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Vintage Pop Art Inspired Super Hero Party (50 photos)

 
 

Vintage Pop Art Inspired Party by Anders Ruff
Dessert Table

 
  • crys_crys:

    I love every detail of this birthday party! Amazing :)

    • June 29, 2011 at 2:31PM
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  • LeslieSwan:

    I love all the bright colors! Fabulous!

    • July 2, 2011 at 1:39AM
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    Blah 2 Bliss Events:

    You have outstanding creativity! This was such an original idea! I absolutely love it!

    • July 24, 2011 at 6:48PM
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    Blah 2 Bliss Events:

    You have outstanding creativity! This was such an original idea! I absolutely love it!

    • July 24, 2011 at 6:48PM
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    K8y:

    I love this! I'm having a Superhero party for my 3 year old in a month and love all these ideas. Where and how can I get some of these things?

    • November 11, 2011 at 8:28AM
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    rosita:

    this is awesome your so creative!!!

    • July 2, 2012 at 10:46AM
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Being in the “party business”, I (Maureen) always have a vision for what I’d love for my own childrens’ birthday parties, usually which doesn’t align with what they actually want. My son, Pierson, could not be talked out of having a “Super Hero” party.  I am always trying to steer clear of commercial characters and I knew I could take the traditional “Super Hero” in a whole new direction.  

I have always loved the striking and vintage aesthetic of Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art.  I decided to have a Vintage Pop Art Super Pierson Party.  Most moms to boys end up having a super hero party of some sort, and I wanted to show that you can have a really interesting, cool and fresh and appealing party without having to use commercial characters.

We decided on having this be a “Super Pierson” party. For this party, 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 super heros - the traditional big city skyline.  Patterns used throughout the party and graphics were representative of old comic books include halftone patterns as well as classic “benday dots” (Lichtenstein’s trademark).

Here were some of the key elements from 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.
- We had one main dessert table, 1 candy bar and a favor table.
- The main dessert table featured a large “Super P” logo on the black/white polkadot backdrop.  The table featured “buildings” of varying heights in the red/blue and white colors - these buildings reflected the graphics that we used on the printables.  (I got boxes of all sizes at my local Home Depot, wrapped with large scale paper and embellished with windows using electrical tape and black cardstock punched with square punches)  The desserts were mainly displayed on very “pop” feeling laquer white wooden boxes that had black etched trim.
- The candy bar focal point was a Pop Art style graphic poster (printed by signguy.com) that I drew from a photograph of Pierson in his cape/mask. (with a “conversation bubble” that said “Super Pierson!”.   I found clear squared containers in different heights that resembled buildings.  I embellished those containers with “windows” made from cardstock and filled them with candies of the colors from the party (red, yellow, aqua/blue).  We had a conversation bubble sign that explained to the guests that they could fill a bag with candies.  
- 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 polkadot wrapping paper.  Cookies were bagged in cello bags and tied with a favor hangtag (in our printable package).
- We had capes that were personalized with each child’s initial and masks that were sat at each childs’ place setting.
- Lunches were served in white gable boxes (Nashville Wraps) 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 attached a pop art personalized luggage tag that we printed and laminated.
- The lunch box held a hero sandwich that was labeled witha “turkey” pop art logo.  Also, fruit cups were in the lunch box and had a printable label that was a conversation bubble that said either “mmm” or “yum”.
- Birthday boy “Super Pierson” had a special eco pop art lunch bag from Urban Harmonie designs.
- Drink wraps were placed on small water bottles - city skyline graphics with “Super P” logo.
- 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) 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 cute containers.
- “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 cake was designed by Got What It Cakes - a city skyline layer with a benday dots layer and 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 Children:
- When the children arrived, they were directed to the red “london-style” telephone booth (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 Photo Booth for the children to have their pictures taken.  We made (DIY project) a fake barbell weight that the kids could pretend to be lifting over their heads.  we also had handheld 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” that was on the backdrop and it 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 Pierson’s super logo.
- I designed a long (10 foot) 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 and breaking through walls like a super hero.


Complete Event Styling, Graphic Design and Printables - Anders Ruff Custom Designs (www.andersruff.com)
Photography - Becca Bond Photography (www.beccabondphotography.com)

Props:
Cupcake Wrappers - Bella Cupcake Couture (www.bellacupcakecouture.com)
Custom Capes and Masks - Kid Kapers (www.craftymamaky.etsy.com)
Pop Art Eco Lunch Bags - Urban Harmonie Designs (www.uhreusable.etsy.com)
White Gable Boxes and Cello Bags - Nashville Wraps (www.nashvillewraps.com)
Label Material - OnlineLabels.com (www.onlinelabels.com)
Sign Printing - Sign Guy (www.702signguy.com)
Treat Bags - The Cupcake Social (www.thecupcakesocial.com)

Desserts:
Custom Cake - Got What It Cakes (www.gotwhatitcakes.com)
Custom Cake Pops - Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats (www.sweetcheekstastytreats.blogspot.com)
Chocolate Covered Oreos - Sweeties by Kim (www.sweetiesbykim.etsy.com)
Cake Pops - Dreamin N’ Details (www.dreaminndetails.blog.com)
Fondant Cupcake Toppers - Two Sugar Babies (www.twosugarbabies.etsy.com)
Sugar Cookies - The Cookie Jar (www.batches.etsy.com)
“3” Lollipops - Vintage Confections (www.vintageconfections.etsy.com)

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