Our Mini Family: An Iron Man Birthday | Pepper Potts Chili, Hot Dogs, and a DIY

Aug 14, 2015

An Iron Man Birthday | Pepper Potts Chili, Hot Dogs, and a DIY

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Even though Adam and I don't have children, that doesn't stop us from hosting themed birthday parties! My cousin is celebrating his 10th birthday this month, and he wanted an Iron Man birthday party! Of course I wanted to help out with coming up with the recipes and decoration ideas (we love anything and everything MARVEL), and today I'm sharing the inspiration and party supplies for his Iron Man birthday.

My inspiration for the recipes for his Iron Man party were simple: the characters in Iron Man! I wanted to incorporate Pepper Potts somehow, because I feel like she's not acknowledged enough and I think she's an awesome, female character in the MARVEL universe; I also wanted to prepare some hot dogs to go with the chili, and play off of Tony Stark's different Iron Man suits (each suit, e.g. Mark 1 vs. Mark 43 etc) to bring some fun to the variations of hot dog toppings!

Pepper Potts Chili

  • 3/4 lb of lean ground beef, cooked
  • 1 cup of dark kidney beans
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium red bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4 cup of chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons of cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of black pepper
  • A pinch of seasoned salt
  • (1/4 cup of shredded Mexican cheese to melt on top)
  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat diced tomatoes and kidney beans on low.
  2. Cook lean ground beef and then drain the excess juices. Add to sauce pan.
  3. Chop up the yellow onion, red bell pepper, and garlic. Combine and mix into sauce pan. 
  4. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except cheese) and keep on low. 
  5. Cook covered on low for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. 
  6. Keep chili on low until you're ready to serve it, and just before you serve it, you can melt cheese on top (tip: fastest way to melt cheese is in the toaster oven if you set it to broil).
  7. Enjoy! Serve on top of a hot dog for a summer treat!
This chili is such an awesome hot dog topping! 

When I was brainstorming some fun and yummy foods to fit our Iron Man themed birthday party, I remembered all of the different Iron Man suits that Tony Stark had saved in his collection. I thought that we could adapt the same idea to hot dogs--so just like Tony Stark has done with his suits, here are some of my hot dog models for the birthday party; they all have the same foundation (i.e. grilled hot dog and bun), but each of them have their own unique style. We've got ketchup and mustard which is a classic choice, pico de gallo for the adventurous, diced jalapeños for the spicy food lovers, and some homemade chili and onion for the chili dogs fanatics!

I was thinking about something Iron Man-themed I could make for my cousin for his birthday, too! When I thought about what he might be doing for fun, it occurred to me that he's spending a lot of time at the beach lately; I decided I wanted to make him something fun that went with the Iron Man theme, but could also be functional if he wanted to take it to the beach with him. This Iron Man Beach Bucket took minutes to make, and the cost of the supplies was incredibly affordable!

DIY Iron Man Beach Bucket

  • Red beach bucket
  • Gold masking tape
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • White paper

First thing I did was tear up a few large pieces of masking tape. I assembled them into the overall gold shape on the front of Iron Man's helmet. Then, I went back and trimmed the bottom to give it the sharp edges, and then drew a black curved line from one side of the helmet to the other (to set where his eyes will go). 

Next, I outlined the entire shape of the tape with black marker to accentuate the helmet's shape. I also created a secondary part of the bottom of his face--this is to show where the mouth part of Iron Man's helmet is. Finally, I cut out two small pieces of white paper; with a small amount of masking tape, I attached them to the original line I drew to make his eyes. 

I ended up filing up the bucket with his birthday presents as well, so the Iron Man beach bucket also doubles as a fun gift basket! This project is fast and very easy--this DIY is a great way to get the older children involved in party planning, too!

I was pleasantly surprised to see how affordable our American Greetings party supplies were! When I needed to go shopping for our items, I headed down to my local Walmart to pick up our MARVEL's Iron Man birthday party supplies. 

Who is your favorite MARVEL character?


  1. Those hot dogs and that cheese on top of the chili is making my mouth water!!! I'm drooling over here it sounds so good!

    Penn&Quill || Robin

    1. I'll have to make extras and bring them to the next Arizona Bloggers Meet up ;-)

  2. OMG I need Pepper Potts chili in my life RIGHT NOW. The Iron man beach bucket is also super cute! My favorite is Iron Man, coincidentally. I just love Tony Stark. *SWOON* #client


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