Sunday, May 23, 2010

Mario Brothers Party

A couple of months ago when I asked my sons what type of party they would like they had two criteria: boys only and an obstacle course.I toyed with several variations, including a food fight party (that one only lasted a few seconds) before deciding to incorporate their new found love for Mario Brothers Wii. Their birthday request was a Nintendo DS, so this seemed like a great plan. I especially appreciated that we could emphasize the fact that Mario & Luigi are brothers.Thankfully, they were clear on their character preference (and they were not the same.) I started searching the Internet and found lots of great ideas. The invitations were made to look like tickets and personalized by a vendor I found on Ebay.

When guests arrived they received a mustache and a red or green hat. (I found these online for $2 each.) I planned to make Ls and Ms for them...but thanks to jury duty, last week of school and a little thing called life, that didn't happen.

We had a pinata...
I made a King Boo bean bag toss.
And a "Power Up Panel" memory-type game. (Somehow we didn't get any pictures of that. I was too busy manning the game pieces.) I read another great idea online to make a "Pin the Mustache on Mario" game, but ran out of time and energy before making that happen!

The highlight, however, was the 'coin battle.' We set up a course in the back corner of the yard using character images on card stock (taped to bamboo garden stakes). I sprinkled 144 gold coins throughout the grass and had adults stationed around the edges with blue (ice) balls and red (fire) balls. And then all the little Mario and Luigi's took the course to see who could find the most coins. If you were hit with a ball you were not out, you just had to either freeze (blue) or play on your knees (red).

I realize that nothing about this post is making any sense if you have never played Mario Brothers--but to our guests, I was speaking their language.
When it was all said and done the boys (predictably) changed the rules to involve jumping, stomping, chasing and lots of wild action.

My husband was able to track down Mario themed music that we could play so it would sound like the real game.

Our favorite bakery came through with fantastic themed cakes that made the birthday boys grin with delight.
We were all completely exhausted when it was all over--but a great time was had by all and memories were definitely made!

10 comments:

Mountain Girl said...

What WONDERFUL birthdays for your 6 year olds! I loved your ideas and I might even use some of them in my classroom!

Candi (and Emma, too) said...

What an amazing idea! I know that they enjoyed every bit of it. You had wonderful ideas to incorporate everything Mario Brothers into their party!

Annie said...

both parties were just perfect! The art party was such a great idea and Mario Bros. was, too! Love it! and those cakes!!! oh those cakes were almost too awesome to eat!

k and c's mom said...

I love that the two parties even had separate posts! You are so very good at giving these three individuality. Way to go, Mom! Those are some forever memories you've given your three.

Rachel said...

I'm book marking your post! My boys birthdays are a month apart and I've always wanted to do a joint party for them but they are two years apart in age. They both love Super Mario and this is GREAT! I can't wait for their birthdays now. :)

Nikki said...

What a fantastic idea!

gilliankirby said...

Great photos of what looks like a fun birthday afternoon :)

Happy Birthday to R,P and K!

dee said...

Happy Birthday P&R!!

Mindy said...

Happy Birthday to your R and P!!!!
What a great idea for your party. It looks like all of those boys has a blast!

Mrs. Sustaita's Class said...

Awesome party! I LOVED the game!!! Where did you find the hats?!?!?