My 5 year old, despite having his birthday at the beginning of the year, is always talking about his birthday party theme. So far this year it’s been Octonauts and Mario, and his birthday is still several months away. When my then-2-year old heard big brother talking about how he wanted a Mario birthday party, he hopped on the bandwagon and shouted that he wanted a Bowser birthday party.
Yeah, that doesn’t exist.
But thankfully he wants to be just like his big bro and switched to full Mario, and that I could make happen.
We don’t do big extravagant parties. We aren’t #PinterestPerfect around here. We try our best and usually end up with a solid 90s style birthday party. A few decorations, an awesome cake, and some yummy snacks with punny names. With my youngest having a summer birthday, we throw the kids in the pool and do cake and presents and that’s about it.
Here’s how to have a Mario themed birthday party for less than $50:
Scour Party City and Target for the best priced decorations. We got our treat bags, tattoos, balloons, and invitations from Party City and the swirl decorations, napkins, and table cloth from Target. We used red and blue generic plates for snacks and cake. I ordered some Mario coins from Amazon for the treat bags, but then found the same coins for a fraction of the cost from Party City, even though it wasn’t on their website. I did store pickup so I got that day’s guaranteed price but didn’t have to drag my kid’s through the grab-it-I-want-it-zone.
Our treat bags were fairly simple. I really hate coming home from a birthday party with a dozen tiny plastic pieces of nonsense that my kids will play with for an hour and then clutter the floor for three months. So to spare my parent friends that feel the same, we avoided that and included the following in our treat bags:
- Temporary tattoos
- Coloring sheets rolled up like a treasure map and tied with ribbon
- Mario Coin
- Star rice crispy treat
Here’s a printable of the coloring sheets I made.