My son is a Mario MANIAC! For his 5th birthday I decided to throw him a Mario Bros. themed bash. There isn’t a lot out there in the way of Mario themed party supplies so I had to get creative and make things myself. You can do it too! I have a bunch of DIY Mario Party Ideas to share that you can easily create yourself, from Invitations, games, pinatas, and party decor…piranha plants included! Get ready to “Power Up” your Mario Party!
This post may be a bit photo heavy so bear with me there is sooo much to share!
Mario Party Invitations:
I started with the invitations. To make these Mario Party invitations I used my color copier, some old Mario Bros. games I had from the old days as a gamer girl…think Game cube…LOL….and a Xyron sticker machine to make custom stickers for the invitations. I went over everything with sparkle Mod Podge to seal it.
I used the New Super Mario Brothers Wii guide-book to create more custom stickers to seal the invitations and a Colorbox rainbow stamp pad to stamp each child’s name. I wound up having to make two sets of stickers so my son could have a set for himself.
Mario Party Games:
Now on to the Mario Party games! When planning a party where a houseful of little boys will be present it’s important to have games…and lots of them!
Mario Brothers Fire Ball Game
- Cardboard boxes
- Yellow Paint
- Fun Foam
- Popsicle sticks
- Colored Felt
I created question blocks with painted cardboard boxes and fun foam then attached hand-made fire flowers and ice flowers to each one. I made enough for each child to have his own box. The boxes were filled with Fire balls and ice balls I made by sewing felt around old socks.
To paint the boxes I flattened them and went over with Yellow tempera paint and Acrylic I had on hand. For the Question Marks on the Question Blocks and the Fire Flowers and Ice Flowers I made templates on the computer so I could trace and cut the images out of fun foam. A little hot glue and Wallah! The perfect Fire ball game! We still use this game when ever my son’s friends come over.
Chain Chomp Pinata
I had seen a few Chain Chomp pinatas while searching the web for this party and decided to give pinata making a try. I’ve made a few more pinatas since the Mario Party and have written a Pinata tutorial that you can see here.
This was my first pinata EVER and I was so happy with how it turned out. Although, I made it a bit too strong… it had to be pried open despite continuous beatings with a bat. This was the equivalent to the pinata in the Volkswagen commercial. I have learned from this mistake and have lots of useful tips in my Pinata Tutorial so this doesn’t happen to you.
Pin the Mustache on Mario
- Poster Board
- Sticky backed felt
To create this new take on the old classic “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” and make it suitable for a Mario Party I created a “Pin the Mustache on the Mario” game. To create Mario I borrowed a projector from my sister and traced a Helicopter Mario from the Super Mario Brothers Wii guidebook onto poster board and colored him with Prismacolor markers. I then cut Mario sized mustaches from sticky back furry felt (available at most craft stores). All of the kids cheated something awful so if you want the game to be fair I suggest getting a serious blind fold. I used a sleep mask and they all tilted their heads back to see out the bottom. After the party I used the poster to decorate my son’s room.
- White Balloons
- Red and Black Sharpie
- Someone to assist with the blowing up of balloons
It was beautiful out the day of the party a big surprise for November in New England. I blew up about 2 dozen white balloons and drew Boo faces on them with Sharpies for the boys to pop in the yard. Little boys love to destroy things. Boy did they love busting up all of those Boo Balloons.
Defeat Bowser Game
I was able to get a bunch of shipping boxes from work to build walls for the kids to hide behind during the fireball game. My brother-in-law was kind enough to dress up as Bowser and be pelted with fireballs.
The kids had a “ball” with this game! What little boy doesn’t like to throw things? My brother-in-law had fun with it too and pretty much made this the best party EVER!
Mario Party Power-Ups
Since “Bowser” loves to rough house I made the boys some “Power-ups” to use when captured by Bowser. Again the Power-ups were cut from Fun Foam and detailing was added with Prismacolor Markers.
Mario May I Game
My father also got into the spirit of Mario by actually becoming Mario! He dressed up as Mario and showed up at the door with Pizza like the pasta loving original! He then took the boys back outside to play “Mario May I”. I was quite impressed that he came up with his own take on an old classic!
Mario Party Warp Pipe
I created a warp pipe by spray painting an old plastic tub green with Krylon Spray paint. We used it to allow the kids to “warp” closer to Mario. As you may have guessed the “Warp Pipe” is still a favorite toy for outdoor play.
Mario Party Decorations
We spent most of the party playing outside but I wanted to create a fun Mario themed table scape when it was time for pizza and cake.
The place mats were purchased from a party store and I decorated the table with my sons Mario figures and some star confetti.
I created the piranha plant centerpiece with hand cut foam and paint. I hung the Mario Galaxy Mario over the piranha plant with clear beading wire.
Piranha Plant Centerpiece
I had a ton of fun making this! My son loved it and we are still using it today to decorate his computer desk. It’s quite simple to make all you need is a styro-foam ball, a clay pot, some spray paint, large floral pick, hot glue and fun foam.
How to make a Piranha Plant Centerpiece:
- Spray the foam ball with Red Krylon spray paint.
- Once dry cut out a notch for the mouth.
- Cut Teeth, circles, and “lips” out of white fun foam and hot glue to foam ball
- Insert Floral pick into foam ball and create stem and leaves with Green fun foam. Seal with hot glue.
- Use Krylon Green Spray paint to color clay pot.
- Hot Glue Floral foam to bottom of pot and insert Piranha Plant
- Fill Pot with glass gems
Mario Party Treat Bags
A lot of time and planning went into this party. I had wanted to make the treat bags myself but knew I would never be able to get everything done on time so I ordered these adorable treat bags them from another crafty soul on Ebay. Fun Party Crafts is the Ebay seller she has a great selection of custom character treat bags. We still use these treat bags for playtime nearly 2 years later! Here is a shot of the bags and the treats I found to fill them.
I added some matching tissue and hand crafted tags to each treat bag to dress them up.
Mario Party Thank-You Cards
Finally, to thank our guests properly I created custom Mario Party Thank-you cards complete with a group photo. My goal when making cards is to make them so they cannot be thrown away. I wanted these thank-yous to be a nice keepsake for our party guests.
I was so happy with the outside I went ahead and did the inside too!
My plan worked…none of the Mom’s were able to throw these Thank-you cards away! Ah…success! I feel I was also successful in bringing back the house party. All the kids in attendance had so much fun at Jack’s Mario Party they requested house parties of their own! I was really impressed with all my Mom friends creativity with their kid’s parties as most of them are not the crafty type. Yay house parties!!
Mama Mia I know this was a long post…but thanks for staying with me. As always thanks for stopping by.
Have a Mario-volous day!