Minecraft has fully invaded our house. I’m pretty sure I know how it started. Our dear nanny Maria has 5 boys of her own and occasionally (especially during the summer), one or two of them will come with her to watch our kids. Yes, she is Super Woman and Mary Poppins rolled up into one dynamic person but I digress. Her older sons showed Colton the never-ending world of Minecraft. I have to be honest, John and I had to buy a Minecraft for Dummies books so we could figure out what he was doing and play with him. I actually love the creative aspect of this game so I am 100% on board with a little gaming time with Minecraft.
Colton turned 7 on Saturday and he asked for a Minecraft Party. You would think this would be easy since it is so popular but strangely enough, there isn’t a whole lot of Minecraft party supplies out and about. I used my faithful party planning pal, Pinterest, and started a board. Pinterest is the answer to a busy mom’s need to have a few cute decorations and awesome party ideas without having to spend an exuberant amount of time on research and implementation. Check out my Minecraft Party board here.
Colton’s second request was a sleepover. Yikes! All I can think of is the mound of bodies that we will have in our 1900 square foot 100 year old Capitol Hill row home. Yep, I said yes but we limited the number to just a few close friends and of course his little brother. I tried to keep the decorating and party prep to a minimum which for me is quite a bit of work. I’m just not good at simple, no decoration parties. Yes, I know that my kids don’t really need all the bells and whistles but I enjoy doing it. Feel sorry for my husband who has to deal with the crazy.
I started with the invites which I got here. I downloaded two Minecraft fonts here. If you have never added fonts to your computer, it really is super simple. I have a Mac and all I needed to do the following:
For Mac OS X 10.3 or higher:
- Double click the font file and fontbook will open a preview of the font.
- Click “install font” at the bottom of the preview.
Quick and easy. The finished product was adorable and we filled the box with some candy that looks like Minecraft diamonds and emeralds. Pocket Full of Sweets on Etsy provided the candy.
Once the invites were done, I decided to figure out the goody bags. I know all parents despise these bags. Once home, the little plastic items are strewn all over your house and you secretly try to throw them away a little at a time. So with that in mind, I decided to make creeper backpacks. I found these on Amazon.
My dear friend Karen had iron on material in black and she cut out the shapes for me.
Next…what to put in them….back to Pinterest. I printed out a few games on freeminecraftprintables.com.
I added in a few small minecraft toys and wrapped up some twizzlers to look like TNT. The TNT label is a free printable from here.
The decorations were pretty simple although time consuming when you have 3 kiddos in the house but I have a great husband who just gets the job done. Here is what we came up with….a few Minecraft spiders, creeper and TNT balloons and a pretty cool Minecraft tables scape.
The spiders are black balloons, black crepe paper and red construction paper for the eyes. The TNT balloons are red balloons with a TNT label I made in Word. The creeper balloons are lime green and I used black duct tape for the faces. All in all, pretty easy just takes some time. The banner below is another free printable here.
The food table was my favorite to do. Nothing better than a whole lot of sugar for little kiddos…..I used everyday items as Minecraft items. There are a million free food tent printables on Pinterest so just grab one from there. Not to mention plenty of free paper crafts you can use (see the blocks in the pics beside the white bowls) as decorations. I picked up a brown tablecloth and a grass tablecloth to use on the table (looks like a grass block).
Then it was on to find ways to entertain kids that have way too much energy to burn. I decided on Minecraft bingo with little figurines as prizes. Never in a million years, did I think it would be such a hit. The free printable is here.
The one other big decoration I constructed was a large creeper face in the basement. I used Colton as free child labor. He thought it was super cool to put a puzzle together on the wall.
The kiddos had a blast and I enjoyed putting it all together. It was great to have help from my hubby, my sis, my brother-in-law, our dear friend Katie, and Karen (my DIYer). Colton loved it and I was happy to give him an awesome Minecraft party for his 7th Bday.
Happy Birthday to my first born!