Party Planning

Super Mario Birthday Party

Finding a theme that works for both of my children is becoming increasingly difficult as my children get older. They are almost exactly three years apart, and so I always do their party as a joint party. I thought about doing Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, but that went over like a lead balloon. (I plan on writing a how-to on that soon). So I asked, “How about a Super Mario and Princess Peach Party?”
I went online to find some ideas and came up pretty dry. There is not a lot of information out there, nor are there party supplies for such a party. So for invitations, I used Evite, and I made the one below for those parents that I could not email:

After I sent the invitations, I came up with a way to make this party like a live action version of the games. Seeing as how I am kind of geeky and love all of the Super Mario games,  this was a lot of fun. So here is what I did.
I set up levels of the house and yard to be like levels of the game. I had the kids gather in the car port. For the party favor, we decided to do Stuff a Plush Animals from my store. So I started explaining to the children how to stuff the animals when out pops my husband a ghost! The ghost stole all of the “fluffin,” as my daughter calls it, and the game began. (You don’t have to do stuffable animals as your activity. You could also do a craft and have someone steal the supplies. However, if you wanted to purchase some of my stuffables, they are a lot of fun!)
I wanted the car port to be Princess Peach‘s Castle, but I could not find any castle scenery. Instead, I took a page from Super Mario Sunshine and turned the car port into the vacation spot from the beginning of that game. It looked very beach-like. As for the backyard, I turned that into Yoshi’s Island, complete with a Welcome Poster of Yoshi and Flying Fish cutouts.We started at Yoshi’s Island and played Musical Islands. Basically, it is musical chairs, but instead of the chairs, make some cardboard cutouts of islands. Unfortunately, we do not have a large backyard, so I used green and yellow bucket chairs I had. The best part is that the kids also played drum circle with them later in the afternoon!
We had a rather large group, so we played two rounds. At the end of each round, the winner was given a gold star. Some of the Super Mario games involve collecting stars, so the kids were excited about it. Next we entered the house towards the basement for Boo’s Mansion.
For Boo’s Mansion, I cut out pictures of Boos and made posters that said things like, “Turn Back Now” and Do Not Enter espeshially Mario.” The key is to make the signs look like they are supposed to be scary, but make sure to mis-spell some of the words to make it more Boo like. Once down there, we played a variation of Red Light Green Light. I had a Boo that I held. When I was turned around, they could move freely, but once I turned back, they had to freeze. Whoever moved was out. The last person received a star.
After that game we went through my kitchen/dining room. I had it decorated in cutouts of the question mark blocks, goombas, koopa troopas, power-up mushrooms, fireflowers, and tunnels (aka a sewer passage). The last one through got a star. Once through the tunnels sewers, they reached the living room which was done like the Shy Guys’ Toybox.
The Shy Guys’ Toybox was decorated with Shy Guy Cutouts and my son’s Geotrax railroad running throughout the living room.  For that level, we played Hot Potato. You could do this game with a black balloon (Chomp-Chomp), but we did it with my Mr. Potato Head Hot Potato because I cannot have a party without him.
After the game, I gave out another star, and we headed upstairs where I had the third floor decorated as Bowser’s Castle. On the way up to the second floor and third floor, I had cutouts of Chomp Chomps and Bob-ombs decorating the walls. Once they got to third floor toy room Bowser’s Castle, they discovered Chomp Chomps (black balloons) all over the floor.
The first thing they had to do was to pop all the Chomp-Chomps. We had over two dozen on the floor. Then they had to defeat the boss. For that game, we played a version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey: Put the Fireball on Bowser’s mouth.
After they “defeated” Bowser, they got the “fluffin” back and made their stuffed animals, had their cake, and played with friends.

Super Mario Cake Made by a Friend!

For refreshments, we had Koopa Tea (fruit punch) and fresh veggies and fruits. While we did the stuffable animals because my son wanted to make a monkey that he could put a tie on to look like Donkey Kong, you could do other things like hat making or coloring pages.

As for the decorating, I looked up Super Mario Images on Google and printed them, cut them out, and posted them everywhere. I purchased beach theme decorations at a local party store, and I used tableware in bold, primary colors.
Everyone had a wonderful time, and I think my daughter actually enjoyed it more than her brother. It took a lot of work, but it was definitely worth it. I hope you find this useful, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask!



  1. Megan
    July 10, 2011 at 1:20 am

    I applaud your talents, and only wish I lived closer so I could shake your hand in person! What a wonderful party idea.

    • bearhaven
      July 10, 2011 at 1:39 am

      Thank you. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun!

  2. Madamedeals
    July 10, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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    Thank you

    • bearhaven
      July 10, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      I love your site!

  3. Jackie Leiva
    August 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Sounds amazing…please post more pics if possible 🙂

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