Perfection Is My Enemy

A Chrisitan mom & crafter shares what's worked for her.

Sam & Joshua’s Superhero 5th Birthday Party June 20, 2011

Filed under: Birthday Parties!,Frugal,Gluten Free,Kids — Perfection Is My Enemy @ 10:46 pm

First, a little background. During my pregnancy with Sam, my friend Margie was also pregnant. We went to OB appointments  together and both had boys just 10 days apart. Sam & Joshua have had their birthday parties together since they were 2, and their 5th birthday was no different. What was different is that it is probably the last party the boys will have together. Joshua and his family are moving to South Korea next month and won’t be back for a few years. And, after my husband graduates from college next year, we will likely be moving away from where we currently live for him to find work. So, since this is probably the last combined party, I went a little nuts.

The Birthday Boys ~ Joshua & Sam

We chose a generic superhero theme. I had a hundred yards of white muslin fabric (leftover from our wedding 11 years ago) so I found out each kid’s favorite color and made them each a superhero cape to decorate with colored sharpies.  They did a great job and were all very creative. I love to start parties with a craft because it gives the kids something to do while we wait for everyone to arrive.

Cape Decorating

I also got some facepaint and we painted superhero masks on the kids’ faces.

Sam enjoying the facepainting

Then, we played a game. I volunteered 4 of the dads (we invite the parents to stay and enjoy the party too) to be the villains. Then I divided the kids into 4 teams. Each team got a roll of toilet paper (4 for a dollar at the dollar store) and they had a race to see who could use up their roll of toilet paper first by tying up the bad guys.


Tying up the bad guys!

After the game we enjoyed a wonderful BBQ dinner.



The weather did not cooperate well at all, so we moved some of the party into the garage and some of the dads set up some tents outside. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked.

To decorate the cupcakes, I got a package of primary colored card stock at Michaels (about $4) and printed out these little signs on my printer. I used hot glue to glue the toothpicks on and just stuck them in the cupcakes.


The cupcakes & photobooth

Joshua’s dad did a great job of setting up an obstacle course in their backyard. Between downpours, the kids had a blast running around with their capes on.


Lined up and ready to start the obstacle course.

Also between downpours we did a photoshoot. I used a couple of big cardboard boxes to paint a cityscape and painted some boxes to look like buildings to create a bit of a 3D effect. I did buy some paint and posterboard to complete this, but I had a lot of stuff on hand already (so I spent about $10). Once the kids got into it, we had a blast.

Girl Power



Boy Power!



The whole superhero gang

When the rain started again, we headed back inside the garage to whack the piñata. I made the piñata using cornstarch instead of flour because our oldest son has Celiac Disease and can’t have even the smallest amount of gluten. It worked great, but next time I won’t do quite as many layers as it was hard to break open (we used a hard rubber bat to whack it, but a wooden bat would have worked well, I just worry about the kids getting whacked in the noggen). I filled the piñata with toys, pencils, etc. from the dollar store and all natural suckers from the health food store (about $10).


Sam having a whack at the pinata

Then the boys opened their presents, we said our thank you’s and goodbyes, and it was time to head home. It was a great party and the kids, all 15 of them, (and parents)  had so much fun.


I couldn’t resist sharing more great pictures from the party, so here’s a slideshow:

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