Dax and Kai’s Superhero Party

October 26, 2008

We enjoyed:
Sugar. Lots of it.
A cape-decorating workshop. (Each child was given a package that included a cape, mask, and a stencil of their initial to trace onto felt).
Great weather.
Great friends.

And that’s a special dairy and egg-free cake for Dax, in case you were wondering. Kai’s cake was a spectacular mess of chocolate and meringue buttercream that did not survive direct sunlight. Those pictures didn’t make the cut. But this is what I had been dreaming of.

A few more pictures here.

Update: Answers to FAQ
1) What material did I use for the cape?
Unfortunately, I can’t say. I bought the cheapest black fabric I could find at a local discount fabric store. I want to say it’s a polyester blend.

2) How did I get the letters to stick on?
This fabulous thing called sticky-back felt! Found here.

3) What material did I use for the masks?
Also felt. But of the stiff variety. Found at Michael’s.

4) How did I get the masks to stay on?
I punched a tiny hole on each side of the mask, threaded elastic band though, then knotted it. The elastic is also from Michael’s, in the jewelry section.

5) How did I get the capes to stay on?
I glued on Velcro dots using fabric glue. Not recommended. It worked fine, but you have to consider finicky toddlers who like to switch from citizen to superhero constantly. Fabric glue is strong, but not strong enough for all the tugging off and on. I suggest sewing on Velcro.

Hope all this helps. Feel free to email me if I missed anything, and good luck!


  1. Comment by Nicole B. on October 26, 2008 6:58 pm

    that is such a great party idea! love all the little details. what child wouldn’t want their own superhero cape!

  2. Comment by Amanda on October 26, 2008 7:03 pm

    What an awesome party! I love it.

    Did you roll the sushi yourself? And what’s in it? Looks tasty…

  3. Comment by miyo on October 26, 2008 8:00 pm

    what a great little party – dylann LOVES her cape!

  4. Comment by melissa w on October 26, 2008 8:41 pm

    Adorable! What fun ideas! Love the capes and the sugar (I mean candy) buffet. I am constantly amazed by your creativity and talent! You have 2 lucky boys! And- the heat wave worked to your advantage in this case. Yay! Now it can change to fall. Happy Birthday to both Kai and Dax!

  5. Comment by Dariela on October 26, 2008 9:37 pm

    So cute!!! How great it went, I love it all. Happy birthday to your boys!!!

  6. Comment by Jenn on October 26, 2008 9:39 pm

    Thanks, everyone!

    Amanda, those are cucumber, avocado, and cream cheese rolls. I had been practicing on family and friends the past few weeks, so I sort of have the hang of rolling sushi by now!

    Miyo, so glad to hear Dylann loves her cape! I’m glad that the girls had fun (especially since Kai’s guests were mostly girls!).

  7. Comment by melissa on October 26, 2008 9:42 pm

    You went all out for their birthday party!! I’m very impressed. What a great idea to decorate superhero capes!!

  8. Comment by dana on October 27, 2008 12:07 am

    Those capes are awesome. Of course you would have brilliant party ideas! Great stuff! I’m sure all the kids had a fabulous time.

  9. Comment by Jen@OurDailyBigTop on October 27, 2008 5:04 am

    Love your party theme! Everyone looks like they’re having a great time. What fun. I love the capes – did you make them? Was it hard? You did a wonderful job.

  10. Comment by Erin Galland on October 27, 2008 9:13 am

    Looks like so much fun! I love the capes-

  11. Comment by Jenn on October 27, 2008 9:17 am

    Jen, yes, Ryan and I cut out all the capes. It was tedious (there were 13 kids) but super easy. I didn’t even bring out my sewing machine, though I probably should have finished off the edges.

  12. Comment by Kate on October 27, 2008 12:24 pm

    So cute Jen! What a great party you threw. I just can’t say enough how much I love you style.

  13. Comment by Staci Jayne on October 27, 2008 1:34 pm

    You have to be the best Mom ever! It looked like a hit party!

  14. Comment by ruby on October 27, 2008 2:15 pm

    jenn- that is an awesome party! man, you did a lot of work! i love all the color and it looked like so so much fun!!! i bet that was a dream come true for all the kids!!!

  15. Comment by ruby on October 27, 2008 2:16 pm

    oh and i need that recipe! true is allergic to dairy and eggs too!!!

  16. Comment by keely on October 27, 2008 2:51 pm

    very cute, looks like it was a fun party! and look at you with your sushi, yumm.

  17. Comment by Becky on October 27, 2008 2:53 pm

    Very, very well done Jenn. Seriously, Martha-worthy. You should consider sending the pics/story to a magazine.

    Katie wore the mask around the house this weekend!

  18. Comment by Dawn on October 27, 2008 9:17 pm

    Looks like it was a ton of fun! Love the way you put the pictures up on the blog!

  19. Comment by Michelle Hinckley on October 28, 2008 10:17 am

    Now that is what I call a kids dream party come true! Love that even the girls weren’t bashful about making and sporting their own superhero capes too! Two thumbs way up. (I might even have to steal your ideas for my boys bday’s next year).

  20. Comment by Cara on November 7, 2008 7:44 am

    Oh my! My son would flip to have a party like this! He is so into anything super hero! So glad I saw you on T&T, I will have to do this next summer for him! Thanks for all the fab. ideas! Now if I could only roll sushi!

  21. Comment by renee on November 7, 2008 12:31 pm

    i love the capes and mask! can you give more details about what the fabric was for the cape and masks…it looks like felt?? and what did you do for the guests before hand?? and what part did you have the guests do? i love this!!

  22. Comment by At Home with Kim Vallee on November 7, 2008 1:28 pm

    Congrats on the execution. Lots of attention to details. The superhero cape-decorating package was a nice touch. Celebrating in a park like that, the kids surely had lots of fun.

  23. Comment by Pamela on November 8, 2008 7:55 am

    I came across your blog via TangledandTrue and I am SO impressed with this party idea! As a mother of two little boys myself, I am always looking for fun new ideas for birthday parties.
    You are incredibly creative!

  24. Comment by K on December 20, 2008 11:24 am

    How did you affix the felt letters to the cape? Fabric glue? Could they wear them immediately?

  25. Comment by party favor ideas on December 22, 2008 1:08 am

    That was a great party idea, those kids were very cute and happy..

  26. Comment by Jill on February 25, 2009 2:10 pm

    I’m curious how you made the capes? fabric? and what items were used to make the shapes/letters/stars? how did you attach all of this? and the masks? any ideas are helpful…

  27. Comment by Jen on March 28, 2009 2:56 pm

    Just wondering about the capes and masks. How did you make them or did you buy them? What material was used for the capes? Any sewing involved? And how did you attach the decorated letters? Any and all tips are appreciated.

  28. Comment by Elisha on April 15, 2009 5:44 pm

    How did you do the capes? They are awesome.

  29. Comment by Melinda on April 23, 2009 12:01 pm

    Hi, I love the superhero party idea…so creative. I was wondering if you could share your recipe for the dairy and egg free cake you made for your one son. I have a friend with a son with those allergies. Thanks

  30. Comment by Nicole on April 26, 2009 1:21 pm

    I’m with everyone else…absolutely in LOVE with this idea. I am definitely doing this for my little boy’s b-day this summer. SO…would you mind telling me more about the capes/masks…what’s the fabric, did you have a pattern, how did you attatch them (glue?) could the kids wear them right away,etc!
    Thanks so much. I LOOVE your blog. A new favorite find! Thanks so much!!

  31. Comment by Robin on May 10, 2009 7:19 pm

    Hi Jenn,

    My son is turning 4 next month and insists on having a super hero birthday. Your ideas are fantastic. Like so many others, I am wondering if you would share your information on the capes and masks. Did you have a pattern for them? What materials did you use and how did you adhere the letter and symbol to the cape? Any help you can provide will be great. Thanks you so much.

  32. Comment by Jenn on May 14, 2009 9:20 pm

    Hey, Jenn,

    I have been planning a super hero party for my superhero obsessed son and was planning a make it yourself cape. Like others, I’d love details on how you adhered the felt letter/badge/stars to the cape. Also, what material did you use for the cape? Would love any other tips you have for the cape/mask…thank you! So glad I stumbled on your blog!

  33. Comment by michelle on July 5, 2009 8:43 am

    love those capes and masks what are them made of? felt? cloth?

  34. Comment by Maria on August 4, 2009 7:37 am

    Hi. I love the cape and your idea of having the kids decorate them. I have signed myself up for a super hero birthday party for my “turning 6 twin boys”. Could you give me some ideas about the cape? What material is it and how about the letters?


  35. Comment by Heidi on August 12, 2009 2:40 pm

    Hi there

    I am having a superhero party for my son this weekend and this is EXACTLY what I wanted to do. Have a cape making station. How did you attach the felt onto the capes?? and how did the masks stay on the kids faces??


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  37. Comment by kim on September 18, 2009 9:07 am

    This is great.!! It looks like there was fun for all. I was curious about the capes. How did you make them? I need step by step help.

  38. Comment by judi on October 10, 2009 11:02 am

    this idea is fabulous! thank you for sharing it with us!

  39. Comment by Angelica on October 25, 2009 4:13 pm

    Jenn, You are so unbelievably cool. I want to copy everything you do, “Single White Female”-style. Just kidding. Sort of. No really, this party idea was so dope. But one more question: How did you whittle the invite list so that your ideas were logistically possible? Our parties with “close family” end up having 30 kids.

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  41. Comment by Kalina on January 21, 2010 12:16 pm

    Hey, I was just wondering how long the capes were. I’m thinking of doing this for my son’s birthday but I need all the help I can get. Did you have a template for the letters too? Thanks. Any help is appreciated

  42. Comment by Shilo on January 21, 2010 8:47 pm

    Hi. I stumpled upon your site looking for ideas for my sons birthday party. I had a superhero party for my older one several years back and attempted making capes which ended up in a disaster. I was wondering if there was a template that you used in making them. Or even how you estimated the length. Thank you so much and what a wonderful looking party!

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  44. Comment by Kate Robson on July 18, 2010 9:42 am

    I am in the UK and have 2 boys. My youngest Eddie will be 4 and is having a super hero party. I am going to use a few of your ideas. You are so talented and thank you for sharing !


  45. Comment by Deb on December 13, 2010 1:55 pm

    I love this site. I am planning a Christmas/ superhero birthday party for my twin boys turning 3 next week. I always try to make it unique because their B-day is around X-mas. I loved all your ideas. Thank-you.

  46. Comment by Cassandra on February 25, 2011 11:02 am

    I am giving my little boy a superhero party for his 4th birthday this summer. How did you make the capes? Was it pretty simple? Did they require sewing? Did you do the party at a park? I have been trying to deide if we were just going to do it at our house or out somewhere else. Thanks!

  47. Comment by Carly on March 18, 2011 9:30 am

    Just LOVE everythig!!! Im having a superhero party for my twins Kai and Ciara. How far in advance should I start
    Planning to get everything done? Did you have a cake? I really want to just duplicate your party !

  48. Comment by Silvie on June 15, 2011 1:07 pm

    I’m sure my son things this is the best party ever!

    I’ll put a link on the item ‘wednesday, inspirationday’ at the Idee Kidsblog.

    Thanks for sharing!

  49. Comment by Tara on June 16, 2011 12:26 am

    I luv your site! I am giving my son a super hero party and your blog got me “SUPER” excited! Also awesome profile pic and what brand are your boots…they are a must have!

  50. Comment by Melanie C on August 24, 2011 12:04 pm

    Such great ideas!! Thanks for sharing.

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  52. Comment by Jessica on October 5, 2011 12:12 pm

    Ohmygosh! My daughter will be turning 5 this month and decided she wanted a “superhero party,” so I decided to take a look on the web and see what other crafty mamas have come up with- so glad I found this adorable cape idea! The sticky-back felt is genius- no glue for the kids to mess with (and mom to have to clean up…). Thanks for sharing!

  53. Comment by Lisa Thakkar on January 11, 2012 1:01 pm

    I am planning a superhero party for my soon-to-be 4 year old and it looks like yours turned out great! Did you play games? What activities did you do besides making the capes? Thank you!

  54. Comment by Lisa on January 27, 2012 2:41 pm

    Great place to get kids super hero capes – http://www.kindercapes.com/ – SO cute!

  55. Comment by Courtney on March 4, 2012 2:03 pm

    Do you have a pattern for the capes that you made?

  56. Comment by Johnna on March 7, 2012 4:45 pm

    How many yards of fabric did you purchase for the capes?

  57. Comment by Kim on March 7, 2012 6:12 pm

    I made a pattern with poster-board using my son as a guide to the length. I folded the poster -board in half and drew the shape that I wanted for the cape. I used about a 1 yard of fabric per superhero :-) Hope this helps you get started. The capes were a BIG hit.

  58. Comment by Byron on May 3, 2012 12:41 pm

    This is a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing this. We did a pokemon birthday years ago for our son and this idea would be great for our grandchildren one day.

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