I know I promised the party photos earlier this week and I've been completely lacking in desire to blog.
So here they are finally. There are a lot of photos!
In out family we all love Super Mario (Nintendo game character). If you don't know Mario and haven't played his games much of our party fun will be lost on you. All you really need know is that he's a plumber with a big moustache and a red cap. He runs about smashing open boxes with his head and collecting stars, coins and super power up mushrooms.
We had a bit of actual video game time (which I didn't photograph as I was setting up food) in between our home made party games. The best game had to be the box smash game (devised by DaddyB). I'll explain how it works... it's a little like a pinata (but way crazier).
Wearing a special devised headband of pins...
One at a time, they chose a box and jumped and jumped until they popped the balloon, showering themselves in confetti and gold chocolate coins.
I thought it might freak some of the kids out a little but they all loved it. Each boy got to have a go at all three boxes and then B set up again for the next one. We put different sweets in for our youngest as he couldn't have the chocolate (dairy) coins. Usually I'd just skip the chocolate but Mario always collects coins so we had to have coins.
There was a fair bit of mess to sweep up (thanks NanaRobyn!).
The toadstool cake was made in a bowl and sat on top of a big ramekin
We gave the kids cake to take home and little Mario racing cart toys. There were games of Simon Says and "pin the moustache on Mario" too. The boys all had a great time and the rest of us loved the peace and quiet that followed the party. Maybe next time we'll do the sensible thing and celebrate away from home.
Just for fun B took a video of the trial...