Monday, November 22, 2010

{My Parties} Super Mario Birthday Party!

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1-Up! It's Super Mario Party Time!
Wendy, the same client from the Casino party, also hired me to style a Super Mario Party for her son, the very next weekend. I was super excited to plan this party because, I don't know about you, but I was a HUGE Super Mario player back in the day when it first came out. My sister and I spent many the hour playing Mario, especially Mario 3.

The invitations were designed by One Stop Invite Shop on Etsy. There were three different designs, and all of them were actual tickets with detachable stubs. This shop was great to work with and I was thrilled with the results!
When I thought of Mario, I immediately thought of the game background itself. I found these great vinyl wall stickers at Birthday Express. I wanted the dessert display backdrop to look like the game world, and for the desserts to look like they were part of the game, sprouting out of the landscape.
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 The party was thrown in the client's garage, and this was one nice garage. I won't even tell you what mine looks like. But, let's just say that I don't want to throw a party in there anytime soon!
Wendy requested a balloon arch to be incorporated somehow, so I decided to do it over the food. At first, I had no idea how I was going to do the balloon arch, but then, as luck would have it, I found balloon tape at Factory Card and Party outlet. Are you familiar with this? It's literally a long roll of plastic with holes in it and then you just thread the balloon ends through the holes. It could not have been easier to make. It was time-consuming because you have to do it the day-of the event, but it's such a big impact!

 The oversized Mario and Luigi stand-ups were also from Birthday Express.
 For every kids' party, my favorite go to food is the dipped marshmallow. Kids love them and I thought they resembled cute little graphic flowers like the background of the game.
 I designed and printed the stickers with Tate's name on then, using and some sticker paper. I thought they added a super cute personalized touch to the party.
 The first thing that came to mind when I started planning this party was the green pipes that Mario goes up and down into different worlds with. And of course, I knew I wanted to incoporate that. So, PVC pipe was the perfect solution. It's easily purchased at Home Depot and I just sprayed it green with some Rustoleum. I was thrilled with how cute they looked!
 The fabulous Laurie from Whimsy Cookie Co. took the Mario party idea and ran with it. She came up with the most adorable designs for me and I can't thank her enough! She's the BEST. And, the best part, her cookies TASTE GREAT.
 And what's a Mario party without mustaches right? I made these with supplies from Bake It Pretty. At the last minute, I decided that they needed a little extra "umph," so I added the ribbon to the sticks. It really elevated the cuteness.

 The cake was made by Oh My Ganache Bakery. Isn't it to-die-for?? 
I made the cakestand out of an old hat box that I had lying around from another party. A little more Rustoleum, some felt, and some hot glue, and voila! a toadstool cake stand! 
 The details on this cake were just astounding to me! 

 For the menu labels, I thought a star would be perfect. I found this cute free font that I thought looked like a video game and used a little rainbow ribbon to tie them.
 I also spray-painted glass block and taped off a question mark for the blocks. The buffet needed a little more height and so I used those for builds.
 I kind-of wanted this to be my party! It turned out so happy and bright!
For the favor table, we ordered Mario boxes and filler from Birthday Express, as well as Mario water bottles. Then, I got the princess crowns at JoAnn and we special-ordered the Mario and Luigi felt hats from an Ebay seller, Markys Mommy. She was awesome and so FAST!
 I made the favor tags and the sign on my computer with a little help from some downloaded high-res Mario images.

 For the guest tables, I originally wanted to set out the hats at each place setting, but it turned out to be a windy day! So, I spray painted these cardboard star boxes into little Mario stars and covered the leftover dice from the Casino party with brick scrapbook paper and they made the perfect cute little centerpieces.
  I also found some small, leftover cardboard cake boards that I had lying around, so I spray painted those and made them into coins!
 The food for this event was also catered by Karen Shelton. It was so cute and everything was so kid-friendly, which is SO important. She named everything with a cute name that went with the theme!
 Piranha Plant Pizzas!
 Luigi's Sliders! These were, by far, my favorite touch--toadstool sliders!  The dots are mozzarella cheese! Isn't that super creative? I love working with Karen because of her great creativity!
 Chicken Skewers with Princess Peach dipping sauce.

 Here is our cute as a button birthday boy, Tate jumping on the trampoline.
 Love this great picture by J. Herndon Photography. He always knocks my socks off when I get my pictures back!
 Birthday Boy on the rock wall.
 Wendy hired an ice cream truck to come to the party too! Tate even got to help serve his guests!

   We also had Games on the Spot come to the party and the kids loved playing in the custom-built trailer!
 How cute are they?

 Then, it was time for cake!
So, so cute! 
 I just love this picture of these sweet girls playing in the bounce house!
 Cotton candy machine!
 Mommy and the Birthday Boy!
Happy Birthday Tate! I had so much fun planning your party!


Catering: Karen Shelton, Great Food Simply Done
Mustache Mold:
Mario Hats: Ebay Seller: Markysmommy
Cutouts, favor boxes, water bottles, napkins, wall decals: Birthday Express
Invitations: Etsy Seller: OneStopInviteShop
Photography: J. Herndon Photography

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  1. UNBELIEVABLE!!! This was over and beyond, loved every detail!

  2. Another AMAZING party!! How luck was this KID!! Every detail perfect like always and it looks like a TON of Fun!!

  3. WOW! SUPER job!! I love every single detail from the green sliders to the cookies, and decor!! I love your style!

  4. Hot diggedy dog! My kids are drooling because they love all things Mario! Super job styling lady!

  5. Coolest Mario Brothers party. EVER. I am astounded by the details. The ridiculous cuteness, but still very boyish. The cake stand, the cake, the pvc-genius...Love and adore. You are a ROCK STAR.

  6. I stalk the party blogs for ideas for my own family and friends. Your ideas are the most original that I have seen. I am super impressed. Amazing work.

  7. wow! this is amazing! love the balloons. that is one lucky birthday boy!

  8. What a lucky kid! Amazing party! I especially love your mustaches and table centerpieces!

  9. Holy cow! Amazing! My son is wanting a Mario party for his next birthday after seeing it in a birthday catalog, and this makes the catalog look lame! I'll definitely be taking some ideas come September! Loving those pipes- I never would have thought of that!

  10. What an amazing party! Two thumbs up! :)

  11. This is an amazing party and thank for including the details! I am your newest follower :)

  12. My most favorite is the Charming Tree in Grey/Lime/Pink. I am swooning over it, though there are so many others I really like, too!

  13. Do you hae a link for the font you used? love it!

    1. Hi Lexi--I honestly can't remember since this has been a couple of years, but I think it is called Razor.


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