How to Throw a SUPER Superhero Birthday

Birthday Parties

A superhero theme appeals to all kids, at a variety of ages because superheros exhibit unique skills, wear awesome costumes and save the world on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis. Unlike other themes, a superhero party lends itself to action-packed games and other activities — none of which require you to empty your wallet in order to accomplish. Whew! (Bam! Zoinks! Spending foiled again!)


Take the invitations from booooor-ing to blammo (superhero lingo for “awesome-sauce”) by delivering a cape and eye mask along with the invitation. You could even assign each invitee a persona, character or name on the invitation. This gets guests in the “mood” before they even arrive (and gets them excited — and really, what’s better than a group of super excited kids?).
There lots of online retailers that offer invitations with personalized superhero themes, like Tiny Prints and Zazzle. You can also find really nice ones on Etsy, or get inspired to make your own from the ideas you can find on Pinterest.


For the entranceway to the party, hang up spiderwebs and a sign that says “Welcome to Gotham City”, posters and drawings of superhero characters and action signs like “Zap!”, “Pow!”, and “Bam!” as well as posters that say “No villains allowed”. Hang up streamers and balloons in superhero colors all around the room and dress the party table in a primary coloured tablecloth and use laminated comic book pages as placemats (or whole comic books inside protective covers that the kids can take home after).


Superheroes are sure to be hungrier than many other party-goers, so have plenty of food on hand. Mix up some super hero punch for your party guests with lemonade, pineapple juice, some cranberry juice and a splash of mineral water for bubbles. As for the food, stick with your superhero color scheme. Incorporate it into the snacks and cupcakes that you can also customize with various superhero emblems.

Like most birthday parties, a superhero theme should offer a cake as its crowning glory. Most cake stores will have cake pans in unique shapes; it shouldn’t be difficult to find a bat-shaped pan or one that’s designed after a particular comic book hero or his insignia. There are some pretty amazing superhero themed cakes on Pinterest, some with instructions to make them yourself.

Once you’ve got dessert in hand, add some heartier fare to the menu. Sandwiches cut into bat shapes are great, as is a “hero,” sandwich bar with cold cuts, sliced cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and condiments. Side dishes can include gelatin cut into superhero shapes, as well as long ropes of licorice (every superhero needs a lasso, right?).


All superheroes like to be active, so be sure to have plenty of games and activities throughout the day.

Face Painting: paint your birthday party guests’ faces to make them look like superheroes! Use famous symbols like superman, batman, wonder woman, and spiderman to paint on their cheeks or across their whole face!

X-ray Vision: put a variety of small items in a box (ranging from a card to a marble to a plastic water gun) and see if the kids can tell what they are by feeling inside the box without looking. Older kids may get a kick out of a surprise, such as a half a tomato (cut side up) or other items full of interesting textures.

Pass the Kryptonite: Have the mini superheroes sit in a circle shoulder to shoulder. Tell them the story of Superman and how if he got too close to the Kryptonite he lost all of his superpowers and that if they don’t want to lose their super powers, they have to pass the Kryptonite (a small green ball) around the circle as fast as they can. Play music in the background and when the music stops, whoever is holding the Kryptonite must exit the circle. Keep playing until there is one player left and then they can be named Super boy or girl.

Obstacle Course: Set up pillows, chairs, and sofa cushions to make an obstacle course for the kids to climb (if it’s cold out and your party is indoors), or set up a course outside for them to jump and crawl through to catch a super villain. Time each of the kids as they make their way through the course to determine the winning superhero!

It’s also a good idea to keep your guests occupied with hands-on party favors. Place a kid-friendly comic book by each place setting as a party favor. You can add to the fun by giving each guest an egg-shaped container of Silly Putty. They can press the Silly Putty against a cartoon strip. When they peel it off, they’ll find a mirror image of the cartoon on the Silly Putty. And, because they can take the comic book and Silly Putty home, these party favors will offer hours of fun.

Party Favors:

Send your wee superheroes on their way will fun and full goody bags. Some things you can put in them are toy superhero figures, Lego superhero figures, comic books, stickers, flashlights, and silly putty. Think about ordering things like this in bulk from a local party store or online at a place like Oriental Trading. Be sure to check our Birthday Party Listings in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa and Calgary for more details like cakes, supplies, vendors and party spaces.

Also, if you happen to live in Vancouver, we have a great inside scoop on a business that exclusively does superhero parties –  Supermom Parties.

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