So after I got on the Minecraft game to check it out, darling son decided a Minecraft-themed birthday party for him would be “awesome.” (I wanted Lord of the Rings/Hobbit/Middle Earth) but he wanted Minecraft. We did Robin Hood a few years ago and that was sorta labor-intensive so I figured I could swing it. And yes, there are a lot of affiliate links (with no cost to you)- and I just saved you hours of research!
First the outfit. The sword is from Amazon (as is the Tshirt-(this shirt is different. They don’t sell the same one anymore). The sword is about $23. and is foam. Harsh use will have it peeling apart a bit. Nothing that gorilla/superglue can’t fix. The Steve head was downloaded and printed out at my local UPS store (bigger sheets). You can find instructions here: http://www.stevelange.net/2011/10/24/making-your-own-minecraft-steve-head-from-pdfs/
I went online and found Minecraft food images and then printed them out on card stock at home. I used a pixely font. For “coal” I had seen Rice Krispies done with black food coloring. But I figured we had enough sugar going on with the jello, cake and piñata so we made black beans to look like coal. The “pork” is smokey joes in Pillsbury Crescent rolls. Just open up the dough triangles from the can, lay a mini hotdog/smokey joe on there, wrap and bake. Voila, Pigs in a Blanket! I also had shrubs as brocolli (sorry, no picture). My favorite is the “water.” Just blue jello! The cute cube-shaped containers for the water can be found on Amazon here. We also had “slimes” which is green jello cut into squares. The cake is a simple sheet cake made at home, then I ordered online an edible image with his name on it. Easy Peasy.
The piñata is of a Minecraft Gast. I took a square box, covered it with white paper and drew on the squares with markers to make the face (I printed out a picture to guide me). White streamers underneath complete the piñata. NOTE: Use a weak-ish box. We used one suitable for shipping and those boys (ages 8-12) really whacked the pooey out of that thing for ages (with a serious baseball bat) before it broke apart. The candy was somewhat pulverized, but thankfully, the zipper-pulls we put in there (made out of Perler beads) saved the day. The boys LOVED these. They put them on their backpack zippers, sweatshirt zippers or used as keychains. The ones I link to here are cool because they swivel in any direction.
The goody bags were very cheapo green bags I got on Amazon. I then made a template of a Creeper face out of card stock and used it to color in (with a fat Sharpie) the face. We put a few zipper pulls, a whoopie cushion, silly string and minimal candy in them.
The “grass” tablecloth was a very inexpensive one I found on Amazon. The “ice” I got at Diddams. (Looks like diamonds—something you want to mine in Minecraft). But if I had to do it over again, I would have got these diamonds on Amazon. Much cooler! Creeper heads and Endermen heads are square, not round! So at Diddams I got square paper plates with square clear plates to go over them. That way, I could color in the Creeper faces but not worry about the boys getting toxic marker on their food. For the Endermen face I just printed out white/purple “eyes” to cut out and glue on the black plates. Then I covered them with the clear, square plates for eating.
The obstacle course
This was a total GAS! The boys loved it. I made a “lava field” out of butcher paper (actually, I wanted butcher paper but my husband came home from the hardware store with this reddish colored stuff. Amazon has 100ft roll here for about $13.). I spray-painted red and yellow on it (just quick and swirly). The green paint on it is only to hold it down in the breeze.
Then I crumpled it up to look more like lava. Tearing apart cardboard boxes and spray painting them gray with lines drawn on made cobblestones. This was the beginning of the obstacle course. The boys had to take a stack of cobblestones in their arms, throw them down in order to step on them to cross the lava field. After the lava field they had to grab a box decorated like a block of earth. I had it sitting at the bottom of a cardboard Enderman against the fence (no picture, bummer). While holding their “earth” block and sword, then they had to race up a slight hill to get into the plasma car/Minecart. While still holding their earth box and sword, they had to drive the plasma car (these are awesome, they last for years and both big and little kids can ride them- also comes in lime green!) down and navigate to the cardboard Creeper to knock him down with the sword. (Station an adult at each stage to make sure no corners are cut!) This was timed and the winner won some candy. They wanted to do this over and over, improving their times, but we had to move on. Finally, the moment they were hanging out for, everyone Minecrafting at once! They all got on their devices and built structures and/or whacked each other for a great time. We kept the computer time to :30 minutes. All in all, it was a huge success. Or, as the birthday boy put it, “That was EPIC!” But you gotta watch those parents, some of them really get into it… Oh- and here are the Thank You cards I made (note the “Minecraft” font that the “A’s” have little Creeper faces on them! I found this font free, online). Just download the image on card stock, 2 to a page, print and cut in half.
If enough people are interested, I might just upload a PDF so you can download it. Ok, obviously (if you’ve emailed me you realize this) I do NOT get back to you folks in a timely manner with this card! And I do want to offer it as a PDF, but I don’t want to get in copyright/legal trouble. SO! I will tell you how to do it yourself! Search Minecraft and look for an image. If you have a Mac, you can take a screenshot by pressing command + shift + 4. This will turn your cursor into crosshairs. Select your image (it automatically saves it onto your desktop) and then paste it into Word. (I use InDesign) but I’m sure you can do it with Word. I will post free Valentines Day cards to make up for my lack of sending out Minecraft cards!
If your son likes the Ranger’s Apprentice series books, check out my birthday party for that theme under “birthday” in categories.