super mario party ideas

Super Mario Party Ideas

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Christine Coughlin

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Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that Porter’s sixth birthday, which happened in full quarantine lockdown could be this amazing. The best part was that the ladies at Pipoca Events designed all of the decorations so I avoided turning into a stressed-out party momma, mostly. 😘

DIY up-cycled Super Mario Party Decorations

Super Mario Birthday Party Decorations

Pipoca Events specializes in creating upcycled decorations. Using recycled cardboard, paint, paper mache and a ton of creativity and passion they turned our entire home into a magical Super Mario world for Porter to explore and celebrate in. Which definitely took the sting out of having his sisters be his only party guests.

DIY Nintendo Switch Grand Enterance

Kid Friendly Charcuterie

My new party motto is, pile it all on a charcuterie board and call it done. This gorgeous board was a gift from my friends at West Coast Wood Lab, a local Vancouver company.

Ideas for Kid-friendly Charcuterie

  • Poppables
  • Munchie Mix
  • Pringles
  • Popcorn
  • Oreos
  • Gummie Bears
  • Gummie Worms
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Bits and Bites
  • Pockys
  • Nuts, it was only our family so I knew this was safe.
kid-friendly charcuterie board

Super Mario Birthday Party Activities

DIY Painting Party

Porter loves all things art so we stocked up on some fresh paints, brushes, canvases and palates from the dollar store to create our own paint party.

Matt and I used Art Hub on YouTube to each create a Super Mario-themed piece of art for his bedroom and the kids free-styled.

DIY Super Mario Paint Party
Dollar store supplies make a fun and easy painting party.

Super Mario Themed Scavengar Hunt

Matt earned some super Dad and Husband points and created the most amazing Super Mario-themed scavenger hunt for the family, complete with Yoshi Eggs and a bonus level!! I almost lost my mind when I found out he had a bonus level. Isn’t it bizarre the things that become sexy once you become a parent? πŸ€”

Clue number 8 in the Super Mario Scavenger Hunt

I’m not sure who had more fun with this? The kids and I, or Matt watching us all try and solve his clues. The clues were hidden all over the house and in the garden, so it was a great way to burn off some energy.

I will share the clues and exactly how we set up the scavenger hunt in another post. Coming soon.

Super Mario Photo Props

Thanks to Pipoca Events the house was filled with adorable photo ops but this custom Mario photo prop was next level.

Super Mario Birthday Photo Props

Super Mario Themed Dessert Bar

My goal was to keep the decorating to a minimum for this party, so I felt like an evil genius when I had the idea for this super simple (somewhat, un-food safe) cake topper.

DIY Super Mario Cake Topper

Easy DIY Super Mario Cake Topper

I made the Super Mario cake topper by cutting the image of Mario out of one of Porter’s toy boxes and tapping it to a skewer. Done and done! He was thrilled and it was very on theme with our upcycled event. You’ll never look at your kid’s toy boxes the same again. 😜

Super Mario Star Power Sugar Cookies

You can find my go-to sugar recipe here. I used a glaze and coloured it yellow so that I could quickly dip each cookie. Once the glaze was dry I added the eyes with leftover icing from the cake that I dyed black.

In an attempt to not become a crazed party momma during party week, I baked the star cookies ahead of time and froze them until closer to party time. Just make sure you put a layer of parchment between each layer of cookies and they will freeze like a dream.

Super Mario Themed Cake Pops and DIY Display Stand

Personally, I believe cake pops are the devil to make, so I whipped these babies up with a quick call to a local bakery called Hansel & Gretal.

The stand is made using styrofoam that I wrapped in kraft paper to match the Mario theme. I’ve used these same pieces of styrofoam since Maddie’s first birthday. I just wrap them differently for each theme. Don’t lose it, reuse it! Yes, I just quoted Rubble. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

Hansel & Gretal Super Mario Cake Pops

Custom Birthday Boy Party Shirt

There is nothing that makes my heart happier than when party-goers dress on the theme. A tradition I started on Porter’s second birthday is ordering a custom shirt with his name and age. They always end up becoming his most worn shirts of the year.

I order the shirts from Esty. Search for “custom kids birthday shirts” and the theme of your party and you’ll find lots of options.

Super Mario Party Sources

Upcycled DIY Super Mario decorations, Pipoca Events.
Charcuterie Board, Westcoast Wood Lab
Cakepops, Hansel and Gretal Bakery
Custom Birthday Shirt, Esty
Cake, Starpower Cookies and Photos, Moi


  • This event was a sponsored collaboration with Pipoca Event Design

  1. Ben Staples says:

    Wow! You really ramped up the fun Christine!! I bet the that Porter’s friends must have lit up with excitement upon seeing all those beautiful decorations!!!

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