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Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Ready to feast your eyes on something SUPER FANTASTIC?! Okay good… because this AMAZING Roy Lichtenstein-inspired “Vintage Pop Art Superhero” party that Maureen (of talented party duo Anders Ruff) designed for her son is exactly that… and super-creative in every way!

There are so many inspiring details and DIY project ideas featured here that it’s hard to pick a place to begin, so I’ll just rattle off a few to help set the scene… DIY “cityscape” backdrop on the dessert table complete with 3D skyscrapers? Check. “HERO” sandwiches served in comic book style gable boxes? Check. Squared-off candy containers dressed up with cardstock windows to resemble buildings? Check. An array of the most ridiculously cute desserts possible? Yep!

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

I could go on and on about the details, but as they say – “A picture is worth a thousand words.” – and I think that rings especially true for comic books! So scroll down for TONS more fun party pics (as captured by Becca Bond) + ALL the inspiring creative details, as told by Maureen…

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

Superhero Birthday Party Ideas

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PARTY DETAILS from Maureen

“Being in the “party business”, I always have a vision for what I’d love to do for my own kids’ birthday parties… and of course it usually doesn’t align with what they actually want! My son, Pierson, could not be talked out of having a “Super Hero” party, and although I’m always trying to steer clear of commercial characters, I knew I could take a “Super Hero” party in a whole new direction!

I’ve always been a fan of the striking & vintage aesthetic of Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art, so  I decided to have a “Vintage Pop Art” theme to the party. Most moms to boys end up having a super hero party of some sort at one time or another, and I wanted to show that you can have a really interesting, cool & fresh superhero party without having to use commercial characters.

We decided to make this a “Super Pierson” theme and the graphics helped to mold the decor throughout the whole party.  I designed a “Super P” graphic that would be repeated throughout the party.  We also brought in some of the “icons” of superheros and the traditional big city skyline.  Patterns used throughout the party and graphics were representative of old comic books and included halftone patterns, as well as classic “benday dots” (Lichtenstein’s trademark).

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE PARTY

  • The invitation sent out featured the “Super P” logo along with a vintage skyline and halftone pattern.  “Help Pierson save his 3rd birthday” was the tag line. I mixed in comic fonts and layers of patterns to create the “Comic” and Pop Art effect.  I embellished the envelope with a return address label that was a conversation bubble, and then a halftone pattern “to” label. We love printing on the glossy labels from onlinelabels.com.
  • The colors we focused on were aqua, red and yellow mixed with black and white.  These colors were great to work with because we were able to find loads of paper products and melamine plates with black/white dots that were perfectly fitting for the party.
  • Decorative tables included: 1 main dessert table, 1 candy bar table, and a favor table.
  • The main dessert table featured a large “Super P” logo on the black/white polkadot backdrop.  The table also featured “buildings” of varying heights in the red/blue and white colors. These buildings reflected the graphics that we used on the printables.  To make them, I purchased boxes of all sizes at my local Home Depot, wrapped them with large scale paper, and added “windows” windows using electrical tape and black cardstock punched with square punches.  The desserts were displayed mainly on white lacquer wooden boxes that had black etched trim and a very “POP” vibe.
  • The focal point of the Candy Bar was a Pop Art style graphic poster (printed by 702signguy.com) that I drew from a photograph of Pierson in his cape/mask. I also added a “conversation bubble” that said “Super Pierson!”.  I found clear squared containers in different heights and embellished them with with “windows” made from cardstock to make them look like buildings. I filled them with candies of the colors from the party (red, yellow, aqua/blue).  We had a conversation bubble sign encouraging guests to fill treat bags with candies to take home as a favor.
  • The favor table had bags of red/blue popcorn, Cookie pops (by The Cookie Jar) and bagged cookies, as well as cake truffle pops that were embellished with a “POP” party flag.  The treats were displayed in the white laquer boxes that we lined with black/white polka dot wrapping paper.  Cookies were bagged in cello bags and tied with a favor hangtag (from our printable package).
  • Superhero capes were personalized with each child’s initial, and masks were placed at each childs’ table setting.
  • Lunches were served in white gable boxes that were embellished with a black/white city skyline label that we printed.  The skyline graphic had a callout bubble that said “Happy 3rd Birthday Super Pierson” and “Don’t Forget to eat your Vegetables”.  The children had markers at their table so they could color their lunch box.  We also attached a pop art personalized luggage tag with their name that we printed and laminated.
  • The lunch box held a HERO sandwich labeled with a “turkey” pop art logo, and a fruit cup embellished with a printable label on the lid… a conversation bubble design that read either “mmm” or “yum”.
  • Birthday boy “Super Pierson” had a special eco pop art lunch bag from Urban Harmonie Designs.
  • Drink wraps with city skyline graphics and a “Super P logo” adorned small kids-sized water bottles.
  • I wrapped my bar with aqua ribbon and lined the top of the bar with black/white polkadot wrapping paper.
  • Layered Jello shots (non- alcoholic, of course!) for the kids: We stuck printable logos on toothpicks out of the jello shots.  These were placed on the candy bar.
  • “POP” can candies were placed at each child’s table setting.  I found these cute little pop can candy containers at the dollar store near us and wrapped them with a printable sticker that said “Pop”.  The kids loved these!
  • “HEROs” were served for lunch. I created labels for each type of sandwich using the same style graphic from the printables – labeled them ham or turkey.  Stuck a conversation bubble that said “Heros” out of the sandwich tray.
  • The amazing tiered cake was designed by Got What It Cakes – a city skyline layer and benday dots layer topped off with a “Yum” conversation bubble on top!
  • Two Sugar Babies came up with fondant toppers out of the “Super P” logo.  We used cupcake wrappers in coordinating colors by Bella Cupcake Couture.”

ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDS
When the children arrived, they were directed to the red “London-style” telephone booth – a DIY project that I made using a refrigerator box! – where they would transform from their secret identity to their super hero character.

We gave all of the children a cape with their own super logo appliqued on the back and a mask. Pierson’s cape and mask were custom made from Kid Kapers.  I also made Super Hero sticker logos for each child’s initial that they could put on their shirt.

We had a home Photo Booth for the children to have their pictures taken. We made a fake barbell weight (another DIY project) that the kids could pretend to be lifting over their heads. We also had hand-held signs that said “Boom” and “Pow”.  The backdrop was the polkadot/benday dot pattern that was repeated on the dessert table. We also had a printed “conversation bubble” on the backdrop the said “Happy 3rd Birthday Super Pierson”.

I drew the pop art poster of Pierson and had it blown up in black and white – the children played “Pin the logo on Super Pierson” where they would try to stick their own super logo on top of Pierson’s super logo!

I designed a 10-ft long city skyline graphic scene that I had printed on large blueprint scale paper in black and white for the children to color.  I posted this “graffiti wall” poster under my bar.  The children were allowed to color the city skyline.  This was a huge hit for the kids!

We had yellow/red/blue cardboard bricks that the kids enjoyed building walls with and then breaking through them like a super hero!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

106 responses to “Vintage Pop Art Superhero Birthday Party”

  1. Jessica says:

    I love this party!! It was done so well! I’m jealous I didn’t get to blog about it!! Awesome job!

  2. Jasmine Clouser says:

    Love all the details! Adorable party!!!

  3. OH NO ITS NOT SIGNGUY.com its http://702signguy.com that did the fabulous large format prints!!!! :)

  4. Wonderful job! Awesome take on a superhero party and the colors just {POP} off the page! Fantastic!

  5. colleen says:

    Amazing job! just one quick question: Did you layer the jello shooters w/ yogurt or is that whipped topping? Thanks.

  6. Everything is just fantastic! I love the phone booth too! Way to think outside the box!

  7. Carrie ~ The Sweet Spot Candy Bar says:

    Wonderful job, girls!! Everything looks amazing, and it looks like the kids had a GREAT time!

  8. WOW!!! You girls are so amazing!! I am speechless!!! LOVE!!

  9. Carissa says:

    I love this! SO cute :)

  10. Allyson says:

    This is so dang cute. I did super hero for Father’s Day last year and guess what? After seeing this I am doing it again even bigger and better this year! Fantastic idea – Loving the square jars of candy and the back drop is amazing! The banner to die for, but my fave may be the coloring wall built around the bar. So simple and the kids looked like they loved it! Amazing.

  11. Jen says:

    This party is BEYOND super! Love it!

  12. That Boom! you just heard? Me hitting the floor. I am just blown away by this party. I knew it would be fabulous in true Anders Ruff style but this is just above and beyond anything I imagined. Maureen really outdid herself not only with the attention to detail but by making the party truly kid friendly. It’s something that’s missing in so many parties we see lately – activities, food and fun for the kiddos! Pierson is a lucky luck guy and so are his guests!

  13. ALANNA says:

    You are simply amazing…WOW…just WOW

  14. Kelley says:

    I LOVE this party. Amazing twist on a super hero theme. I would love to hire you for my sons 13th birthday party

  15. Thank you SO much for the amazing feature, Jenn!
    I LOVED creating this party for my little Super Pierson!

    Colleen – the jello shooters are so easy to make – its actually sweetened condensed milk with gelatin…..Google “Layered jello dessert” and tons of recipes come up ;-)

    Maureen
    andersruff.com

  16. Exceptionally well designed, gorgeous (of course!), but most importantly, it was clearly a really FUN party! Fabulously done!

  17. Hi! I created the cake for this party and I just want to say how in awe I am of the talented ladies of Anders Ruff. Maureen went above and beyond in the creation of this party, and I was tickled to have even a small part of it :) Jenn, thanks for featuring it…I still can’t believe something I created is on this page right now :)
    ♥mandie

  18. Nicole says:

    OMG I am in LOVe. This is so awesome. My 3 year old says “WOW mom that is so cool!”

  19. Mindy says:

    LOVE the graffiti wall they could color on under the counter!

  20. Amy @ Blowout Party! says:

    This party is BEYOND incredible!!! It’s like stepping into a comic book, a superhero story come to life! Amazing.

  21. Lindi says:

    WOWSERS!! I have been so anxious to see the pictures from this party! I knew Maureen would do an out-of-this-world job, but SERIOUSLY?? Beyond amazing. Maureen has such a clean eye and remarkable attention to the small details that make a party special. The phone booth is just brilliant! Hooray Maureen and fantastic job.

  22. Amazing party!!! You all did a wonderful job. LOVE the bright colors and especially that phone booth. TOO CUTE:-)

  23. katrina says:

    WOW that telephone booth blew my “crepe cart” away :) I guess I will have to put my thinking cap on again…I have to say I don’t even like comic books and this party is AMAZING!

  24. Bri~ The Savvy Moms Guide says:

    I have spent hours taking in every detail of this party and the only word that seems appropriate is Perfection. Just as Danielle said Maureen created an Experience, one that Pierson, his guests and us the audience will never forget. Every detail speaks to the creative and impeccable attention and care that AndersRuff puts into every design and styling. Thank You for allowing us all to share in the day. You are a party Hero. Smiles~

  25. Rachel says:

    This is THE best boys birthday theme ever! I wish I had a little boy to spoil like this. So fun! Fantastic work!

  26. Lisa says:

    Super Cute! A priceless memory for your children, they will be talking about this birthday party for years to come. Thanks for sharing a truly inspiring party. Love your creativity and attention to details, what a fabulous team you have at Anders & Ruff! You ladies rock.

  27. Rowaida Flayhan says:

    This is an amazing birthday party love love all the details! amazing photos wow

  28. Soňa says:

    Cute! Love it!

  29. Jessie says:

    Incredible. I don’t even know what else I could say!

  30. Jennifer says:

    WOW, I LOVE IT! SO VERYY CREATIVE !!

  31. Lisa @The Cookie Jar says:

    Hi guys! It’s Lisa of the Cookie Jar! What an amazing job! I am so excited to see all of the beautiful details when they come together. But most of all, I love seeing the children enjoying all of your hard work. You are so creative.

    Thanks for asking me to be a part of your special event and I have to say… our cookies work beautifully with the whole *wiink*

    http://www.batches.etsy.com

  32. SOoooo much cuteness here! I love the glass jar “buildings” holding candy! Congrats on another amazing design!

  33. Sandy says:

    That is so awsome!!! I especially like the phonebooth! A birthday any child would love

  34. michelle says:

    wow so impressive! I bet all had a blast! thanks for sharing!

  35. Linda Wickert says:

    WOW….you are amazing…..I am blown away by the sheer creativity! What a world of memories you have created for these kids!!!! Kudos!

  36. Annie says:

    Anders Ruff is fabulous!! They did an awesome job with this party. I feel honored that they used my superhero cape and masks. Thanks for including me in your write-up!! The link to my page does not seem to be working. This is the link for Kid Kapers… https://www.etsy.com/people/craftymamaky Thanks!! Annie

  37. Bryt says:

    Now THAT is cool! Forget throwing it as a kids party, I’d want it for my own!!

  38. I’ve been dying to see pics from Super P’s Party and they were absolutely worth the wait! Another AMAZING JOB ladies! I am BEYOND thrilled that my Cake Pops were included in such a super-fab party…thanks again for including Sweet Cheeks in your party plans!

  39. Bethany says:

    Seriously, the cutest thing Ive ever seen! I cant wait to throw a superhero party!

  40. keecam says:

    HOLY SHMOLY Batman! I think you should wear that cape forever-you guys are SUPERHEROs for sure! LOVE. THIS. PARTY!

  41. JennyB says:

    What a GREAT party! Every detail is wonderful! Could you please tell me where you purchased the YUM plates? Thank you so much! :)

  42. Maureen – you did a FABULOUS job! What a day for your little man to remember!

  43. THANK YOU EVERYONE for the “super” sweet words. That means the world to me!

    I hope this party will inspire others to step outside the box for those parties that we all know our kids are going to want to have! ;-) ( I was somewhat DREADING the superhero party until I started getting ideas haha!)

    Jennyb – the plates were borrowed from OhGoodieDesigns.com
    They were a CB2 product a year or so ago (Crate and Barrel2)

    Maureen
    http://www.andersruff.com

  44. Melody says:

    Wow! This party is incredible! But it had to have been expensive :o

  45. I have seen a lot of parties being in the business, but I have to say this is one of most favorites I have seen in a LONG time. This is just beyond cool and I love every bit of it !!!

  46. Randi says:

    WOW! could this be any cuter? Amazing Amazing!

  47. Vicki says:

    What a Party! I’m so happy you found a spot for my Pop Art Lunch Bag in this wonderful celebration and with such talent! Thanks so much, Vicki.

    http://www.uhreusable.etsy.com

  48. You knocked this one out of the park! Brilliant!

  49. Jessica says:

    This is amazing!!!

  50. iza says:

    this is so amazing! i want it too for my baby boy (he is only 3 weeks now( hahaha! great idea to plan his 1st bday!

  51. Jen says:

    SOOOOOOO doing this for my twin boys birthday in April…SUPER cute!!
    http://www.monogrammedeverything.com

  52. Amanda Kreller says:

    WOW!! This is SO amazing!!! So clean and the details are just outstanding. Thank you for sharing and being so inspiring. :)

  53. Deirdre says:

    as my son would say, super-fun!! love it!

  54. Alissa says:

    So adorable!! How did you make the backdrops used in this party?

  55. Paige says:

    I LOVE it! Amazing job!

    Would you mind sharing how you made/or where you got the capes and masks for each child?

  56. Hi Alissa – Which backdrops were you wondering about?
    Most of it is just fabric! ;-)
    Other items are artwork pieces that I drew and had printed large scale. (things like the coloring wall are printables I offer in my shop (www.andersruff.com)

    Hi PAIGE – Pierson’s cape and the masks are from Kid Kapers on etsy (their shop is http://www.craftymamaky.etsy.com)

    Any other questions feel free to email me
    [email protected]

    Thanks!
    Maureen

  57. Canvas & Canopy Events says:

    this is sooo unique. awesome!

  58. domestikate says:

    Oh my goodness, this is so brilliant! I wish my last birthday party was this cool and I’m 26!

  59. Adela says:

    Hi,
    This is SERIOUSLY the best theme I have EVER seen for super heroes! I love that it is not run of the mill characters :) adorable. Could you please tell me how you made or what you did to make those super oreos??? Thank you for sharing :D

  60. Hi Adela,
    This is Maureen Anders writing (the party stylist / hostess ;-))…. those oreos were from Sweeties by Kim. You can find her on etsy!
    AMAZING!

  61. jennifer says:

    Love this party!! Would love to know where the yellow and white stripped table cover is from? Thanks!!

  62. Mariana D. says:

    this is such a lovely birthday. loved everything, so much creativity going on!!

  63. Jenny says:

    Well done! What did you use on your Telephone Booth? It’s so shiny red. TIA

  64. ella says:

    that party is fab great job girl!

  65. Ana de Roux says:

    I love this theme! I had a superhero birthday party for my son this month, here are the invitations I designed for his party :)

  66. Elizabeth says:

    LOVE this! We just designed and photographed a Superhero theme for Forever Your Prints https://ecphotographypdx.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/product-photography-a-superhero-party/

  67. Sarah C. says:

    I absolutely love this. The colors are brilliant for kids (and grown-ups too) and everything just pops.

    My youngest loves all superheroes, but I like combining the concept with the primary colors so you’re not stuck with commercial characters. We’re doing something similar blending the primary colors, black, white, polka dots and a few of Liam’s favorite Marvel characters throughout. I cannot wait to see how his 3rd Birthday turns out.

    I love this blog and all of your ideas and concepts – it’s great to know there are other Moms out there that don’t want to be confined to the traditional aisles of the party supply store!!

    Brilliant job and thank you so much for sharing all that you do!!

  68. RJ says:

    Hi. Love this party! My girlfriend is planning a superhero party for her boys. I love the capes and masks! Did you make those yourself or did you order them? Do you have a pattern available that I can purchase? Thanks!

  69. Sudev says:

    I liked your Super hero themed party.

    I would like to do the same for my son who turns 5 this October.

    Can you execute the party? How much would you charge?

    We live in Fort Lee, NJ

    Thanks

    Sudev

  70. Lisa Stein says:

    Great place to get kids super hero capes – http://www.kindercapes.com/ – SO cute!

  71. Miss Brenda says:

    This looks like so much fun! I love all of the decorations. I lead a superhero camp, and some of the activities would fit in great at a superhero party! Here’s the link to what we did: https://corduroysbutton.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/super-hero-day-camp-theme/

  72. jodiejensen says:

    hi! ADORABLE superhero party, I am mimicking several of your ideas for my my fun-loving son’s upcoming grad party! May I ask – from where did you get the square acrylic containers? You’re awesome, thanks for blogging so nicely!! ~ Jodie Jensen

  73. Mandy says:

    What is in between the jello in the “jello shots”?
    I guess my question in, Can you go into more detail in how to make the jello shot cups? :0)

  74. limarie gabriel says:

    i love this idea. can you tell were i find the graphics for the u
    luch boxes

  75. Mackenzie says:

    Love it all! Where were balloons and table linens purchased???

  76. Agie says:

    Hi there!
    I am all the way from Indonesia, and spot this spectacular bday, am sure little super guy was beyond happy!..i was wondering if u could share a tutorial on the DIY london phonebooth …that would be amazing.. :)

  77. Donna griffin says:

    Please tell me where you purchased the fabric for the backdrop, the benday dots. Or church is doing a superhero themed camp and we want to make a photo spot with this as the backdrop. sheets are too expensive. Thanks you, Donna [email protected]

  78. Daisy says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I just threw my own version of a superhero party for my nephew. So fun! You can view for yourself
    http://daisycelebrates.blogspot.com/2012/05/here-are-pictures-from-my-nephews-7th.html

  79. Jessica Feesler Maag says:

    I am sooooo doing this for my son's 1st Bday! His initials spell B.A.M.

  80. Randy Janssen says:

    Hi, your son’s birthday party looked absolutely fun and well done. I was wondering what paint you used on the refrigerator box that didn’t make the cardboard soggy–I hope that doesn’t seem a funny question. I wanted to make a little play house out of cardboard and wanted to paint it but didn’t know if the paint would make the house sodden and flimsy. Thank you!

  81. StephanieG says:

    What size water bottle labels did you use? I ordered this package and I’m not sure the measurements for the water bottle labels.

  82. Jazmin says:

    This is pretty much the cutest most well executed superhero birthday party theme ever! It is a big reason/ inspiration to my son’s third birthday coming up in four months! Better get started ! Thanks!

  83. I LOVE THIS POST! Such an amazing party and I wish you could help me bc this is amazing and looks like so much work- HA HA.

  84. With Flair says:

    Oh how I would {LOVE} to style a Superhero Party! Any takers? :-)

  85. With Flair says:

    Oh how I would {LOVE} to style a Superhero Party! Any takers? :-)

  86. birthday parties should not be about competing. They should simply be about celebrating another year and your child having fun with their friends. I’ve seen some extreme parties, ranging from renting out a whole movie theatre to one with entertainers – everything from magicians to balloon sculpturists plus a bouncy castle (all at one party)!

  87. Carina Franca says:

    I am really thinking of doing this for my boy's 3rd birthday! Very cool!

  88. Elisha Salkeld says:

    Thank you so much for publishing your amazing effort!

    My son turns 1 next week and I had a huge Bee themed party ready to go, 50 guests, the works. Last week we found out my mum has Stage 3 Breast Cancer and so I cancelled the big party (as she is on chemo and not up to doing much)but I decided today that we still need a theme for small party for the 15 family (including mum).

    Seeing she is “fighting cancer” I thought a Super-hero theme would be perfect & your awesome detail and amazing printables have just helped me like you wouldn’t believe. So thank you so much x

    Elisha (Mummy to Hunter) in QLD, Australia :)

  89. Aradioly Lopez says:

    My son likes many superhero characters and will soon be her birthday. You can buy all the material decorating parties superheroes? I’m from the Canary Islands if possible

    thanks

  90. Luiza de Vestido says:

    Sou do Brazil!! E amo o blog de vocês!! Tenho um blog: http://www.luizadevestido.blogspot.com.br e sempre publico festas de vocês. Sucesso! Beijos!

  91. Tania says:

    This is an amazing party. Love all the details.I got so many ideas for my son’s birthday party from it.
    Here is the link :
    http://turtlecraftygirl.blogspot.com/2012/11/super-hero-birthday-party.html

  92. Jessica says:

    Where did you get the colored popcorn from? LOVE this theme. My boyfriends name is Scott and I bought him superman cuff links one year as a joke. Ever since then I by him little things here and there that have the superman logo on it, from pajama pants, to glassware, to a flash drive with the logo on it ect. but this is a must do for his next birthday with an adult spin (He will be 44 ha ha). He loves popcorn and the colored popcorn is perfect. Amazing job!!

  93. Lisa P. says:

    WOW! Such a FAB party … lovin’ all the details! Just wondering if you made the white birthday shirts with the logo? And, how did you make the fake barbell weight?

  94. nancy says:

    hi I been looking everywere for the plates that say yum on theme were do I buy theme at ?

  95. DavidandMalisa Mercer says:

    Where did you get the decorations?

  96. Jess says:

    OMG this is the best one I have seen!!! I wish I had seen this post sooner!! We did a superhero party for my son’s 4th birthday this year. The best part of our party was a Create Your Own Superhero craft activity that the kids and adults LOVED! I ordered the cutout files on Etsy and gave the kids stickers, markers, and glue sticks to create their own. They loved taking them home as favors!! This party is too too cute!!!

  97. Gummy says:

    Thinking about this theme for my son’s thirteenth. Do you think it’s appropriate?

  98. Rachelle says:

    Do you have a file you are willing to post for the Gotham city scape? What a fun idea! I love it!