Our1st born is 5. FIVE. Amazing. Like most five-year olds he's very into superheroes so the theme for his birthday party was easy and fun (and since his birthday always lands on one of the hottest days of the years it was a superhero pool party). I won't pretend I came up with all these ideas myself (isn't that what Pinterest is for??).
The decorations were really fun to put together. I had some regular old balloons on hand and some left over white sticker paper. A quick google image search and I found superhero labels and printed and applied them to the balloons. I waited for a 40% off coupon to Michaels and bought a disposable helium tank.
Using some black poster board, a blue disposable plastic table cloth and some construction paper I freehand drew a city scape to be a backdrop for some photo op's.
Superhero toys the boys already had on hand made for some free decoration.
I found a newspaper template online and made up a superhero story about Matthew and printed as an engineer print at Staples. I glued it to some leftover MDF from our living room project. $3 project and it now lives in Matthew's bedroom.
I don't cook. Like at all. I'm terrible at it, it stresses me out so I let Wegmans do it for me. I didn't want to be running around during the party fussing with food so we kept it easy with watermelon (super strength!), veggies (x-ray vision!) and sandwich trays (hero sandwiches!). Everything was served cold and could be grabbed quickly by 5 year olds who didn't want to leave the pool to eat lunch.
We set up an activity table using DIY superhero masks from Oriental Trading and superhero markers I found on clearance at Michael's.
Even the juice boxes got a superhero touch. I cut out capes freehand from leftover card stock I had on hand. Another free project.
The favors were the DIY superhero capes I told you about. They doubled as decoration when lining the fence with them. I'm not going to lie they were pretty time consuming but so far they're washing well and the boys love them so it was worth it.
All in all the party was a success and fun was had by all!