Last Saturday we celebrated Cooper’s first birthday with family and friends and since we’ve called him Super Cooper before he was even born it was easy to chose a super hero theme and throw him a Super Hero Birthday Party!
As everyone knows by now Cooper is sorta a big deal in our house and this birthday was a big celebration for all of us. I started planning his party about a month before we actually had the party.
I tend to stick with buffet style when throwing parties at our house where I lay everything out in our dining room and let people help themselves. I took everything out of the dining room except the table, china cabinet and buffet. (Including photos on the walls and china from the hutch.) I put the chairs throughout the main floor so there is plenty of places for guest to sit.
The china cabinet was backed with super hero wrapping paper that was leftover from his present I wrapped. I printed off 12 photos of each month he was born and showcased them off in the cabinet. The foam pieces were from Target’s dollar bin and the black and white polka dot paper that reminded me of comic book art is scrapbook paper. The Captain America shield is from Party City I found it in the Halloween section. I plan on using it in Cooper’s bedroom in a project I’m currently working on.
I also put all the paper plates and utensils on the china cabinet. The plastic utensils are in mini mason jars and are decorated with washi tape from Target and super hero stickers from the Dollar Store. I have an area for paper goods, an area for sweets and an area for the main food.
The menu was simple. The key to my parties are focusing on the decorating (that I do in advance) and the meal being easy so I can spend time with my guest. I made sloppy joes from a recipe that I got from The Pioneer Woman’s blog. They were a huge hit! I made them the night before and put them in a crock pot the day of the party. I also made homemade potato salad the night before too. Way cheaper than deli bought!!
I made fun food tags for the food like the bugles were obviously called catwoman claws. Admit it as a kid you totally wore these as nails as you ate them! The batman bowl is a trick or treat container!
Trader Joe’s are a must when throwing a party. I bought mac and cheese bites and french chocolate and vanilla macarons. Both equally delicious! I can reheat and thaw food like no one’s business!
Like I said it’s all about the presentation! Thow in a pom pom toothpick and it takes it to a whole other level! The tablecloth is my red Christmas tablecloth that I decorated with washi tape.
I also served some healthy foods too, like grapes and veggies in individual plastic shot glasses with ranch dressing. I skewered the grapes and put stickers I bought at the Target dollar bin on the glasses. I made these the day of the party about an hour before guest arrived.
A few fun things at the party ended up being the photo booth that my husband, daughter and myself made for Cooper’s guests to take photos with the birthday boy.
It being Halloween I got some great deals on the masks and I think the older kids had the most fun with them!
(The Popular Birthday Boy!)
Another fun thing was Cooper’s time capsule. I bought an unfinished wood box (half off) from Hobby Lobby and my husband decorated it with a vintage comic book cover and modge podge. We asked our guest to write a note to Cooper and told them he’d opened it when he turned 18 years old.
Drew painted the inside of the box and even made Cooper his very own super hero logo!
For dessert I made cupcakes (out of a box) and my favorite homemade butter cream frosting.
The cupcake liners are from Hobby Lobby (half off) and the sprinkles are from Michaels. I made the super hero skewers from cocktail straws and left over stickers.
I also made Cooper’s smash cake from the same cake mix. Cooper wasn’t crazy about the icing but ate all the sprinkles one by one!
A few more things to keep things easy for me is that I decorated the dining room a week before the party. I always do that when I throw a party. Gives me a chance to rearrange things and to enjoy it a bit. I also only served lemonade and water and served them in large containers where guests helped themselves.
The party was a big hit and I think Cooper was very happy visiting with everyone! Next year though, I think we’ll just take everyone out for pizza!!