DIY Birthday Party

Somehow 4 years have passed since my son was born. It’s gone from this:

to this:

quicker than it feels possible! Over the years we’ve done several themed birthdays and there is always a diy element to each party, but this year we went DIY crazy!

The one consistent DIY element is the cake. My mom-in-law, Patti, made all of the birthday cakes for each of her 4 children & this was definitely a tradition I wanted to carry on. Problem was, I had never in my life decorated a cake so I was relieved when she was willing to help me. Here are the cakes we made in previous years:

1st Birthday Cake by Patti

1st Birthday Baby Cake by me!

2nd Birthday Cake (Mater by me, Lightning by Patti)

3rd Birthday Cake by Patti

So this year, like many 4 year old boys, my Tyler is into Super Heros. With the help of Pintrest, I found all the elements I needed to find inspiration for a complete DIY Super Hero Party! First, I found this invite and printables birthday package on Etsy:

From ThePartyProject on Etsy

From ThePartyProject on Etsy

Rose from ThePartyProject was wonderful to work with. I just purchased the package, gave her all the party details and uploaded a picture of Tyler in his Batman jammies and she did all the graphic magic. I just printed it all and added some props and we were good to go. With this as my inspiration, I also found this cake on Pintrest:

Inspiration Cake

We made some slight changes and came up with this:

Our Actual Cake

This year we added a brand new element for us – fondant! And actually, I was so drowned in printables (which I wouldn’t have finished without Auntie Katie’s help!) that Patti did all the fondant work the night before. We have our eye on a birthday cake for Elise that will also use fondant so I hope to learn how to work with it on the next cake. I know some friends who make their own fondant, but since it was so new to us, we simply bought the pre-made stuff at Michael’s.

Here are some more pictures of how it all turned out:

Tyler & Grandma making the cake

Pow * Zap* Ka-Boom & Straw Flags

Pow Napkin Rings

Water Bottle Labels

Goodie Bag Station, Birthday Sign

Caped Lollipops

Cape-Making Station

I found the idea for t-shirt capes here and got the printable logos here. We had the kids glue on their chosen felt super hero logo to their chosen cape as they arrived using Fabric Glue, but it had to sit and dry the duration of the party. If I had to do it over again, I would have pre-made the capes or used an iron-on fusible so the kids could wear them for the party, but I think it was fun anyway and a great party favor to take on the road.

As always, we had a super blessed time with family, friends and laughter. I hope my son will come to appreciate all the love that goes into these handmade birthdays, but in the meantime, I’m having a lot of fun!


2 thoughts on “DIY Birthday Party

  1. That was a fantastic party and you did a bang-up job of finding all the cool party ideas and then carrying them out to perfection. Great job, Jaime. Thanks for sharing Tyler’s party with us. BTW he seemed to have a terrific time as well. I just loved his laughter at the $$ gift. That was hilarious!

    • Thank you Aunt Sylvia!! It is so great that you all make the drive each year – we really love having you there. That response to the money was completely unexpected!!! LOL!! He’s such a character!!

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