Soo, I know that I’m late getting this up — like really late. My oldest son (Dio) turned 3 last month, and I decided to throw him a superhero birthday party.

Kinda.

Truth be told, I’m not into huge birthday parties for kids. Aside from costing a ton of money — including all those favors for every kid who comes to your party that will break in two seconds — my husband and I just aren’t into them. But I wanted to do something for my boy (you know, to show Mommy cares, LOL) and decided to keep my decorating to the dining room table. (It’s actually a compromise I have with the mister who feels I go “overboard” decorating for our kids’ birthdays since we aren’t into parties … but I digress.)

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.My husband and I have an appreciation for superheroes. After all, I did name our second son Bishop after one of my favorite X-Men characters (*Wink* ), so I thought a superhero-inspired birthday would be fitting.

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.One of the hardest decisions I had to make for this party was choosing which superheroes we wanted for the table that ultimately would become playthings for our boys. There are soo many great characters, but as with everything in life, you can’t have them all … at least not at once. I have a personal love for Chris Evans Captain America and Batman (not Ben Affleck though … sorry, dude), and my husband and I both love the Hulk. Add in Thor, War Machine, and Iron Man, and we had ourselves a party.

And, of course, we had Bishop just hanging out with the cupcakes. (Heeey, Bishop!)

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.Sourcing for this superhero non-party was fairly simple. I ordered the streamers, balloons, and comic-inspired wall decorations from Oriental Trading and Birthday Express. I already had the mini cake stands/pedestals from Target (the that company takes my money on a daily basis) and scooped up the Justice League wrapping paper to wrap empty package boxes that came to my house prior to the event. Party City was the last place on my list to hit up for the Justice League paper plates and napkins. We also had a random Captain America shield and Batman mask that I added to the table for decor.

And, in case you’re wondering, the mason jar drink dispenser came from Walmart (I have a love-love relationship with mason jars) that housed our “Hulk juice,” which basically was green Hawaiian punch with a cool name.

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.As for the edibles, I have this tradition of purchasing the same round birthday cake from Walmart (it costs $10 or something) for both boys and styling it up differently. Obviously, I’ll switch things up once they get older — and realize they’ve been getting the same damn cake for years — but for now, it works.

Helwigs Sweets created the Iron Man fondant cake topper.

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.The delicious cupcakes we had came from Babycakes Cupcakery in Clarence, New York, that I topped with superhero fondant cupcake toppers from Amore Confections.

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.Cupcakes are manna from heaven for me, and boy were these sooo dang delicious!

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.We had a few people over (my mom and sister came up from Baltimore, and my husband’s co-worker stopped by with his wife and three kids) who devoured these cupcakes. Every flavor I wanted to try — like that mouth-watering sundae cupcake — was gone gone gone.

But at least I had one, which I can’t complain about.

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.This was a fun “event” to style (it took a couple episodes of Dawson’s Creek to get done) and, more importantly, was super duper affordable. My son really enjoyed it and had a smile from ear to ear.

Happy birthday, baby boy.

Dio's third superhero birthday party. Copyright: Tanvier Peart. All rights reserved. Do not use without permission.

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