Super Mario Bros Party
Does your child want to have a Super Mario Bros party? Not sure where to even begin? Lucky for you, my daughter decided that is what she wanted for her 5th birthday and now, I am going to share what we did (all on a budget – of course).
I first began by searching on Pinterest. I figured I would find inspirational ideas and could build a party from there. Unfortunately, I could not find much for her theme. That meant it was time for me to get creative and see what I could come up with all on my own.
Normally, in the past I had made parties difficult for myself. Those parties required me to have a ton of prep, and had me baking until all hours of the night the day before. I decided this year, that everyone would enjoy the party just as much without all that, and I would get to enjoy it even more!
I took photos of nearly everything we used, so that you could have some great ideas for your very own party!
My daughter is all girl and wanted a pink cake. So, we opted to make it a Princess Peach Cake!! My aunt at Three Fat Ladies Catering did an amazing job at creating the cake! Each tier was a different flavor.
The characters on the cake were part of a set I purchased that included a slew of characters and doubled as a birthday gift as well! You can find the best price on the whole set of characters here.
When it came time for the snacks, I kept it simple. We picked up Mario Bros Fruit Snacks. We added some cheeseballsand labeled them “Fireballs.”!
I purchased gold wrapped chocolates to be our chocolate coins. (I had a hard time finding them, but tracked them down at Walgreens). This was probably the biggest hit of the party!
I also picked up peach sour gummy candies at Dollar Tree and called them Princess Peach Rings.
We really made the treats extra special by making our own signs naming all of the foods. It just brought a bit more fun to an otherwise boring snack table!
Being a mom, I couldn’t just have junk food and candy at our party. I wanted to bring in some fresh veggies. I decided to make my very own Fire Flower! It was super easy!
The stem is sliced cucumber and the grass at the base is broccoli heads. I used a container of veggie dip and added to sliced olives to make the eyes. I thinly sliced yellow pepper to surround the container and then finished it off with baby carrots to make the petals.
It was easy to make and the kids gobbled it up – after all – they were eating Fire Flower!
To make the bottled water fit into the theme, I peeled off the store labels and printed out our own Mario labels instead. They were adorable and added the perfect touch. You download your own HERE.
The cups were probably one of my favorite ideas! I picked up plain white cups from Dollar Tree. I then found green circle stickers and randomly placed them on the cups! That turned them into Yoshi cups!!
We kept it simple for the utensils and hit up the $0.97 section at Walmart. We even found green polka dot napkins in keeping with our Yoshi idea.
I wanted to have a dramatic display featuring my daughter’s name, and that caught your eye as son as you walked in to the venue. Bricks are a HUGE part of any Mario game, and only seemed appropriate to be included at this over the top Mario party!
I wanted to make sure my boxes were all the same size and perfectly square, so I purchased shipping boxes from Walmart for $0.68 each to make this display.
The letters were from the craft department, and while they were nearly $2.00 a piece, they could easily be used again for many other things. I painted the boxes with Krylon Rust Protection Primer and the name of the color was Red Oxide.
I only needed one can for all four boxes and it only took one coat. I only used the brand and primer than I did because it was the closest to “brick red” as I could find! After the paint dried, I manually drew on the brick pattern with a permanent marker on all four sides of the boxes.
For the final touch, I painted the letters of her name pink, and hot glued them to the boxes (since it didn’t need to be a permanent fix).
Of course, what Super Mario Bros party would be complete without dancing stars? We placed Super Star Balloons on the tables (and used weights to keep them from floating around).
We tracked these down at Dollar Tree — for yep — $1 each! Just find gold star balloons and then draw on your own black rectangle eyes (or use black duct tape or stickers).
We wanted to have some games at our party. We did the fun egg on the spoon race. (My trick was to hard boil them, because we were on carpet). In keeping with the party theme, we used a green marker and added our own dots to turn them also into Yoshi Eggs.
Each kid was given a spoon to carry the egg to a bucket. If they dropped it, they had to go back to the beginning and start over. However, if they made it to the end, they were able to get back in line and get one more try!
We even did a “level up” round and made the kids walk with the egg on the spoon with their eyes closed! It was so much fun!!
The kid favorite however, was Pin the Mustache on Mario. I found a small poster with Mario’s face on it. I picked up an inexpensive package of fake mustaches (also at Dollar Tree). They then had to place Mario’s mustache onto his face.
Here was the aftermath after some of the kids had taken their turn! Some of them were pretty close! By the time it was all over, he had mustaches in his ear, on his hat, his chin and all over. The kids all enjoyed it! Finding a Mario without a mustache to use can be tricky, but I used this downloadable file, and had it printed at my local UPS Store as an 18″ x 18″ poster to make playing easier.
We also had a pinata that looked like a Mystery Box, but do you think I can find pictures of that before they beat the snot out of it? Nope.
All in all, the party seemed to be a great success. All the kids had a good time and most importantly my daughter was overjoyed at getting to spend time and play games with her friends. And Mommy was happy to, because I was able to enjoy the party and the guests for the first time, without being overly stressed.
Most of these images were taken by an amazing photographer named Jill Phillips! She not only does photography, but makes some AMAZING Geek Girl Accessories that make awesome gifts to. Check out her website!
Now you know how to plan your very OWN Super Mario Themed Party!!!