Mario Birthday Party

Thanks to Pop-Tarts, I found out that October is the month with the most birthdays.  This means the most birthday parties, so obviously I need to post my favorite (and most fun) birthday parties. Hope you can find something useful here!

I firmly believe in spending… well, hardly anything for a bday party.  So streamers at the dollar store or on sale by using things like Money Saving Mom Deals.

It’s so fun when the family gets creative, comes together, and makes our house a different world. I love having a reason to draw and color too!
I got an education on what these characters were called while I was drawing them. My son loved having a reason to teach me all about his favorite game–Mario sure has advanced since I played it!!!

All you need is some poster board, and a willingness to draw the characters simply.  Just do your best, let your kids do it, or go to this website for free coloring pages.With the kiddos help, we made our first pinata. I’m so glad we did!  All we did was cut up strips of newspaper, dip them in a flour and water paste, and lay them criss-cross over a balloon! We only did two layers of newspaper, let it dry, then did the 3rd -5th layer with white streamers dipped in the paste.  The green circles were from paper my kids had colored light green.

We filled Yoshi’s egg with coins of the chocolate variety to match the theme and found out homemade pinatas break a bit different. Instead of a bat,  the kids had to earn fire power, and they had fireballs (tennis balls) they took turns throwing at the egg.

It was hilarious when one of my son’s hard thrown balls hit the pinata and stuck.

Even more hilarious, when the next kid threw one to get Sam’s out and the ball went INSIDE the pinata and stayed. They kept at it until the egg burst.
Thanks to this website, I found this little idea.
Like the loot bags?  Go here. We made the bricks and question coins that hold chocolate coins — they were part of the prize for the kids completing all five levels of the real life Mario Party 9 we came up with.  If you want to make the bricks go here.  I simply printed out the fourth image, cut it out and taped it together.  No need to mess with wood and all the other expensive steps listed there.

Thanks to watching the deals on Krazy Coupon Lady ,  I found a killer coupon on products at Michael’s.  They had real red and green plain baseball hats for a buck!  Used my coupon and got them for pennies.  I used one adhesive foam sheet to make the labels ‘M’ and ‘L’ and a fuzzy black foam sheet for all the mustaches.  Taking a hat home was a major bonus for the boys!
I had fun coming up with this game! The ‘BOO’ or ghost in Mario world chases all the Mario and Luigi boys as they are trying to collect their Yoshi eggs. You had to find 2 Yoshi eggs (plastic Easter eggs which contained coins) while staying away from the ghost.

If the ghost touched you, you froze until another Mario or Luigi saved you. Once you had two coins, you went to SUPER Mario (my hubby, dressed in the part) and waited until everyone else was finished before going to the next level. My oldest daughter loved being a BOO.

After this level the kids left the backyard to enter the house through a level – the underground tubes level. I got a chuckle seeing neighbors’ reactions when they saw 4 Marios and 4 Luigi’s appearing in our driveway.
This guy is just trying to get to the tunnel without the Boos getting him! They then had to smash balloons (boo-bahs) that had coins in them to earn fire power, then had to bounce fireballs (red balloons) to hit my drawing of Bowser beyond the lava (one red streamer).

Finally, they had to go through the lava level upstairs without getting burned to rescue Princess Peach.

Princess Peach is saved and presents her token of thanks to her heroes.
Sam demonstrates the proper way to save a Princess.

Finally, the boys frost cupcakes with red or green frosting and white chocolate chips to make his 1-up mushroom.

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