These awesome Super Mario party ideas are the perfect way to celebrate with the kids. Enjoy 20 low-cost birthday ideas – everything from cake to décor & favors!
It’s-a Mario party! The beloved video game character has become a favorite for kids for decades now, and it makes the perfect birthday party theme for a wide variety of ages. Whether your child is a preschooler or a preteen, a Mario birthday party will be a total hit. Need some inspiration for party décor, cake ideas, activities for the kids, or party favors? We’ve got you covered with all that and more. From pixelated Mario cakes to chocolate bars that look like Nintendo controllers, you’ll find everything you need to plan the perfect party for your Mario fan.
Mario Party Cake Ideas
For those who want to DIY the birthday cake, here are several simple options to get those creative juices flowing. One tip is to not make the cake and buy a cake from your local grocery store that is not iced. You can do the rest of the work by adding fun Super Mario-themed cake decorations to make a personalized touch for your son or daughter.
Make a pixelated Mario cake (like in the OG game) by using M&Ms and peanut butter chips. It’s such a simple idea that you can do even if you’re not great at cake decorating. The fluffy cloud on the blue and green background is made with dollops of white frosting, but you could also use whipped cream or mini marshmallows to make a cloud. | 4 Sons R Us
Although it looks difficult, making this Mario face cake is easy when you do it in small steps. The shapes for the cake and facial features are easy to make using cookie cutters or a knife. The creator recommends a layer of creamy frosting beneath the fondant for those who really enjoy fondant. (It peels right off.) That’s a great idea! | Meet Penny
Watch the step-by-step video to learn how to make this super cute Toadstool cake! This cake is rather small, but it would be perfect for a smash cake or an individual-sized cake for the birthday boy or girl. | Red Ted Art
Simplify your cake-making efforts by adding small toys on top of your cake instead of trying to create the characters using fondant. You could even do this with a store-bought cake if you’re in a pinch for time. | Recipes Inspired by Mom
Instead of a cake or cupcakes, go for cake pops (or just add them as an extra on your dessert table). They’re portable, bite-sized, and lots of fun to make. These cake pops are modeled after Koopa shells! | Rosanna Pansino
Mario Party Food Ideas
You’re going to love these Mario party foods! These ideas are (mostly) healthy and super affordable. Win-win! When planning fun food or a Super Mario party theme, think of items that are found in the switch game, etc. Then from these items try to pair foods with fun names. Take a look at a few of these Super Mario Brothers party themed food ideas.
Add a healthy snack to your party table with this fun Fire Power Flower veggie tray. You can’t go wrong with ranch dip in the middle surrounded by delicious veggies like cherry tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, and snap peas. Really easy to create your own DIY Fire Flower food craft. You can replace the paper eyes with olives, if you prefer. | Homemade Heather
Agh! It’s the piranha plant! But this one isn’t scary at all — it’s another healthy choice to put on your food table. Made with grapes and strawberries on skewers, it’s quick and easy to put together, tastes great, and is packed with vitamins and nutrients. | Catch My Party
The food doesn’t have to be fancy. When it comes to kids’ parties, the simpler the better. They’ll go crazy for these star power sandwiches that you can make with any filling you’d like. Peanut butter is great if there are no allergies; cheese is an easy option, too. Just grab a star cookie cutter. | Sweet Haute
Set up these jars of sky jello to add a decorative (and delicious) element to your dessert table. Blue Jell-O is paired with big dollops of whipped cream to make the sky-themed treat. It looks just like the sky in the Mario games, doesn’t it? | One Little Project
Mario Party Decorations
Your guests will feel like they’ve stepped right into the video game with these decorations in your party venue. My best advice to keep it a low-cost kids’ birthday party, is to hit a discount or Dollar Tree Store for party supplies. Get some ideas of super mario birthday party decorations you want to create and then make a list of items you need. Don’t be afraid to adapt. For example, spray paint can instantly change the color of and item giving it a totally different look.
Make a bunch of these origami mushrooms to decorate the tables at your party. It will be like an entire mushroom kingdom. The kids can help you assemble them, so it should be quick work — and really frugal. | All for the Boys
This photo backdrop looks amazing and is super easy to make using a light blue tablecloth, gold dessert plates to make the gold coins, some clouds, and boxes wrapped to look like bricks. You can find many of these items at the dollar store. Tip: Turn these boxes into party favor boxes by inserting fun treats inside. | Borealis
Put a piranha plant together using cardstock and an oatmeal canister. You can make it quite large so it can be a focal point on one of your tables or as a part of a photo backdrop. This website has plenty of adorable creations and DIY Super Mario birthday party ideas for Mario and Luigi! | 5M Creations
Looking for that WOW factor? This cloud balloon arch is definitely it! Build one to put over the food table or as an entrance to your party. It’ll look fantastic in photos. | Helia Design Co.
Mario Party Games & Activities
Keep the kids entertained with games, an obstacle course, or a Yoshi egg hunt! Kids’ party games are a must for entertainment and so easy to put together.
Set up an obstacle course of white balloon ghosts to make this fun Dodge the Ghosts game! You can paint on faces or print off scary faces to make your ghosts, and add paper cones on each side for the arms. | Nestling Designs
The warp pipes are full of fun and intrigue, and this bean bag toss game is sure to get kids up and moving. Paint 5-gallon buckets green, apply Mario and Luigi stickers, grab the bean bags, and get to tossing! | Hostess With the Mostess
So many fun super mario birthday ideas in this blog post but especially fun game for kids. A few rounds of ‘Pin the Mustache on Mario’ are sure to get lots of giggles. It’s a simple game to recreate yourself using a printout of a mustache-less Mario on a magnetic board and adding a magnet to the backs of the fake mustaches. Don’t forget the blindfold! | Moments by Melissa Miller
Springtime is the perfect season for a Yoshi egg hunt. Use giant eggs for big prizes or go with the little plastic eggs you can find during the Easter season. Either way, the kids will love searching for the eggs and discovering the prizes inside. You can combine this fun idea with our birthday scavenger hunt clues. | Just Add Confetti
Mario Party Favors
Send your guests home with a small gift to say thanks for coming! Party favors can be something your party guests make together or something you prepare before the party.
Grab these printable Mario treat boxes to fill with candy, gum, stickers, or other small, fun items with the party theme. What a great way to save money on the favors! | Say Not Sweet Anne
If you’re planning your Mario party near Easter, save some of those plastic eggs to make Yoshi eggs. You can then fill them with candies or stickers to hand out as favors as the guests leave. | Our Nerd Home
You can never go wrong with chocolate. These Nintendo controller chocolate bars fit the Mario birthday party theme perfectly. They look like the original controllers from the 80’s Super Mario games – super retro! | Fab Everyday
More Party Ideas for Kids!
We love making birthdays special. this can include events with friends or small private events with family. Take a look at this huge list of birthday party ideas for kids and don’t forget to download and print the best party games based on themes!
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