Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Mario Kart Mustache Mania

The Mario Kart Mustache Mania & Mayhem Rave was held on Sunday. My son is a serious lover of all things Mario and nothing could be more fitting for my little sweetheart. He fell hard for the Mario Kart paper plates from Birthday Express. It all started with these paper plates. Of course, if you know how I roll, you know I had to put my own fresh + unique spin on things. Handmade, vibrant, quirky and super fun for the little gamers. There are so many Mario parties out there-I really tried my best to add some originality and charm. I def think boy parties are more challenging design wise-you have to be able to find the balance of beauty and butch:) I added a lot of color, fabric, gumball and mustache elements to put my flair and style into the design concept.
We surprised our son and his besties with a visit from the video game truck. The kids were over the moon-ecstatic. Weather was lame. Panera was late. I left way too many projects until the last minute. But none of that mattered. At all. My baby had a perfect little party. He told me it was the best day of his life. Love that kid with all my heart and soul.

The invitation with real fuzzy mustache.
And glitter:)

The set up.
I have a serious crush on Confetti System.
I toss and turn at night over how wicked cool and amazing their work is. 
I tried to recreate that vibe with my tissue tassel garlands all
over the joint. It was simple and such an impactful, colorful and
beautiful way to decorate this space. I am in love with the way it looked~
especially against the dreary, gray sky.

 The drama of the kid's dining table. The Mario Paper
Plates were my starting point for this rave. I love the
unexpected. Most Mario parties roll with red/blue/yellow. I wanted
to create something a little different. I added a whole lot
of color and patterns to the mix. I used different fabrics and patterns for each
place setting. It was dramatic and beautiful.

I decided to create on long dining table
for the 14 little gamers. It was adorable, striking and
beautiful, but totally kid friendly and very Mario-ish:)

A parade of the characters strolled down the middle of the table.
I also made confetti to add to the fun:)

I had two adult dining tables. Confetti for
funk and a centerpiece of red roses for each table.

Come on, you know that's funny.

Donkey Kong RULES!

I am a detail freak.

Note the dark gray clouds above:)

Ah...Lemonadegate. I went with raspberry lemonade.
It was an even split between lemonade lovas and haters.
It was an adorable presentation though:)

My new banner design. Holla!

Oh yes, I did. I gotta be me:)

Frap bottles and multi colored paper straws.

My baby's license plate.

Butter tastes better when shaped like a mustache:)

Showing the garage some Mario love.

Custom made welcome Knock Knock
by the ridic Knock Knock Factory

Perfect way to welcome the gamers.

 Lemonade is served.

Last minute idea I had and the chimps
went absolutely bananas over this.
 So simple, so cheap, so beautiful and EPIC FUN.

I love this memory.

The game truck arrival.

12 Seats inside-8 Players outside. Was the perfect
activity for everyone. We kept it a surprise from
everyone and they were all beyond excited:)

For vanilla, chocolate and strawberry mustaches.

Frap bottles with mustaches and rainbow paper straws.


The dessert table.
Yeah, I know...I declared the dessert table OVA. LOL.
The 6 foot tables I used for the dining tables were too narrow to handle all
the desserts and stands, so I had to switch last minute to
a dessert table set up. It was super cute and sweet.

My new cupcake topper design.

Push up containers appearance number two-
filled with kid's mix Jelly Bellies.

 Some glittered Marios mixed in with
our son's initials {GEM}

I created gumball garlands inspired by
the gumball necklace idea by my charming
girl Brittany {One Charming Party}

Magic 8 balls all over the joint. The black and
white was perfect with the Mario Kart theme and
my sweetheart is turning 8:)

The boy loves donuts.

The push up containers make an appearance as
mini fruit cups. With hairy mustaches.

Luigi's Italian Ices.
Clever, no?

Hand stamped "g"s on little wooden spoons.

Gumball garlands and tissue tassels.
In love with my own work. LOL.

What to do with the thousand silly bands in
your house that are now out of style...

My baby's cake. I added the gumballs
and I made the baby tassel garland.
So sweet. 

My Couture Carvel Cup Covers make an
appearance. I made them out of
coffee filters-dyed black.

Everyone loves Carvel.

Mario and Luigi are plumbers by trade.
The brilliant Brittany {Grey Grey Designs} had used
PVC pipes for a dessert display for a Mario
party she styled. I ripped the idea-changed it up a little
by using straight PVC pipe connectors (Griffin insisted that
they needed to be the straight ones for authenticity. LOL) I spray painted them
to coordinate and affixed clear plates to make them into dessert stands.

The boy's favorite cookie in the world.
Vanilla Snackwells.

The cookie parade.

Mini hamburger cookies for cuteness.

The long wait for dessert.

Serious anticipation.

Make a wish.

Favor table.

The Lollipop Guild.
Yes, those are lollipops.
Let me introduce you to Lollipop Girl.
Leanne over at {Whimsical Boutique}
created this astounding lollipop art. Go.

Glittered initials for my sweet, sparkling GEM.

The details on these pops are simply amazing.

Silly string to go.
Gumballs in clear, gorgeous tubes.

Gumball gorgeousness.
Clear tubes from my Garnish Girl, Suzanne:)

Magic Eight Balls to go.

The view in the loo:)

Behind the Purple Curtain:
Concept, Design, Styling and Photos {The Purple Pug}
Mario Illustration {Monkey See Monkey Do}
Knock Knock {Knock Knock Factory}
Mario & Gang Lollipops {Whimsical Boutique}
Tiny Wooden Spoons + Gumball Tubes {Garnish}
PVC Plumber Pipe Inspiration {Grey Grey Designs}
Gumball Garland Inspiration {One Charming Party}
Serious Tassel Love + Inspiration {Confetti System}