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   Super Mario birthday party featuring Princess Peach Posted by Jo 
May 20, 2010 
Jo
 

Little Jo had a great time at her Princess Peach Super Mario Brothers birthday party this year. We did so many fun projects that made this 5th birthday one I am certain she won’t soon forget! I started with the princess castle downloadable invitations that Chica designed based on the Princess Peach character from the Super Mario Brothers world. Then, I moved on to my favorite part of the party planning process — making the decorations!

My favorite part was making the giant wall display behind the cake table. I started it out by using a 30′ sky backdrop to cover the wall. Essentially, this was just a giant piece of blue plastic. Then, I used yellow poster board below that to make the ground that is in the Super Mario Brothers games. To bridge the gap between the two, I used a strip of green bulletin board border (that you see teachers use on bulletin boards all the time).

Then it was time for the fun part. We used 12×12 scrapbook papers to make the brick boxes (which we just drew on with marker) and the yellow question mark boxes. I used my Cricut machine to cut out the question marks in white paper and just glued them to the yellow.  If you don’t have a Cricut, simply print a large question mark from your computer and use it as a template. The green pipes are made from green poster board, and we used a marker to draw a few lines on the sides to make them look shaded. The clouds were cut from white poster board. I made sure to have a black outline around the clouds to make them look more like video game clouds. To make the coins, we just cut ovals out of yellow poster board.

The hardest items to make are the characters but you know we wouldn’t leave you hanging on those!  We showed you how to make the Goomba and Koopa in a previous post where we provided free templates for them. For the “5 UP” mushroom, you can either freehand him or you can enlarge the template from the Super Mario Brothers invitations. Arrange all the pieces on the wall to your liking, and stand back and enjoy the video game that has come to life on your living room wall!

Princess Peach Super Mario Brothers birthday party

If making the images yourself sounds like too much work, you can take a big shortcut and just buy some vinyl wall clings instead.  We found two sources online for clings, as shown in the pictures below. The ones on the on the left are quite large so they are great for the main wall decoration.  The ones on the right are quite a bit smaller, so they are ideal for additional decorations to be used throughout the party space. (I also used the Goomba cling for a party game that I will explain later.)

Nintendo Wall GraphicsSuper Mario Bros. Giant Wall DecalsSuper Mario Bros. Removable Wall Decorations

Let’s take a closer look at the table where the Princess Peach cake that Chica made was featured.  I covered the table with a simple pink plastic table cloth and used a pink plastic skirt on the sides. I bought some inexpensive pink shiny fabric to swag around the top of the table, and at the top of each swag, I put a large teal jewel that we made out of candy. Yep, candy.  We showed you how to make candy jewels in a previous post and we used the same recipe to make the larger jewels for the swag. I sprinkled more candy jewels around the table and used some mushroom napkins with pink colored cups for the cake and punch.

Princess Peach Super Mario Brothers birthday party

Remember when Chica showed you how to make the cute drawstring bags? Don’t they look great sitting on the cake table? I filled them with chocolate coins, bead necklaces, and temporary tattoos.  If you don’t feel crafty enough to make your own goodie bags, these tins with coin-shaped candies would make a great alternative. Or, if you have little boys coming to your party but still want to make the pink pouches, do like I did and get some Super Mario Brothers favor boxes instead for the boys.  To go along with the fantastic cake that Chica made, I used an egg cookie cutter that I had from Easter to make Yoshi egg cookies. I cheated and just rolled out some sugar cookie dough!

Super Mario Bros. Tin with Coin-Shaped Candies (1)Super Mario Bros. Empty Favor Boxes (4)

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Princess Peach Super Mario Brothers birthday partyWhen it came to wrapping Little Jo’s gifts, I couldn’t find any Princess Peach wrapping paper, so I improvised. I simply found some images from the game and printed them on 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of sticker paper, cut them out, and placed them onto the boxes I had wrapped in plain pink paper.

Little Jo just loved all of the party decorations!  Of course, she had to dress like Princess Peach! A good friend of ours who loves to make jewelry made Little Jo a Princess Peach necklace. Isn’t it perfect? The birthday girl couldn’t have been happier!

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One of Little Jo’s favorite decorations was the Princess Peach stand-up that we set up in the party space. We took every guest’s picture next to Peach so that I could make a fun spread in her scrapbook, if I ever get caught up! Little Jo currently has Princess Peach hanging out in her bedroom! The number balloon, I make my girls pose with a silver mylar number balloon at every birthday. Yep, all the way up until they turn 21! I can’t wait to see them scowling at me when they are holding that 15 balloon!

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You can also buy Mario, Toad, and Luigi stand-ups to add even more fun to the party.

Super Mario Bros. StandupSuper Mario Bros. Toad StandupSuper Mario Bros. Luigi Standup

To round out the sweets table, what better than Super Mario cupcakes made with our Mario-themed collars from CupcakeCollars.com? With these collars, it only takes minutes to transform simple cupcakes into something completely adorable that matches the theme perfectly!

Super Mario cupcakes

For entertainment, we played two simple games at the party:

  1. Rescue Princess Peach: I bought a stuffed Princess Peach doll that you can see sitting on the cake table in the pictures above. During the party, I hid her in a cabinet with all of the treat pouches and boxes. I used the Goomba vinyl cling on the outside of the cabinet door. I told the kids that Goomba had come and kidnapped Princess Peach during the party and they had to find him and rescue her.  The kids had a great time searching the house for the Goomba, and they got rewarded with the goodie bags when they had saved Peach!
  2. Yoshi Egg Hunt: I used white circle stickers on plastic eggs to make them look like Yoshi eggs.  I hid the eggs throughout the party space and the kids had a Yoshi egg hunt. Of course, the eggs were filled with small prizes for them.

Cloud_BalloonsDuring the party planning, I learned a few lessons I’d like to share:

  • It isn’t any cheaper to fill helium balloons yourself at home and it takes longer. Just get them from a party store.
  • I would have decorated the plain pink cups with some Princess Peach stickers.
  • Make sure you securely fasten the blue plastic to your wall, or else it will start to sag when you hang things on it.
  • Don’t put the Princess Peach stand-up near an open window when it is windy outside. She will fall and scare small children.
  • Make sure you take a picture of the cute cloud balloons that you used in the party space.

24 comments so far:

  1. Janet said: (May 21st, 2010 at 11:06 am)

    Great job on this birthay party! Love it!

  2. Lysana said: (May 21st, 2010 at 12:49 pm)

    This may sound bad, but I honestly had NO CLUE those little pink bags were hand-made. They are extremely well done! I shouldn’t be surprised, and I’m not, really, but it never occurred to me that you (or Chica) had made them. :)

    Beautiful party!

  3. Jo said: (May 21st, 2010 at 11:09 pm)

    Thanks, Lysana. For other readers, Lysana is my cousin so she was at the party to see the bags in person. And no, we didn’t pay her to rave about them! :)

  4. Shelley said: (July 2nd, 2010 at 4:55 pm)

    Hiya, thanks so much this has helped me so much.
    My daughter turns 5 soon and wants a princess peach party. Where did you get the dress from or did you make it?
    Xx

  5. Jo said: (July 2nd, 2010 at 10:26 pm)

    Shelley, glad we could help out. I actually bought the dress from a local box store and it happened to work so perfectly. I wish I could provide you with a pattern or link. So sorry! Please let me know if you need any more assistance and good luck with your party!

  6. sarah said: (September 3rd, 2010 at 12:38 am)

    Hey Thanks for the templetes for the goomba and the turtle!! I hade to say I have been making a ton of them!! ( for my son’s birthday in Oct) I have wanted to make some red and green mushrooms and couldn’t get to look right I tried your templete for the body of the goomba in red and then the body in a light tan and added white circles and it turned out sooo awesome!! If you want I can send you a pic? but again thanks for you help!!

  7. Chica said: (September 3rd, 2010 at 8:05 am)

    How ingenious, Sarah. We’d love to see a pic! You can email it to chicaandjo@chicaandjo.com or post it in our Flickr group so everyone can see.

  8. Chica said: (September 12th, 2010 at 11:20 am)

    Hey everybody, Sarah sent us a photo of her Goomba-turned-mushroom cutout, and we put it here on Flickr so you can all see how cute it came out.

  9. Letty Ortiz said: (January 25th, 2011 at 10:32 am)

    Hey I wanted to know where can I find a Princess Peach Birthday Party Kit??
    Its for my lil girl she will be 5 in Jan 27 2011.
    Thank you!

  10. Jo said: (January 25th, 2011 at 10:36 am)

    Letty, I haven’t found a Princess Peach party kit anywhere. You can get some supplies using the links in our post above. Sorry to not be able to help more than that!

  11. Susie said: (February 4th, 2011 at 9:45 pm)

    Thanks for all the great ideas! I’ll be doing a Mario Bros. party for my daughter & son in june. I will send you the pics!

  12. Jo said: (February 4th, 2011 at 10:30 pm)

    Susie, you are welcome. Can’t wait to see your pictures!

  13. Karen said: (April 5th, 2011 at 1:18 pm)

    OMG I am so glad I am came accross this website. You guys did an amazing job. I am putting together this same background for my son’s b-day party in 2 weeks. What exactly did you guys use to tape or glue the items to the sky backdrop? Also, do you have any idea where I can get a backdrop locally?
    Thanks!

  14. Jo said: (April 5th, 2011 at 2:04 pm)

    Karen, so glad you found us! I used 3M Command Poster Adhesive Strips to attach everything to the wall. I would look at a local party store to try and find the background. You could also check Michael’s craft store. Have a great party!

  15. Belle said: (July 1st, 2011 at 5:01 pm)

    Thank you so much for sharing!!! I’m throwing my husband a 30th birthday party and I’m inspired by your site!!

  16. Jo said: (July 1st, 2011 at 5:13 pm)

    That should be a great party for him. You can never go wrong with Mario! Stay tuned, we are coming up with some Super Mario Cupcake Collars as well!

  17. Aleny said: (July 27th, 2011 at 3:29 pm)

    Wow!! I so glad i found this website. I’m planning a birthday party for my daugther and son in December. My daugther wanted a princess themed party and my son wanted a super mario. Both are the same month but different dates…This website gave me the idea to do both parties at the same time..thank you for all the info. I will post pictures…

  18. sugarcrane2 said: (September 28th, 2011 at 7:56 pm)

    Love the necklace, I’m working on Halloween costumes now and my daughter is going to be Peach but I’m stump on the necklace. Do you know what your friend used for the center part?

  19. Erin said: (September 29th, 2011 at 8:20 am)

    I’m the friend who made the necklace, and I used a large 2″ flat marble and a cut piece of aluminum foil to place behind it. Both items are oven safe at low temperatures so the clay set nicely once it was in place.

  20. sherin said: (March 3rd, 2012 at 10:59 pm)

    i was so happy to find this website,u know there isn’t enough peach birthday supplies to make a party as wonderful as this.

  21. Ellen said: (May 17th, 2012 at 6:28 pm)

    Thanks so much for the templates and the backdrop inspiration. They were perfect for my son’s party.
    http://blog.celebratethebigandsmall.com/2012/05/17/party-time-a-super-mario-birthday/

  22. Chica said: (May 18th, 2012 at 2:19 pm)

    Ellen, we love how your party came out, and glad we were able to contribute. Your use of yellow plastic plates as coins is absolutely brilliant!

  23. Harrison said: (February 8th, 2013 at 5:25 pm)

    Where did you get that big blue plastic backdrop from? :)

  24. Chica said: (February 8th, 2013 at 5:44 pm)

    Harrison, we used two of these 30′ sky backdrops on the on the wall.

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