My eldest recently turned 4. To celebrate the occasion we had a Superhero Pop Art Party. We only invited 6 other children as our house and garden is rather small and you can never tell what the English weather will do. As it turned out we had a beautiful day, but if it had been rainy and miserable we would all have had to stay inside. Eight grown-ups and eight kids in a 3 x 8 m space? No way!
I am so chuffed with how it turned out. I spent a little bit more than I should have, but not nearly as much as I could have.
Superhero Pop Art Party
I saw a great Vintage Pop Art Party over on Hostess with the mostess. I don’t often covet, but her polkadotty backdrop and little buildings are awesome and I WANTED!!!
But we are simple folk of humble means. I don’t have the money to buy photographic backdrops for my parties and we didn’t have any cardboard boxes to transform into buildings.
I made do with spray-painted cardboard buildings stuck onto a blue plastic table cloth (the same one we used for Jaco’s Elmo Party). The windows were just squares of scrap paper.
I liked the idea of having jars full of monotone sweets. It’s a nice idea, isn’t it? And you see it everywhere. But the logistics of getting a whole bunch of blue or green sweets!!!
I ended up buying 10 bags of Skittles and Smarties and sorting all the colours into ziplock bags. Even so I just about had enough of each colour to fill a glass. And we have enough sweets left over to last us till next Christmas. Anyone need a whole bunch of pink and red sweets? Knock on my door.
For the cupcakes I made simple sponge cupcakes with butter cream icing. The toppers are my own design and the free printable can be found at the bottom of the post. I cut the wrappers out of a Marvel Comic Collage.
There are many cupcake wrapper “masks” or templates available online and it is very easy to trace these onto your desired image/page and then cut out. I am a bit wary of going to copyright jail though, so I have not supplied the templates I used…
For some added budget superheroness, I made these Marshmallow Superhero “Cape” Pops.
I got the birthday boy to help me, so they were edible, cute, and toddler-entertaining.
It still wasn’t superhero-y enough. So I spiced up the juice bottles with some pop art labels. These printables are also available at the bottom of the post and will fit any bottle smaller than 22 cm around.
And still I wasn’t satisfied. So I grabbed a box of Ikea Pepparkakor Ginger thins (see this post if you are the kind of person who now HAS to know what Pepparkakor is) and some royal icing (see my post on making black royal icing if you don’t know how) and made these BAM POW SPLAT cookies. Easy peasy. Just write the words in colour and then ice around them in white. Leave to dry for a couple of hours.
Sandwiches and cheese
Using cookie cutters, we cut P’s and 4’s out of sheets of cheese. Add a hand full of Babybel‘s, and you have another cheap and cheerful way of emphasizing the theme.
Fruit and yogurt
Blueberries and Strawberries for a Superhero vitamin boost.
I probably should have washed the blueberries first, hm? The squeezy yogurts are Munch Bunch Strawberry and something-or-other. I think it’s supposed to be lemon…
And notice the Hoola Hoops in the back? They were supposed to be packaged in 3″ ziplock bags with a little label attached, but my 3″ ziplocks have gone walkabouts and I only realized it on the morning of the party.
I have made a rainbow cake once before, but it was the other kind. The kind where you plop all the different colours into the same cake tin in an orderly fashion and then get a rainbow/vortex effect.
I find this kind much prettier, though, and when I saw the Superhero Rainbow Cake on Love the Day’s Superherop Party Inspiration Feature, I had to make one.
The lightning bolts are made out of melted red candy melts. I simply printed out a template of a lightning bolt using Microsoft Word’s Insert Shapes feature and placed it under some wax paper. I then piped the melted candy melts onto the wax paper, following the outline of the template. When each lightning bolt was done, I placed it in the microwave for 20 seconds to make sure any bumps and lines melted back down. In with the lollipop stick and 30 minutes to harden.
Of course you can buy a variety of customized/customizable invites. But I was so focused on saving money that I completely forgot about the cost of printer ink and the amount of ink needed for a black invite!
Have a look on the internet. There are so many cute and inspiring invitation ideas. And they are not difficult to design.
Masked Superhero Capes
This is my little Xander modelling the 6-12 month size cape. Don’t look to closely at the image manipulation. It was my first go at erasing something out of a picture and was done while burping a wriggling baby.
I made one of these capes for each of the little guests at the party. It can be worn with or without the mask and is made from jersey cotton with little jersey cotton appliques on the back. I used some fabric left over from when I went through my baby-sling-making phase, so they cost me nothing but a few poppers and some thread.
I have made the pattern for the Superhero Capes available in sizes 6-12 months, 2-3 years and 4-5 years.
We borrowed a red, yellow and blue bouncy castle from Lovely Lynda and set that up at the back of the garden. I really REALLY wish I had pretty pictures to show you, but I don’t.
For our structured activity – yes, there was only one – we pinned some black bag baddies to the hedge and had the children “attack” them with silly string.
Superhero Pop Art Party Printables
For best results, use 160 gsm paper or card stock.
Click on the link below to download the free printable. Simply cut out the toppers and stick them to a toothpick and into the cupcake.
Click on the link below to download the free printable. Cut out the labels and attach to the bottles by sticking a piece of double sided sticky tape where indicated. If the labels are too wide for your bottle, cut off a bit or just stick the double sided sticky tape to the back left edge of the label and wrap it around until it’s nice and snug.
As I have already mentioned, these munchies labels were designed for 3″ ziplock bags. I have taken a photo of the label attached to a 4″ bag (for illustration purposes only). Ideally the label should overhang the bag and not the other way around.
Click on the link below to download the free printable. Cut out the labels and fold them in half. Attach them to the ziplock bags with double-sided tape.
I hope you find this post helpful.
And if you have some Pop Art Party ideas to share, I would love to hear them.