There’s something that you don’t know about me.
I’m an undercover nerd.
OK, who am I kidding – obviously you know that about me, it oozes out of me and I’m unable to stop it.
Remember when calling someone a “nerd” was rude? Maybe it still is, but I’d happily be a nerd any day. I may not be the smartest person (as a nerd is generally defined), but I love to nerd it up – spending all day reading, playing computer games (now on my phone – hello Sims Free Play that I just can’t stop logging in to) and getting heavily invested in fictional characters (here’s looking at you Harry Potter). Superheros don’t escape my gaze and we make sure that we see every single one of the movies as soon as we can.
My son? Well he’s into fictional characters as much as I am – specifically superheros. They are IT! Forget all the other toys, if he loses Ironman or Hulk he will not rest till he finds them. They bath, eat and sleep next to him. He can tell you their powers and their enemies, how they fight and what they say. I’d qualify him as a full fledged superhero nerd for sure.
As we share a birthday on 25 Sep, it felt right to have a combined party with a superhero theme. And not only did the kids have to dress up, but because it was my party too, the adults were also forced to dress up!
It was so flipping awesome! I love dress up parties!
This time I didn’t go manic with the decor like I usually do, but I did go all out with trying to get the food to be “superhero” themed.
Ironman Birthday Cake
We have this thing that every birthday party we spend the night before slaving away over a birthday cake. This time was no different except Seth was the master creator – all I did was bake the cake and colour the fondant. He carved a perfect Ironman head all on his own. PLUS the eyes light up, thanks to tiny torches hidden inside the cake.
Superhero Party Food
We had HULK milktarts (my mom makes a killer milktart and so we just added a bit of green food colouring to it and topped it with crunched up Oreos – you can substitute the milktart with vanilla pudding). It’s as easy as putting the little permanent marker faces on the side.
* We bought 100 of these little clear cups from MerryPak for R90 – they worked for EVERYTHING
There were Ironman, Superman and Captain America jellies. In hindsight i should have gotten a yellow jelly for Ironman instead of orange, but whatevs. For the blue jelly I got litchi flavour and added a few drops of food colouring.
And it wouldn’t really be a superhero party without some Kryptonite! Just green jelly smooshed up and put in cups (one packet of jelly only made 6 cups…) and Thors hammers (cheese and pretzels).
Rest of the food…
Superhero Party Activity
We got the coolest play equipment from SoftlyDoesIt for the kids to play on during the party. It’s delivered and set up for you. The kids had a blast! I think it was much more fun than just getting a jumping castle that we usually default to. They played on it right up to the moment they came to collect it.
Also it was perfect for our little mission that we sent the superheros on. They had to go through the obstacle course, then through the spider webs and then catch Thor who happened to steal their party packs. I can’t tell you how much I laughed, I wish I caught that chase on camera!
Superhero Party “Party Pack”
I’m not big into party packs full of sweets and crap. Not only because they have enough sweets at the party already and then I have to be the bad guy rationing them with it forever thereafter, but because once you eat it, then it’s gone. We’ve been trying to up our game in this department, giving people little treasures to keep and remind them of the fun that they had there. Monique from Forget Me Not Crafts makes the most amazing things! For the “party pack” she made some incredible little finger puppets in the shape of all of our favourite superheros! Superhero finger puppets, what a perfect end to the day.
The kids finally caught Seth, um I mean Thor, and chose their favourite.
* She can also make little Frozen themed puppets too and so much more. You should totally get in touch with her – not only for party pack ideas, but also for birthday gifts.
And then, well then we enjoyed the food and company and had a great afternoon!
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Other parties that we have had or been to with a cool theme:
- Rainbows and Kits Party
- Shaun The Sheep Party
- Bling Party
- Butterfly Party
- Dinosaur Party
- Murder Mystery party (this ones for the adults)
- Cowboy Party
- A Baking Party (one of my favourites)
- Mister Maker Party
- Alice in “one”derland party
- Mermaid Party
- Sixties Party (also adult but doesn’t have to be)
- Princess Party
- Circus Party
Some more pictures of all of the outfits at the party and the super cool people in them too!