The night before was spent madly assembling the toadstool cake pops by Auntie Angie and myself. I was overwhelmed with memories of my little boy and the night he came. It seems like it cannot have been 6 years ago, but then again, so much has happened in his little life, that I can believe it. He has learned so much, grown so much.... It's hard to imagine fitting all that life into a 6 year old, but he loves adventures and luckily, so do I!
And then it was time.... We got to the U's with about an hour and a half till party time.... The stage was already set, we just had to lay out all the pieces.... (Please see the end of the post for credits to other blogs I used for ideas - I'm not so creative that I figured all this out myself!)
I pulled the kids together and explained that Princess Peach had been kidnapped and we had a few different things we needed to do to rescue her.
Then into a Yoshi (blow up pool toy) and to the playground where you went down the slide and through the tunnel (dog training toy)....
Then it was down to the woods where Brian was hiding as Bowser... The kids had to hit him with a water balloon while dodging his balloons firing back....
Then finally they had to encounter Nick as the ghost. Just as in the game, if the ghost was facing them, they had to freeze and could only run if he was turned around.... He was actually kind of freaky....
The kids took home bags with a question mark block (printed from the internet) on the front, some Mario goods and plastic Easter eggs filled with jelly beans, colored to look like Yoshi's eggs. They also included candy melt stars (like on the cake).
You know what else was cool?! We had brought the Wii and the Mario games to have for the kids to play, but they never even asked. They were too busy playing out the Mario scenes in real life and playing together. That makes me happy!
What a fun day! I know my sister in law took a bunch of photos as well, that will show what all we did better, and I'll post those here when I get them. Thanks Angie and Nick for all your help! And to my parents for helping with the food and using your house! We couldn't have pulled it off without all of you!
Here are the sites I browsed for ideas (not including just doing a google images search for Mario birthday):