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The Mario Mushroom
If you are thinking about hosting a birthday party with a Mario theme, this article will give you all sorts of ways to incorporate the iconic mushroom into your food, decorations, and crafts.
A little mushroom history
The original Mario Brothers for Nintendo had two mushrooms. The red one was your standard toadstool and it gave the player a bigger stronger body to fight enemies. The other one was green and gave you one extra life. As the games grew and new generations of Mario hit the shelves, the mushroom grew in its features. There were mushrooms to get huge, some to become teeny tiny, even mushrooms that were secretly poison!
Here are some cute ideas to re-create the mushrooms in your home.
My aunt Eileen made these for our Mario themed birthday the other year. She used a small pumpkin for the top and a butternut squash for the bottom.
If you are having a barbecue or outdoor picnic, paint your charcoal Weber red and white on the top. You will be the geeky gamer of the neighborhood.
The URL under the photo gives you instructions to create a small mosaic of the 1up mushroom, but you could expand this to be a wall hanging by simply using larger tiles of construction paper or poster board.
There are thousands of mushroom images on the web. Just print some out in color and tape to the walls. If you are feeling ambitious, string a bunch together and create a mushroom banner or streamer.
Dress up existing furniture
Cut out a red piece of construction paper approximately the same size as your toilet seat. Add white cutouts and tape to toilet. A mushroom potty! Anything that is flat and sort of round shaped can be dressed up as a mushroom for the occasion.
Now this may not be your thing, but these are adorable little knit mushrooms. If you are looking for something plush, there are plenty of websites that sell Mario merchandise, but how special are the things that are homemade?
This picture is of a Mario cake I made for Evan's sixth birthday. I used colored fondant to make the outside design. It was so much fun and really not that difficult at all. Using fondant is the trick as it rolls out smoothly with a rolling pin.
The link below gives you the recipe and step by step instructions.
Kids love nothing more than their own little cupcake. The shape and size make them perfect for designing mushrooms. Check out these designs and recipes for toadstool cupcakes.
For beginners, just frost the cake and add some mini marshmallows flattened out. If you are feeling a bit more brave, you can try these fondant mushroom "stickers" on top of the frosting.
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You could actually use mushrooms (imagine that!), although kids in general aren't fans.
Add some mushroom designed radishes to a green salad!
This homemade pizza was cut to the shape of a mushroom and decorated accordingly.
1up Mushroom burger
Dye the bun green and place little circular pieces of provolone on the top.
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Sending out the invite sets the whole tone for the party. You can include fun and funky instructions such as wear white and red, find a funky mushroom (or picture of one) and bring it to the party. For invites, check out this idea from a creative and whimsical mom.
What's a party without a bit of festive fashion? From beanies to scarves to nail polish, get in the spirit with your outfit on birthday day!
Have inexpensive white tee-shirts available with some fabric paint so guests can dress up with a toadstool too.
If the party is for a girl, put a little nail polish station with red, green, and white colors so girls can do their own nails.
These are sold at most party supply places and contain mints
Why not get a little keepsake ornament of a toadstool?
Either homemade or store-bought, kids love to cuddle a new soft toy. In my house, the smaller the cuter!
Whether you handmake them with clay, or purchase a bunch online, string them up on a necklace or bracelet for a cute piece of jewelry to take home. For boys, you can put them onto a keychain.
The ideas are endless
With something as simply shaped and classic as a mushroom, the sky is the limit with design. You could veer off the gaming path slightly and have a mushroom themed baby shower, picnic, even a wedding! Mushrooms can be organic and woodsy, or cartoony and whimsical. When planning a party, it's great to have one focal point that allows for a lot of creativity. Designing a party around Yoshi might not be so simple- so cheers to the little red mushroom from Mario. I knew I liked you for a reason!