My oldest daughter turned 16 last month! I’ve been dreaming in my head about the fabulous party that I would throw for her! There would be glitter…soooo much glitter!!
To get the ball rolling, I created a pinterest board and shared the link with her so that we could collaborate and make it a special day that she would remember forever and ever. And then the comments rolled in from her account to mine: “Nope.” “Not gonna happen”. “Too girlie”. Hurtful. Just hurtful. Ha Ha. Actually – I wasn’t that surprised. She’s not much for the frills and the fancy…so I did what I should have started with and asked her what she’d like to do.
It just so happened that the new Captain America: Civil War movie was hitting theaters that very weekend, and she really wanted to see it. We had our theme.
Instead of SWEET 16 we were going to go SUPER 16!! I started designing the invitations right away and used a pretty standard Comic Book layout design – but used muted (more girly) colors to give it a vintage feel. She loved it and we were in business!
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Here are some of the photos of the buffet at the party:
I LOVE these Gold Party Fans from My Mind’s Eye Fancy Collection. I’ve used them for my Christmas Party, my Ice Cream Party and now this Superhero Party. They’re just the best thing to have in you Party Decor arsenal. Because I want to thank you loyal readers for being so patient while I was away – I’m offering a discount today in the shop on these versatile gold fans! CLICK HERE to shop.
This SUPER bunting was also made using the pages from the comic books that I ordered on Amazon and I printed the lettering onto mailing labels using my laser jet printer, and then foiled them using my laminator and heat sensitive foil. (Whew! That’s a lot of links! I think this will require a tutorial! I’m on it!)
For the drinks I chose to do milk and punch to go well with the cake and cookies. I created the signs in Photoshop, and cut them out using my Silhouette Cameo – and then gold foiled them using the same process as the SUPER bunting. For the sticks, I used skewers topped with a wooden bead that I had dipped into glue and then glitter – just to pretty it up a little. (I TOLD you there would be some glitter!!)
I thought it would be fun to use these Superhero Action Figures to hold buffet cards – but in their colorful natural state, they came off a bit cheesy. So I grabbed my trusty gold spray paint and made them fit in! They were so cute – she is currently using them in her bedroom (which is black and gold) and they look darling! (I used the playskool brand because their feet were so big – they weren’t likely to tip over easily – but there were several other options to choose from if this look is too juvenile!) Here is a peek of one a little closer:
The polka dot milk glasses were from Target – and I took these pictures before they were filled, but I used white gatorade to fill the “punch” and milk to fill the “mighty milk”.
Underneath the glasses, I put more of the comic book pages – just to break up the whiteness of the buffet top. I also spread some Giant Gold Confetti onto the table to give it some texture.
I love to bake – and I take pride in trying be a DIY girl – but I knew what I wanted this cake to be – and I knew my limits! So I called up my sweet friend, Tawnna, from Happy Baking AZ and ordered this cute cake and 3 dozen of these darling cookies from her. Best decision I’ve ever made. This cake was the focal point of the buffet & it needed to look good!
(On a side note – it also TASTED incredible! We ordered the Salted Caramel Cake for the bottom layer and the Citrus cake with Raspberry Buttercream filling for the top – YUM!)
I hope you were inspired by some of things posted here! In my next post I’ll give you all of the details about how I kept 20 teens entertained for over 8 hours!