Like most birthday parties, a superhero theme should offer a cake as its crowning glory. Most cake supply stores will have cake pans in unique shapes; it shouldn't be difficult to find a bat-shaped pan or one that's designed after a particular comic book hero or his insignia.
Once you've got dessert in hand, add some heartier fare to the menu. Any sandwich can become a "hero," especially if kids build their own. Create a do-it-yourself sandwich bar with cold cuts, sliced cheeses, lettuce, tomatoes and condiments. Side dishes can include gelatin cut into superhero shapes, as well as long ropes of licorice (every superhero needs a lasso, right?).
It's also a good idea to keep your guests occupied with hands-on party favors. Place a kid-friendly comic book by each place setting as a party favor. You can add to the fun by giving each guest an egg-shaped container of Silly Putty. They can press the Silly Putty against a cartoon strip. When they peel it off, they'll find a mirror image of the cartoon on the Silly Putty. And, because they can take the comic book and Silly Putty home, these party favors will offer hours of fun. If you need additional superhero party favors, online retailers like Oriental Trading sell them by the dozen.
Looking for other ways to keep your little superheroes entertained? We've got plenty of ideas on the next page.