Thursday, July 7, 2011

{Parties} Keaton's Batman Party

For whatever reason, for the last 3 months I have been hoarding Keaton's 3rd Birthday Party pictures. He is absolutely, positively Batman-obsessed so the theme of his party was a no-brainer. I worked with my friend Maureen from Anders Ruff Custom Designs to transform their popular Super "P" printable party goods into a Batman collection, and brought in a few things from some of my favorite party vendors. I did the majority of the crafting, baking/cooking, and styling--it's crazy but so much fun. Here's the pictures!

First, here's the birthday boy in his Batman costume. I took some quick pictures outside of him recreating "superhero" poses, and then edited them in photoshop to use as decorations. They were easily the most talked about piece of the party--and one of the least expensive!

Here's the favor table. The kids loved filling up their little buckets (with handmade tags using patterned papers from Anders Ruff) with vintage Batman themed Kool Kid Krayons, coloring pages I printed from Google images, amazing cookies from Sugarbelle, Batman fruit snacks, foam Batarangs and superhero masks from Kid Kapers. I used some Batman fabric for a backdrop, and used the adorable (and crazy-detailed!) banner from Party Hoppers to hang on the front of the table.

I set up a Kid's Table where Keaton and his friends ate their snacks. The focal point of the table was the 3D letters spelling "KEATON" that I made from cardboard letters, vintage batman comic book images I found online, spray paint, and some mod podge. I made super easy place mats from a vintage piece of art work, and filled "milk" bottles with "Joker Juice."

The dessert table and other parts of the party were supposed to be set up outside, but the day of the party it rained like crazy with 55mph winds. Half of the people came early to the party because they didn't have electricity because of the storms. Awesome, right? So the morning of the party we had to rearrange some furniture (at my parent's dismay) to set up the tables. Not the exact look I was going for (it was so dark inside because of the weather too), but it worked out fine. I was just glad we didn't lose our power.

We had chocolate covered Oreos from Sweeties by Kim. She was great to work with, and customized the colors of the polka dots to work with my party. I made Batman and Robin "blocks" to hold the cake pops (of my own design) and a mini candy buffet held in Kandy Kones by the uber-talented rockstar Genevieve at Celebrate Today. The ridiculously awesome cookies from Sugarbelle deserve their own picture (check out the edible glitter!):

Keaton helped design his own cake (I'm creating a little cake monster) and he decided he wanted it to look like his favorite toys. So we came up with part Joker's Funhouse and part Batcave. Complete with fondant computer screens saying "Happy 3rd Birthday Keaton" and a Batmobile. Keaton's favorite part ended up being the Joker. Figures.

Finally, we decided to have appetizers at the party, and we made them "Batman" by re-naming all of the food using Batman character names and using perfect food tents/labels from Anders Ruff (I just love Maureen!).

Keaton and his guests had an amazing time at his party (horrible weather and all) and I'm so happy to share it with you (finally!)


Printable Party Goods and Invites: Anders Ruff Custom Designs
Styling and Photography: Two Sugar Babies
Superhero "Keaton" Cape and Masks: Kid Kapers
Batman Crayons: Kool Kid Krayons
Small Favor Buckets: Target
"Keaton" Banner: Party Hoppers
Batman (and additional fabric): Jo-Ann Fabrics
Sugar Cookies: Sugarbelle
3D Cardboard Letters: The Swanky Abode (Easton, Columbus, OH); Completed Design: Two Sugar Babies
"Milk" Bottles: Starbucks Frappuccino bottles
Cake, Cupcakes: Two Sugar Babies
Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Two Sugar Babies
Chocolate Covered Oreos: Sweeties by Kim
Batman Kandy Kones: Posh Party Pretties by Celebrate Today
Food: Two Sugar Babies and Family

Special Thanks (for helping with styling tips and dealing with me in general) to:
Kelly Lyden of The Party Dress and WHHostess
Tanya Martinez of Save the Date for Cupcakes


  1. LOL - thanks for the shout out! ;)

  2. Wow!! Lots & lots of work!! Amazing details!! Bravo, Charynn!

  3. Really impressed with the entertaining theme. Excited to attend destination wedding of my best friend in a couple of weeks. Bought amazing attire for the party. Also got the pretty invitation card for venues in Los Angeles with beautifully decorated party souvenirs. Also had a telephonic conversation regarding other royal preparations done for the big day.