Minecraft Birthday Party

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minecraft-logoMy son is a wee bit obsessed with Minecraft.  Put him and a friend together and the discussion inevitably turns to zombies, creepers, red stone and TNT.  I don’t play video games at all (nope, not even Candy Crush suiciopath like the rest of you!) so I can’t begin to understand what they’re talking about and I know I’m not alone.

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@ichrisIt’s a phenomenon, and the great thing about it is that it hasn’t been bought up by a major marketer just yet.  I’m sure it will, but right now it’s sort of an (excuse the pun) underground game and is a cult classic among the elementary age set.  Or, the 20-something guys who make a huge amount of Minecraft videos on YouTube and I’m 99% sure do so from their mother’s basements.

Do some Google reading and you’ll find some great arguments for why Minecraft is actually beneficial for kids.  I’m sure there are arguments on why it’s a huge waste of time and sunshine-and-fresh-air-stealer as well, but I prefer to ignore those since my kid is obsessed and I want to believe this has some sort of positive end game.  My friend Jeni wrote a hilarious post this week here.

So – back to the party.  Because of the lack of Minecraft marketing, you can’t really buy anything in stores.  We did happen to find a Creeper doll at EB Games a few weeks ago, and Think Geek has a few items as well.

Minecraft printable invitationsInvitations were easy.  I just searched for Minecraft wallpapers and then let my son pick which one he liked the best.  I used a simple photo editing program (PicMonkey) to add in the details and printed them on 4’6 photo paper at Walmart.  The invitations were under $2.00 for over a dozen.

For the rest of the items, since I have no drawing or design skills, I did what everyone like me does – I went to Etsy!

Here’s a look at some of the items I found, should you be so inclined to throw a Minecraft party for your little creeper-obsessed fan as well!

Minecraft creeper gift tag

I decided to do a candy-buffet because it could double as loot-bag contents.  Instead of the usual plastic bags, I opted for brown sandwich bags and ordered these Minecraft Creeper Favor Tags from Etsy.  One staple and done!  Like a boss.

Minecraft labelsAdding to the fun, I ordered Minecraft Water Bottle Labels for our refreshments.  I’m actually planning on using these all summer long on water bottles since my kids think they’re awesome.  I can print as many as I like so why not?

Minecraft candy bar wrappersNow it was time to figure out contents for the loot-bags.  Candy bars are an easy filler since they’re big and you can buy them relatively cheap after the holidays (Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc.)  Freeze them and use them later (see more frugal birthday party tips here!)  Back to the bars.  These Minecraft Candy Bar Wrappers are best for flat bars.  We used Aero and Caramilk Chocolate bars (in Canada we call them chocolate bars, not candy bars…I don’t know why!)

Minecraft birthday party candy buffetI asked my son what some of the ‘stuff’ in Minecraft is and he rattled off a list!  Off to Google I went to source images.  I found a suitable wallpaper, then just subbed in the image for each item along with the name.  I printed them out on card stock to display beside each item on the candy table should the other 9 year old’s question which Minecraft item they had in front of them!  Of course, at the time it didn’t occur to me how hard it would be to find a candy resembling diamonds or slime, but we figured it out!

Minecraft dirt block rice krispie squaresThese Dirt Blocks were supposed to be coal.  I had seen a great Pinterest photo of rice krispies looking like coal.  Brilliant!  Except that my husband and I had no idea how to turn them black without black food coloring and try as we might, mixing red and blue and purple didn’t work.  Instead we got a mucky brown color.

Minecraft dirt block rice krispie squaresI asked my son if they had a lot of gravel or dirt in Minecraft and he looked at me like I had two heads.  “Yeah mom, dirt blocks everywhere.”  Eureka!  And so, my husband nearly got arthritis in his hands carefully shaping each rice krispie bunch into a perfect Minecraft Dirt Block.  The end.  These are awesome Minecraft candy bag toppers stapled on to sandwich bags!

The rest of the candy…

Minecraft licorice TNT

 minecraft diamond birthday party treat

minecraft gold party treat

minecraft slime party treat idea

minecraft redstone party treat idea

We used Licorice for the TNT, Jolly Ranchers for the diamonds, Werther’s Original for the gold, Juice Drop Pops for the slime (another idea was green jello but…mess…gah!) and Cherry Bomb candies for the redstone.  And then…the cake!  I have no cake making skills whatsoever, but I knew someone who did and – with no knowledge of Minecraft whatsoever – she made this amazing cake:

minecraft birthday cake

The end result, a child who proclaimed his cake and party EPIC and a mom who considers it a job well done sourcing out everything she needed to make her 9 year old son’s birthday party one to remember!

Minecraft cake

Comments

  1. OMG. I don’t even know what Minecraft is but I can tell you that you blew this one out of the water. Way to go!!!

  2. Brenda Penton says:

    That is awesome!! You are so creative! My boys are big fans of Minecraft. I had seen a few party ideas on Pinterest similar to yours and was going to use them for a Minecraft party for my kids last month, but opted for a small family get together instead. Makes me wish I would have had the party.

  3. Awesome job! I haven’t heard of Minecraft but I’m sure some sort of boy’ish video games are in my near future.

  4. Phenomenal!

  5. Deseri A says:

    That is AWESOME Tenille. I showed it to my 13 yr old obsessed MINECRAFT child and he thought it was cool too! Very GOOD JOB MOM!

  6. I LOVE THIS! Of course, my son *just* had his 9th party last week so it’s too late for this year. But with no end in sight to his Minecraft obsession, I’m keeping this on the backburner for next year. It’s brilliant, Tenille!

  7. Love it! We’re currently building our Pinterest board and notebook full of ideas for a Minecraft Party in the late fall. (unless he changes his mind but I doubt it) It’s crazy how much the younger ones love this. You had an awesome party and that cake – wow!

  8. Love it! You did an AMAZING job! :-D

  9. That looks awesome!

  10. Wowza! Amazing! My kids would freak out at all the coolness. Awesome job! Need to file this info away for their parties.

  11. Wow! May be hard to top that one next year! Definitely one to remember!

  12. Wow awesome job on your son’s minecraft birthday! For sure your son will have great memories of his birthday!

  13. I also did a Minecraft party for my 9 year old. Thankfully he just invite his 2 besties for a sleepover so there was less to create! I used various ideas from the many parties I have pinned to create what he said was the best party ever! I love it when people who have great ideas share them and inspire the rest of us! Thanks for sharing your version ( more ideas for me) since I think we will be doing a repeat of the same party in the spring but for my 6 turning 7 year old!

  14. Laura Miller says:

    This is way too cute! I wish Iwere so crafty!

  15. My son would go nuts over these decorations and candy ideas! Thanks.

  16. I showed this to my son as soon as you posted it and he thought it was super cool. You did a great job on it. Did you make the cake or order it? What a great idea with simple candy you can get in the stores. TNT… Butter…(gold) and so forth. I think you did a great job!

  17. Lena Lindsey says:

    We had a minecraft birthday this year. You did an amazing job!

  18. Wow! Good job! I had to ban the word “minecraft” in my house for a while because i was so sick of hearing it!

  19. This would be a huge hit at my son’s birthday. It seems like everyone he knows likes Minecraft. I’ve never played but I would like to believe those that say that’s it’s beneficial to kids somehow.

  20. what great party ideas!!

  21. such great ideas! Love the theme parties

  22. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    I dont know much about this minecraft but yum on all the candy

  23. Wow I love these ideas. This will be our second year of minecraft birthday parties. Last year was awesome and this year I want bigger and better. Hope you do not mind me borrowing some of your ideas.

  24. My son is probably the biggest Minecraft fan ever…and I dont think he has seen this hoodie so he would actually clean his room if I won this!

  25. Janet Cardoza says:

    We love Minecraft . What a wonderful collection of ideas for a Minecraft party. We are big fans and would love this creeper hoodie.

  26. Love the cake for this party! My grandson would love this.

  27. Love the whole idea. My grandson would love this for his birthday party

  28. everything looks so great, awesome party!!!

  29. I have two birthdays coming up soon and these ideas are great! Thanks for sharing.

  30. All I can think of is: this is so cool, but so much work. I admire you for this!

  31. Very cool birthday ideas on here for my minecraft obsessed son!

  32. My son would DIE for this!

  33. Andrea Williams says:

    So many awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  34. Angela Jimenez says:

    wow… my boys would love this!

  35. Jennifer C aka JusticeSadie says:

    That is incredible. You have nailed the theme. Any child would be over the moon with that Party! Well Done!

  36. My son would love this costume!!!!! :)

  37. Jennifer Moore says:

    What awesome ideas!! My son would love a Minecraft party like this!!

  38. My nephew would pee his pants for the chance at a party just like this one!
    xo

  39. Holly Storm-Burge says:

    That cake is amazing! My son would flip out if he walked in to a surprise Minecraft birthday party! Hmmm….good idea.

  40. Kimberly Greiner says:

    Awesome! Love Minecraft…what an obsession my son and his friends have with this game! When my son turned 7 last April, he was dead set on a Minecraft party. I couldn’t find anything anywhere for party favors! I had a friend make a creeper cake and I spent countless hours making treat bags for the 30+ kids at the party. I had the party at a local bounce house so all I had to do was treat bags. The chocolate bar wrappers and the juicy drops (slime) are fantastic ideas! If we have a repeat for the 8th birthday, I’ll definitly be using those! Thanks for the additional great ideas!!
    You can check out the party favors and get more ideas on my pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kimberdare/dakotas-7th-birthday-party-ideas/
    The favors and the cake were a hit with all the kids!

  41. amanda whitley says:

    my husband is the one obsessed with minecraft so i dont think this party would be appropriate lol

  42. Courtney Renee says:

    That is really neat! great ideas. thanks for sharing!

  43. Lynda Tomkinson says:

    I showed this to my daughter. she now must have everything here, lol

  44. Pammy V.S says:

    These are awesome party ideas. My son had a minecraft theme earlier this year.Not a party but i did hand make the cake charms and make his cake myself.He loves minecraft.I’ll be making some of these with him just for fun.Thank you

  45. What an awesome looking party! The candy dishes are cute and the cake is fabulous!

  46. That’s fantastic! You are such a creative and frugal party planner! I love this concept :) The cake is great. lol @ Candy bar/ chocolate bar- too me it makes more sense because it is made of chocolate lol. Maybe it’s just being Cdn.

  47. If you did all that alone, smart!

  48. Oh my goodness! That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.

  49. Holly Messana says:

    Awesome ideas….my son would love this for his next birthday!

  50. Sounds like it was a great party! I do think though, that it was even more fun preparing for it and making everything. What great ideas!

  51. nina bergeron says:

    my son is very into minecraft he would of loved this themed party!

  52. Love those candies jars, beautifully designed.

  53. Tara Crawford says:

    awesome design nice idea

  54. tooooo fun! my boys are obsessed with this game.

  55. What a great idea!!!! creative, fun and unique!!!

  56. Christy Martin says:

    I am not a huge fan of MInecraft at all. However, I would envious of any kid that got to attend this party! My nephew would go insane! Very great ideas!

  57. Sarah Henson says:

    How adorable are all those party favours! I’d go to that party lol ;)

  58. Eva Mitton-Urban says:

    Absolutely fantastic ideas – my 9 yr old Evan – obsessed with MINECRAFT. His 10th birthday is Dec 20th – wanted to have a theme party – excited as heck to utilize all these ideas. He is going to be surprised and I am sure THRILLED. Thanks so very very much, one excited Mom.

  59. That is an awesome awesome themed party :)

  60. This is awesome! Bookmarking for next June when my son turns 8!

  61. Thank you thank you. This just saved me tons of time for my sons 11th Minecraft themed birthday in December yay! Oooh winning the hoodie to the party would be pretty swaggy! Yes lol I just said swaggy!

  62. Was the slime expensive to do? Is there a way to buy the juicy pops in bulk? I only see them in checkout lines for $1.00+ each. Thanks!

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