Mario Party

Mario.

All Mario, all the time.  I have a son… that should explain a lot.

This is my professional blog, for my wedding invitations.  But I put a lot of work into the birthday parties I throw for my kids, and I thought, maybe another mom out there might appreciate some of the stuff I’ve done.  Maybe some of my ideas might help them when they’re planning a party for their kiddletons.  And maybe some of my brides have kids.

Plan it out.

Last year the Kamikaze Kid turned six.  He was obsessed with Mario, and asked for a Mario party.  This is what I came up with.  Let me start by saying that everything in the stores was Lego themed, and it was hard to find much Mario and Luigi stuff.  This year I decided to go easy on myself and convinced him to go with a Lego party – and everything in the stores is Mario themed.  I can’t find anything with a Lego block on it.  FOR THE LOVE OF KING TITAN WHY IS MY LIFE LIKE THIS.

The first step in my party planning (or wedding planning) is aways to come up with a basic color palette.  For a Mario theme, I knew the colors would have to be red, blue and bright green and yellow – a true primary color scheme.  I repainted a picture frame I bought at Goodwill a zillion years ago and printed out something I MacGyver’d together in photoshop to make this sign for our front door.

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Welcome, gamers, to the Kamikaze Kid’s epic sugar infused pool party!

DIY Diva.

I made a lot of the decorations – I usually do.  Because of time constraints I try to buy more than I used to (I used to insist on making EVERYTHING but who has time for that?) but I always end up making at least a few things.  With Mario stuff being so hard to find, I ended up DIY-ing quite a few things for this party.

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Like everyone else online, I went to Home Depot and bought some PVC pipe, then spray painted it green.  As always, I was asked for my ID and told condescendingly not to “huff the spray paint”.  I’m not sure what kind of vibe I’m giving those people to warrant the lecture, but I wouldn’t even know how to start “huffing” spray paint and didn’t even know you could get high from it until they told me.  In my day, you would ask someone’s older sibling to buy you a mickey of something at the LCBO and get tipsy at the edge of a wheat field like a normal teenager.  #Canadian #digression #ThanksForAskingForMyID

Anyway, the pipe really does make the perfect tunnels that mimic the ones in the game.  I then cut out a triangle from some styrofoam balls (for the mouths of these – what are these red dotted things anyway?) and painted them.  I had trouble finding something sturdy enough to hold them up, and couldn’t face making another trip to Michael’s, so I used green popsicle sticks which I raided from the kids’ craft drawer.  A year later and the Kamikaze Kid is still playing with these things, so I’m gonna call this a crafting success – and they looked pretty awesome on the food table at the party, too.

I made the little food sign – the “fire power” sign by the cheese balls – out of a wooden stand I got at Michaels.  I usually buy them when they are on sale or I have a bunch of coupons, and then hold on to them.  I always end up using them for something.  I printed out the Luigi picture from photoshop and glued it on, then painted the bottom of the stand green and the “stem” of the stand red with white dots to match the red headed mushroom thingies I had made.  It looked pretty good!  I made a few food stands like this.

Good and sugared.

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Marshmallow mushrooms

These marshmallow treats were a HUGE hit.  HUGE.  I’ve discovered that anytime you put a marshmallow on a stick (or in this case a straw, since the sticks I had kept breaking and I didn’t trust using them without getting splinters into kids’ mouths) and toss a bit of icing into the deal you are going to have some seriously happy children.  I love how these turned out, and they weren’t very hard to make at all.  The first step is putting the marshmallow on the straw, so you can put the icing on the marshmallow without smudging it.  I learned the hard way – you can see the smudge on the first one I did before I figured this out.  The marshmallows were gone in about 7.8 seconds.

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Mario cake with buttercream frosting.

For the first time, the Kamikaze Kid had opinions about his cake and how it should look.  I let him describe his wishes to the (very patient) baker behind the counter at our favorite bakery, and she gave him exactly what he asked for.  It was absolutely delicious!  The sides have all the different Mario characters on it.  If you live in the Austin Texas area, I recommend checking out Sweet – we go to them whenever we need a cake or other sweet treat.  Their prices are competitive, they are friendly and have always given us exactly what we have asked for.  My daughter’s Nightmare Before Christmas birthday cake was unbelievable.

More decorations… because it never ends.

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Tablescape.

I think the table turned out pretty cute.  Usually, there isn’t a formal “sit down and eat your cake here” area.  This year the kids were older, and since we had a pool party I didn’t want them to drip all over my house.  I hand painted the clouds on the cardstock squares because apparently, I’m a crazy person.  Yup.  Nothing but the best for my kids.  They’d better throw me one awesome retirement party one day, I’m telling you…

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Table setting, complete with a hat and hand painted placemat. Because momma be cray cray.

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The favor boxes were a lucky find, I found them here.  The sign says “Game over, thanks for coming.  Please take a gift box!”  The frame is from Ikea.

 

Do you like Mario?  Is Mario taking over your house?  Is the Mario theme song running through your head now?  You’re welcome…  And if you have a Mario party, please leave a link in the comments so I can see what you got up to!

 

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With stars in her eyes.

This is a brag post.  When my daughter was five she started getting really into drawing and painting.  I showed her a copy of Starry Night on the laptop and she and I both made a version of it.  Divine Miss A drew a version with crayons, then painted one.  Not bad for a five year old!

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I’m off my rocker.

I have a bizarre love for rocking chairs.  If I see one at Goodwill, I have to buy it.  Like, I have to buy it.  I think it all started with this little project.

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It’s a plain mini chair, nothing too special except it’s size – it’s perfect for a toddler.  I decided to zing this little pumpkin up for the Divine Miss A.

What a little beauty.  We have had this ballerina chair for about six years now, and at the time of this writing I think Divine Miss A has sat in it twice.  Time and money well spent!  Her stuffies sure like to hang out on it though.

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This kid better be a girl…

Those who know me know that despite my best efforts, nothing I do turns out quite like everybody else’s.  This used to drive me crazy, I used to think there must be something wrong with me.  But with age comes wisdom or at least the ability to no longer care so much about the opinions of others, so I decided to embrace that which makes me different and just go with it.  I have been so much happier since making this decision!

When I was pregnant with my first about 8000 years ago, we decided to make our daughter’s nursery really special.  No pale pastels or pictures of teddy bears here!  We went with an energetic pink on three walls and a bold deep shade on the accent wall.

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This was the jumping off point, and we really enjoyed playing around with design ideas in photoshop, as I’m sure most nerdy-types do.  Once we nailed down the design, we bought some sticky vinyl and away we went.  This is how it turned out.

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This is the completed accent wall, otherwise known as “the project to make a hormonal pregnant lady even crazier”.  My poor husband.

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Room details. Hubber took those photos himself, of flowers in nearby front yards.  And thus endeth our first forray into decorating for baby.  I think we did pretty well!  Although as luck would have it, my daughter much prefers the color blue.  Typical.

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