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Two years ago GigMasters’ client Sheila booked Elmo for her then 2-year-old’s birthday party. Now turning 4, the birthday boy Wesley has a new favorite character: “Mario” from the Mario Kart video game. Mom Sheila knew Wesley had to have a Mario themed birthday party. So, she transformed her home for this fun event, bringing Mario out of the game and into the party.
Sheila drew inspiration from the video game for the theme, focusing on Mario characters and racing. She selected red, yellow, blue, and green to be the party colors and used fun racing checks as a decorative accent. Balloons and birthday cutouts were personalized with the birthday boy’s picture or images of Mario characters. But the Mario madness didn’t end there. There was also a Mario poster, character plush toys, Mario vinyl toys, and each table had a centerpiece picture of Wesley as Mario in a race.
What did the birthday boy wear to this exciting event? His Mario costume of course! Wesley sported his blue overalls and red Mario hat (a favorite outfit). While the other children did not dress in costume, some did wear shirts featuring Mario characters. When guests arrived they received special Mario Kart accessories: “M” symbol visors for the boys and homemade Princess Peach crowns for the girls. Fake mustaches were also on hand for the kids and adults to play with throughout the party.
Once everyone was in Mario mode it was party time. Each table had markers, crayons, and stickers to decorate their Mario coloring pages. The celebration was in full swing when Mario himself made his appearance! Mario was actually GigMasters member, Lil Star Parties (Studio City, California). Mario played games with the kids, made balloon animals, and even helped cut the special Mario cake. Other activities included a Mario bounce house, limbo, a piñata (Mario of course), and a game of “Pin the Mustache on Mario” (a poster-size picture of Wesley in his costume).
The food consisted of party standards such as chips and dip, hot dogs, chicken nuggets and nachos. Sheila also integrated her culture by adding some Indonesian favorites. Items like fried noodles, egg rolls, rice, and pastries were also a big hit with the kids and adults. When it was time for dessert, guests found some yummy treats with Mario Kart flair. The decorated sweets table featured chocolate mustaches, Oreo dipped Princess Peach’s cookie candy, chocolate coins, and Toad marshmallow pops.
Guests went home with a goody bag filled with balloons, a Mario themed cupcake, Mario gummy bears, a Mario character key chain, and a mystery box with a small Mario-related toy. With its creative design and activities, this celebration was a real first-place event!
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