One of my favorite things in life is a dinner party – good food, good friends, good conversation – does it get any better? And with the husband’s birthday coming up, I couldn’t resist putting together a party for him based on his favorite fandom – Spider-Man!
Now, the trouble with being a “grown-up” geek is how to throw a theme party based on a fandom without having it look like a kid’s party. Husband insisted he could care less about that since he’s just a big kid at heart anyway 🙂 , but I really felt inspired to try my hand at something “adult.” Always up for a challenge, right? 😉
Here’s the end result! What do you think?
I wanted to pay homage to superhero colors without going over the top, so I did blue and red in the tablecloth and napkins, but chose black-and-white for the table runner. I found this awesome comic print on Spoonflower, and I love the way it turned out! (Plus, as a generic superhero pattern, I’ll be able to recycle it for other parties!)
(Spoonflower has some wonderful fabrics, by the way, for “geek-chic” home decor looks. However, because these fabrics are all individually designed and custom printed, they are a bit pricey . . . Their lowest price – for a very basic cotton – is $17 per yard. Understandable given the product, but still – ouch! To save money, I opted for purchasing only one yard of this fabric and then cutting it in half and sewing the two lengths together to make one long runner. This resulted in a seam in the middle, but it wasn’t terribly noticeable and definitely worth saving the $17 on buying a second yard.)
The skyscraper centerpiece is made of folded black cardstock and white tissue paper. They are actually candle covers, topping LED votives. (WARNING: If you try this “at home” don’t use real flame!) The skyscrapers were inspired by these tealight paper houses from CraftandCreativty.com.
These plates are another “grown-up” touch I went for. I wanted to use real plates (and not paper or plastic), so I used this tutorial from Our Nerd Home to decoupage black-and-white Spider-Man drawings onto glass plates. I really like the way the black-and-white looks here also! I think it classes up the table a bit.
I found the images by doing a Google search and the glass plates are from Walmart ($1.50 apiece). The printed pages, glass plates, plus a jar of Modge Podge came in at around $15 for 6 plates. Not too bad, and these will be reusable also! (Or, if doing something like this for a party of your own, could always make a great favor!)
These napkin rings came from Amazon. They were my priciest purchase, but I just couldn’t resist them, and they will make a great recycle for Halloween! (I’m a firm believer in reusing objects wherever you can. The red chargers, for example, are from Christmas!)
For dinner, I served my husband’s favorite – hamburgers! Perhaps not the “classiest” of foods, but I’m sure Peter Parker himself would’ve approved! He definitely seems like a burgers and beer kind of guy. 🙂 I opted to keep the red, white, and blue superhero colors going in order to create themed food to go with the party. (By the way, if you’re looking for menu items to serve for any superhero party, try doing a Fourth of July search on Pinterest. You’ll get all kinds of red, white, and blue ideas!) This is a take on a red,white, and blue burger. (Red tomatoes, white cheese, blue chips.) The burger is wrapped in prosciutto, which is a twist my brother put on these beer can burgers. And we had steak fries on the side.
For our “grown-up” drink, we had red, white, and blue vodka lemonade slushes. This is another take on one of my husband’s favorites – frozen lemonade!
The cake involved more red and blue – a strawberry cake filled with strawberry preserves and iced with a homemade buttercream. (Strawberry cake is actually my husband’s favorite; I make it for him every birthday, so that worked out great!) The original inspiration for decorating this cake comes from this post from TonyaStaab.com. I’m pretty sure this is the candle that she used, but unfortunately I forgot to order one in time, so I ended up borrowing a small figure from my husband’s stash to put on top of our cake.
So, the husband was thrilled with his party! And I can’t wait to try another “grown-up” theme party. I’m thinking Harry Potter next time for me . . . 🙂