Monday, June 10, 2013

New to Shop :: Super Mario Party Reveal!

Holy moly, the time has finally come - I have sorted through the gazillion photos I took of our party and am SO excited to share them with you now! Hope you are ready for a super photo overload ;)

This theme has been in my top ten 'dream' parties to style, so when our son choose this I was over the moon! The party was held at our house in the evening, leaving many of the boys to spend the night for some late night gaming. This was great in theory (and everyone had a blast), but WOW was it a lot of work! I kinda felt like I ended up planning several parties - the real one with activities and goody bags, the 'late night' one with night time activities and treats, and then breakfast in the morning. And with a house full of boys - whew, there was a ton of, um...movement :) 

The party started off with these fun invitations:

To start off the party, when our guests entered the house they were greeted with a sign that told them to grab a hat and mustache (crowns were available for our "Princess Peaches"):

I'm going to be honest here: I had better plans for the red plant monster, but things fell apart...literally :) So plan B came into play:

Unintentionally, it turned out to make quite the great spot for a photo op:

To kick start the party, the kids each made their own personalized pizza in "Luigi's Pizza Kitchen". Each pizza was served in an individual pizza box. The kids could write their names on it and it helped us keep track of who's pizza was who's. Plus, it's just fun to get your own box ;)

After dinner, were the activities - I think my favorite part about the party!

For the egg hunt, I purchased a ton of white eggs and just painted polka dots on them. They were filled with all our left over Halloween candy - a  win-win situation!

Next up was the OBSTACLE COURSE! 
The entire time that the kids were running through it I had the Mario theme song playing from our stereo to really make it feel as if they were in the game. (downloaded from iTunes). First up the kids had to do a run with a red ball between their legs and then go through a red tunnel. I never took photos of this, but I did take photos of the good stuff: {and, ahem, pardon our hot mess of a back yard. It's been a long winter}

For the ghosts, I purchased 36" balloons from online (resources below) and just made paper cones for the arms and printed up the face/eyes from an image I found online and glued it on. You could paint a face, but I knew I would never be happy with my own handmade job - plus I think this saved me time on the actual day of the party. 

For this part, I just printed up some of the red plant monsters and attached it to a stick that I jammed into some spray painted oatmeal cans. 

The board was an amazing find that a friend and I got from a garage sale for a $1! I just painted it green and added some photos of the 'bad guys'. I then purchased some tennis balls and wrapped them in blue and red tissue paper for the fire and ice balls. 

The last part of the obstacle course was the hit of the party:

I just purchased some brown/gold balloons and taped on their faces that I printed off the Internet. I then cut a paper plate in half, punched a hole through both of them and pulled the bottom of the balloon through it and taped it secure. 

After all that hard work came the dessert table:

{these cake pops were one of my favorite things about the party!! I will be posting a tutorial on how I made them soon!}

We went the same route that we did with Cayden's snowflake cake, where we purchase a cake with fondunt  from a local bakery and then did all the decorations ourselves. The figures were purchased and the rest I made out of fondunt at home. 

To go with the cake, Jason made some amazing homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream (birthday boy's favorite!} that we placed in some cute "Gelato" cups garnished with (what else?) mustache spoons. 

Finally, favors were handed out:

I was really inspired with how Kara had painted a tv blue for her party, so when I saw this beauty laying on the side of our street one day, I just knew it was fate and had to paint it!

Two of my favorite items in the goody bags? These custom made "Yoshi Tongue" blowouts (available in the shop now!):

And these adorable mustache whistles:

After the first batch of guests left, we played some fun games outside, including glowstick tag in the dark. Finally, it was time for the boys to come inside where they settled down into their jammies and watched a Mario movie and played some Wii. For the snack we made popcorn from our machine as well as a couple of chocolates:

After a night of {very, very little} sleep, Jason came down and made some pancakes for everyone, adding his own little Mario spin to them:

This party has definitely made it to one of my top 5 favorites! I had a blast styling it :)

And here is a roundup of all the amazing supplies I used in this party:

Anything else was either purchased at the dollar store, Target, or something we owned :) Feel free to ask if you have any questions!

Thanks for stopping by!