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Mario Party : Decorations July 6, 2012

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We’re finally at the end of this “Mario Party” series. I hope you’ve all enjoyed seeing  how I brought all these ideas together for my son’s party! He certainly enjoyed it 🙂 And, in the end, that’s what really matters to me.


To start with, hubby and I found this AWESOME 32-pc pack of gold star decorations, in the graduation section of Party City. Kyan really was born at the perfect time of year for this party, between the Easter eggs for the Yoshi Egg Hunt, and the graduation decor, we had no trouble at all finding what we wanted :). With the pack of stars, I took a Sharpie and drew on eyes to make them look like Mario Stars. Then we hung them from the ceiling all around the main party room.



This is what the room looked like the night before the party. We got red and blue streamers from Dollar Tree.



We also got these awesome gold star balloons from Dollar Tree, and I drew eyes on them as well 🙂



The “Mario Wall” was one of my favorite things… but I never got the time to set it up just the way I wanted.  My husband got these perfect size boxes from work, and I covered them with construction paper to make the “?” boxes. The Fire Flower is also made with just construction paper. The green pipes are just my bathroom trash bins with more construction paper wrapped around them… Basically, you need a LOT of construction paper to make this party happen!


This is what it looked like when the kids first came inside the house. Not VERY interesting, but unfortunately my house isn’t set up to enter through the main room. So we had the Boo Balloons out, and we set up a tunnel for them to crawl through to get get to the next room.


This is the laundry room… you have to pass through it to get to the kitchen and main room. It’s not very big… mostly just a hallway. So we hung blue sheets and taped on pictures of Cheep-cheeps and Bloopers and set up a bubble machine, so it was sort of like going through an underwater level.



When everyone came in, they were issued either a Princess crown or a Mario hat, and a Yoshi tongue.


We set up a “Favor Station” where the kids got to pick what they wanted from the question mark boxes and tunnels.


I think it all came together nicely on party day!!!!




Mario Party: Food Lables June 25, 2012

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Okay, one of the easiest  and cheapest ways to make your party “theme-y” is to use food labels! You just use regular party snacks can come up with a themed name for it. For instance, Pirate Theme- Pirate Pretzles, Captin’s Cookies, etc.


For our Mario Birthday food we had:


Power-Up Pizza

Yoshi Tongues (red licorice)

Bob-ombs (Whoppers/chocolate malt balls)

Fire Balls (Cheeto balls)

Ice Power (marshmallows)

Mushroom pops

Everything was lables with a picture of  a Mario character, and I think it really brought the theme together well.

And of course we had the cupcakes!!!! I was so happy when my son decided that these were the cupcakes he wanted… BY FAR the easiest to make! I actually made it even easier on myself by having Target bakery do all the hard stuff. Of course you could make these yourself, but I was super crunched for time on this party and did not need to add baking to my long to-do list. We just ordered a dozen red, and a dozen green cupcakes from Target. when I got them home, I added white chocolate chips for the spots, and used a sharpie to draw the eyes on the cupcake wrapper. DONE!

I also added a few other small touches to make the food special: The Boo cups, and the Mustache Straws. I just printed out a picture of King Boo, 8 images to a page, and cut out the mouths. Then mod-podged the mouth on a plain white cup and drew the eyes. And for the straws I just cut mustaches out of card stock and poked a straw through them.


Mario Party: Yoshi Egg Hunt June 20, 2012

I’m almost finished posting about the Mario Party stuff. Today, I’m talking about the last game, then it will only take me one or two more blog posts to talk about the food and decorations. It makes me happy to see you guys pinning my ideas on Pintrest! And I would love to hear some feedback on what you think of the party.


Anyway… Yoshi Egg Hunt.


The Yoshi egg Hunt was another easy, fun, inexpensive game. I’m lucky that Kyan’s birthday is in may…. that is to say right AFTER Easter. We already had plastic eggs out the wah-zoo  from all the egg hunts and school parties, and the few that we bought from the store were on clearance 🙂 It’s also good for me that I realized Kyan was only turning FOUR, and far to young to care if the eggs looked like the actual white-with-green-spots Yoshi eggs. I had a friend tell me that when she did a Mario Party for her son’s 5th birthday, they decided against the egg hunt because she couldn’t fine white plastic eggs. I’m really glad my kids didn’t care about the color and were able to just have fun!


So, a Yoshi Egg Hunt works just like a regular egg hunt: An adult hides the eggs and the kids find them. We were going to do this outside, but didn’t get my yard cleaned up in time for the party (oops!). So…. while I was in the playroom doing the Boo Balloon Bash with the kids, my husband hid the eggs in the living-room and kids’ rooms. Then we gave the kids some Target bags (we have an over abundance of those!), and we let them go!



Once all the eggs were collected– or so we thought…. we still kept finding eggs for like 2 days after the party(and this is why I use PLASTIC eggs and not real eggs)– the kids got to check out their loot.



And what did the Yoshi Eggs contain? Why, gold coins of course! Believe it or not, we still had  Chuck-E-Cheese coins sitting around that didn’t get used at LELAND’S 4th  birthday (a.k.a 2 YEARS ago!). We don’t go to Chuck-E-Cheese often… pretty much not unless we’re invited to a birthday party. That place is a form of torture if you have more than 1 kid ( ALWAYS super crowded and loud, and the kids want you to WATCH them play EVER SINGLE GAME or ride). So, yeah, we had about 200 Chuck-E-Cheese coins, and we put them in the eggs.



And that was the egg hunt 🙂  It was a lot of fun. Let me know what you think!




Mario Party: Koopa Kids Bowling Game June 4, 2012

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Another easy peasy game… and this one I did not copy from anyone! This one was entirely my dear husband’s idea 🙂 He also assembled everything… so I don’t have a lot of pictures on the “how-to”, but it’s simple, so I’m sure all my super smart followers can figure it out 🙂


We printed off pictures of all the Koopa Kids and Bowser. Then cut them out, and taped them to empty plastic water bottles. See, EASY!


I found some red balls at the Dollar Tree to use as “fire balls”, and the kids took turns rolling them to knock down the Koopa Kids.


This made for a good arrival activity… the kids got to expel some of that “I’m-so-excited-to-be-at-a-party!” energy, and it was fairly easy for them to reset the game on their own so that the parents could mingle a bit.


Forgive me… I really didn’t get any good pics of this game… But I think you can get the idea.



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!



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!!