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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!ย 
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  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 partyย 
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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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 Topperย 

Cupcake Toppers

Cake Plate

Boys Overalls

Toddler Overalls

Letterboard

Red Balloons for Mushrooms

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Lavender and Eucalyptus Bridal Shower

I swear I have thrown more showers in the last two years than I ever could have imagined. Mike and I each come from families of four children, and literally everyone got married and had kids at the same time! SO. MANY. PARTIES. But they are the best kind of parties, right?! Earlier this month I worked with my sisters-in-law to throw a bridal shower for Mike’s youngest sister. Her wedding will be lavender with lots of green, so I decided to stick to that with the shower, and I loved how it turned out! Keep scrolling to see all of the photos below, and where to find everything will be listed at the bottom of the post!

Lavender and Eucalyptus Bubbly Bar Details

I love nothing more than a good mimosa bar. I did a similar one at my sister’s bachelorette party, and had so many of the items on hand anyway that it made sense to do another one. Let me tell you, it was a hit! There is never a time where people will not want a mimosa, and it was fun to watch people mix up different varieties. I love these stemless champagne flutes because they still feel elegant, but are also much less likely to get broken ๐Ÿ˜‰ The sequin tablecloth is from Amazon and comes in every color under the sun! Most of the other items are from either Target or Hobby Lobby, and super affordable!

ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Balloon arch kit // Sequin Tablecloth // Carafes // Faux Lavender Stems // Palm Leaves // White Bowls // Stemless Champagne Flutes // Ice Tub

The Menu

We kept the rest of the menu simple, with fruit and yogurt parfait shooters, this delicious egg slider recipe, and lots of mini muffins and snack cakes from Sam’s Club.

I had these little shot glasses left over from my sister’s bachelorette party, and they were perfect for mini parfaits. I grabbed some mini gold spoons for them and it is so much less messy than having people make their own!

These darling plates, silverware, and paper straws were all generously gifted for this party from Coterie.

Faux Florals

My father in law made this planter box for our mantle a few years ago, and I LOVE it. I always have flowers in it, which hides all of Mike’s cords for the TV ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was easy to decorate by swapping out my florals for lots of lavender and eucalyptus stems. I swap this box out every few months (or more, when fall/winter holidays roll around!) It is one of my favorite pieces because it is a part of our every day dรฉcor but can so easily be switched out to match any event we have going on!

The Best Invitations

I swear Mixbook is a hidden gem for party invitations. I have used them for our holiday cards, our wedding programs, and now these invitations. Their prices are unbeatable, and the quality is fantastic! And a feature that they offer that most other print websites do not is color customization. I was able to pick every last color for my wedding programs! It allows so much more flexibility in getting exactly what you envision for an invitation or card, and like I said, their prices are SO good!

Lots of florals and this adorable crate are all from hobby lobby! All of the white hydrangeas that you see are all fresh cut from my mom’s bushes in front of her house ๐Ÿ™‚ Over the past few years, I have continued to pick up fake florals for different parties, holidays, etc. I have now reached the point where I have so many color combinations, I feel like I am ready for just about anything! My absolute favorite addition over the past year has been lots of eucalyptus-it is so in style but more importantly, it goes with everything!

Thank you for reading all of the details on this lavender and eucalyptus bridal shower. I have learned over the last year or two that once you start hosting parties and collecting items (like a huge bin of fake flowers) it becomes so easy to pull together! All items are linked below, and to check out my past parties, those links are below as well!

Spiderman Birthday // Rose All Day Bachelorette Party // Ninja Turtle Birthday // Two-Rex Dinosaur Party // Spring Chick Baby Shower // Despicable THREE Party // Wild One First Birthday // Adventure Awaits Baby Shower

 

Balloon Garland

Palm Leaves In Balloon Arch

Sequin Tablecloth

Bubbly Bar Sign c/o

Stemless champagne flutes

Juice Carafes

White Square Bowls

Letterboard

Plates, Napkins, and cutlery c/o Coterie

Faux Lavender

All other faux floral from Hobby Lobby

White crate

Invitations

Clear Plastic Ice Tub

Plastic Shot Glasses for Yogurt