I knew I wanted to do it at lunch, so to provide something the kids would eat, we went Italian. Because, you know, Mario and Luigi are Italian New Yorkers.
For decor, I made everything except the Mario toys that were sprinkled about the room. Those were borrowed from Aunt Kara.
For the question mark blocks, I covered tissue boxes with yellow construction paper.
For another focal wall, my mom blew up a ton of balloons.
I covered the table in a light yellow table cloth and used some inexpensive red and white polka dot cloth from the fabric store for a runner.
I carried the pixel idea over into some fun artwork to adorn the walls. I used a paper cutter (You could use scissors, but God bless your hand if you do.)
to cut construction paper into squares. I didn't count how many I did, but I do know that in just the heads of Mario and Luigi, there are 58 pieces of paper each. I pieced them together to look like the 8 bit characters.
I will admit that this project took me some time...like to the tune of hours.
I'm always a big fan of special drinks, and I totally copied these bottles off of a friend of mine.
The stars, mushrooms, and question mark blocks here are little tins with candy inside from Toys R Us, and the Mario and Luigi visors are from the craft store.
If you'd like to download this paper to print and do at home, click here!