Fun Jar Friday this week is not our usual Fun Jar activity. Instead, Tiffany is sharing a fantastic birthday party that she did. Maybe it should be Fantastic Friday with Tiffany! I've been so excited to share this!! Seeing photos of some of Tiffany's parties are part of what inspired ME to get in party mode, and create some crafty party memories for my own boys. You will love this : )
Mario Birthday Party!
In the wake of Jaimee’s epic Ninjago party, I thought I would put up one of my own parties. I love throwing parties for my kids. Thankfully, I only have two kids or I might go a little crazy. And although there are so many different birthday parties I’ve seen that I would love to try, I do my best to ask my kids what they like and make it work. So, when my son asked for a Mario party for his 6th birthday, I was up for the challenge. Now, this party was done in February, before I was helping out at Craft, interrupted. So I don’t have any in depth tutorials on anything, but I will give you some tips and pointers to get you in the right direction. And feel free to ask any questions and I will help you out.
So, to start off, I sent out Mario themed invites. It was done using cardstock and my oval and circle cutters. Inside read Get POWERED UP and ready to celebrate Calvin’s 6th birthday! We’re going to have a SUPER good time at LaGrange Castle. Join us at (insert address here) on (insert date and time) for some SMASHING fun!
The goody bags had the same Mario face on them. And they contained Mario fruit snacks, a Mario figurine (which I found on Amazon), some chocolate Mario stars, and a question block puzzle. The chocolate stars I used a star shaped mold with yellow candy melts. Then piped eyes on with a ziplock and chocolate candy melts. The puzzle block I made following the tutorial here.
I put them together using wooden blocks from Hobby Lobby. Then painted them to look like question blocks, putting some clear coat on it when I was done. I wrapped the puzzles in plastic wrap to keep them together in the bag.
Each child also got a Mario hat and a mustache glass. I found the pattern here for the Mario hat. I cut out an oval and M out of fleece and sewed them on before sewing the hat together. They went together quite quickly although I suggest pinning the plastic mesh to the hat brim before sewing because it gets slippery. The cups, I got the idea from here and then used glass etching cream to make the mustache.
I’ve never been good at decorations. I’ll leave that to Jaimee! But I did put these Boo balloons out using sharpies for the face and white paper for the “fins.” Everything else was just red party supplies I got at the dollar store.
For food, I made goomba oreo pops. I used my favorite pop recipe where you crush a package of oreos to small crumbs and combine it with an 8oz container of cream cheese. For the goombas, I hand molded the mixture into a goomba shape. I dipped the stick in melted chocolate candy melts and into the goomba bottom and let that harden. Then I dipped the whole thing into melted chocolate. When the chocolate hardened in the fridge, I piped a face onto the goombas using more candy melts and a ziplock bag.
I also made chocolate mustache pops which I later used for the guest photos.