Our Big Boy just turned seven. I can hardly believe how quickly time has flown by. For this occasion he wanted a Minecraft party so I put together a minecraft inspiration board. The party details ended up being simpler to pull off than some of the parties I’ve done in the past, mostly because some very generous souls have some fantastic FREE printables to use. Sadly though, I hardly took any pictures of this party. I didn’t even take pictures of the table, decorations or a close up of the cake when I finished setting up. That said, what matters most is that Big Boy and his friends all had fun.
What made it feel like a Minecraft party was all the Minecraft food, labelled with food tents created by Printabelle and available via Catch my party. I customized some of the food tents to better reflect what I was serving by dropping in a JPG and switching out the name. For instance I found a picture of “Oak Planks” and paired that with graham crackers. The most popular food item was a shot glass of blue jello which I had labeled “Water Bucket”. You can see the remnants of the jello in the photo above.
I made a DIY Minecraft Birthday Banner using the free printables, but downsized the letters in order to print two letters on one piece of paper. For my last party I printed a banner that used a ton of printer toner, so I was a little wary.
For the cake (pictured above), I was planning on having a local bakery replicate one of the simpler Creeper cakes I’ve seen on Pinterest, but was quoted $110! I decided to DIY a Minecraft cake using chocolate cake and green buttercream frosting piped to look like grass. I cut the cake and layered it into a hill and added a few ready made Minecraft figurines to animate the scene. Total cost, less than $20. The kids were thrilled with the cake and ate it all up.
The games had me stumped for a while. I wanted to capture the spirit of Minecraft, but needed the games to exist in the real world. I left out a bunch of foam swords for free play, but also planned 4 structured games. The games were good because they got the kids to mellow out a little between sword fighting.
We started with a Minecraft Bingo, using fantastic free printables from here. The time this mama spent on putting together the bingo cards is truly out of this world. I am ever so grateful for her saving my sanity. Plus the game made the kids concentrate and practice their reading. Win-win.
Then we played a game of Musical Squares. Essentially the same thing as musical chairs, except the kids were going in circles around square pieces of colored construction paper. Easy game to put together and brought out all the competitive juices.
The next game was a Minecraft Scavenger Hunt. This was Big Boy’s favorite. I had the kids hunt for the ingredients necessary to make a cake using a Minecraft recipe. I also had them find the ingredients necessary for torches, to be used as candles for the birthday cake. Everyone scampered around the backyard looking for the ingredient cards. Once every card was found I brought out the cake. It was nice to have a game that required teamwork after the two first games that really brought out the individual, survival instinct. I’m going to include my own FREE Minecraft Scavenger Hunt Printables in my next post, as my thank you for those who have shared before me.
Lastly we had a piñata. Everyone loves a piñata. In the past, my piñatas have required adult intervention in order to get the desired explosion. But now that Big Boy is bigger so are his friends and the piñata got demolished! Initially I was going to order a Minecraft piñata, but they were more expensive and custom, so I opted for a pirate’s treasure chest piñata that was readily available and removed the pirate’s skull to make it a Minecraft chest. No fuss, no muss.
The party favors is where I got a little more creative. I found green pencil boxes at the dollar store that had little squares on the top and personalized the boxes with their names printed in Minecraft font. Perfect! I filled the boxes with DIY Minecraft T-shirts I made. The T-shirts were a huge hit, some of the kids put them on as soon as they opened their boxes. In the boxes I also included one giant lollipop, which was actually an eraser. Lastly, I also included one small treat: a gold ingot boxes filled with M&Ms. My next post will also include a FREE Minecraft T-Shirt printable and instructions.
The party was a great success, just wish I’d documented it more. Now, I just have to make sure Big Boy sends out his thank you cards for all the awesome gifts he received.