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Mario Party

by Amy Bowerman

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!

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This post may be a bit photo heavy so bear with me there is sooo much to share!

Mario Party Invitations:

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Mario Party Invitation

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.

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Custom Invites complete with themed stickers

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

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  • Cardboard boxes
  • Yellow Paint
  • Fun Foam
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Colored Felt
mario party fire flower question block
Fire/Ice Flower Question Blocks

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.

mario party fire balls
Great Balls of Fire!

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.

mario party chain chomp pinata

Chain Chomp Pinata

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
  • Projector
  • Markers
  • Sticky backed felt
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Pin the Mustache on the Mario

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.

Boo Balloons


  • White Balloons
  • Red and Black Sharpie
  • Someone to assist with the blowing up of balloons :)

mario party boo ghost

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.

mario party fireball game

Bowser wreaks havoc!

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 party power ups

Know your Power-Ups!


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 mario may I

Mario May I?


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.

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Mario and Bowser with the Crew


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.

mario party table scape

Mario Madness

The place mats were purchased from a party store and I decorated the table with my sons Mario figures and some star confetti.

mario party table scape

Mario coming in for a landing!

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

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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.

mario party pirahna plant

piranha plant centerpiece


How to make a Piranha Plant Centerpiece:

  1. Spray the foam ball with Red Krylon spray paint.
  2. Once dry cut out a notch for the mouth.
  3. Cut Teeth, circles, and “lips” out of white fun foam and hot glue to foam ball
  4. Insert Floral pick into foam ball and create stem and leaves with Green fun foam.  Seal with hot glue.
  5. Use Krylon Green Spray paint to color clay pot.
  6. Hot Glue Floral foam to bottom of pot and insert Piranha Plant
  7. Fill Pot with glass gems


mario party pirahna plant

piranha plant


Mario Party Treat Bags

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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.

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Starman treat bags and Mario treats

I added some matching tissue and hand crafted tags to each treat bag to dress them up.

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Starman treat bags ready to go!


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.

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Mario Party Group shot Thank you Card

I was so happy with the outside I went ahead and did the inside too!

mario party thank you

Mario Party Thank you card

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!


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Natalie February 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm

hi, how do u play Mario Brothers Fire Ball Game – just throwing the firevalls into the boxes?


2 Natalie February 14, 2017 at 8:50 pm

hi, ho do u play Mario Brothers Fire Ball Game – just throwing the firevalls into the boxes?


3 Baseball Machines June 30, 2015 at 11:44 pm

You are really creative Amy. I believe this web site holds some really great info for everyone 😀
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4 Amber Kent April 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm

Great game ideas! Thanks for sharing!
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5 jade March 20, 2015 at 7:38 am

This is so cute! so much thought and effort to make such a special day. My brother would have loved this when he was little. I especially like the pinata, it looks so professional! Thanks for sharing, Jade.


6 Estrella September 4, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Great job mommy!!
Everything you created was very thoughtful, I’d loved every single thing you made. : )


7 Terri July 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

Thank you so much for this post! I find lots of idea pictures but it’s hard to find the how-to’s. I’m not very crafty but thanks to your instructions I know I can make the Piranha plant centerpiece! I can’t wait to get started on my son’s party decorations! Thanks again for all of these great ideas.


8 Siobhan June 3, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Thank you so much for the inspiration and pinata tutorial! I made the chain chomp pinata for my son’s birthday party yesterday and it was such a success!


9 Sarit May 6, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Hi amazing job!!!! can you please write me where you bought the star traet bag i couldnt find it on ebay.thank you!!!!


10 Dee March 4, 2012 at 9:52 am

Hi there! yOu won the CSI Giveaway of the week. Email me at dee@thecsiproject.com so I can get you in touch with Bird’s party. Congrats!
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11 Sheri H August 4, 2011 at 1:12 am

What an AMAZING idea!! Great job! My boys would’ve loved something like this! (sadly they are teenagers now and not so much fun – lol) Thanks for joining us this week at My Sheri CRAFTS 😉


12 Sherrie K August 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Wowzers…..what a GREAT project!! LOVE all your party decorations. I am sure put a ton of time into it but great results. A lot of clever idea. LOVE the pinata! Thanks for sharing and good luck in the challenge at My Sheri Crafts!
Sherrie K


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