We just had a party for my favorite little superhero, my son, Ryan. He's such an awesome kid and I couldn't wait to throw him a well-deserved, fun party. He started school this year, so we moved from family/ friends kids to school kids. It is bitter-sweet to take this leap, but so fun to watch him interact with other kiddos his age. I could gauge how well I was doing as a mom by the way he treated his peers. I don't always get that chance. And, in true Ryan form, he was an absolute sweetheart!
I found LOTS of inspiration on Pinterest and I LOVE, LOVE all the party chicks out there and I would love nothing more than to support their handmade with love businesses, but unfortunately, I work on a budget, so I had to do a lot of creating on my own. I am going to try and tag everyone I was inspired by, but if you read this and think, "Hey, she ripped off my idea", please email me. I give credit where credit is due, I promise it was an oversight.
Without farther ado, here is Ryan's 5th Birthday Party!
Wait....I promise we are getting to it, but I first must explain what Ryan's vision for this party was. Not only did he want to save the town, but he wanted his favorite superhero, Spiderman, there. And since Spiderman was coming it only made sense in his mind, to have an enemy show up so they could fight. I knew I had to make this happen. And I have to work on a budget. The answer: I recruited my hubby to play the part of Spiderman and his friend (who has no children I might add! haha!) to play Lizard Man. It was hilarious!!! My son had no clue. Guess he didn't miss ol dad too much! I ordered the costumes from Costume Express for about $25.00 each. It was well worth it!
January bday people can relate to what I am about to say: You never know what the weather is going to do. For that reason, we rented the dingy, smelly, old clubhouse. One day when I'm rich I will have my own building for this purpose, but until then, it works.
This are the adult tables. The inflatables hanging from the fans I found on EBay for about $5 each (shipped). They were 24 inches tall and Ryan has loved playing with them since. We served baked potatos with crock pot BBQ chicken and all the fixins for the adults (cheap!).
This is one of the kids tables. I made the table overlay with fabric I found at Joanns. I cut a square and hemmed. Nothing fancy here. The placemats were simply 12x12 scrapbook paper that I cut into a circle and added letters. The centerpieces were cut with my Cricut and placed on a stick and stuck into a tin from the dollar bin at Target.
The BOOM and KAPOW is clip art I copied and pasted from Google images. I printed and hand cut. The superhero DumDums were stuck in the tins. I bought the pattern from here.
These are my old faithful milk bottles. You see these a lot at my party. Yes, I have to wash them, but saves money on paper goods and it's better for the environment. I found these paper straws in the dollar bin at Michaels and the flag I simply printed, hand cut and glued a piece of paper to. We also had water bottles. The labels I made using Photoshop Elements.
This is my easy attempt at a backdrop. I had hubby build a wooden frame 44 inches by 36 inches. I bought one yard of fabric and stapled it on there. Then I made this banner by hand cutting an old comic book from Half Price Books ($2). I cut letters with my Cricut and glued them on. The batman I hand cut as well. I will share my source later in this post. The one on the lower part of the board is Ryan's creation and hey, it is his party!
The bday boy and his brother.
Every guest received a superhero cape when they came in. They had to wear their capes to participate in the missions. I sewed these with a pattern from Etsy. My mom monogrammed their names on them.
This is a store bought WalMart banner.I jazzed it up with fake spiderwebs and handcut spiders.
This is my newest party addition. I bought one of these for each of my kiddos from VistaPrint. Yard signs to be used every year!
This is the games set up. We played several games I got from this site. My hubby lead the games and every 5 minutes or so, Lizard Man came creeping in and they fought. So cool!
Here is Ryan looking for Lizard Man.
Next time he will do what I ask the day of the party with a SMILE! Revenge! Making him ride a tricycle! LOL
And my favorite part, the cake. My friend from church made it and hardly charged me anything. What a blessing!
I hope you are inspired. It was a great party! :)