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Mario Party: Boo Bash Game May 30, 2012

The Boo Balloon Bash was a game I copied from several Mario birthday’s I saw…. I have no clue of the original source. This game was an easy, CHEAP source of entertainment for a wide rang of ages at the party… though it was a little scary for the younger kids 😦


The object of the game it to stomp on the Boo Balloons and get the gold coins inside.—— EASY!


I bought some cheap plastic coins…. I thought about just using the chocolate coins that I put in the pinata, but then I came to my senses and realized that that would just be a huge mess!


Hubby and I popped the coins inside, and blew up the balloons. Then we drew Boo faces and wings…. Boo actually has a pretty simple face to draw. Even my totally un-artistic husband was able to master it 🙂


Now, I’m sure this is something that all true Mario enthusiast already know, but my 6 year old had to clue me in: You MUST eat a Star Power Cookie before you stomp on the Boo Balloons! You CANNOT kill a Boo without Star Power. End Of. Story.


We put all the balloons out in the playroom, and let the kids have at them while my husband hid the eggs for the Yoshi Egg Hunt. The older kids (4 years +) really enjoyed this… but the younger kids got a little scared of all the loud pops.





Mario Party: Paper Mache Piranha Plant May 23, 2012

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Originally I wasn’t going to go near paper mache! Yeah, it’s easy to make, and cost effective… but it’s messy! I don’t like messy crafts. Mostly because I don’t like the clean-up… or trying to keep my kids from turning things even messier.


THIS was the Piranha Plant that originally wanted to make! The lady that made this was a genious!… Just one problem. That plan calls for a solid, red, bouncy ball. I searched and searched, and wasn’t able to fins a single one 😦  So….


On to plan B: Paper Mache! The good things was, I already had everything I need to make it right in my house. Here’s the list of what I used, but I’m sure you could make it with other things as well.


Stuff you need:

Balloon (12″ is what I used)

2 Paper Towel Rolls (just the center cardboard-things, not the whole roll)


Old Coloring Book

Paper Mache Paste (see below for directions on making this)

Large Flowerpot

Paint (green, white, and red)

Construction Paper or Foam Sheets(white and black)

Small Cardboard Box

Step 1:

Make your form by taping the 2 paper towel roles together, and taping the balloon to one end of the paper towel roles. Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of this step, but it’s  just a balloon on the end of a stick. Use a marker and draw on the balloon where you want the mouth to go

Step 2: 

Make your paper mache paste. They have a tone of recopies online. I opted for a no-cook paste. This is what you need…

Paper Mache Paste:



That’s it! Easy-peasy! Now just combine 1 part flour with 2 parts water, and mix… it should looks sort of like soupy pancake batter.

Step 3:

Now rip up that old coloring book… coloring book pages work just as well as newspaper, and for me, it was something I had readily available.  Make  2 inch wide strips, and dip them in the paste, and place on your form.

This is how my kids “color” sometimes… 1 little scribble! And that page will never be touched again because “someone already colored that one!” I have whole books that look like this!

I found it easiest to work with the balloon face down in the bucket because the paper towel roles could not support the weight after they were wet with paper mache


Step 4: 

*Let dry over night. Then repeat step 3* Repeat ** 1-2 more times.


Step 5:

I grapped a little cardboard box and cut a hole in it to steady my Piranha Plant in the flowerpot. Now you’re ready for some paint! I painted the green stem and red “head” first, then waited for the red to dry before I painted the white spots and “mouth”. The spots on the Piranha Plant should be all different sizes.


Step 6:

Once that’s all dry, it’s time to add some teeth! Every good Piranha Plant needs some teeth. Good SHARP teeth! I traced and cut mine out of a foam sheet and then glued them just inside the mouth of the Piranha Plant


Step 7:

Get a 2 sheets of black construction paper or foam sheets, and cut it to fit inside the flower pot at the base of the plant. This way it will look more like one of tunnels from Mario.


And you’re done! You can add leaves too, but I was running out of time, so I just left mine like this 🙂 I sat it out as decoration on the Mario wall. The kids all thought it was pretty cool!



Mario Party: Question Mark Box Pinata Tutorial May 21, 2012

Alright, first tutorial for the Mario Party! I saw this on Pintrest (just a pic, not a tutorial), and KNEW it was one of the things I just HAD to make for this party!

Items Needed:


Construction Paper (any color)

Hot glue gun (and glue)

Wrapping Paper


White Construction Papaer

Mod Podge (or any clear drying glue)

Step 1:

Find a large square-ish box. This part was pretty easy to figure out. I save my diaper boxes to store things like clothes the kids out-grow. This size 5 box from Target worked perfect!

Next is where I had to do some thinking on how to execute this project. I planed on having the kids PUNCH the pinata through the bottom (like they do in Mario!) instead of hitting it with a stick like a typical pinata. I knew that the little kids would never be able to punch through the hard cardboard. So this is what I did…

Step 2:

Cut a hole in the bottom that is large enough for an adult fist.

Step 3: 

Lay a sheet of regular weight construction paper inside the bottom of the box (over your hole). My construction paper wasn’t quite big enough, so I just hot glued 2 pieces together… and instead of wasting new construction paper, I just recycled some my kids had scribbled on already 🙂

Step 4:

Hot glue the paper to the inside of the box. and sprinkle just a few goodies on top of this layer.

Step 5:

Repeat step 3. And this time add all the goodies on top :)…. Since it was Mario themed, we did mainly gold coins 🙂

Step 6:

Hot glue a piece of ribbon to the top of the box. Then wrap the box in solid yellow wrapping paper.

Step 7:

Add the question mark I cut mine out of white construction paper and mod-podged it on.

And, voila! You have a question mark box pinata fit for a Mario Party 🙂 The kids at the party really had a lot of fun with this.

Birthday boy power punch

And it rained down enough chocolate gold coins for everyone

Alright, I hope you enjoyed the first tutorial. Next up is the Paper Mache Piranha Plant… the post should be up either tomorrow or Wednesday 🙂


Sorry I’ve Been MIA May 20, 2012

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Hey everyone! Sorry I haven’t checked in over a month! I feel awful for neglecting this blog, but I promise I’m back now 🙂


Here is the reason I’ve been MIA:



That’s my sweet baby boy, Kyan, and he just turned 4 years old. I’ve been spending every waking minuet working on his birthday party… his Super Mario Party! Now, I’m back, and I want to share all the fun ideas from this party with you guys, so you can have your own awesome Mario birthday!


Over the next few days, I’ll be posting pictures from the party, and tutorials on how to make the decorations and games. I know, at least when I started this blog, it was supposed to be all about crochet. But right now is the slow season…. so my choices are either to be MIA for 4 more months, or post about all the other fun crafty stuff I do. I hope everyone enjoys!


Mario Party posts will start tomorrow!!