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Mario Brothers Birthday Party-Jackson is Five!

Whew you guys, this weekend was crazy! We celebrated Jackson turning five with a Mario Brothers birthday party, and had so much to pack in. After lots of busy weekends, we finally had a chance to head up to the lake, and we couldn’t pass it up. Of course, Jackson was also adamant about having a birthday party. While he wanted a day at the lake, he also REALLY didn’t want to give up a party. With him starting school this year, we may be at the end of the family birthday parties, and FIVE is a big deal, so how could I say no!? So, after a FULL day of swimming on Saturday and letting him pick whatever he wanted for lunch (macaroni and chicken nuggets, of course), we got home around 10pm. We were up bright and early to get everything ready for his Mario brothers birthday party, and he had SO much fun! He is at that age where he looks forward to things for months in advance. I lost count of how many times this weekend he asked me ‘am I actually five’ or ‘is today actually my party’. He is just so darn smart, and so darn BIG, and nothing makes me happier than seeing him happy!

Mario Brothers Birthday Party

mario brothers birthday party

5 Balloon // Cake Topper // Letterboard // Red Mushroom Balloons // Cake Stand

This party was a welcome change of pace from the Spider-Man world I have been living in for the past six months or so 😉 Mike pulled out his old Super Nintendo a few months ago, and when the boys are good we let them play a little bit of Super Mario. I secretly love it, because while I do not like video games very much, I am not sure anyone can say no to a classic like Mario! You won’t find me getting upset when Jackson asks me to help him beat a level 😉 The boys loved that I did some fun crafts for his Mario Brothers birthday party, and they were so easy!

Do not let their faces fool you. We wanted a fun brothers picture, so naturally Lincoln stuck his hands inside of his overalls and Jackson tried to look serious. #boymom I found their hats at Party City, and got Jackson’s overalls here and Lincoln’s here.

The DIY Projects

mario brothers birthday party

I had the brick plastic leftover from Jackson’s Ninja Turtle party last year, and wrapped square boxes with it to look like the bricks from the video game. The other boxes are just yellow wrapping paper, and I cut the question marks out of construction paper!

The mushrooms were SO easy to make. I purchased a six pack of round mylar balloons online. To assemble, I inflated them with a straw. Then, I cut out white circles on a piece of paper and taped them on top! For the base, I cut and rolled a piece of poster board and taped it with clear tape. They were SO easy and the boys played with them all week long!

Dessert Details

mario brothers birthday party

mario brothers birthday party

I went real fancy with his birthday cake and cupcakes, with a trip to the grocery store and put in a rush order! While I love fancy cakes, but life has been so crazy lately that easy bakery cakes have been our go to lately. Jackson was thrilled with it because there was a picture of Mario jumping on top!mario brothers birthday party
How darling is this cake topper!? I found it on Etsy, and the shop owner was SO sweet and shipped it out to me right away to ensure I had it on time. Again, nothing like waiting until the last minute! The details were absolutely fantastic, and it dressed up the cake so much! 
mario brothers birthday party
I whipped up these cookies earlier in the week, and the boys loved them! I always use this recipe because it requires no chilling. This icing is my go-to always, the glaze dries perfectly and is so good! The black eyes were an easy addition that I piped on with a basic black frosting from the grocery store!
We stuck to chips, potato salad, and sloppy joes for the meal. I have really started to focus on having one dedicated ‘decorated spot’ for parties. Doing this takes so much stress out of planning. For the longest time I always wanted every space looking perfect. That isn’t realistic when you are feeding a bunch of kids! But, trust me when I say that the food was delicious and everyone left full 🙂

Pin The Mustache On The Mario

mario brothers birthday party
This little party game was so fun and easy to do! I just printed this free PDF at Walgreens and cut out mustaches on black posterboard. Jackson got it right on the spot, he may or may not have peeked 😉  Lincoln refused to participate. I am baffled every day by how different my boys are in what they will/will not do! The rest of the kids all gave it a go though, it was so cute to watch!

I am not sure how many more years I have of taking pictures with boy of the boys in our arms. I have been holding Jackson as much as I can lately. Babies don’t keep!

mario brothers birthday party

This picture makes me smile so big. Hands full, hearts fuller. These boys are everything I am so lucky to call them mine!

mario brothers birthday party
mario brothers birthday party 
My sweet boy just wouldn’t smile for any of these fun pictures! In the photo above he was hitting the box to get mushroom power and become bigger 😉 Happy birthday Jackson, we love you to the moon and back!

I always love to go down memory lane of old parties. I you liked this Mario Brothers birthday party go ahead and check out past parties below!

Past Parties and Sources

Spider-man Birthday Party // Ninja Turtle Birthday Party // Two-Rex Birthday Party // Despicable THREE Birthday Party // Wild One Birthday Party // Rock and Roll First Birthday Party

Source List

5 Balloon

Mario Balloon

Large Plates

Small Plates

Cake Topper 

Cupcake Toppers

Cake Plate

Boys Overalls

Toddler Overalls

Letterboard

Red Balloons for Mushrooms

 

 

Ninja Turtle Birthday Party: Jackson Is Four!

This weekend we had the best time celebrating Jackson’s 4th birthday! We have always done birthday parties on Saturday afternoons, but since his actual birthday fell on a Friday this year, we decided to go with it. And I loved how it went keeping it more low key! While we love cooking and preparing food, I always think it makes it so hard to focus on decorating and cleaning when you are also making a mess in the kitchen! So we did the ultimate in lazy, and ordered pizza. It was, after all, a Ninja Turtle birthday party, and ALL they like to eat is pizza, right!? I placed the order about an hour before we planned to eat, and aside from throwing some chips into a few bowls and picking up the cake, I had NO food to prep. You guys, it was AMAZING. There was also NO clean up. Am I allowed to order pizza from now on for every single party?

The Ninja Turtle Birthday Party Decor

The most labor intensive project for this party was putting up this faux brick wallpaper. I purchased it on Amazon, and it came in a HUGE sheet and was easy to cut. It was almost like a plastic table cloth in terms of feel. I was able to get it to stay on the wall by putting painters tape flat on various spots on the wall, and then placing a piece of duct tape on top of that to get it to stick! I used our wall under the staircase, which is angled. So, I had to cut a few pieces and it got a bit tedious to get them to all match up together. However, it was 100% worth it when Jackson woke up and thanked me up and down for making him a ‘turtle wall’. I will also say that if you put it up on a square wall with no angles, it would be much easier!

The adorable Pizza Garland was an Etsy find! Jackson kept playing with it, which is why it is a bit uneven in some photos 😉 And the FOUR balloons were just individual letter balloons I picked up. They come with little holes on top to put string through so you can spell whatever you want! I was honestly pretty relieved when Jackson asked for a ninja turtle birthday party; it is a pretty common theme and I had a LOT of options for decor ideas!

How cute is Jackson’s FOUR shirt!? I was able to customize the colors (because he ONLY wanted things with Michelangelo, of course) and I was so thrilled with how this one turned out!

I have started making the boys felt crowns on their birthdays! It has been so much fun to make them a crown that is EXACTLY what they want, and the materials to pull these together comes in at less than $5 a piece! 

I once again grabbed a cake from Little Nuggets Bakery, and decided to try cake pops this time, too! Kimberly is the absolute SWEETEST, and is so gifted at cake decorating! Seriously, how cute are those cake pops!?

For those of you that grew up on Rugrats, Jackson has discovered REPTAR and I found this stuffed one online! He LOVES it, and I am kind of loving him finding a show I watched as a kid!

My favorite letterboard from Mcleod Letter Co! I didn’t get too creative with it, but it is always the most perfect piece to add to bring something extra to a party display!

I imagine one day we will capture a family photo with all four of us looking AND smiling, but this was NOT that day. Family photos with toddlers are no joke!

These pictures of Lincoln KILLLLLL me. Clearly he did not get the memo that it wasn’t his birthday, but he was too cute to burst his bubble. He went and posed by the table and said cheese, and I had to snap some pictures. He also insisted on wearing the crown I made for his birthday back in May. Whatever floats your boat, little guy!

Once we ate our pizza we sang happy birthday. Jackson was SO excited! It has been so much fun this past year seeing how excited he gets over everything. Celebrating babies is great, but they don’t really get it. At the age Jackson is now, he understands what is going on and it makes it so much FUN to make things special and magical for him.

These brothers, melt my heart!

 

For any ladies in the market for a Ninja Turtles shirt, you can find my tank here!

We finished up the night by opening gifts, and called it a night! Like I said, with nothing but cake and pizza boxes, clean up was a breeze and I had ZERO dishes to do! It was such a great day celebrating our sweet, big FOUR year old with his ninja turtle birthday party!

Past parties:

Jackson: Minion Party

Lincoln: Two-rex

Lincoln: Wild ONE