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Continuing on with our Super Mario Inspired Party Ideas… here we go with Part 2! If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, which covers drinks, tablescapes, Luigi’s “Power Up Pizza Station”, and more – click here to check it out.
Super Mario Inspired Party Ideas: 7 – 12
#7. DIY Photo Booth Fun
Photo booths are a great way to get creative at your party – and to capture great pics to remember it by! For this photo booth, I used a cloud-print shower curtain as the backdrop and wrapped 12″ and 10″ square cardboard boxes in solid yellow and brick-print paper to create giant blocks. Heads up that it’s surprisingly time-consuming to wrap a bunch of oversize boxes, but the big impact they made at the party was worth it!
A couple DIY Super Mushrooms and some race car inspired details (channeling Mario Kart vibes) added an element of fun to the photo booth area as well. If you want to add even more crafty details, consider grouping small white balloons together to make 3D “clouds” and hanging them from the top with fishing wire.
Photo booth props were arranged on a mini rolling cart, and included character hats, wigs, and more. You can download the “Strike a Pose” photo booth sign over on play.nintendo.com.
Adhesive dots were used to attach Mario and Luigi favor mustaches all over the prop cart as well. I thought this would be a fun way to display the “party ‘staches” – and because the sticker paper backing was still on them, guests could still use the mustaches as intended.
Here’s a closer look at one of the DIY mushrooms – this one is inspired by Toad! (See the Mushroom Kingdom table idea in Part 1 for more info on how to make these.)
These Mario face masks were cracking people up throughout the entire party. Costumes definitely makes things more interesting and fun!
#8. Video Game Play
When your party is inspired by video games, it’s only fitting to have video game play as one of the activities! The kids had lots of fun with our Nintendo Switch™ system and used it outside most of the time. Being able to easily play it anywhere is one of my favorite things about this system!
Sometimes they took turns watching each other and learning tips from kids that were really good at certain games, but most of the time they played in tabletop mode outside with multiple players. (If you’re not familiar with Nintendo Switch – you can dock it to play on your tv at home, or you can play it in tabletop or handheld mode wherever you want.)
There are tons of fun games available, but for this party we stuck with 4 that felt especially appropriate for the theme: Mario Kart™ 8 Deluxe, Super Smash Bros.™ Ultimate, Yoshi’s Crafted World™, and Super Mario Party™ (of course!).
Note: Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, system and some accessories sold separately.
#9. Game Inspired Crafts & Activities
Warp Pipes Bean Bag Toss
You can also get creative with your party activities by taking classic games and modifying them to match your theme. For example, a regular bean bag toss becomes a “Warp Pipes Bean Bag Toss” when you use green “pipes” to catch the bags! These “pipes” are inexpensive large utility buckets spray painted green. I added a couple removable Super Mario Wall Decals to them as well (from the same set used for the place settings on the Mario Kart inspired table from Part 1).
Yoshi Egg Decorating
Wooden eggs + markers, stickers, and rhinestones = a fun craft activity for the kids! Coming up with their own “Yoshi Egg” designs definitely kept them busy for a while. We also had gold paper crowns in honor of Princess Peach, and they used some of the adhesive rhinestones to decorate the crowns later, as well!
Toad’s Toy Chest
For outdoor parties with younger kids, bubbles and outdoor play items are always appreciated and put to good use! I designed this “Toad’s Toy Chest” sign to be used in a variety of ways… for game prizes, party favors, a station with free-play toys, etc. It looked cute next to colorful bubble wands at this party, but there are so many ways to put your own creative spin on this one!
P.S. You can download the games signs for all of these activites over at play.nintendo.com!
#10. Plush Toys, Figures & Printables
Plush Toys & Figures
I’ve always been a fan of using toys as “decorations” for a character inspired party for 3 main reasons:
- You can be sure you’re getting the best versions of your character(s)
- The decorations double as keepsakes – and actual play items – long after the party is over, so you get more bang for your buck than you would with disposable decor.
- You can pair them with patterns and party supplies that fits your personal style to create a look you really love! (as opposed to matching a pre-set themed look)
Of course printables are my other go-to for customizing a party your way! They add instant personality to any party design, especially when character quotes and playful puns are included. They can also be used in several different ways, just like the toys.
Designing this printable party collection with official Nintendo character artwork was a cool experience, and I hope these designs will help bring lots of fun to your Super Mario party, too! You can download them all for free at play.nintendo.com. There are lots of designs in this collection, including the welcome sign pictured below in both 8×10 and poster-size formats – in case you want an extra-large greeting on the front door!
#11. Mini Balloon Magic Vines
These “Magic Vines” are super easy to put together and make such a big impact! They’re made from 5″ balloons and a 36″ wooden dowel rod (available at craft stores). Fill your base container with floral foam, then insert the dowel. This is a great time to paint it green, since you’ll have access to all sides and can let it dry in this position.
You’ll need a balloon hand pump to blow up the 5″ balloons since they’re so small. Trust me, your lungs will thank you! ;) Tie the balloons off as usual. When you’re ready to put the balloons on the dowel rod, just act like you’re going to tie the balloon tail a second time, but don’t release the knot until you’ve slid it over and down the dowel. Start by placing balloons at the bottom and work upwards, until the entire “vine” is filled with balloon “leaves”!
#12. Super Yum! (Creative Desserts)
Professional cakes are awesome when budget allows, but they are usually SUPER expensive too (pun intended). I did a client party last month where a relatively simple cake for 50 people was billed out at $450 by a pro. My favorite way to make homemade cakes look great is to keep the cake design simple & modern + get creative with the cake topper! Fortunately, you don’t have to be a pro decorator to make the topper look good. 🙌
This cake topper is made from a World of Nintendo Mario figure + 5″ balloons and party straws. It coordinates well with the rest of the party design (one of the table centerpiece designs is very similar) – and only takes a few minutes to put together! The figure is secured to the cake with a bamboo skewer taped to the back. The cake is made from 2 boxed cake mixes (4 layers inside) to create height. I used white melting candy discs for the border at the bottom.
Last but not least… ice cream floats! Or “Peach’s Power Floats” to be exact. These are simply soda floats made with vanilla ice cream and colorful sprinkles, but they look extra fun served in rhinestone-adorned cups.
We chose orange and strawberry soda to match the party colors – (and because my kids love both of these flavors) – but you can mix the flavors up however you like. I think a lighter pink strawberry or peach-flavored float would be very fitting for Peach as well. Also – this is one of those ideas that stands alone very well, too. Even if you’re not having a big party, consider serving this treat on its own for an extra-fun family get-together or summer playdate!
That’s a wrap for Part 2! Hope you found some ideas here to help POWER-UP your next Super Mario inspired party. 😉 For more Nintendo inspired ideas and information, visit play.nintendo.com. Happy celebrating!