Do you have a video game lover in your house? I happen to have 3! My youngest asked for a Mario inspired birthday party so I looked to Pinterest for some fun ideas. I created this Mario inspired FREE printable party decor, found some awesome game and craft ideas and I cannot wait to share it with you. Watch for another post with video tutorials on a few items. See the bottom of the post for links to all of the products I used.

The backdrop was the focal point of the party table. The cloud paper was a photo backdrop I got on clearance at Joann Fabric. I added some green butcher paper hills and the Mario inspired printable happy birthday banner.

Each guest received a favor box filled with goodies. They included Mario fruit snacks, a pencil. mustaches, Mario stickers and gold coins.

Each box had a printable “Thanks for Playing” favor tag.

Power Up printable treat bag toppers were the perfect addition for the gold coins.

Printable Mario inspired cupcake toppers were added to store bought cupcakes for a sweet treat.

I cut out little mushrooms to add to the front of solid color snack cups I got at the dollar store. An easy way to dress up our popcorn snack.

Water bottle wraps are always a go to for me. I love how easy it is to add the theme to something so basic. The kids love drinking out of them.

 

I saw several different Piranha plant ideas on pinterest but ended up making my own paper fans out of red cardstock and a tube with an oatmeal canister. I will add more details in my next post.

I designed these printable 3D brick and mystery boxes to stack on my party table. They were so much fun! (tutorial coming soon)

Party guests were given a hat and mustache when they arrived. (tutorial coming soon)

For party games we did a Fire and Ice Ball throwing contest. Green bowls from the dollar store were our green tubes. The kids tossed bean bags into the tubes to earn points.

We played pin the mustache on Mario. (Printable file for free at the end of the post)

Stomp the Goomba. I cut paper feet out of cardstock, punched a hole at the back and pulled the knot of the balloon through to make them stand up. I was originally going to add faces to them, but never got it done. Honestly the kids didn’t care. Inside each balloon I put a chocolate gold coin. They they defeated (popped) the Goomba and got a gold coin. Each kid got to stomp 3 Goombas. This was the kid’s favorite game.

Next we knocked over cups with our Yoshi Tongues (party blower). First to knock over every cup won.

We had Mario coloring sheets I printed from free. The kids did this while we were waiting for everyone to arrive. It was a nice activity while we waited.

This last craft I found on Fab Everyday. The kids made piranha plant tubes by coloring a printable piranha plant and gluing it to a craft stick. We cut a slit in the bottom of the cup for the stick to slide up and down. They LOVED this activity. Thanks Fab Everyday for the idea. Check out her post for more Mario Party Ideas.

We played a Mario soundtrack I found on youtube during the party. It was perfect! It also added a fun graphic to the tv. My mantle was decorated with more of the mystery and brick boxes, piranha plant and a mini banner made with printable characters. I added a circle banner I had left from our LEGO inspired party that was the exact same colors.

I hope you enjoyed some of our Mario Inspired party tips. The kids had a blast and took home lots of fun Mario goodies. You can find the FREE Mario inspired printable decor in my shop. It includes everything shown below plus a few extras. If you are wondering where I got most of the non printable items shown above there is a party supply list is below! Comment with how you used the decor and email me any party pics at fivemcreations@gmail.com to possibly have your party featured. Happy party planning!

 

Party Supplies:

Printable party decor: 5M Creations

Red/Green Favor Boxes: Amazon (AD)

Mario Sticker: Amazon (AD)

Mario Party Blowers: Amazon (AD)

Mustaches: Amazon (AD)

Brown Balloons: Amazon (AD)

Yellow Star Balloons: Amazon (AD)

Mario Fruit Snacks: Amazon (AD)

Mario Pencils: Amazon (AD)

Gold Chocolate Coins: Amazon (AD)

 

Not Shown but a few other fun products:

Mario Nintendo Switch Pro Controller (gift for the birthday boy): Amazon (AD)

Mario Paper Plates: Amazon (AD)

Mario Pez Dispenser Favors: Amazon (AD)

Yellow Cake Stand: Amazon (AD)

Red Cake Stand: Amazon (AD)

 

 

April 12th, 2021

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This sweet little one had a birthday during quarantine. While they didn’t get to have a big party, her mom had the most adorable smash cake photo session. These are the cutest photos ever!!! That tiny little poodle skirt is ADORABLE! This is such a fun way to celebrate a big milestone birthday.

Photos courtesy of Sarah Logsdon

You can find the printable party sign HERE! I also have TONS of fun party photos using this theme on my blog HERE. Check check them out.

The custom one year stats poster is not yet available in my store. If you are interested please email me at fivemcreations@gmail.com.

September 14th, 2020

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I know I say this a lot but my daughter’s 50’s Party theme (click to see the original party) was the most FAVORITE party I have thrown. There were so many fun details. It has quickly become one of my most popular sellers. I am sharing some customer photos below from several different parties for both boys and girls. I have sold this party many times for retirement or 50 and 60 year old birthday parties also. There is not just one way to use my printable files. This is such a great example of this. You can find the printable package HERE! Enjoy!

September 8th, 2020

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School looks very different for most families this year, but it can still include a fun first day of school photo no matter where you are doing school. I am sharing 2 First Day of School signs for those first day moments. Create a few fun moments with your child capturing them at this stage. Whether you are at your normal school or schooling from home I hope your little ones have a great year!

Click HERE to download the free signs.

 

August 10th, 2020

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Graduation looks different this year for the Class of 2020 but that doesn’t mean they can’t be celebrated. I am sharing my little sister’s Grad Party we had at my parents’ home for her 2018 Graduation for inspiration. These are all things that can easily be done at home to create a special space to celebrate your Grad. I am also including FREE PRINTABLES as my gift to the Class of 2020! Your accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Congratulations on your achievements. You deserve to be celebrated.

Nothing on this party table was very hard but put together it creates a fun space celebrating your grad. The 2018 numbers were just cut out of cardstock and layered over some paper fans from the craft store. You can find similar ones here on Amazon (AD).  Add some special treats with graduation printables and a few photos and you have a table that will make your grad feel loved. I also include several banner options in my printable set below. 

Cupcake toppers are a great way to personalize your table. I have made the printables editable so you can put your graduates name. The colors of the tassels have been updated to be all gold so they will work for any school.

This sign was created by printing a photo with the words I am including below and layering it on gold paper from the craft store. A keepsake for the grad in addition to being fun décor.

Balloons in your school color are the perfect addition to the black and white décor.

Add your school color with dipped pretzel rods. Just drizzle with melting chocolate in your color of choice.

These centerpieces were created using die cuts from a cricut but I also include printable centerpiece circles in my FREE Graduation décor set below. The tissue poms were made using gold glitter tulle to add some dimension and sparkle.

While guests cannot fill out wish cards at the party you could send out cards ahead of time to loved ones and have them return them to you. Surprise your grad with a box full of wishes from loved ones who can’t be there to celebrate.

Create a photo banner using school photos from K-12. These congrats balloons are a fun way to celebrate. You can find some similar ones here on Amazon (AD).

Congrats Class of 2020. Enjoy the FREE Printables here in my shop!

 

 

May 19th, 2020

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I thought I would take this time at home to work on a few blog posts and add some pretty photos to your feeds. The party I am sharing today was my favorite summer party last year. It was thrown by a friend for her 9 yr old daughter. She LOVES animals and all things rainbow. This was such a fun bright and cheery way to combine the two. She wanted safari animals and I found this adorable art with rainbow colored animals. I paired it with rainbow animal prints for this fun printable party package.

The party table was kept simple but made such a great impact in the space. I love the simple streamer backdrop.

How adorable is this cake? It is just a simple store bought cake dressed up. The mom bought these tiny party hats and added them to plastic safari animals. My favorite piece is the honeycomb rainbow topper. This was also made. She purchased tiny honeycombs and glued them to a rainbow shaped piece of cardboard. Amazing!

In addition to this great cake there were cupcakes with my printable rainbow animal cupcake toppers.

My favorite part of this party was this amazing kids table! The place settings were done in rainbow colors. I could not stop taking pictures of this table!

Every pair of chairs had a tissue pom as a centerpiece, colored cups, napkins, bubble wands, favor boxes, and place cards to match each color.

The favor tags and water bottle wraps had the rainbow stripe pattern to tie it all together.

The favor boxes had a cute tulle pom tied to the top and were filled with pink and white animal cookies. So fun!

The bright rainbow colors against the white base made such a gorgeous table!

The other piece in the space that I loved was this tissue pom wreath chandelier. The poms were tied to a metal ring form and then hung above the table.

 

The main party was held under the tent in the backyard however guests were greeted with this fun animal filled table at the entry. Such a fun way to mix in favorite animal friends.

The main activity of the party was an animal show by Party Animals NW! The party host was able to choose from a list of animals they provide. They brought several of their animal friends to share with the kids. They shared lots of fun facts. Some of the animals all of the party guests could touch, others were shy and just the birthday girl got to interact with. The kids ALL LOVED this show.

The birthday girl does not have a dog so this sweet boy Sake (Shiba Inu) came to visit. He showed us lots of fun tricks and loved to be pet. He snuggled up with the kids while the rest of the show went on.

Here are a few more of the animals the party girl chose to have come.

Pixie the Chinchilla.

Penelope the Hedgehog.

Sumo the Sulcata Tortoise.

Stanley the Flemish Giant Rabbit

Such a fun and beautiful party!

You can find these rainbow animal printables and matching invitation in my store.

April 2nd, 2020

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Flowers are blooming and the sun is shining. Ok so it’s only March but it has been gorgeous here and making me long for summer days. If you are a planner like me you are already thinking ahead to summer birthdays. I am sharing a few of my most popular themes great for those summer birthdays. None of my kids actually have summer birthdays. I am always so envious of friends who get to have warm, water filled backyard parties. I hope you enjoy some of the ideas below.

MERMAID PARTY

Do you have a mermaid lover? This party has such gorgeous colors that scream mermaid. It’s a beautiful mix of classic party décor, balloons, treats, etc and backyard fun. This would be a great theme for a birthday party hosted at a pool as well.

Sand buckets are the perfect container for a party favor. Guests will get lots of use from it all summer long.

Water guns, sprinklers, a pool. Any water play is the perfect activity. Beach towels double as mermaid tails. A perfect mix of function and fun!You can see more mermaid party photo details here.

 

PIRATE PARTY

Next up is a PIRATE party theme. This is a great theme for boys and girls as shown in this party for 3 siblings. They utilized their trampoline to create the sea. kiddy pool as walk the plank, party games, and an amazing pirate ship made by mom.

Check out all of the pirate party fun here. There are lots more pirate party tips including a tattoo station and lots of great pirate party food ideas.

 

CAMPING PARTY

This next party is a personal favorite. I threw a camping themed birthday for my twins. This actually wasn’t in the summer. We battled rain, but it was so worth it. A camping theme can be done in the backyard or at an actual campground. The most important thing is, Don’t Forget the Smores!

We had a scavenger hunt in the forest behind our house. This was a big hit.

Hotdogs and smores over the fire was the party themed party food. Easy and delicious. We also had a create your own trail mix bar. Lots of yummy snacks to mix and match.

These smores kits were just one of the party favors the boys took home. Check out more details here.

 

 

LEMONADE STAND PARTY

A lemonade stand is such a classic memory of a childhood summer day. If your kid has not done one, I am sure they have probably asked to at some point. I know mine have. We have never lived in a great place to have a real lemonade stand. This party brought all of the fun with a beautiful tea party feel right in our backyard.

Sweet treats and party favors around the lemon theme were such a great addition to this lemonade stand. The girls took turns serving each other at the stand and enjoyed a beautiful table to eat their treats.

See more lemonade party details here!

 

DOLPHIN PARTY

Last is this cute dolphin party. A warm summer day lends itself well to any theme under the sea. Tissue poms and simple streamers create a perfect watery backdrop.

A fun photo booth with props from your summer activities is a great way to capture silly moments with your party guests.

Add any water activity to this theme and you have your party activity done! The kids played for hours.

This is another theme where sand buckets work perfectly for party favors. They are inexpensive and easy to find at your local dollar store.

Printable party decor is such an easy way to dress up any party and season of the year.

More dolphin party details here. 

Here are a few more summer themes available in my shop.

Watermelon, Cherry, Mermaid(2), Camping(2 more styles), Flamingo, Baseball

Happy summer party planning!

March 5th, 2020

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My twins turned 10 and we celebrated with a Nintendo Switch inspired Game Truck party. We used the classic red, blue and black from the game controllers to create our party theme.

The cake was clean and simple. Level 10 was used throughout the party to reference the birthday milestone. I love that this can be changed for any age. An amazing cake/fondant controller was created by our baker to top the cake.

I wanted a big backdrop for the statement piece on my party table. This GAME ON printable party sign was perfect. 

Most of our party was spent in the Game Truck so we didn’t need a ton of food. We served pizza, popcorn, and Powerade and added the party favors to the table for the guests to take home.

Printable labels were created to wrap around Powerade or Gatorade bottles. This added to the red and blue table. I chose Powerade because they had black lids to tie in even more.

I purchased red and blue solo cups and plastic lids from our local restaurant supply store to make these fun popcorn cups. Printable cupcake toppers with game controllers added to our video game party theme.

These candy bar wrappers made a super fast party favor. Print, cut, and wrap. The back says Thanks for Gaming with us/me!

Red gumballs in tubes were my other super easy party favor addition to the table. I tied a printable favor tag to them. Both favors were perfect to grab and go as the parents arrived.

The printable décor includes this great editable happy birthday banner. You can easily add a child’s name as well.

I love how the table turned out. It had a masculine feel with bright colors. Perfect for tween or teen boys.

The biggest labor of love in this party space was this giant Nintendo Switch controller. I used the sides of a trifold (think science fair) poster board my kids had left over. I painted them blue and red and cute out circle to make the controller buttons. I left part of the fold/flap on the side and used that to attach it to the tv with packing tape. haha! Super fancy. I connected our switch to the tv to display the screen. It was a HUGE hit!

The LEVEL 10 banner was the perfect addition to the mantel. It is oversized and available with all numbers to create any age needed.

When each guest arrived the were greeted with a VIP Game Truck Pass on a lanyard. The boys wore these throughout the party.

Centerpieces were added to the entry table with more of the great game controller images. These can be personalized with the name and age.

The biggest hit of the party was this amazing game truck. The boys went NUTS! I don’t think there is a more perfect way to contain and entertain 14- 10 yr old boys. They were so happy to be allowed to play games. Screen time!!! The truck had many kinds of game consoles and games available. The took turns rotating for the duration of the party.

Happy Birthday boys! How are you 10?

You can find the video game party editable printable package in my shop.

Video Game Back Drop/ Large Sign

 

Video Game Printable Editable Invitation

 

 

February 18th, 2020

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My 13 year old turned 13 on the 13th! Her Golden Birthday! We embraced gold as our theme to make an elegant teenage party room. The addition of pink made it soft and feminine.

The place settings were created using these pink and gold dot plates from Hobby Lobby. They were the first party item I purchased and the colors were designed around them. I added gold chargers, silverware and real glassware to create an elegant grown up table.

The centerpiece for the main table was the last piece of this party to fall into place. I felt like I had done versions of so many other things that came to mind and none felt right. While setting up the room my friend and I remembered a gorgeous ornament garland we did for our girls’ 5th birthday. It was a Christmas pajamas and pancakes party in red and greens. As soon as we said it I knew that a gold version was the perfect thing to run down the table. It added texture and shine and was so fast to make. It is as simple as stringing shatterproof ornaments on a ribbon.

My daughter chose the menu for her Golden treats. Golden oreos, pretzels and strawberries dipped in pink melting chocolate and gold sprinkles, caramel corn in pink and gold cups, and a plain vanilla cake dressed up with gold sprinkles and a topper. It was simple and elegant. 

The biggest labor of love by far was this gorgeous ribbon garland. It took LOTS of ribbon, lace and tulle to make. I lost count of how many spools I used. It really wasn’t that hard to make but it took several hours to cut and tie them all and was not cheap. If you have this on your list for a future event definitely use your coupons! It I hung in my daughter’s room now so it was a worth while investment and such a beautiful statement piece.

I designed printables for the party with a pink and gold glitter background. The were the perfect addition to the other elements of the party. Printable labels are always a great way to dress up a water bottle.

I backed the banner shapes with gold glitter paper from the craft store to add even more sparkle. Is there ever really too much sparkle?

I did the same with the centerpiece circles. Tiny pink and gold glitter ornaments and balls were the perfect vase filler.

Our main activity of the evening was a mall scavenger hunt! Could there be anything more perfect at 13? I created matching shirts for the girls that said Birthday Girl and Birthday Squad. Each girl received a bag with their name on it to collect all of the mall goodies.

At a few of our stops they got to pick out an item at the store the clue led them to. The rest of them I purchased ahead and at certain stops handed out a favor to everyone. It was a great way to make it more budget friendly with 10 girls.

A large section of our scavenger hunt was to take photos as a group with certain items or take photos of items found throughout the mall. For these cell phone loving teens it was a great way to expand our hunt without adding cost. Our scavenger hunt printable card is available below.

We ended the evenging with the golden face masks and a sleepover! So far having a teen is fun!

You can find the EDITABLE printable party décor in my store! Just print, assemble, and party!

A matching EDITABLE invitation is also available. I backed the invite with more gold glitter paper to make it extra sparkly.

You can download the FREE Printable Scavenger Hunt card here! golden party scavenger hunt

Happy Party Planning!

January 13th, 2020

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This adorable kitty adoption party was thrown by a customer using my printable cat party package. There are so many fun ideas. Guests arrived and were greeted by these cute gray kitties ready for adoption.

Stations were set up throughout the party with activities to care for their new kitties. This cute bath was created using blue plastic balls and cotton ball bubbles.

Each kitty received a sparkly personalized collar.  

A vet station for checkups was created using toy doctor kit items.

All the kitties were groomed with hair brushes.

And each kitty got an official adoption certificate.

Guests took home their kitty and favor items (including a kitty ear headband) in this custom cat favor bags. The party mom assembled them using white gift bags and cutting cute kitty facial features to attach.

A printable cat favor tag was the purrrfect addition.

An adorable treat table was set up with lots of yummy kitty themed snacks.

Cat Sushi and dipped oreos were the biggest hit with the kids.

Mini water bottles were dressed up with printable cat water bottle labels.

Of course no kitty party would be complete with your choice of milk to drink.

Chocolate and white cupcakes were topped with printable cat cupcake toppers and pink and chocolate sprinkles.

There were tons of fun food names including these sixlets in a cat food bowl called Fancy Feast.

Several centerpieces were used throughout the space. Printable circles from the party décor package were used and had fun cat silhouettes or the number 6 added to them.

Dinner was served including Paw-sta and other fun kitty favorites.

I love the use of the mini yarn balls and pawprint table cloth.

These cat face plates were the perfect match to the party.

Lastly, this talented mom made this amazing cat face piñata.

You can find the full cat adoption birthday party printable décor package and invitation in my etsy shop.

October 17th, 2019

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