When Jason said he wanted to have a Superhero Party, I pictured capes and Lone Ranger looking masks. I found adorable ideas on Pinterest of felt capes on water bottles, decorate-your-own-mask stations, themed snacks and food, the works.
But he was thinking Marvel Superheros. I could work with that! Batman, Superman, Spiderman, red, blue, and black color theme...loved it.
Then I realized that I didn't want to have an over-the-top party for my I-just-wanna-play-with-my-friends 5 year old kid. I decided to buy everything themed, until I realized that they don't have Superman birthday party decor…just Spiderman, Batman, or The Avengers. So most of what we bought was Spiderman, which worked out fine because Jason is planning on being Spiderman for Halloween.
I melted chocolate chips and piped little webs (that I froze until they were stiff) to put on top of the cupcakes.
Unfortunately, the bottoms melted into the cupcake and fell over, so we ended up laying them flat on top. It turned out cute enough.
With the leftover, melted chocolate, I created a similar web on top of the larger birthday cake, then stuck a couple of Jason's Spiderman action figures on top. Again, cute enough!
Ryan put a bunch of painters tape in a doorway for the boys to throw crumpled crepe paper into the "web" to get caught. The kids loved this game, but had no interest in any other organized activities (including opening presents or eating cake) for most of the rest of the party. They just wanted to play with all of the new, shiny toys in the playroom.
This was a wild group, that's for sure. My first mistake was not having the pizzas ready when they arrived. Waiting for dinner took forever! Thankfully, we had tables set up outside for them to eat and make their crumby mess outdoors. I bought two pizzas for Kaylin's birthday in August and had an entire pizza leftover. Tonight, I made four pizzas and people were begging for more when it was gone. Boys clearly eat more than girls!
Had you been in my house tonight, some things you would have overheard include:
"Is there a piñata? Because I only like parties with piñatas."
"We're not going upstairs kids, let's play down here." He shot me a very annoyed look and said, "WHY???" (um, because I would like to contain the chaos and destruction to only one floor of the house, that's why)
(screamed in a helping mom's face) "I said I wanted CHEESE PIZZA, not pepperoni!!!" (after he asked for pepperoni)
"Please don't use the balloon as a weapon."
"Don't you have any juice? I don't like water."
"Can you take your finger out of your nose for the picture?"
(from my mom) "Here is the sidewalk chalk that someone was using to draw on the walls. You might want to hang on to that."
"Why did you blow out a candle on a cake, but you're giving us all cupcakes? That makes no sense at all. I want cake."
"Let's not pull down the decorations, boys."
"No, your friends playing outside can't come in for the party."
"Please stop hugging him so tight - his face is turning bright red."
"I dropped my pizza!"
"I spilled my drink!"
"He hit me!"
"That boy yelled at that other boy!"
"No more throwing blocks."
"I don't want pizza. I'll have chips for my dinner."
"Do I have to play that game?"
"Are you going to make us watch him open his presents?"
"I don't want to be in the picture."
"Jason, get out of the front yard. There's a party inside for YOU."
"Please stop aiming the Nerf gun at people's eyes."
It was a 90 minute whirlwind adventure of birthday excitement. As everyone was leaving, I caught a dad in the backyard breaking down the tables and bringing in chairs, a mom in the playroom putting away toys, and my mom washing dishes at the sink. Had everyone just walked out the door, I would have spent the rest of the night putting back together what a dozen short little people destroyed. Thank goodness for the adults at the party!
I hope you had a great birthday, Jason! Next year, I will cheerfully be paying an establishment $200 to host the party for us. Because tonight was exhausting! And your friends are…very active little boys.