Apr 22, 2010

Super Mario Birthday Party

Planning for this party took quite a while. It was my first real DIY type party. We usually do something small at home or use one of those big party chains. I will say that the kids had a blast and I probably saved us $100 overall.

THE INVITATIONS
I made an invitation using GIMP and lots of Mario clipart that I found on-line. I included a gold coin and told them to come to the party to collect more gold coins. It was a hit! I've never had more kids RSVP so fast!

THE GAMES
Yoshi Egg Hunt - I ordered a bunch of white, plastic easter eggs from Oriental Trading. We used a round sponge brush to paint pink, blue, yellow and green dots on them like Yoshi eggs. I filled the eggs with goodies and we "hid" them.

Mario Bingo
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I ordered BINGO cards from Ebay, but I'm sure that you could probably make your own. It just depends on how ambitious you are. We used M&Ms for markers; winners got gold coins!

Boo Bash
We created some BOOS from plain white balloons and strung them from the ceiling over our jumpy toy. I got tired of making BOOS and short on time so we just threw the rest of the balloons inside. The kids jump up and "bash" the BOOS.
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Musical Mushrooms
Basically like musical chairs, but instead of taking out a chair I taped different colored Mario mushrooms to the chairs and then when the music stopped, the kids that were in a chair with a randomly chosen mushroom color got more gold coins.
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I downloaded some songs from iTunes for the music:
Goofy Goober, Axel F, Kung-Fu Fighting, Hampster Dance Song, I Like to Move-It Move-It, Yakety Yak and Day-O.

Get the Goomba
I blew up about a million brown balloons, but prior to blowing them up filled them with 1 -3 gold coins. The kids took turns squashing the balloons and collecting the gold coins.

THE GOODIES
I ordered plain white boxes from Oriental Express and painted them yellow. I made a stencil for the question mark and painted that on. They collected their Yoshi eggs in their boxes and also put their gold coins inside.
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The party "treat" was a Mario and Luigi water bottle that I ordered from Celebrate Express. I also got the plates and napkins there.
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EAT!
We had pizza, pretzel rods, strawberries and M&Ms. I made the cupcake toppers with the clipart.
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The hardest part was finding the cute Mario figures that I used to decorate with. I found several sites on-line, but it would have cost $30 - $50! I found a company right out of China and ordered them through Ebay.

The Wishes
We made a banner and decorated it with plain gold star balloons.
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17 comments:

The Stiffs said...

I'm impressed. That looks like a fabulous party. So creative.

The Workman Family said...

Wow - what an awesome party!

Mindy said...

EXCELLENT job, MOM!!!!!

LOVE IT!!!! BTW- you asked about the girls clothes -- I save some of them for my sister (on the off chance that she will have a kid someday- that is my Mom's doing). I sometimes give them away and I am
also looking into consigning them if they are still in good condition......I've never done that before. Have you?

snarflemarfle said...

What a way cool party!!! And I love all the collecting of gold coins!

You are the bestest mommy to your little sweet ones!

Misti said...

Amazing! What a super fun party!

Kelli @ RTSM said...

Fun party! I think my favorite thing are the boxes! Cute!

Shannon said...

What a great party!! Looks so cute, right out of one of those party designer books!

Laura said...

The party looks like a blast!

Los Mabies said...

As I already knew - YOU ROCK MOMMA!

Great job on the party and it looks like everyone had a blast!

nic said...

you are the best kind of mama...what incredible ideas! i'll bet he felt celebrated and well-loved. kudos to you!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

What an awesome party! I love all the details you thought of and took care of! Amazing!

Jenners said...

Oh MY GOD ... I feel like I am living in the game! you rocked this! (And I should know as I've played this game for weeks on end.) If my Little One is still into Mario by his next birthday, I am stealing all of your awesome ideas! YOU ROCK!

bethany said...

Awesome party Lisa!! Looks like you spent a TON of time on everything-love it!!

Heather said...

awww so cute. we have been thinking of doing Mario next yr for aiden's bday party bc he LOVES playing him lol!

Hillary and Jonathan said...

I wish this had been MY birthday party! You're so creative!

Lindsay said...

OMG!!!! My boys are addicted to super mario right now and when I saw your page I showed my son who is turning 5 and he was stoked!!! I am probably going to steal every idea of yours. I am all about full themes for parties and this is one of the best I have ever seen. Thank you for posting all these great ideas. My sons party will now be a HUGE hit!!

Penny said...

saw your page on pinterest. your party looks amazing. showed it to my son who will be 5 soon and he was so excited. he love mario brothers right now. so thanks to your posting i will be doing a mario party for him also. thanks so much for the great ideas.