I have to admit when my son informed me that he wanted a super hero themed 4th birthday party, I was less than excited at first. Images of the same old commercialized Spider Man party plates, bags and decor filled my head. Instead of panicking, I turned to Etsy! The many adorable designs I found inspired me to design my own version of the popular super heros to give his party that special touch!

For the invitations I illustrated these cute cartoon kids dressed as their favorite heros. Of course Jackson dressed as Spider Man took front and center with a J on the chest of his Spidy suit!  Add some fun fonts and colors.. and of course the adorable photo of the birthday boy and voila! The matching printable party circle was perfect to use as an envelope sealer and let the recipient know that this piece of mail held a little something special.
The party circles also served as favor tags for the goodie bags, cupcake toppers, and decorations!   Coordinating scrapbook paper created the flags and banners.
DIY: I printed the topper and favor designs on letter size paper, cut into columns, and punched using  2″ circle and 2″ scallop punches. Lollipop sticks complete the cupcake toppers. 
 For the flags I traced the triangles backed along a single line and cut using my Fiskar Paper Trimmer.  For the banner I simple taped the flags to ribbon. The flags, which double as favors for the kids and decoration, were made with bamboo skewers that I cut the sharp end off of. 
Affordable tip: to save money over a pricey cupcake stand that I would then have to store somewhere I purchased a disposable cupcake stand.

I wanted each child to have a chance to be a lil’ super hero, so in each goodie bag was their very own super hero mask. I created a paper template to trace onto various scrapbook papers. Cut out using scissors, punched holes and added elastic purchased in the jewelery section of my local craft store. The kids looked adorable!

Jackson wore his Spider Man Halloween costume which saved some money.  Little sister however had no such costume, and with no time and no money I had to get creative. Some left over red and white felt cut to shape served as her Super Anna cape! I quickly sewed on some ribbon to tie it on and the result was a fun inexpensive little cape to match her party dress that took less than 5 minutes to create.  I wish I had thought of this cute cape idea sooner and had made them for all the kids!
Altogether, this party on a budget was a huge success with all the kids going home sufficiently sugared up!
Happy Planning!
Christy

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