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!

xo,
Rachel







24 comments:

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    1. Thank you, Lacie :) I had a blast doing it!

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  2. I love the cake pops! Please let me know how you made them!!

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    1. It was really easy! I just made cake pops like you normally would (whether by hand or in one of those specialty pans) and then dipped them into melted red candy melts (melted with a bit of vegetable oil to thin it out a bit). As soon as I dipped them in the candy (and shook off any extra), I quickly stood them up on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and begin sticking white chocolate morsels into the sides. They stayed in place for the entire party!

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  3. Soooo awesome! Where did you get the stick on mustaches and the printables for the balloon game? Our party is this Saturday, and we are using many of your ideas! Thanks so much!

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    1. Thanks! I actually found the mustaches at the Dollar Tree store in the toy isle, if you can believe it :) The party store probably has some as well since mustaches are pretty popular right now. For the balloons, I just printed up some images I found on the internet and cut out the eyes and mouth and glued them on. The feet of the Goombas are made from a paper plate cut in half. I punched a hole through both pieces and pushed the tie of the balloon through and taped it.

      Good luck!

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  4. Where did you find the brick pattern for the blocks on the table? Is it wrapping paper? Thank you. Amazing job!

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    1. I designed the brick paper on my computer and had it printed to 11x17. I really wanted to do wrapping paper but couldn't find any in the color I wanted! When is your party? If I have time this week, I might add on the brick paper as a download on the blog...

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  5. Amazing party! !! I'm working on organizing a Mario kart wii birthday party for my son which is the first party that i've planned that i'm giddy about. After seeing your blog I'm even more excited. I'm using a lot of your ideas. I am so glad you have all of the printables in your shop. I had a question similar to a question someone had above reguarding the bricks. Is there any way you could make a download and put it in the shop? Thank you so much. Headed over to your shop!

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    1. I'm currently planning a Mario birthday party for my lil brother. You mention in your comment about a Shop* how can I purchase or download these available printables. Your help is appreciated TIA :) browsing page with smart phone. Maybe that's why I'm unable to access the "Shop" page??

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  6. How did you make the balloon backdrop behind the food table? I haven't had any luck on figuring out how to do it! :(

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    1. We used a peg board and then just slipped the knot of the balloon into the hole and taped it on the back. I would recommend small balloons, all the same size. That was our trouble we encountered - we weren't blowing up the balloons the same.

      Good luck!

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  7. Where did you get the coins inside your invitation box?

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  8. Planning a Super Mario party. Love your ideas! Where can I get the little candy bar wrapper Power Up printable?

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    1. I made them myself, but I am not longer selling the Mario party since I didn't feel comfortable selling licensed characters. Etsy has a lot of similar items though :)

      Good luck!

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  9. Is there anyway you still have the printable for the pizza boxes?

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  10. Where are the printable links?? I can't find them@ thanks

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  11. Where are the printable links?? I can't find them@ thanks

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  12. Hello, Where did you find the writing for the picture frame??? Thank you!

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  13. I am looking for the Yoshi Tongue Blowout in your shop but cant seem to find it!

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    1. Unfortunately, I am no longer offering this set. Sorry!

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  14. What are the ice power balls? Powder donut holes?

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