Superhero Birthday Party



I have a superhero obsessed son - this is his latest phase.  Before that it was race car mania, which had an impressive run of at least two years, before the superpowers of certain caped crusaders caught the attention of his sponge-like mind.  Don't get me wrong, he still loves his cars, and has more hot wheels than any kid you will ever meet.  Seriously, he has over 1000 (a lucky hand me down, not bought by us!) 

Realizing that another birthday was fast approaching, I used my own mommy super powers (mothers intuition, eyes in the back of my head, and go-go-gadget arms, ) to plan a superhero themed birthday party for him.  We had already been informed from our super hero in training, that he wanted his party at Chuck E. Cheese, so I worked with that and planned around what that kid-crazy-party infested place didn't provide.  That left invitations, the cake, and goody bags.  I scoured the internet for inspiration and put together a frankenstein hodge podge of party ideas.  Several free printables later, along with some scrapbook paper, a little glue, and some imagination, I had the beginnings of a really cute theme. 

The Superhero Invitations
These were made by cutting out the images I wanted, then typing up an invitation and gluing the images where I wanted them.  This gave me my "prototype". I took this copy to Kinko's and made high quality color copies for the finished product.  Fold the invitations up letter style, put them in an envelope marked TOP SECRET, and you have yourself a cute superhero party invitation.


The Superhero Cupcake Stand
I ordered a superhero themed scrapbook set that was on clearance at Oriental Trading, along with the clearanced superhero ribbon.  I then covered my homemade cupcake stand with the superhero paper and ribbon.


The Cupcake Wrappers
I bought some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby that would work with the theme, and made these superhero cupcake wrappers.  I used this printable cupcake wrapper template from Skip To My Lou.


The Superhero Cupcakes
I made these Blue Velvet cupcakes from Sprinkle Bakes, which are just red velvet cupcakes colored blue instead of red, and iced with yummy cream cheese frosting.  Then I made superhero themed sugar paste cake toppers to place on top.  Find the Blue Velvet recipe below.



Blue Velvet Cupcakes
Printable Recipe

2 cups sugar
2 sticks butter, softened
2 eggs
1 Tbs. cocoa powder
1 Tbs. Wilton food coloring gel in Royal Blue
Wilton food coloring gel in Violet – stick a toothpick in the bottle and use that amount
a teaspoon or two of water
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbs. vinegar

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Put cupcake liners in the cupcake pans.

In a mixer bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well. In a small bowl, mix the cocoa, food coloring gel and water together to form a paste. Add to the ingredients in the mixer bowl and blend well. Stir the flour and salt together and add to the wet ingredients, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix well. Blend in the vanilla. In a small bowl, combine the baking soda and vinegar and then add that to the other ingredients in the mixer.

Fill the cupcake liners with batter, about 2/3 of the way full. The batter will be thick. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting. Makes 24 cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Frosting
1 pound cream cheese, softened
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 cup unsalted butter softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract (optional)

Mix cream cheese with butter until smooth. Add extracts. Slowly add sugar and blend until light and fluffy! Use a piping bag with a round #8 tip to create fluffy cupcake tops!

The Birthday Boy's Cake
I used the same Blue Velvet recipe as the cupcakes, and iced with cream cheese frosting and royal icing.  The cake topper is made from sugar paste.


The Superhero Masks
These masks are so simple to make, with some felt and an elastic string. I used this printable as a template and embellished the masks with felt stars. Sorry I forgot to take a picture of my own, but you can see what they look like here.

The Superhero Goody Bags
A quick trip to the dollar store gave me most of what I needed to customize these bags. I got some Marvel Superhero matching cards for a dollar a piece, and a container of small play dough pots for a dollar.  I used the same printable superhero images that I used for the invitations, some scrapbook paper, and superhero ribbon to make these themed favors.



I had a lot of fun with this birthday theme, but am glad all of the work is over! The party was a success, and my little super hero loved his cake.  Now I only have about 350 days of rest before the next one:)  Thanks for stopping by!

Amber




31 comments:

Cristina - TeenieCakes said...

OMG! Your superhero party theme is adorable. I luv your creativity and the things you made yourself. Especially luv those custom cupcake wrappers, stand and invites.

Your son surely has a mommy with super powers! :)

Becky said...

You followed your theme perfectly, and you're so creative. I'm sure that your son loved it! Good Job, Mom!

Belinda @zomppa said...

These are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!! How fortunate your son is!!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those batman treats are just too cute!

Lauren at KeepItSweet said...

what fun and cute desserts!

Dale kids birthday entertainer said...

What great superheros. Very cute.

sara @ CaffeIna said...

I have a superhero obsession too...do I get a few of these cupcakes? Pleeease! I can fake to be 6 years old if I need to :)

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

What creative ideas! Everything looks so perfect! My son wold be so jealous!

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels said...

WOW!! Now that's what a call a birthday party! You're so incredibly creative and everything looks amazing. I bet your son was so happy. And those blue velvet cupcakes are so much fun! :)

Monet said...

One of the things I most look forward to is planning my future childrens birthday parties. Your superhero party looks just delightful! I loved those blue velvet cupcakes. Thank you for sharing with me...I hope you have a wonderful week of feasting, friends and family!

Carolyn said...

My son is obsessed with superheroes too. It's a boy thang! I will say, you must have the patience of a saint for all that gorgeous decorating. I am not sure I could do it!

Kim - Liv Life said...

You are indeed a super hero mom!!! What a great job. My son was there too... before that he had a Hercules cape that he work everywhere. Then it was Buzz Lightyear. Cleaning under his bed a few weeks ago we found his old Buzz wings... I couldn't get rid of them! So now they are in my closet.
Love the cupcakes!! That stand is adorable!! You should do a post on construction!!

baking.serendipity said...

Hi there Miss Creative! This is all so adorable! Best superhero party ever :)

theveggie said...

Wow, your little man is a lucky guy! You have so many creative ideas here. Very impressive. I like the idea of the blue velvet cupcake. Maybe mixing in a blueberry puree. I may have to try that!

meltingbutter.com said...

these are so cute! never thought to do blue velvet...they'd be great at a david lynch movie night ;)

Sprinkles of Parsley said...

Your son is SO lucky to have a mother who can make cupcakes like this!! These are beautiful, over the top creative, and so well done! I'm loving the blue velvet concept too- genius!

Quay Po Cooks said...

Your cup cakes look superb! What a lucky boy your son is... actually mummy is the real super hero!

Laurie @simplyscratch said...

These are awesome!! Congrats on the top 9 spot!

blackbookkitchendiaries said...

wow...what a beautiful post! you are very talented. thanks for sharing this and happy thanksgiving.

Linn @ Swedish Home Cooking said...

Wow, your three year old must be so happy over your blue velvet cupcakes! You are an amazing baker.

Foodiva said...

I'm so glad my two boys are past their superhero obsessions. Looking at the amount of work you did, I forgot how much energy and creativity it takes to put together a through-and-through themed party such as this! You really ARE a supermom!

BakingWithoutaBox said...

This is super duper creative! I think all boys -- young and old -- would get a kick out of this party especially those cupcakes, wrappers, and stands! Kudos! That is one lucky little boy.

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Wendy said...

What a cute party idea...I'm sure your little guy will NEVER forget this fab party!! I have something for you at my blog, so come by when you've got a moment, ok?

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

These are so cute, wish I had seen them earlier, my 13 year old wanted batman for her b-day! Maybe I'll make these for her just for fun. Great job.
-Gina-

Gnome-N-Birdy said...

Hi! I just wanted to let you know that your awesome party ideas were shared on gnome-n-birdy today! I hope you enjoy it :D ~Chelsea Ann

http://gnome-n-birdy.blogspot.com/2011/01/super-scrapbooker-to-rescue.html

Anonymous said...

Interesting article !! What blog platform do you use on your www ?

Maggie @MaggieCooks said...

I am in love with your blog and pictures! This post couldnt have come in a better time! since its almost my nephews birthday i've been wanting to make some cupcakes! :)
and a homemade cupcake stand! Yours is really creative! :)

Anonymous said...

love the party! going to steal some of them for my sons 4th superhero bday in a cpl weeks! thanks for all the great tips & ideas!! <3 kristina

Trisha said...

I would like to know how you made the bats from sugar paste. by hand? or a cookie cutter or what?

Amber Potter said...

Hi Trisha, for the bats I drew the outline on a piece of cardboard, then cut it out to make a bat template. I placed the template over the sugar pate, and used a sharp knife to cut around it.




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