Here's a close up of some images from the cake. All the figures were made with gum paste.
I created images from the Super Mario game with poster board. The concept was for the yard to look like the actual game.
Just like the game, I had gold coins everywhere. A week before the party I froze coins in a large ice-block. Everyday I would add some water and coins to a plastic tub I had in the freezer. I gave the kids toothbrushes and spoons to scrub and chip out the coins. The game was a big hit. Some kids sat there for a solid half hour trying to get the coins out.
I was kind of lazy this year when it came to the food, we ordered pizza instead of cooking. We ordered pizza from Zachary's Pizza which is a Chicago deep dish style pizza. Sorry there's no pictures. I must have been to busy eating at that time ;)