The Superhero party ideas below were mainly designed with a kid's birthday in mind. However, a lot of the ideas could easily be adapted for an adult costume party so I've also included some tips and supplies specifically for adults—such as cocktail recipes.
The great thing about throwing a generic Superhero party is that there are lots of elements that are common to all comic book heroes and villains, so it doesn't matter whether your child's favourite is Batman, Superman, Spiderman, or any other. In fact I think it's often better to broaden your birthday party theme to include all Superheroes, rather than focusing in on just one, so that guests can come dressed as their favourite character—and demonstrate their own unique super-power!
You can pick up Superhero eye masks (below left) really cheaply, so use these as your birthday party invitations.
You could also combine the masks with these cheap Superhero capes (below right). Check out a selection of cheap masks and capes here.
Either hand write all the Superhero party details onto a decorative shipping tag and tie onto the masks, or you can have these printed quite cheaply incorporating your own photograph - see printed mini cards in the Photo Invitations section below.
The great thing about these fun 3D Superhero party invitations is that the recipient can incorporate them into a costume and come to the birthday party dressed as their favourite Superhero.
You can easily make your own personalized Superhero party invitations with these cute printed mini cards (below) - and they're really good value at just $19.95 / £12 for 100 cards.
All you have to do is upload your own photo using their simple online tool (for example, your child dressed as a Superhero) then choose which text you want to print on the reverse. You can then print a simple text based invitations onto colored cardstock using your home printer then attach these mini photo cards to them (see example above right). The cards are fairly smal so youcan attach more than one per invitation showing your child in different poses - as per the example above.
See the Costumes section for more Superhero party costumes like the ones below.
When taking the photo cut a comic book style speech bubble out of plain card with the words "Calling all Superheros" and stick it on the wall behind them when you take the picture.
There are also lots of great Superhero party invitations available, such as the ones below, which can be personalized with your child's name and/or a photo. See supplier 4 for a full range.
I particularly love this personalized Daily Planet newspaper invitation (also from supplier 4).
For your Superhero party invitation wording, include familiar Superhero phrases such as:
If you want to make your Superhero party invitations special, these themed postage stamps (below, more designs available) are a great way to add extra embellishment.
Note: These stamps are only available in the USA
Below are some Superhero party drinks that are perfect for a kid's birthday.
Make blueberry smoothies such as this one (below left, from Super-Charged Smoothies on oprah.com), then serve in green colored cups and call it 'Joker Juice' (the purple and green combination is synonymous with The Joker).
Add green flashing ice cubes (select supplier 7) to green drinks such as Jones Green Apple Soda (below center). If you can't get Jones soda just use any colored drink and serve them in these green glow cups (select supplier 7).
This fruit smoothie (below left, by Annie at Annie's Eats) recipe uses spinach to achieve the green color—better than food coloring and a great way to sneak some spinach into a kid's diet. Don't worry, it tastes of the fruit and not at all like spinach, so there shouldn't be any problems getting kids to drink it.
You can theme this drink for your Superhero party even more by including some Hulk fist ice cubes which come in this Superhero ice cube tray (supplier 3). The ice cube tray includes 2 x Iron Man heads, 2 x The Thing heads, 2 x Captain America shields, and 2 x Hulk fists.
Re-label Cola (if your kids are allowed it) as 'The Dark Night'.
Alternatively create a black punch such as this one (right, by Kathleen at allrecipes.com) which uses grape juice and orange.
Use this ice cube tray (below right, from supplier 3) to add Batman logos to your drinks, or use mini bat cookie cutters (USA only) to cut the famous bat logo out of lemon slices and float on top of each drink.
Note: Cut both ends off lemons and stand up. Then cut four thick slices of zest off each side (so the remaining lemon is now square shaped). Use the cookie cutters on the slices of zest that you have just cut off to make the bat. They will hold their shape better this way, as opposed to trying to cut the bat shapes out of the lemon flesh. Float in the drink zest side up.
This patriotic drink for kids (right, by Pam-I-Am on food.com) is a perfect recipe to turn into Captain America juice for a Superhero party. Then use the Captain America shields from this ice cube tray (supplier 3).
Use any brightly colored fruit juice and label it 'Ker-Punch!' Then add either Superman (below left) or Spiderman (below right) ice cubes All from supplier 3.
If you're planning a Superhero party for an adult costume / birthday party, below are some cocktail recipes.
When serving cocktails at parties I always thinks it's a good idea to set up a bar area and have some pre-made pitchers of cocktails. Then for some of the other cocktails, set up recipe cards alongside the ingredients with a few cocktail shakers, so people can make their own—it's a great ice breaker and people love to experiment.
There are lots of cocktail recipes around that are simply named after Superheroes, but I prefer it when there's a more obvious link, so here are my favorites:
Blavod black vodka is perfect for creating black drinks such as Black Martinis (right, by Colleen Graham at about.com).
If you can't get hold of Blavod just serve Black Russians (vodka, Cola and coffee liqueur, such as Kahlua).
Use a mini bat cookie cutter (USA only) to cut the famous logo out of lemon slices to float on top of each drink. (see instructions in kids drinks above).
These red, white, and blue shooters (right, by Annie Marie Helmenstine on about.com) make perfect Captain America themed cocktails for a Superhero party.
This purple cocktail (right, from Absolut Drinks) is perfect for a Joker-themed drink.
Serve in green cocktail glasses (green and purple are the Joker's colors) and stick one of the Batman The Dark Knight joker-only playing cards (see Joker Juice above) to the front of each glass.
I love this clever use of lemon zest to represent The Flash's lightning bolt (right, by Kelson Vibber and Katie Foreman at Speedforce). There are two recipes here, one alcoholic and one for kids.
If serving this cocktail, pre-make all the lemon slices and leave one in each serving glass. Then let guests pour their own drink from a punch bowl.
Here are some recipes I came across to give you inspiration for a superhero birthday party:
Below are some ideas for how to style and decorate your Superhero party:
Below are step by step instructions for how to create a themed buffet / dessert table like the one below:
Below are some tips for how to style and decorate the dining table for your Superhero party:
Below are some ideas for general decorations for a Superhero party:
For a quick and easy solution to Superhero favors just use one of these 12 packs. There are a number of different ones to choose from incuding Batman, Spiderman, Captain America, or the generic design pictured below. See supplier 3.
You can make them look a little more special by putting them in these cute favor bags.
There's a great selection of Superhero party costumes and masks available (select supplier 1) if you want to let your child get dressed up for their birthday party.
If you don't want to get a kid's entertainer in, get a parent to dress up as a masked Superhero (using a costume where the kid's can't see their face, below center) and make an entrance halfway through the birthday party when they're least expecting it. Then let the kids pose with the Superhero for photos to take home.
Alternatively, if you can't persaude anyone else to dress up, check out the pet costumes (supplier 3) so you can have a mini Superhero running around the party.
See the Superhero Party Games page for a list of birthday party games and activity ideas such as the ones pictured below.
Follow up after the birthday party with some simple Thank You Notes (see supplier 4, more designs available).
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Matt James is a professional event planner and owner of event agency Left Field Productions, which has produced events for Elton John, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kevin Spacey, Stella McCartney, David LaChapelle, John Waters, and Elvis Costello & Diana Krall. Since 2004, Left Field Productions has won 30 industry awards for excellence including Production Company of the Year.
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