Earlier this year, my son turned 6 and like most kids his age, he’s obsessed with Minecraft. ‘No problem,’ I thought ,’Minecraft is super popular. There will be birthday decorations everywhere! This’ll be easy.’ I was, in fact, wrong.
How wrong was I? Well, there were (and still are) in fact ZERO licensed party decorations for Minecraft. There’s plenty of knock-offs out there. But they’re a little…meh. So once again Pinterest saved the day!
If you’ve not looked up Minecraft parties on Pinterest, you’re missing out. There are some SUPER awesome ideas, and I’m not afraid to admit, these all came from there and I’ll link the original tutorials below.
The first step for any good party: the Invitations. Parents, kids lose invitations. An envelope will & does get lost in a backpack (If it even makes it that far). So how you keep your invite from getting lost?
Fold it into a cube. Swear to God. Every single child (and most parents) in my son’s class LOVED that it was a cube. My only regret (and compliant that one child was kind enough to tell me HA!), was that I didn’t stuff something inside of them.
These were super easy to make. They printed out perfectly on 8.5×11 card stock. From there it was just a repetitive task of cutting & folding along the lines. The most time consuming was simply folding them. You can download a similar template to mine [here]. To add text, save the file & reopen it in a free photo editor, such as pixlr.com.
Kids have been invited…now it’s time to DECORATE! Remember how I said there are no licensed Minecraft party supplies. That’s true. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find super cheap knock offs and use them as legit decor. AliExpress saved me over $80 by finding these knockoff foam diamond swords:
Target sells these for $20 a pop! Which is ridiculous for a piece of foam. AliExpress – $5 each + free shipping. They shipped from China so I made sure to order these way in advance. Shipping times vary from China from 20-60 days depending on what you’re ordering. These arrived in about 15 days so I was very happy with them.
I won’t link to a specific seller on AliExpress since a lot of times the shops close & reopen under a different name. Instead I suggest searching ‘Diamond Sword’ on AliExpress, checking the order amount from each seller, the price, the shipping fee, and then read the reviews. The more reviews + orders, the more chance you’ll actually receive your product and it will look like the image they put on the site.
However if you’re still leery of purchasing on AliExpress and don’t want to shell out $20 a pop for each sword, there is a nifty guide from DebDuzScrappin for how to make your own [here].
Along with the diamond swords (which were used by the kids later in the party) pixlr.com was used to create a Happy Birthday banner. And our local party store was awesome enough to put creeper faces on the balloons:
A great party needs activities and a MineCraft party needs enemies. This was the basis that spawned the idea for our game for the party. My brother & dad have an awesome workshop on their property. Since my brother has more experience & knowledge with using saws (& power tools in general), I asked him to cut out some creepers. He did better.
What started out as a $13 piece of plywood from Lowes quickly became 5 life-size creepers AND one Enderman. A few coats of spraypaint for the base color and hand painting some squares resulted in these awesome enemies.
We ended up using these are targets for the kids to throw water balloons at. In all honesty, I expected the kids to throw balloons at each other. However the kids proved me wrong and had a BLAST attacking these Creepers and Enderman with water balloons and the foam diamond swords. We went through over 700 water balloons and that only lasted the kids 30-45 minutes!!!
Which took us on into our next activity — With the Creepers and Enderman defeated, the boss arrived. Yup. Enter Ender Dragon piñata:
The brilliance for this idea came from LadyGoats. She was awesome enough to post her full tutorial on her blog and it was super handy for creating our own for the kids. The only thing I would have changed is how to string him up. Our Ender Dragon didn’t “fly” very long (which is my own fault, not the tutorial’s), but once he was on the ground the kids swarmed like hyenas and just ripped into it. They still had fun and were plenty sugared up.
So what you do need after piñata candy? CAKE, DUH! We corralled the kids into the kitchen for our homemade Minecraft cake. I’ll admit. While I can bake a cake, I sure as hell can’t decorate one. The first attempt was made with fondant and ended up looking like a sad ninja turtle (hahahaha*dyinginside*):
I decided to go with a different design that didn’t use fondant. The final version was much better. The kids all enjoyed the cake, rice krispies, and jello.
I’m not posting a tutorial for the cake because it’s basically boxed cake mix, pre-made rice krispie treats, and well…jello. If I didn’t screw up this version, I think you’ll be alright. Cake Inspiration courtesy of ParentMap.
Party’s over…NOW GET OUT! We were all exhausted by the end of the party. After cake and presents, we handed out TNT goodie bags which contained homemade creeper toys, a creeper shirt, and diamond sword lollipop.
The creeper toys were molded from a 3D print, which is available [here].
The creeper shirts were honestly the only part of this party I wouldn’t do again. They were time consuming, frustrating, and it was was mainly just a pain to figure out the correct shirt size for each kid.
However the diamond sword lollipops were super easy. Any swirl lollipop can be used and are typically available at your local party shop for $.10-.15 cents a piece!
Overall, my son had an awesome sixth birthday and I’d do it all again in a heartbeat!