October is one of my family’s favorite months because of Halloween (obviously) and my daughter’s birthday! Every year we throw her a party of her choosing. For the last few years we have had a number of different parties- Dr. Seuss, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jurassic Park, PJ Masks Surprise Party, and this year she chose to have a Wonder Woman Party! This year was not as much of a challenge like the Jurassic Park party was for her 3rd birthday but we still jumped through some hurdles.
Wonder Woman stuff was hard to come by! She was either incorporated into the Justice League or DC Superhero Girls, it was hard to come by stuff that had just Wonder Woman. Luckily, as my daughter and I were walking around Target, we came across Wonder Woman party decorations, score!
This relieved a lot of stress since I would not have to make my own Wonder Woman party plates, napkins, tablecloths, etc. Once we purchased all of that, I was able to direct my attention to other aspects of the party.
Decorations were the best part of this entire party! The Cricut came to the rescue multiple times. I was able to customize party favor bags with bags I found at the Dollar Tree and cardstock I had stored away. For the party favors I included beads and party blowouts both from the Dollar Tree, the Wonder Woman party favor pack from Target (I only put one favor of these in each pack so everyone would at least get one Wonder Woman favor), Halloween party favors (these were super cheap and were in abundance) from Target, stickers from Amazon, Superhero tattoos from Hobby Lobby and a lollipop. Thank goodness, she was born during Halloween time because both candy and favors are super affordable!
I used Cricut design space to create the Wonder Woman emblem and was able to use it on multiple projects. It was used to make a beautiful banner, a background emblem that was hung behind the decor table and made a few photo props!
A good friend of mine lended me her backdrop stand so I could have a cute display behind the dessert table. I ordered a red sequin curtain backdrop, a blue fringe photo backdrop and a gold fringe backdrop from Amazon which came together for a beautiful look. I used my Cricut, Gold Glitter and black cardstock to make the emblem hanging on the red curtain to finish the look. My brilliant husband suggested adding balloons to the ensemble to give it some extra pizzaz. The latex balloons came from Dollar Tree and I found the mylar balloons on Amazon. I wanted some depth so I found cake stands from the Target Dollar Spot and put sweets on them to break up the linear layout of the desserts.
During a trip to Hobby Lobby, I found Wonder Woman wall decor and implemented them into the party. The first was a wood comic cover featuring the Amazonian princess in all her glory and the other was a plaque that read “I’m not saying I’m Wonder Woman. I’m just saying that no one has ever seen me & Wonder Woman in the same room!”. It was cute and matched Zoey so well, I had to get them both! While there I also picked up some gold glitter party hats and masks that the kids could color in!
The centerpieces I crafted together (with the help of Pinterest) were great! I got balloon weights from Dollar Tree and used yellow and red cardstock to make a simple crown that I taped around the weights. My husband added a few balloons to them later and it looked awesome!
Food was another big issue. My husband and I are big on always making sure that there is enough food to go around and we wanted to make sure that the parents and siblings that came along were fed as well. I know as a parent that it’s confusing to figure out if the food is meant for just the kids that were invited. To stay budget friendly, I turned to Little Caesars to get enough pizza for the entire party. I have to give them a huge shout out here because I had a case of mom brain and ordered the pizza two days early! The staff at my local Little Caesars was so great about my mishap and helped correct my problem. They truly saved the day! Along with pizza we had dipped rice crispies, dipped pretzels, fruit and veggie trays, juice, soda, water, and chips, super simple with minimal cleanup was what I was going for.
A friend of mine made beautiful cookies that were absolutely delicious and super super cute! She’s just starting a cookie business and does great work. Just look at these cookies! I loved them so much I did not want to eat them!
For the cake and cupcakes, I went to Sams Club. Their cupcakes come 30 to a pack and their prices worked well within my budget. The staff was helpful and friendly, they were able to give me what I wanted and even had a Wonder Woman emblem to stick on the cake! The cupcakes did come plain, I ordered the Wonder Woman rings from Amazon!
We held the party at a community venue that provided tables and chairs, which was nice because we were able to piece together the party we envisioned. We also felt that we needed something to entertain the kids, especially if it had a large turnout. We rented a bouncy castle but had to cancel last minute due to venue rules. Luckily, a friend of mine recommended a lady that paints faces, does balloon art and a reptile show. Her rate was very reasonable and she was very good with the kids, kept them entertained the entire time! We also had a piñata which the kids went crazy for, who doesn’t love diving in for a pile of candy?
We could not find a piñata we liked so my handy husband and in-laws made Zoey one! My husband made the base out of cardboard and glue. He then fashioned a glue out of flour and water then glued heaps of newspaper all around it. My in-laws finished it out with the tissue paper and emblem. I loved the way it turned out.
Unfortunately, I was not able to get pictures of the other tables. We were cutting it close on time and the chaos of the party did not allow me much time to take more pictures. In total we had 27 kids come along with their parents and siblings. Zoey had so much fun! She invited all of her friends from school, our neighborhood, and her extra curricular activities. They came dressed as their favorite super heroes and had a blast playing with each other. There was plenty to eat and lots of fun to be had. Each kid was able to get their faces painted, make a mask, get a balloon animal, learn a little about bearded dragons, and beat the living daylights out of our homemade piñata.
Our event was a success, Zoey thanked us afterward and could not believe we pulled together what we did. Her special day was everything and more. A lot of my friends and family ask why I go all out for her birthday every year. Most probably assume it’s because I only have one child but there’s another reason. I do it because she’s only little for so long. The magic of childhood will end and one day, very soon, she will be done with kid parties. I know we will all look back and remember the time Zoey was obsessed with Wonder Woman, Jurassic Park and so on. We will look at the pictures and remember the great times we had, and that is my why.
Thank you so much for reading, see you next time!