This year Addison decided to have his 7th birthday party as a Mario theme. Both Preston and Addison really love playing all the Mario games on their Wii so this seemed like the perfect choice for his birthday party.

As you know, I do love a good party. And better yet, one with a fun theme. Thankfully the Mario games have so many different characters and lots of bright colours, that it made planning the decorations, food and games ever so easy.

For the party food I did my best to stick with very easy to prepare (or store bought) themed food. The birthday cake was of course the centrepiece for the party table, and I kept the rest of the food rather simple (we had organised for pizza’s – Luigi’s Pizza’s to be exact, for lunch for the kids). We had “Fire Balls” which were Cheeto balls, “Ice Balls” which were popcorn, and a fruit & veg platter in the shape of a “Fire Power Flower”. We had “Piranha Plants” made using marshmallows on sticks, gold chocolate coins scattered all over the table, and bananas with eyes drawn on for “Mario Kart Bananas”. I designed personalised themed labels for the water bottles, just to add to the overall look of the table.

Decorations were all fairly simple, made out of paper to create a Mario world as a backdrop for the food. I used white balloons to make boos, hanging them throughout the house.

All the games were themed too, with Stomp the Goombah (goombah balloons), a gold coin treasure hunt, Yoshi egg and spoon races and a chain dog piñata that I made myself.

The cake was three massive tiers that I made at home. The bottom was a Mario level, the second was a question box piñata cake with gold chocolate coins on the inside and the top layer was a Mario tunnel with a Mario figurine popping out the top. I found 7 star shaped candles and a colourful number seven that all added to the theme.

The thankyou party favours (which took forever to cut out) were chocolate bars wrapped inside a Nintendo controller cardboard box wrapper, all personalised of course. We also had take home Yoshi Tongue party blowers and various Mario colouring in sheets.

Addison wore his brand new Luigi costume (unfortunately I couldn’t get Mario) and although he was actually unwell on the day of his party he still had a really fun time with his friends. And I’m pretty sure they all at a great time too!

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