Monday, March 26, 2012

vintage spiderman

Today is my youngest son's 3rd birthday! 
We celebrated over the weekend with a vintage Spiderman themed party.  
Ford loves Spiderman, especially the Spiderman from the 60s . . . and that's where my inspiration for his party came from. 
Vintage and new comic books, lots of red, blue, and yellow card-stock, and self-adhesive cut-out letters were the base of the decorations. With those materials, I created bunting/pennants, medallions, table-runners, comic signs, and tags.  
Our guests sat at large round tables that were covered with white linens and black table covers. Vintage comic pages were carefully laminated together, and then placed down the center of each table as runners. 

The table centerpieces supported medallions that I made using comic book pages . . . as well as nostalgic comic signs that read "POW!" "BANG!" "BOOM!" "SPLAAT!"

~ Large medallions ~
made from 2 comic book pages

~ Small medallions ~


~ comic word signs ~

~ children's table ~
complete with Spiderman puzzles,
buckets of markers,
and over-sized black & white coloring pages


To set the food and dessert tables apart, I chose to cover them in silver table covers . . . and hung pennant/bunting across the front of each. The pennants were made from Spiderman comic book covers and pages



The silverware, napkin, and plate caddies were small tins also covered in comic book pages.

Our menu was served atop large white stoneware . . .  

served hot . . . sweet & spicy pulled pork
on sweet rolls
honey-roasted turkey sandwiches 
on croissant rolls
home-made potato salad
home-made pasta salad
black olives (Ford's favorite)
potato chips  

Since I don't buy pre-matching decorations or napkins from party stores, it always takes me a little longer to find napkins that coordinate with the theme of the party. I think I found a fun and unique match with these black & white, and blue & white striped napkins! 


 and the pièce de résistance  

Auntie Alex did it, once again!!  

Inspired by a cake originally designed by Valerie of Sweet Picasso Cake Creations, Auntie Alex re-created this MARVEL-ous cake for Ford!

The cake was three tiers of layered, moist vanilla almond cake (colored blue) with vanilla Swiss meringue butter-cream filling, frosted in white chocolate ganache and covered in fondont.  She paid close attention to details (as always), and clustered the skyscraper windows in 3's, and was even sure to set the clock at 3 o'clock!  All in honor of Ford's 3rd birthday! 

My husband and I designed and created the large, black city-scape. It makes for the perfect setting for this MARVEL-ous cake! Did you notice we carved a "3" in windows, on the tallest sky-scraper?

~ The kids loved the Spiderman cupcakes! ~

Everyone went home with a MARVEL-ous marshmallow. Made of HUGE camp-fire marshmallows dipped in white chocolate, and then covered in blue sanding sugar ~ these sweet treats were also a hit with the little ones! 

Ford's special day was filled with family, friends, and our wonderful neighbors . . . good food . . . MARVEL-ous desserts, a HUGE 11' x 30' combination jumper/slide . . . and lots of balloons! 
My little guy crashed early and hard that night! 

We love and adore your loving and gentle soul!
Happy 3rd Birthday Ford!
We love you,
Momma and Daddy

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