Super Mario Birthday Odyssey

For his 7th birthday, our little guy requested a Super Mario HOME!! (oh the horror!). I won't lie, this took some serious work on my part just to convince my husband to have a house full of screaming kids for a party, but after all was said and done, it turned out to be one epic birthday!

Our family is really into Super Mario Odyssey these days (the absolute best Super Mario game EVER MADE) and we really wanted to do it justice. I had lots and lots of ideas for games the kids could play but had to narrow it down for a 2-hour party. 

We had Mario hats, Luigi hats, and Princess Peach crowns to wear; you could choose your favorite. I, of course, wore a crown (all moms deserve one!). To get more into character, there were also Mario mustaches and Luigi mustaches for the kids and parents alike.

The Party Favors:
  • Mario Hats
  • Luigi Hats
  • Princess Peach Crowns
  • Mario Mustaches
  • Luigi Mustaches
  • Cappy hat for the Birthday Boy
Goodie Bags:
  • Mario Loot Bags
  • Mustache Whistles
  • Skateboard keychains
  • Super Mario Tattoos
  • Pop up toys
  • Mario pencils
  • Mario Blow-outs

The EPIC Games: 
  • Goomba Stomp
  • Dodge King Boo and his Minions
  • Piranha Plant Garden with Cappy
  • Mario ? Block Punch Boxes
  • Defeat Bowser and the Broodals with Yoshi Eggs


In Super Mario ,there are these little brown "goombas' that Mario has to stomp on and when he does, he gets a gold coin.  So, we got some brown balloons (we used these) and filled them with plastic gold coins (2 coins in each balloon).  The original idea was to put chocolate gold coins inside, but then thought that was probably a bad idea since we were going to have the kids stomp on them.  We cut black paper plates into quarters and used them for feet.  We punched a hole in each foot and pulled the knot of the balloon through and taped it down, just to make sure the feet stayed attached to the goomba.  Then we printed some goomba faces we found via internet search, and taped them to the balloons.

We set up about 20 goombas and let the kids at it!  They had a blast stomping and popping the goomba balloons and then collecting the coins.  This was fun to watch LOL.  



Next up was Dodge King Boo and his Minions

For this "game" we had King Boo and 6 of his Minions zigzagged around the back of our shed (which is kind of a "spooky" spot in our yard) and ended at the Pirahna Plant Garden - will get to that next.  We used a 36 inch balloon for King Boo and 24 inch balloons for his minions.  We printed King Boo faces, also found via internet search, and taped them to the balloons.  And since King Boo wears a crown, we used one of the Princess Peach Crowns, attached with tape. 

This "game" was very simple and more of a cool decoration than anything else but the kids loved running through them.  Then had a great time popping them (not intended but, hey, let kids be kids right?) while waiting in line for their turn at the Piranha Plant Garden.

King Boo and his Minions

So, they stomped the Goombas, Dodged King Boo and his Minions, now they had to get through the Piranha Plant garden by knocking off their poison spitting heads using Cappy! 

Piranha Plant Garden with Cappy 

We made a garden of Piranha Plants; these nasty little guys probably took the most work but man, they came out great! For this game, the kids had to toss Cappy at the piranha plants to knock off their poison spitting heads. We let each kid have three tries before going to the end of the line.  For the first round, we kept resetting the plants, but once everyone had a turn, we let them all go until all the plant heads were down.

For Cappy, we used frisbees with Cappy eyes taped on (again, images found via internet search). 

For the Piranha Plants, we used floral styrofoam for the bases and heads, white sheet foam for the lips, teeth, and spots, wooden dowels for the stems, and the birthday boy cut out leaves from green construction paper and glued them on.  Green spray paint and red spray paint for the bases and heads, respectively.   The plants were secured to the ground using thin wooden skewers.  

Cappy Frisbees & Piranha Plants

Now, they've stomped goombas, dodged cheeky ghosts, made it through a garden of poison spitting piranha plants, it's time for some rewards to help power up before taking on Bowser and the Broodals!

Time for the ? Block Punch Boxes

You can’t have a Super Mario party without the signature Mario bricks and ? blocks! We used 8x8 cardboard boxes (we used thesewrapped in Brick Paper.  Some of the bricks became ? blocks (? image found via internet image search, printed, and taped to the front of the brick box) that we filled with chocolate gold coins.  The bottoms of the ? blocks were cut out and covered with the brick paper so that the kids could punch right through.  The kids seemed to love this "game" and it was super fun to see the excitement on there faces as they punched through bricks that rained chocolate gold coins (LOL).   

? Block Punch Boxes

Time to Defeat Bowser and the Broodals!

The kids had to use Yoshi Eggs to defeat Bowser and the Broodals; this was probably the most fun because a few of the parents got in on the action too!  So how does one defeat Bowser and the Broodals with Yoshi Eggs?  We filled 100 "Yoshi Egg" water balloons (white balloons with green dots) and had the kids throw them at paper posters of Bowser and the Broodals.  This idea came from a Pok√©mon party we attended over the summer where the kids had to destroy Team Rocket with water guns (info on this awesome party coming ). 

Yoshi Eggs

Bowser and the Broodals

Bowser and the Broodals

And this my friends, is the Cappy you need to conquer your own Super Mario Birthday Odyssey!

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  1. This all looks like so much fun. How did you attach the boxes to the wall?

    1. Everyone had a blast! We used Command Strips with the small hooks. They worked well to hold the boxes up, but when kids were punching up, the boxes moved up. I ended up keeping my hand above the box to keep it still while they punched through it.

    2. Hi Jenny, Thanks for the blog. Where did you buy Yoshi Egg Water balloons and Printed question mark signs for the boxes?

    3. Hello! For the Yoshi Eggs, we ordered green polka dot balloons from Amazon. For the boxes, goggle images! We printed images and taped them to the boxes after wrapping them in brick Kraft paper, also found on Amazon.

  2. Hi
    Where did you get the bowser and broodals poster

    1. We made it! Google image search for the images. Then we had it printed on several pieces of large paper that we taped together.

  3. Wow! This all looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing. I’m wanting to use some of these ideas for my son’s birthday including the punch boxes (so cool!). Did you wrap them like a present with the folded ends on the bottom where they punch? Trying to figure out the easier way to get them wrapped properly. Thanks:)


    1. Thank you! This party was SUPER fun. The kids and adults had a blast! Yes, the boxes I wrapped like a present but folded ends around sides so that there wasn’t too much paper to punch through.

    2. Ah, okay! Good to know. I appreciate your help! :D Thanks!

  4. I just came on here to say you’re the coolest Mom ever. My 4 coming on 5 year old is wanting a Mario party and I can’t wait to use these games. He’s going to be super excited!

    1. Wow! Thank you so much! This was definitely one of the most fun parties we have had!

  5. Amazing ideas, thank you!

  6. This looks like a ton of fun! I spent the evening cutting out goomba and boo faces for balloons, hoping to reproduce your success. Thanks so much for sharing the good ideas!

  7. Did the bowser poster just disintegrate as it got wet? How many balloons did it take to ‘defeat’ him? What a fun party!

    1. Hi! It was a blast! Yes, it disintegrated but I don’t recall how many balloons it took lol. It was a large bin full.

  8. I love every single idea you did. What a brilliant mom! I’m doing some of this for my kids joint birthday party. They both love Mario.

    1. What a compliment! Thank you so much! Your kids will have a blast!


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