared containers in different heights and embellished them with with “windows” made from cardstock to make them look like buildings. I filled them with candies of the colors from the party (red, yellow, aqua/blue).  We had a conversation bubble sign encouraging guests to fill treat bags with candies to take home as a favor.

The favor table had bags of red/blue popcorn, Cookie pops (by The Cookie Jar) and bagged cookies, as well as cake truffle pops that were embellished with a “POP” party flag.  The treats were displayed in the white laquer boxes that we lined with black/white polka dot wrapping paper.  Cookies were bagged in cello bags and tied with a favor hangtag (from our printable package).

Superhero capes were personalized with each child’s initial, and masks were placed at each childs’ table setting.

Lunches were served in white gable boxes that were embellished with a black/white city skyline label that we printed.  The skyline graphic had a callout bubble that said “Happy 3rd Birthday Super Pierson” and “Don’t Forget to eat your Vegetables”.  The children had markers at their table so they could color their lunch box.  We also attached a pop art personalized luggage tag with their name that we printed and laminated.

– The lunch box held a HERO sandwich labeled with a “turkey” pop art logo, and a fruit cup embellished with a printable label on the lid… a conversation bubble design that read either “mmm” or “yum”.

– Birthday boy “Super Pierson” had a special eco pop art lunch bag from Urban Harmonie Designs.

Drink wraps with city skyline graphics and a “Super P logo” adorned small kids-sized water bottles.

– I wrapped my bar with aqua ribbon and lined the top of the bar with black/white polkadot wrapping paper.

Layered Jello shots (non- alcoholic, of course!) for the kids: We stuck printable logos on toothpicks out of the jello shots.  These were placed on the candy bar.

“POP” can candies were placed at each child’s table setting.  I found these cute little pop can candy containers at the dollar store near us and wrapped them with a printable sticker that said “Pop”.  The kids loved these!

“HEROs” were served for lunch. I created labels for each type of sandwich using the same style graphic from the printables – labeled them ham or turkey.  Stuck a conversation bubble that said “Heros” out of the sandwich tray.

The amazing tiered cake was designed by Got What It Cakes – a city skyline layer and benday dots layer topped off with a “Yum” conversation bubble on top!

Two Sugar Babies came up with fondant toppers out of the “Super P” logo.  We used cupcake wrappers in coordinating colors by Bella Cupcake Couture.”

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ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS:
– When the children arrived, they were directed to the red “London-style” telephone booth a DIY project that I made using a refrigerator box! – where they would transform from their secret identity to their super hero character.

– We gave all of the children a cape with their own super logo appliqued on the back and a mask. Pierson’s cape and mask were custom made from Kid Kapers.  I also made Super Hero sticker logos for each child’s initial that they could put on their shirt.

– We had a home Photo Booth for the children to have their pictures taken. We made a fake barbell weight (another DIY project) that the kids could pretend to be lifting over their heads. We also had hand-held signs that said “Boom” and “Pow”.  The backdrop was the polkadot/benday dot pattern that was repeated on the dessert table. We also had a printed “conversation bubble” on the backdrop the said “Happy 3rd Birthday Super Pierson”.

– I drew the pop art poster of Pierson and had it blown up in black and white – the children played “Pin the logo on Super Pierson” where they would try to stick their own super logo on top of Pierson’s super logo!

– I designed a 10-ft long city skyline graphic scene that I had printed on large blueprint scale paper in black and white for the children to color.  I posted this “graffiti wall” poster under my bar.  The children were allowed to color the city skyline.  This was a huge hit for the kids!

– We had yellow/red/blue cardboard bricks that the kids enjoyed building walls with and then breaking through them like a super hero!

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VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:
– Event Styling, Graphic Design & Printables – Anders Ruff Custom Designs
– Photography – Becca Bond Photography

Party Props:
– Cupcake Wrappers – Bella Cupcake Couture
– Custom Capes and Masks – Kid Kapers
– Pop Art Eco Lunch Bags – Urban Harmonie Designs
– White Gable Boxes and Cello Bags – Nashville Wraps
– Label Material – OnlineLabels.com
– Sign Printing – Sign Guy
– Treat Bags – The Cupcake Social
– Popcorn and CB2 Pop Art Plates – Oh Goodie Designs
– Printable Party Elements: Tags, Labels, Favors, Invites, & More – Anders Ruff Custom Designs

Desserts:
– Custom Cake – Got What It Cakes
– Custom Cake Pops – Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats
– Chocolate Covered Oreos – Sweeties by Kim
– Cake Pops – Dreamin N’ Details
– Fondant Cupcake Toppers – Two Sugar Babies
– Sugar Cookies – The Cookie Jar
– “3” Lollipops – Vintage Confections

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

106 responses to “Vintage Pop Art Superhero Birthday Party”

  1. JennyB says:

    What a GREAT party! Every detail is wonderful! Could you please tell me where you purchased the YUM plates? Thank you so much! :)

  2. Maureen – you did a FABULOUS job! What a day for your little man to remember!

  3. THANK YOU EVERYONE for the “super” sweet words. That means the world to me!

    I hope this party will inspire others to step outside the box for those parties that we all know our kids are going to want to have! ;-) ( I was somewhat DREADING the superhero party until I started getting ideas haha!)

    Jennyb – the plates were borrowed from OhGoodieDesigns.com
    They were a CB2 product a year or so ago (Crate and Barrel2)

    Maureen
    http://www.andersruff.com

  4. Melody says:

    Wow! This party is incredible! But it had to have been expensive :o

  5. I have seen a lot of parties being in the business, but I have to say this is one of most favorites I have seen in a LONG time. This is just beyond cool and I love every bit of it !!!

  6. Randi says:

    WOW! could this be any cuter? Amazing Amazing!

  7. Vicki says:

    What a Party! I’m so happy you found a spot for my Pop Art Lunch Bag in this wonderful celebration and with such talent! Thanks so much, Vicki.

    http://www.uhreusable.etsy.com

  8. You knocked this one out of the park! Brilliant!

  9. Jessica says:

    This is amazing!!!

  10. iza says:

    this is so amazing! i want it too for my baby boy (he is only 3 weeks now( hahaha! great idea to plan his 1st bday!

  11. Jen says:

    SOOOOOOO doing this for my twin boys birthday in April…SUPER cute!!
    http://www.monogrammedeverything.com

  12. Amanda Kreller says:

    WOW!! This is SO amazing!!! So clean and the details are just outstanding. Thank you for sharing and being so inspiring. :)

  13. Deirdre says:

    as my son would say, super-fun!! love it!

  14. Alissa says:

    So adorable!! How did you make the backdrops used in this party?

  15. Paige says:

    I LOVE it! Amazing job!

    Would you mind sharing how you made/or where you got the capes and masks for each child?

  16. Hi Alissa – Which backdrops were you wondering about?
    Most of it is just fabric! ;-)
    Other items are artwork pieces that I drew and had printed large scale. (things like the coloring wall are printables I offer in my shop (www.andersruff.com)

    Hi PAIGE – Pierson’s cape and the masks are from Kid Kapers on etsy (their shop is http://www.craftymamaky.etsy.com)

    Any other questions feel free to email me
    [email protected]

    Thanks!
    Maureen

  17. Canvas & Canopy Events says:

    this is sooo unique. awesome!

  18. domestikate says:

    Oh my goodness, this is so brilliant! I wish my last birthday party was this cool and I’m 26!

  19. Adela says:

    Hi,
    This is SERIOUSLY the best theme I have EVER seen for super heroes! I love that it is not run of the mill characters :) adorable. Could you please tell me how you made or what you did to make those super oreos??? Thank you for sharing :D

  20. Hi Adela,
    This is Maureen Anders writing (the party stylist / hostess ;-))…. those oreos were from Sweeties by Kim. You can find her on etsy!
    AMAZING!

  21. jennifer says:

    Love this party!! Would love to know where the yellow and white stripped table cover is from? Thanks!!

  22. Mariana D. says:

    this is such a lovely birthday. loved everything, so much creativity going on!!

  23. Jenny says:

    Well done! What did you use on your Telephone Booth? It’s so shiny red. TIA

  24. ella says:

    that party is fab great job girl!

  25. Ana de Roux says:

    I love this theme! I had a superhero birthday party for my son this month, here are the invitations I designed for his party :)

  26. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE this! We just designed and photographed a Superhero theme for Forever Your Prints http://ecphotographypdx.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/product-photography-a-superhero-party/

  27. Sarah C. says:

    I absolutely love this. The colors are brilliant for kids (and grown-ups too) and everything just pops.

    My youngest loves all superheroes, but I like combining the concept with the primary colors so you’re not stuck with commercial characters. We’re doing something similar blending the primary colors, black, white, polka dots and a few of Liam’s favorite Marvel characters throughout. I cannot wait to see how his 3rd Birthday turns out.

    I love this blog and all of your ideas and concepts – it’s great to know there are other Moms out there that don’t want to be confined to the traditional aisles of the party supply store!!

    Brilliant job and thank you so much for sharing all that you do!!

  28. RJ says:

    Hi. Love this party! My girlfriend is planning a superhero party for her boys. I love the capes and masks! Did you make those yourself or did you order them? Do you have a pattern available that I can purchase? Thanks!

  29. Sudev says:

    I liked your Super hero themed party.

    I would like to do the same for my son who turns 5 this October.

    Can you execute the party? How much would you charge?

    We live in Fort Lee, NJ

    Thanks

    Sudev

  30. Lisa Stein says:

    Great place to get kids super hero capes – http://www.kindercapes.com/ – SO cute!

  31. Miss Brenda says:

    This looks like so much fun! I love all of the decorations. I lead a superhero camp, and some of the activities would fit in great at a superhero party! Here’s the link to what we did: http://corduroysbutton.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/super-hero-day-camp-theme/

  32. jodiejensen says:

    hi! ADORABLE superhero party, I am mimicking several of your ideas for my my fun-loving son’s upcoming grad party! May I ask – from where did you get the square acrylic containers? You’re awesome, thanks for blogging so nicely!! ~ Jodie Jensen

  33. Mandy says:

    What is in between the jello in the “jello shots”?
    I guess my question in, Can you go into more detail in how to make the jello shot cups? :0)

  34. limarie gabriel says:

    i love this idea. can you tell were i find the graphics for the u
    luch boxes

  35. Mackenzie says:

    Love it all! Where were balloons and table linens purchased???

  36. Agie says:

    Hi there!
    I am all the way from Indonesia, and spot this spectacular bday, am sure little super guy was beyond happy!..i was wondering if u could share a tutorial on the DIY london phonebooth …that would be amazing.. :)

  37. Daisy says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I just threw my own version of a superhero party for my nephew. So fun! You can view for yourself
    http://daisycelebrates.blogspot.com/2012/05/here-are-pictures-from-my-nephews-7th.html

  38. Jessica Feesler Maag says:

    I am sooooo doing this for my son's 1st Bday! His initials spell B.A.M.

  39. Randy Janssen says:

    Hi, your son’s birthday party looked absolutely fun and well done. I was wondering what paint you used on the refrigerator box that didn’t make the cardboard soggy–I hope that doesn’t seem a funny question. I wanted to make a little play house out of cardboard and wanted to paint it but didn’t know if the paint would make the house sodden and flimsy. Thank you!