My sons, Jude and Reed, have birthdays that are 5 days apart so we decided on a joint birthday since the youngest was turning one, he didn't mind. :-) We went with Super Mario because my four year old is obsessed! This was his first party with friends (not just relatives) and he had a blast!
Chocolate mustaches, marshmallows (ice power), cookies, twizzlers (Yoshi tongues), vanilla and chocolate cupcakes made to look like the red and green mushrooms in the games, and red velvet cake.
Party favors had bubbles (which I also used race flag duct tape to cover label), Mario candy barrel, stickers, pencil, notebook, eraser, and sharpener.
Activities / Games
Pin the Tie on Donkey Kong, Yoshi Egg Hunt, Star Pinata, and Bounce House
We probably spent about 400 on food, bounce house, decorations, favors, games and the custom cake (which was very reasonable), give or take.
What People Ate
We did the Mario themed appetizers and for lunch grilled burgers and hot dogs. I also had potato salad but forgot to put it out... oops. Everyone had plenty to eat with the appetizers (meatballs, chips, fruit salad, cheese balls, veggies, cheese and crackers) and burgers and hot dogs.
What People Drank
We had soda, juice, and water. To keep with the racing theme I used race flag duct tape to cover the water bottle labels. Super easy and everyone thought it was a nice touch.
When my son walked into the fully decorated house and gave me a huge "thanks Mom" smile.
The Yoshi hunt was funny because instead of spreading out the kids just formed a little line and went room to room together. Also, since the kids were aged 2-5 counting the coins was a bit hard for them.
Most Touching Moment
Singing Happy Birthday to both boys. The oldest just beamed while the youngest looked a little confused. Very sweet memory.
Mario of course!