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A Superhero Party – SUPER Eats!!

What’s a Superhero Birthday Party without some SUPER Eats??  Not very super is what…….

So, let’s start with one of  the best parts of any birthday party…..The Cake!!

Here is a doodle of the cake that I texted my husband to which he responded, “Where in the world did you get that drawing?” and “What is that supposed to be?”  So apparently my doodle skills are a bit lame:

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I started putting my cake plan into action by making my topper.  Since I was doing an Avenger themed party I had to fit comics into the mix somehow.  Below is a picture of the topper which is foam that I cut into letters and mod podged comics over (very tedious work!!).  When it was done the letters were hot glued to sucker sticks:

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Time to work on the actual cake……..

Cake Ingredients:

  • 3 boxed cakes with all of the stuff you need to bake them as listed on the box (I used 2 red velvet and 1 blue suede)
  • 1 box black fondant
  • 1 box yellow fondant (of which I only used a pinch and I am still slightly bitter)
  • Powdered sugar
  • 4 cans of frosting (I used cream cheese and vanilla)
  • pinch of water
  • Cake leveler
  • 6-inch cake round wrapped in foil
  • Rolling pin
  • Pizza cutter
  • Silpat is not necessary but makes working with fondant much easier

I needed buildings!!  lots and lots of buildings!!  I ventured for the first time into the world of fondant…….and wow that stuff is fun (how can you beat edible play dough??)

I bought the fondant that was already colored and used my own tools of the trade.  I almost got caught by the “fondant roller” and “fondant cutters” at the store but I outsmarted them and used my pizza cutter and rolling pin.

I followed instructions by kneading and then rolling out the fondant pretty thin using powdered sugar if it felt sticky.  If you have a Silpat use it because I am sure it saved me a ton of powdered sugar:

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Once I had my fondant rolled out I started cutting building shapes and moving them to waxed paper for drying:

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Then I rolled out some yellow fondant and cut out little windows.  To stick them to the buildings I put a very small amount of water on the windows and lightly pressed them onto the buildings:

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I baked up 7 layers of cakes (which I wisely didn’t use 2 of them because I am sure that would have ended in disaster for a beginner like me).  I leveled each layer with a cake leveler (best $12 I have ever spent!!).  In the end I stacked 3-9 inch Red Velvet cakes on the bottom, topped that with a 6 inch cake round wrapped in foil and then topped that with 2-6 inch Blue Suede cakes.  I used Red and Blue because that just screamed Captain America.

I used cream cheese frosting on the red velvet layers and vanilla icing on the top layers.

Once the cake was frosted I started attaching my buildings to the sides of the cake.  The buildings were slightly firm from sitting while I baked the cakes.  I layered a few of the buildings by sticking icing to the back of a building and placing it over another.

After my buildings were added I topped with my topper and stuck a few superheroes up there too:

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It wasn’t quite a clean as I envisioned but when my son saw it he was very excited so it was a success in my book.

Snacks were next on the agenda…….

I had to get to work finding some super ideas for party snacks.  Of course my first step was Pinterest…..which never disappoints.

Unfortunately I can’t give credit to just one person because the things I decided to make were made multiple times by several awesome DIYers….so I will never know who had the original idea (I just know it wasn’t me).

Superhero Suckers have been popular for a while now…..I actually made these for my daughter’s preschool class for valentines day about 3 years ago.  I figured this was the perfect time to revisit this kid favorite:

Superhero Sucker Ingredients:

  • Suckers (I used tootsie pops)
  • Felt
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Foam (I painted my foam with acrylics to resemble earth)

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Essentially the hardest part of this project is cutting out all of the little capes and masks:

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After everything is cut out assembling is easy……just put the sucker through the cape hole (I put a little dot of hot glue to secure it) and glue the mask to the sucker……easy peasy.  The little comic words I glued to the backs of the capes.

The next and simplest hero treat that I found were “Thor Hammers”

Thor Hammer Ingredients:

  • Cheese cut into blocks (I used Colby and Mozzarella)
  • Pretzel Sticks

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I left the ingredients for the hammers out and the kids put them together themselves.

Another popular superhero treat was the Captain America fruit tray.

Captain America Fruit Tray Ingredients:

  • Fruit Dip
  • Marshmallows
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Round Tray
  • Wax Paper
  • Large star cookie cutter

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So this one had several different versions on Pinterest.  I kind of just went my own way with it though because I didn’t have the awesome round dividers and tools other pinners were using.  However I was lucky enough to have a large star cookie cutter on hand.

The biggest problem I could see with this was that the strawberries would stain the marshmallows and turn them pink……but I found a solution!  I made wax paper dividers between the strawberries and the marshmallows and it worked great.  I turned my star cookie cutter upside down and put fruit dip in it.

Up next are Hulk Smash Marshmallows.  One of my son’s favorite heroes is Hulk so he had to have some representation on the snack table.  I found that a few pinners were dipping marshmallows in green chocolate and putting jimmies on top…..they were super cute so they definitely made the cut

Hulk Smash Marshmallows:

  • Green chocolate melts
  • Jumbo marshmallows
  • Paper Straws
  • Chocolate jimmies
  • Edible marker
  • Foam Block
  • Large sucker wrappers with ties (or sandwich bags and ties)

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To start I stuck straws in my marshmallows and melted my chocolate melts per the instructions on the package.  I dipped my marshmallows in the melts and then dipped the top of the chocolate covered marshmallow in the jimmies.  Once I had a foam block filled I stuck it in the fridge for about 5 minutes to harden the chocolate.  When the chocolate was hardened I put my “Hulk Smash” face on them with the edible marker.

I made a rookie mistake with these guys and purchased small sucker wrappers which didn’t come close to fitting around them.  To right my wrong I cut the tops off of zip lock sandwich bags and they fit perfectly.

The cake table turned out great!  and I had another perfect opportunity to use my chalk markers!!

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Now to plan my daughter’s birthday party in March…….I better get busy 🙂

A Superhero Party – Photo Wall with Props

Superheroes are all the rage in this house.  Both my son and daughter love the heroes (and the villians).  When I asked my soon to be 3-year-old what type of party he wanted to have he mentioned about 5 different superheroes and since 4 of the 5 were Avengers we went with it……

I have wanted to try to make a photo wall and props for a while now but never had a reason…..so now was my chance.

Luckily we have a chalkboard wall in the kids playroom and a Superhero theme is easy…..just draw some buildings.

I grabbed my new chalk markers (which by the way are AWESOME) and a straight edge and went to town:

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It looked very plain so I decided to add a little bling but since I am not much for drawing on the wall, I grabbed some copy paper, markers and scissors and made some bling to tape to the wall:

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I also played around with making a big moon and other things in the background but couldn’t make it work so I kept it simple.

The next thing I needed to work on were my props.  I painted a Captain America shield on a cake round and then did a few pencil drawings on some poster board:

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Then I painted them (with acrylic paints), cut them out and hot glued a stick to em (Yes, I know Wonder Woman is not an Avenger….she was a special request from my son).  I also took the opportunity to fix my daughter’s Harley Quinn mallet that took a beating during Halloween:

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The next prop I made was a fun after work project one day……

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Thor’s Hammer……which my daughter claimed as her own:

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The last prop that is very important for a superhero is a cape, so we made some out of plastic table cloths:

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I cut the table cloth in a “cape” shape:

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Then I cut a straight line from the corner towards the middle:

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Then cut a half circle on each side of the cut leaving two long pieces to go around the neck:

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Then I attached Velcro to each side for easy connecting.  My cutting was not perfect but the kiddos didn’t mind and I got 5 capes out of each tablecloth:

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Party Time!!  My son insisted on wearing his Joker costume which was a bit off theme but it was his birthday so he got his way:

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The kids had fun!!  I had a great time taking pictures of the little heroes:

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Up next will be “Super Food”…….stay tuned………..

 

 

A Two (and a half) -Year-Old Joker

My son is a Superhero fanatic.  However lately he has been a bit obsessed with The Joker.  I can’t blame him…..The Joker is colorful, has lots of cool toys and seems like a happy enough guy.  Of course the only real exposure my son has had to him is in the Lego cartoons or else I am sure he would find him quite scary.

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I had been asking him for the past month who he wanted to dress as for Halloween and 8 times out of 10 he would say “I Joker”.  This worked out perfectly since my daughter had decided on Harley Quinn early in the year (she changed her mind 50 or so times but we came back to Harley in the end).

So the search for a white or purple suit began…….

Who knew finding a purple suit for a two-year-old would be so difficult?

After hitting up all of the local thrift shops and children’s resale shops I had to turn to the internet shops.  I found a $20 all white suit complete with tie and I jumped on it!

In the days leading up to the arrival of this awesome white suit I purchased green, orange and purple dye and was ready to go.  When the suit arrived I read the instructions for the dye and was disappointed to find out that it was recommended that it NOT be used for polyester and of course the suit was 100% polyester.  I dyed it anyway……

Well……the suit turned out pink and the undershirt was….well honestly I can’t even describe what color it turned out…….it was like a dirty light green.

Well back to the craft store……I found some awesome fabric spray paint (I had no idea this stuff existed).  I went to town spray painting the suit.  Unfortunately for me the fabric spray did not go very far…….six $5.99 cans later I had the most expensive costume I have ever made……

However the look on my son’s face when he saw his Joker costume was money well spent……..

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and another picture of the happy Joker…….

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A little green hair, green eyebrows and some red lips and we have our finished Joker (with Harley Quinn)……

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The hard part was getting him to take the costume off…….and he wouldn’t answer to anything but Joker.

Joker sliming a couple of superheroes…….

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We have a couple of opportunities left for the kids to wear their costumes before the end of the week and then we can start planning for next year……..

So far my daughter has Teen Titans on her mind…….she is thinking Raven for her and Beast Boy for her little brother.

I am sure she will change her mind several times but I like where her head is at!!

 

Comic Book Dresser

I had mentioned in a previous post that my Aunt and Uncle had given me two dressers.  The first one was for my daughter and it was made over with chalkboard paint.  The second smaller one I made over for my son.

He loves Batman and his bedroom has a Batman theme so this was the only thing that made sense for this dresser.

Here is the before picture of the dresser minus one handle that I prematurely took off…….

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I still had a pile of Batman Comics from another project so I didn’t even have to pay the Comic Store guy a visit for this project.

My Project List:

  • Comics
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paint brush

First thing I did was take off the handles and paint them black.  I took out the drawers and put a coat of Primer on the dresser.  When the primer dried I put two coats of dark blue paint on the dresser.

Then it was time to tackle the drawers.  I cut the better pictures out of the comics and put them in a pile.

Since this was for my 2-year-old it was important to pick the less violent scene’s from the comics.  My favorite picture was Robin stubbing his toe.  Made me laugh so it got a prominent spot on the dresser.

Robin stubbing his toe……..

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I worked on one drawer at a time (mod podge dries pretty quick).  I put a coat of mod podge on the drawer.  Then added the less interesting pages to the first coat (I went right over the handle holes because you can poke the handles right through the paper later).  I then added another layer of mod podge over the first comic layer and added the pictures I liked from the comic, then added another layer of mod podge.  I use my fingers to smooth out the pages.  Mod podge is messy stuff but so much fun!

Once the mod podge was completely dry I pushed my handles through the comic book paper and secured them.

I let the dresser sit for a few days before using it to allow the paint to set.

Here is the finished project……..

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My son was thrilled with his new dresser and even helped me transfer all of his clothes to it, which turned into a total mess since he just tried to shove everything in the bottom two drawers.

But at least he tried to help……….