Our son Jack is one of three boys, and is the "gamer" of the family. His obsession with Mario Brothers carries into practically everything he does - so it was only fitting that his 7th birthday party would hold the same theme. There are many objectives in my event planning but a unique experience plus creative activities are at the forefront to ensure that the children aren't the only ones having a good time! With a 3 hour event window, we centered the party around the common goals of the Mario Bros : collect as many gold coins as you can, earn prizes and save the princess! Complete with character stations, food / sweets and a handful of organized games - kids collected their gold coins and cashed them in for prizes before leaving! We had such a blast!
What People Ate
An Italian Buffet fit for Mario Brothers! Caprese Salad, Cheese & Charcuterie, Bruschetta, Baked Ziti, Cheesy Garlic Bread, Sausage & Peppers, Chicken Parmesan and passed thin crust pizza's on wood-fire palettes.
What People Drank
We offered an assortment of Bowsers Beer (bottled beers) and Princess Peach Champagne Sangria and Princess Daisy Red Sangria. Kids were permitted to order juice, sodas and water.
Customized cake by our local baker: Palermo's (http://palermobakery.com/) and a custom Mario Bros. themed candy display! (containers from Home Goods, labels and signage by CharminglySassy on Etsy)
Children were given personalized Mario boxes to collect their gold coins throughout the event and load up on sweets. Guests were escorted to Mario's Closet to adorn a Mario / Luigi Hat and mustache or to the Princess Peach Boutique to get princessified in glitter / tiaras/ and costume jewelry. Gold coins could be exchanged at the end of the event for prizes.
Activities / Games
We hired an awesome balloon artist to produce Mario themed (or otherwise) balloon sculptures to guests in between games. Children were awarded gold coins for dressing up, good manners with the bartender and cool dance moves with the DJ. We played three more games for added coin-gain opportunities: Pass Luigi (a game of Hot Potato with a Luigi Doll - winner received 10 coins) - Yoshi Coin Smash (a game of chance where kids took turns throwing plastic eggs against a brick wall and would either get gold coins or confetti and candy) - Mystery Coin Box String Piñata (to avoid injuries with a bat, each child took turns pulling a string on the piñata - the lucky string poured candy and gold coins onto the floor for kids to collect)
The kids were overly zealous in pulling their piñata strings and ultimately the "lucky string" on the string piñata broke --we had to use a set of crutches from one of our guests to shake the goodies out of the coin box piñata! A lot of laughs!
Most Touching Moment
Jack (our birthday boy) secretly asked DJ Mario if he could have the microphone towards the end of his party. He made a very heartfelt and touching speech thanking everyone for coming to his party. All on his own!
I would normally give it to all the kiddies, DJ Mario and Bartender Luigi -- but I think our old school Nintendo shirts got a lot of nostalgic nods from the parents.
Printables (Invites / Signs) : CharminglySassy on Etsy Decor Elements : Home Goods / Bed, Bath, Beyond T-Shirts, Mario-themed Candy & Goody Boxes : Amazon.com Candy: Party City Prizes: Target / Party City
The Mad Hatters
These guys do AMAZING work! Had the adults entertained and impressed with their balloon sculptures too!http://www.madhatterballoon.com/
It not only looks amazing -- it tastes amazing!http://palermobakery.com/
Not printables--- DIE CUT pieces of art. Honestly, working with Cindie was such a pleasure - fast, efficient, creative and so friendly! :-)http://www.etsy.com/shop/CharminglySassy
Park Avenue Bar & Grill
I'm a little biased, its our family business -- but we love it! http://www.parkavenuebargrill.com