Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Grant's Super 16 Superhero Birthday Party {With Free Printables!}

It's kind of a big deal, turning 16.  So, I knew we needed to throw a big party.  And since Grant has always been a little crazy about superheroes, I knew what I had to do.  I know many of you have little boys {or big boys} who also dream of saving the world while wearing a mask and cape, so I'm sharing our day with you...

One of the great things about a classic superhero party theme is that you can start with some basic primary colors and shapes just run with them.  

City skylines and black and white polka dots are great foundational elements for a superhero feel, so that was the look for the party table.  A couple of blue plastic table cloths with a makeshift table runner made from wrapping paper worked perfectly as a cheap and easy table cover.

And a few boxes covered in black tissue paper and yellow card stock made a great city skyline to hold the cupcakes.

We had a super-simple menu of hot dogs and chips, and a little 'Pop' 'Bam' 'Boom' added some wow factor to the condiments.

Once again, my cafe shelves came in very handy for theme decorating.  I made another of my easiest chalkboards ever in my old red frame.  

And the same red lantern I used on the Christmas shelves fit in just right here as well.  

I made Grant's name on a skyline from black paper with painted-on windows which held the glittered paper letters clipped on with clothes pins.  {Get this glittered paper from Hobby Lobby for only $1 on sale weeks!}

Here's the rear view...

The party favors for each guest were superhero cookies cut from Williams-Sonoma Marvel Comics cookie cutters. (UPDATE:  Williams-Sonoma is no longer selling these, but for those of you who have asked, I did find them for you here with free shipping!)

 We also had a city skyline photo backdrop made from black foam board with painted windows.

When guests arrived, they chose a mask of their favorite superhero.  Purchase the download for the masks here.

My husband made us some laminated speech bubbles so we could all use a dry erase marker to write our own messages.  This dry-erase contact paper applied to cardboard would work great as well!

We had a lot of fun with that!

It turned out to be a super night for Grant and all his friends.  And, obviously, it was pretty fun for me, too.

If you're planning a superhero party anytime soon, feel free to download my printables. 

Click here to download the cupcake circles. (Use a 2-inch punch to get a perfect cut.)

And click here to find the Pop Bam Pow in various sizes along with other great stuff.


  1. What a wonderful, personalized birthday, Julie- I am sure he was thrilled to pieces. xo Diana

  2. What fun!
    Your "pop" with an exclamation point on the soda bucket made me laugh.
    You put a lot of thought into this, and made it cool enough for 16 year olds! No easy feat....
    Well done!

  3. Julie,
    I love everything you did for the party! It gave me some great ideas for my son who will be ten in May. And just yesterday I finally brought out (and put back..haha) the black posterboard from DG that I bought after reading one of your posts. Now I am inspired again to make some framed boards! I really love your posts! A verse I thought I would pass along today is 1 Corinthians 16:9. Have a most wonderful day! And again,Beautiful job on the party, Mom!!!

  4. You need to publish a party book. You probably already have. I remember I wore out my copy of the Penny Whistler Party Planner when my kids were little but I like yours and the added images sooooooooo much better.
    hugs and congrats to the birthday guy,

  5. OMG-
    This is so amazing! What fun. You're so talented!
    Thanks for sharing!

  6. awesome! thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Once again, you proved yourself an awesome Mom. :) Great job! Loved the decorations and the photos were great! That was a Super Hero birthday to remember!

  8. This is so cool! I want this party for my next birthday!

  9. This is so cute! Even though I'm a 22 year old lady, I'm going to be dropping hints about this to my friends for my next birthday!

  10. I love this!!! What a GREAT party theme! I love the family pics at the end, pricless!! And happy birthday to your baby boy :)

  11. Oh my gosh, thank you, thank you, thank you! My son wanted a superhero theme and these ideas are amazing! I appreciate you sharing your printables too.

    1. You're welcome! Hope he has a great party! :)

  12. Thank you SOOOO much for the cupcake printables! I have been looking EVERYWHERE for a free print out. This was so perfect for my three year old's superhero birthday party!

    1. You're welcome! So glad to be a small part of the big day!!

  13. There are so many great ideas here, thank you for sharing everything!! It's so hard to find party ideas suitable for older kids, I'm so glad you shared links as well as your ideas. It makes planning a Sweet Sixteen party for a girl so much easier!!

    1. Glad you liked it! Have fun planning your party!


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