Kids love Mario! Throw an awesome Mario Birthday Party with these ideas
My kids love the Super Mario Brothers! They have the Mario Wii games, Mario K'nex sets. They even dressed as Mario and Luigi for Halloween. So when it came time to plan another birthday party, of course we had to have a Super Mario Bros. Birthday Party! Here are the activities and pictures from our Mario Birthday Party including games, crafts, invitations, and the Mario Cake. This party was a hit. You can have an awesome Super Mario Bros. Birthday party too! Just read on to find out what to do.
Invitations: Super Mario Themed Birthday Party - Make your own 1up and Mushroom Invitations
These were so easy to make and my son loved them. All the kids that got one were excited to come. I used blank white 5x7 cards and envelope for the base, and used my scrapbooking paper and tools to make the invitiations. Here is the template that I used for the mushroom party invitations:
Give each guest a mustache to wear!
Party Favor: Mario Cap - Make a Mario Cap for every kid to wear during the party and then take home
These hats were simple to make and didn't cost much at all. Many of the kids wore them the entire party. How to in the next module...
How to Make simple Mario Hats - Here's how to make a Super Mario Cap for everyone at the party
I bought white painter's caps and used red dye to dye them. Then I cut white circles from felt and red "M"s from felt. I used hot glue to attach the M to the circle and the circle to the hat. Make sure that you dye your hats ahead of time so they have time to dry before you glue on the M circles. Instant Mario! (Well, almost instant anyway.) I also got furry mustaches to give each boy. I had the hat and the mustaches on the table next to the Power Star Craft activity at each place. They kids came in, put on their hat & mustaches and got started on their crafts.
Everything you need to make Mario Caps
Cake: Mario Birthday Cake - It's easier than it looks to make an awesome Mario Birthday Cake
I used one box of yellow cake mix. I made two 9-inch rounds and 3 cupcakes with the batter. After I removed the cake from the pan, I wrapped the pieces and put them in the freezer for a bit to make them easier to ice and to cut to shape. One round was the main portion of the head. I cup a bit off the bottom of one of the cupcakes to use for the nose. I cut the other cupcakes in half. One half for each ear and one half became the chin. I also used a canister of white icing and a canister of chocolate icing. I mixed about 1/4 of the chocolate into the entire white icing and added about 4 or 5 drops of red food coloring to get the skin color. I use straight chocolate icing for the mustache and hair. I used the decorator icing in tubes for the red, blue, black and white. I piped stars with the red icing for the hat. This took 3 tubes of decorator icing. Then I used the round hole tip for the outlining and to make the white circle and eyes. You can find step-by-step directions complete with pictures here:
Eat: Mario Cake and Ice Cream - Make serving easier!
Here's a tip to make the cake and ice cream time easier. Use a muffin pan and muffin cups, and scoop your ice cream ahead of time. Then put the whole thing back into the freezer and pull it out when it's time for cake and ice cream. The ice cream will already be scooped into individual servings. I put a Mario character on a toothpick into each ice cream scoop. You can print out the characters (like Mario, Luigi, Princess Pea, Power Star, Toad, Mushrooms and more). You can also use these tags on your party favors, goodie bags and whatever else you need.
Craft: Make a Power Star - This is a great activity as the kids are coming in
Do this early in the party so the paint has time to dry. See the instructions below...
How to Make Power Stars during your Mario Party - A fun, do it yourself, party favor
With precut wooden star shapes, some yellow paint, a sharpie marker, and a piece of magnetic strip, I had the kids make a simple starman craft. They painted the star yellow, and then after it dried a bit, drew on the eyes with a sharpie marker. Then we put a piece of the magnetic strip on the back. This was a fun activity and became one of the party favors. I had coloring pages of Mario and Luigi and Bowser for anyone who finished their starman early.
Painting our Power Stars - The kids loved this activity
Here they are happily painting their stars. I also had a coloring page for them to color as they finished. We did this at the very beginning of the Mario party so they could come in and have something to do while everyone else was arriving, and the paint would have time to dry so we could put the eyes on the stars and put them in the favor bags.
Game: "Boos" Bean Bag Toss - This is such a simple game to make
This is such a simple game to make. I used a posterboard and drew the Boos character. Then I cut out the mouth and stapled the poster board onto an empty cardboard box. I made bean bags from felt and dried beans. No sew! Just use hot glue to seal the edges of the bean bags. Almost instant, cheap, fun game!
Boos Bean Bag Toss was a hit!
Game: Pin the Mustache on Mario - Another easy game to make
Mario is such an easy figure to draw. He's just a big cartoon. I used a picture of Super Mario that I found on a coloring page on the Internet and drew him onto a piece of posterboard. Then I cut out mustaches from construction paper. My kids had fun coloring in the Mario figure. Get a bandana and a few tape balls and you're good to go!
Activity: Yoshi's Egg Hunt - Yoshi pops out of eggs in the Mario Game
Here's another simple game or activity: Have an egg hunt. In the Mario video games, Yoshi can be all kinds of colors, so I used plastic Easter eggs in "Yoshi" colors to do an egg hunt. I filled them with candy and hid them pretty well all over my backyard. I wanted to give the kids a challenge to look for the eggs! They could each find 12 eggs. Once they found their own, some of the boys helped the others find more (since I apparently I hid some of them a little too well!) This got the boys outside and running to burn off some of that party energy.
Game: Bob-omb pop - Use balloons and candy to make a fun Mario game!
I put a piece of candy inside a black balloon, then I blew up the balloons. Each boy had to pop his "bomb" and got to keep the candy inside. No hands were allowed. I filled enough balloons so they could take several turns. We had a countdown to start to see who could pop their bombs the fastest. Just use candy that will not be crushed easily. I put star bursts and Airheads into the balloons. You could also use brown balloons and call the game "Goomba Stomp" instead.
Game: New Super Mario Bros. for Wii - Play this at your party
You can play Super Mario Bros at the party. Up to four can play at once. This makes a great gift too!
Game: Mario Bingo - Mario Bingo will help calm those excited kids down
I found Mario Bingo boards with all of the Mario Brothers characters on them and printed them out onto cardstock. I used M&Ms as the bingo markers. The kids really enjoyed playing Mario bingo and yelled "Mario" instead of Bingo when they got a bingo. Here are the Bingo cards: Mario Bingo
Game: Mario Pinata - Make your own Mario Pinata and save money!
Every party needs a pinata. I used a paper bag, streamers, and a printed Mario Picture (which I colored) to make my own fast, frugal pinata. It cost me about $3 to make. You can find specific instructions on making your own paper bag pinata here: How to Make A Quick, Homemade Pinata.
What kind of party do you like best?
Give: Mario Goody Bags - Everybody loves a little something Mario to take home!
I used yellow bags and printed out the Mario character tag/toppers to glue on the sided. The kids each got a Mario hat, mustache, and goody bag to take home. Put a variety of Mario stickers, pencils, candy, and small figures in each bag.
Everyone Loves Mario!
Free Mario Printables - Print these out for your party
- Super Mario Bros. coloring pages | Free Coloring Pages
Super Mario Bros. Coloring pages. Select from 30582 printable Coloring pages of cartoons, animals, nature, Bible and many more.
My real life "Mario" Brothers
You can see how popular Mario and Luigi are in my house! Here are my 3 oldest boys.
Are you ready to have a Mario Party? - What do you think of our party ideas?
Prayas Choudhary from Edinburgh on January 23, 2020:
ErickMiller on June 04, 2013:
Great lens, i think the Mario Mustache game would be fab
anonymous on January 08, 2013:
I loved the bingo cards.. THanks
Frederiksocial LM on January 02, 2013:
Looks like everyone had a blast!.. The real quality of life :-)
Shelly Sellers from Midwest U.S.A. on August 20, 2012:
It looks like everyone had a terrific time!
wolvyz on June 19, 2012:
Kids will certainly enjoy these types of parties.
UKGhostwriter on May 27, 2012:
Fantastic cakes ...pinned too!
Natural_Skin_Care on May 26, 2012:
Those are some happy kids.
Jake_2525 on May 26, 2012:
This is really cool. I would of loved this as a kid.
Karnel from Lower Mainland of BC on May 26, 2012:
Looks like there was a lot of fun to be had, what a great party idea
intermarks on May 26, 2012:
This is a really great party idea, kids will definitely like it.
CameronPoe on May 26, 2012:
Looks like a fun time for the kids. Way to go.
francisco-javier-correa on May 25, 2012:
This is awesome. Mario party is great. I like the idea. Good planning on the party. Not everyone has talent to set up parties. You did a very good job for your. son. I definitely would hold to that idea
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 25, 2012:
Like this theme. Looks like you had so much fun.
Fcuk Hub on May 25, 2012:
Super Mario Party is one of the best party what children can have :)
glowchick on May 24, 2012:
Great lens! You have so many creative ideas :)
changename on May 22, 2012:
if only my 2 children were still young...mind you who cares about the children..i want one for me...sending the link to the wife..she keeps telling me she has 3 children to look after...so here is a great party idea for me ...lol
getmoreinfo on May 22, 2012:
This is great and such lovely photos of the Mario party, it looks like the kids really enjoyed themselves. I like how you show instructions on how to create each of the items such as making the mario hats.
JoKelly LM on May 21, 2012:
I like playing Mario, nice niche!
anonymous on May 21, 2012:
From Big Kids to Little Ones, Mario Still Rules and Probably will for a Long Time to Come!!! ;D
anonymous on May 20, 2012:
Omg this is the most amazing Squidoo page ever! I only wish I had these parties when I was a kid. Guess my parents weren't as cool!
trendydad on May 20, 2012:
anonymous on May 09, 2012:
Thank you so much for such awesome ideas!
maytheforcebewi on May 01, 2012:
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on April 24, 2012:
Fun stuff, as usual!! =D
Darcie French from Abbotsford, BC on April 12, 2012:
What a fantastic mario brothers party page! I came here to check it out from your Google post. Will share these fun ideas, many thanks :)
Kellenmadagan7 on April 12, 2012:
Thanks for a great party!
brmadagan on April 12, 2012:
This was a really fun party!
phillyfan on April 10, 2012:
you can do a party for me anytime!
bakergirl9 on April 10, 2012:
looks really neat
homeschoolmomof4 on April 10, 2012:
sounds like a great idea
Annamadagan on April 10, 2012:
This party was a hit, mom! Great job.