THE REASON WHY I STARTED THIS BLOG
After having written back-to-back articles on various recommended suppliers (see here for food carts and here for photographers), I feel like it is now time to come back to the reason why I started this blog in the first place: to share the parties of my wonderful clients.
And this one is a real winner – the theme is Super Mario Brothers!
THE LAZY DAD THEORY
After many years in the business, I think I stumbled upon a revelation: the only chance the dad somehow gets involved in the styling of their kid’s party is when their child is a boy. That way, they can choose a theme that they would have enjoyed had they been a kid themselves (or even an adult!).
Like say, a game they loved playing back in the days of SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System).
A game like, Super Mario Brothers:
I think this party and blog post is conveniently timely, given the recent announcement by Apple of a new game in the App Store, coming this December: Super Mario Run!
SUPER HIRO’S SUPER PARTY
Character-driven parties are extremely difficult to pull off, because each character theme is unique and therefore something that you would have to pull off from scratch. The fastest route to any character party is thru computer graphics work and have the printers run it through their machines and…voila! There goes a nicely printed (albeit flat and typical) Mario backdrop.
The real challenge to this exercise is the creation of 3D elements, elements such as a 3D Mario riding Yoshi’s back:
Here’s another 3D element we constructed: Mario’s Fire Flower Power Up:
The point of the stage is to recreate a scene from a Super Mario Bros game, a scene filled with power ups, Yoshi’s, and even…watch out! The Piranha Plant and Bowser are lurking underneath the signage!
Those who know me know that I just can’t stand the look of an incomplete / bare ceiling. Here’s what the Party Magic team and I did:
The ceiling was adorned by a combination of lanterns, bunting flags, golden coins, stars, and yes, that queer-looking yellow creature riding a cloud and throwing spikes on the ground:
I saved you some time now though and googled this character myself: his name is Lakitu, and he’s a Koopa (a tortoise-like race of creatures found all over the Mario Brothers universe).
Now, on to the other elements:
Guests were greeted by this huge brick-like entrance arch, similar to those bricks that Mario jumps into. I wonder which brick hides a power-up? So tempting to smash into them!
The photo op depicts a very fun scene, similar probably to what gamers might encounter while playing Super Mario Run: Mario busy jumping out of a green pipe and dashing through some brick blocks, with Luigi barely hanging on to an over-inflated dinosaur!
THE DESSERT SPREAD
I think that what Tazzy Cakes did for this particular dessert spread was truly special. Just take a look at all the detail!
Princess Peach in standout formal gown waiting for her Prince Plumber…Mario!
Toad and Bowser just hanging out
Luigi the ever dependable sidekick
Piranha Plants and Fire Flowers
And of course, Super Mario himself!
The happiest of birthdays to our dear Super Hiro!