Best Kids Parties: Comic Book Superheroes

My Party

Name: Kane (4)
Location: Washington, D.C.

Our son Kane really wanted to have a superhero party for his 4th birthday. He doesn't favor any particular character, so we decided to have a more generic comic book style superhero party, which he was very into.

I was really happy to find a pop-art inspired invitation and printable party pack from the Wants and Wishes Etsy shop. I bought a good-sized lot of vintage comic books and used those to line the back of the invitation and envelope. My son helped me create a word bubble address label and we put a "POW" stamp from Zazzle.com on each envelope.

We were planning on having the party at our house and playing some superfun games, but due to last minute construction work at our home, we were forced to find another venue. Fortunately we discovered that one of my son's favorite bands, Recess Monkey, was playing at a local music venue, Jammin' Java, the same weekend we had planned the party. Recess Monkey has almost an entire CD full of superhero songs and we were really glad they were able to accommodate our crimefighting crew.

Even though we didn't get to execute all our plans, most of the decorations we made worked out well in the new spot, including many of the items our son had worked so hard to make himself. I made vertical banners using images from the party pack and we sprinkled confetti made out of the same images and some from comic book pages on the tables. I made a cityscape from boxes and we topped those with comic book letters - Kane really likes spelling his name, so those went over big with him. By far the most favorite items at the party were the superhero and villain masks designed by Bessie Wing (available in her Bessie Pooh Etsy store) that I printed and assembled - even the adults donned them!

The food was catered by Jammin' Java and, due to yet another cake pop foible on my part (I think I've finally learned my lesson), we served super sugary grocery store birthday cake purchased the morning of! I topped it with some images from the party pack that I attached to bamboo skewers.

After everyone had sufficiently jammed out, Kane was quite excited to hand out the favor bags. He worked really hard on making some of the contents, assembling them, and decorating the thank you tags. Each included a flying superhero toy, a word bubble pin from the Angry Robot Etsy Shop (pinned to a backing Kane had colored), homemade slime (he made 7 batches!) and a slime scraper. And all of the masks went home as well.

We were so glad everything worked out and Kane is already working on another at-home superhero party so he can play the games we planned!

Thanks Rebecca! Readers, say hello to Rebecca at Not-SoSAHM.

(Images: Darcy Troutman)

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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