Category: Ideas

Coming up with ideas is the easy part for me, making them work is another thing. So when I do come up with something that works well, I’ll post it here. I’m also including a few experiences with some of my not-so-stellar plans.

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Mario Mushroom Cupcakes

Mario Cupcake
Mario Cupcake

Remember that Mario Birthday Party Brainstorm article? It is full of great ideas, but sorely lacking photos. Now my kids are asking for another Mario Party this spring, so we’re perfecting our favorite Mario Party ideas and documenting them in individual articles. Starting with 1-up Mushroom Cupcakes, perfect for a Mario Birthday Party, or even just a fun Saturday afternoon activity… my kids and the neighborhood children that came over sure enjoyed it!

Yoshi Egg Piñata

Yoshi Egg Pinata
Yoshi Egg Pinata

If you hadn’t gathered it from my other article, my kids LOVE Mario.  Ethan wants another Mario birthday party this year.. we may even do a combined birthday party for both kids since Mary’s birthday is in the summer (when friends are often on vacation.)

More “What Not To Do”

I’m all about sharing the good ideas I’ve had, and if you read the site much you’ve probably noticed I share the bad ideas as well and why they were bad.

Today I had a few very bad ideas. I’ll try not to go into much detail on why they were bad this time… I’ll draw the dots and let you connect them as you’d like. But hopefully should you ever find yourself in such a situation, you’ll make better choices than I did.

Pixy Stix Valentines

Who doesn’t love pixy stix? I guess maybe the teachers might not like them as much. But Valentines day does only come once a year, and this is a cute, simple idea for easy-to-mass-produce classroom valentines.

“Name Flakes”

My kids and their buddy were so pleased with this idea for a nifty paper snowflake last winter, I’m posting the how-to here. Give it a try, and send me your awesome results!

White Chocolate Popcorn

I’d originally posted this for Halloween, but the same treat works just as well for other holidays. For Christmas, I’ve tried and thoroughly enjoyed the same recipe with candy-cane bits instead of reeses pieces. My coworker said White Chocolate Popcorn sounds disgusting, but if you like caramel corn or anything like it, you should give this easy trick a try.

Night Games

If there’s one thing that could make me wish to go back to my pre-adult years, nightgames with the neighborhood would be it. Here’s a list of a few of my favorites. What are yours?

Mario Birthday Party Brainstorm

A variety of Super Mario Brothers Mushroom cupcakes
A variety of Mario Brothers Mushroom cupcakes

Update: Our party was a smashing success, and dozens of other parents have posted their stories too! Also, there are finally some cute mario party supplies to help supplement these ideas. If you need the supplies you can support this page at the same time by ordering them here.

My son turns six this month and would like to have a Mario Party Party. It’s a fun idea really, but I’ve noticed that mario birthday party supplies and favors are a bit hard to find. (Not anymore!)

So this time around in addition to posting my ideas as to what worked and what didn’t, I realized I could check with you! Here’s what I’ve got so far: