I love going all out for kid’s birthday parties — maybe it’s because it’s a chance to be a kid again, but I suspect it’s mostly because kids appreciate it so much. But sometimes party planning for kids can go too far, and you end up being stressed out for an hour and a half of kiddie fun. Or you end up at one of those impersonal birthday party factories, which certainly make it easy on the parents, but can cost a fortune.
What kid doesn’t love Mario Brothers? I’m sure there are kids out there that don’t, but they’re certainly not one of mine. When I was planning my son’s party, I wanted to incorporate old-fashioned games with the techie theme (he was turning seven, and we do try to limit screen time) so I decided to play pin the moustache on the Mario.
Except that I couldn’t find a ready made game, so I had to make my own. WARNING: I am not the craftiest of people, so drawing a mustacheless Mario is beyond my abilities. Then I figured out that all I needed to make my own was an inexpensive poster (I bought this one for less than $2), plastic wrap (yes, the kind you already have in your kitchen), printer paper and a black sharpie, so I made one in less than 30 minutes. While I watched TV. Multitasking!
Did anyone care that the Mario in the poster had a mustache already? Of course not! I told them that the one who got it closest to his nose, won. The kids had a blast, and my son still has the poster hanging in the playroom.
Here are the super complicated instructions on how to make your own. Of course, the plastic wrap trick will work with any poster — not just Mario. Use your imagination, and have fun!
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