Two years ago, I threw my eldest a Minecraft Birthday Party at a local bowling alley. It was all the rage with boys at that point. Who would have thought that my DAUGHTER would join the millions of children around the world that are addicted to this video game! As my dad says, “It’s more like MINDcraft if you ask me”. He is probably right. However, my brother and I were addicted to Tetris and some Dracula game as kids and we turned out to be quite opinionated individuals that aren’t controlled by some mind numbing entity (except maybe the smartphone and who isn’t, right?).
In Minecraft, kids get to learn about the elements, construct elaborate buildings, fight off creeper/zombie creatures and blow stuff up with TNT. My oldest child, the persuader of the bunch, frequently comes up with reasons as to why this game is different and he should be allowed 30 more minutes of fun before turning the iPad off. “But mom, it’s an EDUCATIONAL tool. You learn how to craft bread from wheat, that leather comes from cows and and that diamonds REALLY exist!”
It’s a childhood DREAM. Minecraft is a phenomenon and so many kids want this for their party theme. Unfortunately for all of us parentals out there limited on TIME and money, Mojang (Minecraft parent company) has failed to broaden their marketing products beyond paper cutouts and foam swords that run us $20+ each. For example, I considered ordering cake toppers online but after discovering that it costs around $30 for 14 cupcake toppers I passed REAL quickly on that idea!
SO! Included below are some very practical party ideas I have accumulated for anyone needing to plan a Minecraft party on a dime AND in record time. In my house, the basics for a birthday party consist of invitations, goody bags, inexpensive decorations, pizza, cake and some form of entertainment to occupy the crazed animals. There are many arts and crafts ideas floating around the internet. Frankly, this mama ain’t got time for all that and the kids I know won’t all sit still for that long.
Keep it simple and make it EASY on yourself.
Decorations: Rectangular Stone Table Cloth, Square Green Plates, Black Napkins, Red Utensils for budget shopping. If this is your first child and you REALLY want to go all out then there are pricier options to go with, such as an 8 person Party Pack, Minecraft Balloons or a 16 person Deluxe Miner Themed Birthday Pack that includes balloons and labels and such. There are also Minecraft Pinatas, such as TNT, Pig and Green block styles if you can stomach the price tag for the 10 minutes of fun.
BIRTHDAY INVITATION: You can create your own invitation for FREE on picmonkey.com like this one below. Google “Free Minecraft background download”, save the desired picture to your desktop, go on to to picmonkey.com and select “Edit Photo”, upload your Minecraft background picture and add text using the “Freshman” font.
There are several inexpensive sites that allow you to download a predesigned invite and edit it for under $5 and are immediately available to print. A quick google search will provide you with a viable option.
GOODY BAGS: I don’t know how your children feel about handing out goody bags to their guests but it’s all the rage in my home. My daughter INSISTED that we sit down together at the dining room table and have a “mother-daughter” date assembling these “Enderman” goody bags. We cut out free Minecraft images that I printed off from a Google search (see below), attached the candy to the assigned food labels she chose and glued the purple eyes on the “Enderman” goody bags. Furthermore, she talked incessantly about boys, friends, hair, what she wanted for her birthday and how much her brothers annoyed her. 🙂
Black Bags, white cardstock, Purple Paper, Ring Pops for Blue Diamonds, Twizzlers for TNT, Hot Tamales for Redstone and Rolos for Gold. Viola…Goody Bags done. Printables seen in the pictures below can be found at datemplate.com.
Yes, it was a little time consuming and you have to throw any OCD Perfectionism out the window when letting your seven year old staple or glue anything BUT, it was a fun thing to do together.
The Cake: PUBLIX…LOVE THEM…Whipped this up for me in 24 hours because this busy mama had a bazillion things going on at one time and FORGOT to order the week before.
FOOD: Pizza, Watermelon, Pretzel Sticks and “Healing Potion” (Sprite, Green Hawaiian Punch & Frozen Lemonade)…Kept it SIMPLE.
Hmm…I was just informed by my eldest that “Healing Potion” is RED not GREEN. Apparently, I fed my child and her friends POISON POTION. Oops. As you can see, the stuff was a hit and all attendees lived to battle another creeper on their choice electronic device. 🙂
Entertainment: We rented a very reasonably priced water slide and the kids emptied out my stockpile of liquid hand soap on the trampoline.
The diva darling’s favorite gift was this little guy right here, lovingly referred to as “Mr. Oinkers”. If you need a Minecraft gift for a girl, the Minecraft Pig should not disappoint!
In conclusion, I have pinned several other Minecraft Birthday Party ideas to the Threekidsandababydaddy’s Pinterest account for your convenience. There were a lot of “Super cute but don’t have the time” ideas that much more crafty personalities than myself may enjoy.
Was it the most elaborate Minecraft party ever done? Why no. Was it cute enough, didn’t break the bank or mama’s sanity and was an environment of fun and enjoyment? Why YES.
So, the next time there is an opportunity for a Minecraft Party in your home, it is my hope that this little blog post helps make the process a little easier and more fun for you and your loved one. Game on children and remember all us parents do for your cute little selves!