Since I just started blogging this year, I guess I’m going backward on my party posts. I’m here planning my son’s 8th birthday, and I’m writing about his 6th birthday party…..but I have to share!
At the time of this party, Jacob had not really been a die hard video gamer, but he loved the characters. He loved Super Mario brothers and Yoshi. More so, he played with his Super Mario and Yoshi remote control cars and admired his dad’s “old school” Nintendo…….so that’s what his theme was. Not the new Mario kart games with the Wii, but the Nintendo from his dad’s childhood that he could not touch.
First off, we had to send the invites. He loved putting them together with me and so excited to mail them off:
I got a little sentimental looking back on these pictures because it was such a cute stage. He loved helping me put together things for his birthday and was super excited. He addressed and stamped his invites and labeled the water bottles too.
These days, I’ve been downsizing on everything: the guest list, the food, duration of the party, because it gets to be a but much sometimes. I mean, I have a 9 year old, 7 year old and a 4 year old- thats a lot of birthdays! At this particular point in time, we still had them at home because I figured it was easier. Note to self- it’s not! haha
Because it was at home, I had to think about entertainment, so I rented a jumper. Always a win for the kids:
Piñatas are also a must at all of my kids home parties, and this one was no different. Here is a picture of the them along with the favors that Jacob helped me put together:
The favors are black gable boxes, and I cut those shapes from my Cricut and Jacob helped me glue them all on. I used foam adhesives for the black + and the 2 red circles to give it a 3D effect:
We served our traditional Laotian food and pizza for the kids. This party was the birth of the individual pizza boxes that I started on almost every party after this. I found these cute printables on etsy and glued them onto each box. It was so fitting with the theme and an ode to Mario’s sidekick Luigi:
For the decor of the party, I wanted something different. I wanted to bring the video game to life. I thought of elements such as the warp pipes, the question marks, the Super Star, the mushrooms, etc. I wanted to to represent all of those details both in the decor and in the desserts, so here’s the end result of it all:
I made the warp pipes from garbage cans- spray painted them green and screwed the bottom to our walls. These question marks are all printable I glued onto square glass bowls with gold coins like the video game, and also m&m mini tubes that we made into warp pipes:
The SUPER JACOB sign was a vinyl decal I special ordered from etsy, and I adhered it to a black poster board, then cut around it with an exacto knife. I wanted to bring a more industrial feel to the design, so I hung that up with chains. I also displayed the desserts in galvanized stands to tie in with this element.
For the desserts, of course all his favorites made an appearance in cookie form:
I even made the “old school” remote controls that he’s not allowed to touch:
I also made the Mario logo but with a J for Jacob, in a chocolate covered oreo:
Another element I thought of from the game was the Super Star. This is an ode to the invincible star, in rice krispy form:
I also loved the Bob-bomb character! So he appeared in cake pop form:
It was super easy- just dip the cake pop in black chocolate melts, then you ad a mini pretzel to the back. The feet was royal icing I had left over from the cookies but u can definitely use yellow m&ms. The tops of them are actual cake pop sticks I cut and bent then dipped the tip of it in black candy melts.
I also made pana cotta with raspberry coulis and adorned the little plastic cups with the “J” Mario logo again:
For cupcakes, I found these cupcake wrappers and I thought of Super Mario. I topped them off with cupcake toppers of the mushroom. Same place I got the cake topper from.
S0, same as the birth of the pizza boxes, this was also the birth of the cakes. It was my first cake ever. I wanted to keep it simple and top it with accessories since it was my first one. I did a red cake with the J logo instead of M for Mario. Then I did a warp pipe. Just green buttercream, then used some fondant for the top strip. I topped it with a big Mario toy for a wow factor and got an acrylic cake topper that said “6UP” since he was turning 6:
I had to get creative since I was not skilled in cakes. I think with the design and all the character themed desserts, it went well with everything.
Aside from this sugar overload, I had to make a Power UP station! This is where I displayed all the beverages which included cold and hot since his birthday is in December. Complete with Mario mustaches, Ba-Bomb beverages, and a hot chocolate bar:
And if this isn’t the Ultimate Super Jacob reaching level 6, I don’t know what is!