We started out the party with a table where the kids could decorate their own goodie bags. They then carried the goodie bags from game to game and collected their prizes. We had a cake walk which is picture above. I taped pictures of Mario characters on the floor, and played Mario music that I downloaded from iTunes. We drew a picture out and whoever was standing on that picture got to pick out a Little Debbie cake.
We had a Cheep Cheep Fishing pond (notice my oldest son sitting behind the board attaching prizes to the clothespin "fish hook"). The kids got to fish twice and received a bag of chips, and a decorated bandana.
Goomba bowling was another game we played. I taped pictures of Goombas to the bowling pins and after bowling the kids got to choose a silly straw.
The kids played Pirahna Plant Bean Bag Toss. They earned glow sticks at this stop.
The King Boo Balloon Pop was a favorite. My lovely grandma manned this game. The chose a King Boo to pop (with a dart), and each balloon held a slip of paper. That slip had a "1" or "2", and the kids got to pick out the corresponding number of mini candybars. For the King Boo balloons, I just blew up white balloons and drew on them with a sharpie marker.
The kids enjoyed Pin the Mustache on Mario.
I'm not a great cake decorator, but I tried:) The cupcakes are just iced to look like the 1-up mushrooms. For the cake, I traced a picture of Mario onto a piece of wax paper, then used a toothpick to poke holes around the outline. I put the base layer of icing on the cake and put the cake in the fridge for a few minutes to firm up the icing. Then I laid the wax paper on the cake and poked the toothpick through the holes along the outline. I used the dots as a guide for piping the black outline, then filled Mario with color. Like I said, I'm not a great cake decorator, but Isaac was thrilled with the way it turned out.
This party was so much work, but an absolute blast to create. In the end, I was glad I had to make everything rather than buying. My kids still play with those Mario character cut outs, and they still talk about that party...so to me, it was a complete success!