Now, you'd think that, since we did a Mario birthday party last year, having the same theme again would be a piece of cake. Um, hello. I'd like to introduce myself to you. I'm the one that likes to make things complicated.
First step, the invitations. Since I don't have a color printer (and I REALLY like to cut), I set out to make Mario faces out of card stock. A quick template made from a Google images search, a download of a free Mario font, and I had these guys made up in no time.
If someone would have asked me, "What's a party without a pinata?", I would have breezed past the fact that it was probably a rhetorical question and answered "A safe party!" But then I saw those pinatas that you pull on strings to open instead of swinging a bat and my brain stopped thinking of checking our homeowner's policy and instead started trying to come up with a creative pinata-esque solution.
We ended up taking a wine box (thanks, Costco) with dividers, large pieces of yellow cardstock, tissue paper, and a computer printout of the Mario question marks.
Since Connor was the genius that came up with the idea of covering peanut butter cups as well as Oreos with gold foil to make gold coins, he was nominated to help bring his vision to life. We picked up the gold foils in squares from our local cake & candy supply shop.
|? Block Pinata|
|He tried to break a cookie so he could eat the "accident".|
|Our pile of gold coins|
|All filled up and ready to punch!|
The next thing I went to work on was the fire/ice ball toss game. I cut out some Goombas, Koopas, and a Piranha Plant with card stock (much like with the invitations) and glued them to some old water bottles that I had filled partially with dried rice. For the fire and ice balls, just come craft felt and more dried rice after consulting my friend, Google images, for a fireball pattern.
|Bad guys ready to be taken down.|
And a party wouldn't be complete without
|The favors on display.|
|Connor fills the treat bags.|
|Banner reused from last year.|
|It's Mario Party O'clock!|
|Each kid had an M to try and get on Mario's hat.|
|Fire & ice ball toss.|
|Punch the ? block pinata.|
We did end up heading to the nearby park to burn some additional time (and energy) and we still had time for cake and ice cream, presents, and treat bags.
|Star Power cake.|
|Another successful Mario birthday party!|
Thanks to my helpers and a huge thanks to the parents of these amazing kids. It's because of them that Connor has some really great friends!