We are delighted to have party planner extraordinaire, Jennifer Carver of Banner Events, guest blogging for us again. This week she shares with us the perfect party for the gamer in your home!
Tween boys are big into gaming. This party theme asks, “Are you game”? From start to game over, this Super Mario inspired boys’ gamer themed birthday party won over video game-loving party guests as my son and his best friend celebrated moving “1 up” a year in age. Full of action packed details, from custom invitations, to all-access gamer passes, to a colorful Super Mario Bros. inspired dessert table where hungry gamers could “power up” on super cupcakes, cookies & treats, this tween gamer party was full of fun and surprises, typical of our Banner Events parties. Printable mushroom inspired party décor designed by talented graphic designer, Lauren McKinsey, chocolate Mario moustache photo props and a game truck (video arcade on wheels), definitely added to the excitement, captured by Rebecca Pierce of Mi Vida Photography.
From the moment the guests walked into the party, I wanted them to feel like they had stepped into the classic Super Mario Brothers video game at their favorite video arcade! I kept the color palette simple with primary colors (red, blue, green, yellow). Both the welcome table and dessert table were decorated in Mario style. With a few simple & inexpensive DIY projects, the decorations were created to reflect the scenery most common in the game. CapriSun boxes were spray-painted to look like bricks. PVC piping from the hardware store was cut, assembled and painted to look like the famous green tubes Mario goes down in the game. Red and white polka dotted piranha plants were created from spray painted Styrofoam balls, felt & terra cotta pots. An over-sized cloud was hand-cut from dollar store poster paper and added to the cloud paper backdrop. I added a printable “Game On” banner and mushroom and star garland for some theme specific accents.
Putting the dessert table together was my favorite part of styling this party. Created as an “energy boost” station where they could refuel after their game playing, I loved the idea of using some of the props to actually function as serving vessels (thank you for the inspiration GreyGrey Designs). Some of the green tubes housed our sugar mushroom topped pretzels by Amanda at Pretzels Pleaze. We added some much needed height to our table with the DIY piranha plants, which held Mario’s ‘fireballs’ (Atomic Fireball candy). The kids got a kick out of that!
The focal point of the dessert table was definitely the scrumptious cupcakes & unbelievably detailed cookies. Wanna Cupcake? provided delicious cupcakes dolled up with seriously jaw-dropping custom fondant work by Sugar Butter Baby. Definitely a treat, Sweet Surrender Cookie Company sent a few dozen of their Mario-themed cookie favors. Individually wrapped treats that can easily be handed out and either consumed on the spot or saved for later are a great addition to any party. Our dessert table also included some glass dishes filled with red, green & white ’Yoshi Eggs’ and chocolate gold coins (just like the coins Mario earns in the game!) Custom wrapped candy bars were also a hit! And finally, each boy needed his own chocolate Wii remote favor. What’s a gamer party without your own game controller?
The party tables were made colorful, thanks to some fun striped and polka dotted products from both Shop Sweet Lulu and Polka Dot Market. Each place setting included a fun red polka-dotted gable box with a personalized name hang tag. The boxes were decorated with a fun label: “Game over. Wii thank you for coming to our party.” These boxes were used to fill up with treats from the dessert table to take home as party favors. To quench our little gamer’s thirst, small bottled waters (Power Up Potion & Power Up Water) were included at each place, along with cute striped straws. Centerpieces were created from upcycled Tootsie Roll Banks, covered in coordinating paper and decorated with mushrooms peeking out on sucker sticks. These acted as perfect balloon weights for some polka dotted balloons.
The best part about this party was the ease of the entertainment! We hired Game Truck Seattle, a video arcade on wheels that had several big screen TV’s and various gaming systems allowing our entire group of boys to play video games all at the same time!
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Complete Event Styling: Jen Carver, Banner Events (Laurie Lallatin, assistant)
Graphic Design Printable Package & Invitation: Lauren McKinsey
Photography: Rebecca Pierce, Mi Vida Photography
Cupcakes: Wanna Cupcake?
Custom Fondant Cupcake Toppers: Sugar Butter Baby
Mario Themed Sugar Cookie Favors: Sweet Surrender Cookie Company
Gourmet Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Sugar Mushrooms: Pretzels Pleaze
Polka Dot Balloons & Gable Boxes: Shop Sweet Lulu
Striped Straws: Polka Dot Market
Glassine Favor Bags: Nashville Wraps
Mario and Luigi Appliqué Iron-on Patches: Sew Lucky Embroidery
Game Truck entertainment: Game Truck Seattle