It's hard to believe but Will turns FOUR today and we celebrated on MAR10Day with the most Super Mario party ever!
Last year Will decided to take a trip to the Field Museum to see the dinosaurs instead of having a birthday party so when he decided on a Mario party this year, we knew we were going to really go for it. This could be our most elaborate party set up ever, and that's saying a lot! Working with an amazing printable set from Etsy, we lined the walls with blue paper and freehand cut clouds to buffer the wall from the backdrop. Then we got printing and cutting. And printing and cutting some more.
I have to say, once I got started I just couldn't stop. It was kind of addicting figuring out what else could say "Power Up!" or have the birthday boy's monogram on it.
Since this party was for the preschool crowd, we kept the time from 2-4pm and had all of Will's favorite snacks along with delicious and adorable cupcakes. The mini water bottles - which are the only way to go at parties - got wrapped with Power Up labels to make them almost too adorable to drink.
Green grapes in glasses became warp pipes and added an extra bit of whimsy to the table. We also used tall glasses to serve goldfish crackers and yogurt tubes as well.
Will's absolute favorite snack, the Gogo Squeeze Applesauce, morphed into cute little mushroom and star snacks.
But my favorite were the cupcakes! Our local bakery flat iced chocolate and yellow cupcakes and then we used printable cupcake wrappers and cup cake toppers to add the final touches.
Keeping a room full of preschoolers occupied is no easy task. We planned a variety of Mario themed activities to keep the kids occupied and having fun.
Pass the Chain Chomp
This is just a version of Hot Potato. We had a plush Chain Chomp on hand but you can use any Mario anything and just pass it around. If you are holding the item when the music stops, you're out. To prevent tears, you clap really loud and say "YAYYYYY!" to keep everyone happy.
Super Mario Piñata
This was a must for the birthday boy. But since we live in the Midwest and Will's birthday is in March, we were not going to be handing over a big stick to these kids and letting them go wild. Thankfully the string piñatas are the perfect solution to this problem.
After it seemed like every string was pulled, candy and little Mario toys came flying out on to the floor. They had a great time scrambling for their favorite items and even made some trades when it was all over.
Pin the Mustache on Mario
Another classic with a twist, this is Pin the Tail on the Donkey with a Mario theme!
Yoshi Egg Hunt
The Yoshi Egg hunt was so much fun! Here's a pro tip: put on TGIT and pour yourself a glass of wine because drawing white polka dots on green eggs (I know, I know, Yoshi's eggs are white with green dots but it's next to impossible to find white eggs that open so we improvised) takes a really, really long time.
This was not the most difficult egg hunt, but the kids had a blast running through the house collecting the eggs.
Mario Photo Booth
Every Mario needs a mustache and a hat! The kids loved posing with our little photo props for the photo booth.
When guests first arrived they took a Power Up Band and a sticky mustache.
Then not only did the kids get their Yoshi eggs filled with chocolate gold coins and the goodies from the piñata but my mom also made these super adorable Mario candy machines for each guest.
The candy machines were filled with M&M Minis and had a felt Mario nose and mustache. They are so cute and everyone went crazy for them!
Because of the egg hunt and the piñata, we had empty treat bags ready to go for the guests and it was the perfect way to carry everything home. Thanks to our family and friends for celebrating the big FOUR with Will! It was a SUPER day!