Monday, November 22, 2010

the Batman Surprise Birthday Party

Passing out NOISE makers

gathering the goodies

Time for a cupcake.

The Story
Cade has talked for months about having a surprise batman birthday party. The problem was that he had ALL of the details already planned out, including a pinata. I kept telling him that if he had everything all planned out nothing would be a surprise. He explained to me that it would be a surprise because he wouldn't know "which tomorrow" it would be.

I decided we would try to pull it off. Cade was involved with everything. I made sure that he knew his birthday was the day after Thanksgiving, and then had his party the Saturday before. It worked. We had A LOT of help, but he was totally surprised.

The Details (and how I kept the costs down)
-cupcake stand- a box wrapped in batman paper, a cake plate, then a clear glass with a white plate on top. Nothing was attached. I just prayed that nothing would topple over. (success)
-cupcakes- Made by me. This is inexpensive because you don't need forks or plates to eat them, and everyone likes cupcakes.
-batman cupcake toppers- made by me in excel, printed, punched and glued to toothpicks
-happy birthday chalkboard- an unfinished wooden plaque that was in the top of my closet sprayed with chalkboard paint
-paper chain- strips of construction paper that I had on hand
-striped fabric on food table- leftover from another project
-menu- created in word, printed and put in a frame that I already had (here is the inspiration for the menu)
-wire basket to hold plastic and paperware- unused file basket
-tin for plasticware - paint can that was spray painted yellow that was snagged from Cade's room. It usually holds colored pencils. I just washed it and lined it with a napkin. 
-noisemaker holder-empty soup can covered in wrapping paper
-pinata filler- candy and playdough bought the day after halloween for 50% off
-party bags - used to gather goodies from pinata. Found on clearance at Target (8 for 38 cent)
-food- I kept the menu simple to make thing easy on myself and to keep the cost down. Taco Soup, Chili, and PB&J sandwiches for any of the kids that didn't like the other stuff.
-party favors- because we were doing  a pinata that was going to be full of candy I chose to make "superhero" capes for each of the kids with their initial on it. I had planned to make them out of new king size black sheet, but found shiny fabric on sale at Walmart. (5 yards for $5, major score!) The letters were cut out of felt.

He had a blast, so it was worth all of the effort. The only sad part was that I didn't get any pictures of the birthday boy with his Daddy, Mommy, or brother. How did I do that?

linked to:
Our Joy His Glory - Happy Hostess
Just something I whipped up
Craft-O-Maniac Monday
Tatertots and Jello 


  1. Adorable all the details. Plus the look on his face, PRICELESS! well done. Jen

  2. You never run out of adorable, frugal projects, or the energy to create them! Go Nicole!!

  3. Wow, great job!!! The party looks amazing and I love all the little details you put into it, even better that you were so creative and frugal making them!

  4. what a darling party! the details are so fun~

  5. What a fabulous party! Any one of my three boys would have LOVED that. Great job on the details!

  6. Awesome party! Love the menu :-)

    It's so hard to get good pics at birthday parties...isn't it?

    -Desiree @ Just Another Day in Paradise

  7. How fun! The look on his face was priceless! May have to borrow this idea!

  8. Absolutely LOVED the capes! So stinkin' cute! Also...thanks for all the playdough. I think Jessi got it all:) haha

  9. This is such a fantastic idea and you did a fabulous job! I do have to agree that the look on his face was just priceless. Thanks so much for sharing such an awesome idea!

  10. So cute! My son is totally on a Batman kick. That and all things Lego! Would love for you to come visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday!

  11. Nikki! I love the attention to detail, especially the menu. SO adorable. And the paper chain is off the chain. LOL (I love homemade party decor, especially paper goods.)

  12. You are so creative, Nikki! I love this idea...especially that menu. Thank you so much for linking up to my little blog party. I hope to have another one soon! BTW, working on my last edits before I send my post your way.

    1. Thanks Leslie. I really enjoyed looking through all of the parties.


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