DIY Super Hero Birthday Party
Little man turned one! And to celebrate we had a DIY Super Hero Birthday Party that turned out amazingly. We had a bounce house and a hot dog cart, capes, a photo booth complete with super hero photo booth props, and the biggest hit of the day: a Punch for a Prize game board.
This party was a good combination of DIY and store bought. I went a little above and beyond financially because it was my son’s first, but the DIY elements helped bring the cost down.
Our highest price aspects were the bounce house from Simply Inflatables and the hot dog cart from B-Dawgs Hot Dogs & More. These two were awesome to have though, and the hot dog cart also had pretzels, sausages, chips, drinks, snow cones and more. I highly recommend B-Dawgs if you’re in or around the Sarasota, FL area. They set up out in the yard next to the bounce house and served people hot delicious food as they were hungry.
- DIY SUPER HERO PHOTO BOOTH
The super hero photo booth was my personal favorite, and it was surprisingly simple and affordable to set up. I bought a white plastic table cloth from the dollar store (among other colors used for other aspects of this party, which I’ll get into later) and then snagged these AMAZING super hero photo booth props off Etsy from ThePartyGirlStudio.I picked a low traffic corner of the patio with good lighting to hang up the table cloth and set up my camera on a tripod. I stuck the props in a holder (think PVC pipe) next to the white backdrop and let the guests take photos of each other.At the end of the day, I uploaded to my computer and made a few minor tweaks to the lighting and sent out the finished photos to my guests.Take a look at some of my favorites below:
DIY Super Hero Photo Booth
- DIY PUNCH FOR A PRIZE GAME BOARD
This was such a big hit! Literally. And again, was so easy to make.
– Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board, White (730109)
– Retractable Utility Knife
– Plastic Party Cups
– Tissue Paper, Assorted Colors
– Rubber Bands
1. On the backside of the board, trace the opening of the cups using a marker. I estimated about 10-15 kids showing up to Zay’s party, so we had 15 holes: 3 across and 5 down.
3. Flip the board over and color the front however you please. We used traditional comic book phrases and exclamations like, “Pow!” and “Bam!” with a pop art take. I’m creative, but not artistic, as Zay’s Nana puts it, so this portion was not photo worthy. hah.
4. Put the prizes in the cups.
7. Prop the board up against something sturdy.
The board doesn’t stay up on it’s own, so have someone hold it when it comes time for the kids to show off their strength. Let them take turns punching through the tissue paper to win the prize in the cup. It’s particularly fun if you have a variety of prizes to choose from.
- DIY SUPER HERO CITYSCAPE BACKDROP
– Blue plastic table cloth
– Black poster board (5 sheets)
– Yellow poster board (1 sheet)
1. Hang the blue plastic table cloth wherever you want your backdrop to be.2. Draw out a cityscape (random height rectangles, occasional triangle top) buildings on the black poster board. Combine two pieces of poster board for extra tall buildings.
3. Use the scissors to cut out your cityscape.
4. Tape the cutout black poster board to the blue plastic tablecloth. *Note: double sided tape doesn’t hold up well. Use masking tape for a more secure hold.
5. Cut out small rectangles using the yellow poster board.
6. Tape the yellow rectangles randomly on the black poster board to give the illusion of building lights being on at night.
- DIY SUPER HERO CAPES
– Plastic table cloths in red, blue, yellow and/or white (each table cloth can make 4 capes)
– Double sided tape
– Paper plate
1. Open the plastic table cloths and unfold them partially.2. Using the scissors cut the table cloths into rectangles about 3′ x 4′. I just used the fold lines on the cape to make a guesstimated measurement.
*Bonus – DIY super her capes are made from plastic table cloth material, so can be used as bibs for easy cake clean-up!
This DIY Super Hero Birthday Party was such a success. I’m so incredibly proud of how it all came together, and so thankful for everyone who took time out of their day to attend. I’m especially thankful for those who traveled to come. It meant so much to me and to Zaylen to have you here with us.