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The Mario Mushroom- Crafts, Food, and More

Updated on February 15, 2014
Awesome mushroom cake
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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!

Decorations

Here are some cute ideas to re-create the mushrooms in your home.

Pumpkin toadstools
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.

Mushroom grill
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.

Mosaic
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.

Cutouts
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.

Knitting
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?

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Food

Cake
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.

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Cupcakes
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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Look at what these folks did to their pizza!
Look at what these folks did to their pizza! | Source

Other food


Mushrooms
You could actually use mushrooms (imagine that!), although kids in general aren't fans.

Radishes
Add some mushroom designed radishes to a green salad!

Pizza
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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Invitations

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.

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Mushroom fashion

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.

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Party favors

Tin mushrooms
These are sold at most party supply places and contain mints

Christmas ornament
Why not get a little keepsake ornament of a toadstool?

Small plush
Either homemade or store-bought, kids love to cuddle a new soft toy. In my house, the smaller the cuter!

Mushroom charms
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.

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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!

-Julie


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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      My Mario madness goes way back in my gaming life. I adore the games and my youngest son Daniel is totally Mario mad. Only couple of days ago I wore a T shirt with a one up mushroom while he wore Mario! This hub is a total treat and has given us ideas for his next birthday party. Awesome, Julie!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mario is a celebrity to me! Him and I go way back and they are good memories. Very clever Mario ideas in this hub. In addition I do like mushrooms. WTG Julie!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      It looks so good, Julie!!Thanks for introducing us to all the things we can do with Mario!! Sharing!!

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Holy...this is my heaven, Julie. My paychecks are now going all towards this. LOL

      My mouth literally dropped when I read this! Great hub and great subject! Well written too :) Voted up and shared!

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      Wow great ideas!

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      cactusbythesea 5 years ago from Seattle

      This is a great hub, thanks for sharing it! My nephew loves Mario, I will have to remember these ideas for his next birthday!

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      KayDeeJay 5 years ago

      I love everything about this!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      What a delicious idea for a party.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Awesome topic for a hub! You've pulled together a lot of great ideas here. Mario brings back a wonderful nostalgia for so many people.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      @unknownspy- lol, the cake was delicious. I was sad to bite into it though, after all that work!

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      The mushroom cake is soo beautiful!!! Oh I want to have a bite..and the cupcakes too! The yummiest!!

      Voted up and shared!