This weekend my nephew turned the ripe old age of 4 years old. And in grand fashion, my sister-in-law planned the most awesome birthday party for him. One that any self-respecting game geek would appreciate it. When my nephew requested a Mario party, most people would conjure up your standard ribbons and streamers.
But not my sister-in-law. Upon entering their house, the first thing I saw was this:
I think it’s important to point out that everything in the following pictures was made from scratch by my sister-in-law and my niece. If you’ve read my other site, you might have remembered this post where they planned an “Election Dinner” where we voted on the food we would eat that night. http://www.qqpewpew.com/2008/11/the-election-dinner/ They know how to throw parties. :)
Of course, any birthday party needs cake. And we were not disappointed.
Not being content with delicious baked goods, they also created Mario and Luigi hats for all the boys, and Princess crowns for all the girls.
I might be slightly biased but I am fairly convinced my boy is the cutest Luigi to ever roam the planet.
This is my other nephew wearing his rocking Toad hat.
They planned an obstacle course for the kids to run through three Mario-esque levels. My nephew’s dad and other uncle were “Bowser” and kidnapped the Princess (my niece) and the kids had to make their way through all the levels to rescue her.
The first level involved them climbing through a bunch of tunnels and then stomping on all the Goombas!
After they all touched the flag at the end of the level, we proceeded to the level with lots of pipes and the underwater level. Each kid had to jump over the pipes without knocking them over. If they did, they started the level over. They then had to run through the water level, which consisted of all the other adults at the party blowing bubbles and tossing beanbag Cheep-cheeps at them.
After finishing the 2nd level, the third and final level involved them crossing the “treacherous” balance beams. Unlucky for them, the Bowsers were armed with fireballs (plastic ball pit balls) and were trying to knock them off the balance beams.
Once all the kids were able to make it across the beams, they found a block they could smash so they could all get their own fireflowers (even more ball pit balls) to take down the Bowsers and rescue the Princess!
After they saved the Princess, they learned of one more challenge. There was treasure for them but it was eaten by the Chain Chomp!
Luckily our brave adventurers were more than equipped to retrieve their prizes!
I had the illustrious job of running the MP3 player to play the level appropriate music for each section of the obstacle course and the victory music once all the kids reached the flag for the level.
I missed pictures of the Question Mark block and the kids fighting Bowser(s) since I was running the music, but if I get them from some of the other attending adults, I will add them to the post.
All in all, a birthday party any child should be jealous of. :D
Addition: The Party Invitation
Some more pictures: