If you’re a regular reader, you know that we don’t have kids yet. So I don’t know too much about the phenomenon that is Minecraft. But I know that the majority of you who are reading this post right now probably know more than you would like to about the game…errr…sport….errr…ACTIVITY. Chances are that YOUR kids are pretty into it! So when I saw my out-of-town cousin post pictures of the Minecraft Birthday Party she did for her 8-year-old daughter, I was totally amazed. I knew all of you would be, too, so I asked her to write today’s blog post! (She is also responsible for all of the party pics!)
And now, without further ado…allow me to introduce to you my cousin, Shira, and her beautiful family!
Let me stop right here to give a shout-out to the fabulous Crystal from Little Lane Photography who took these photos. She has also photographed myself and my hubby, and we all LOVE her! Check out her Facebook page by CLICKING HERE!
And here is the afore-mentioned Minecraft-loving 8-year-old:
Is she not the CUTEST?! (Since she’s the youngest in our family, we all pretty much think so!)
Here’s what her momma had to say…
I am a party planner extraordinaire. I have an extra building full of color-coded Sterlite storage tubs for every imaginable themed occasion. It’s what I do. I’m good at it. But when my 7-year-old daughter came to me and said that she really wanted a Minecraft birthday party, I was stumped. Aaliyah is the youngest of our 3 blessings… and she’s the youngest by 7-ish years. In that 7-year gap, I skipped over the phenomenon that is Minecraft. And it’s not that I was completely in the woods about the game, but for the 5 seconds that my now almost-15-year-old son was interested, I honestly thought it was a retro revival of an old Atari game from my childhood… or as my little darlings call it, the “before times”. It’s also probably important to note that I never mastered PacMan or the rubix cube, so Minecraft was a bit out of my 2-dimensional league.
But Aaliyah… my Aaliyah can NOT get enough of this game! Or of Stampy Cat. Or this guy named Steve. And while I should be more on top of my “mom” game and have already carefully monitored, researched and examined Minecraft, she hadn’t started worshipping Satan or tried to kill her siblings, and the school endorsed it as “educational”, so I was okay with it. But when she asked me for a Minecraft theme party, I needed a serious crash course in the game to even know where to start.
My dad sent me an awesome article to begin my journey. If you get a chance, check out http://2machines.com/183040/. I was pretty surprised by the impressive problem solving skills that Aaliyah was learning by playing the game. And then a few other friends sent me the same article, http://www.sunshineandhurricanes.com/minecraft-for-moms/, and both articles together gave me somewhat of a working knowledge of the game, so I could at least fake it enough to pull a party together.
And that’s when I turned to Pinterest.
I have not yet decided if Pinterest is manna from heaven or the devil’s folly. It made me learn how to sew. It has FORCED me to buy craft supplies and attempt projects that I KNOW, in my heart of hearts, are against the natural order of the universe, and yet still I try. But for the purposes of Minecraft, what Pinterest taught me is that there is no “right” way to plan a Minecraft party. Sure, if elaborate kids’ parties are a measure of love, those moms love their kids way more than I do. However, after the feelings of overwhelming shock wear off, Minecraft is by far, hands down, the easiest and CHEAPEST party I’ve *EVER* thrown.
The kid’s birthday is 4 days after Christmas, and I work very hard to make sure there’s a dividing line between Christmas and birthday, but let’s face it… my wallet doesn’t always see the clear boundaries. But aside from food, this Minecraft party didn’t cost me more than $50.
First of all, so much of this stuff is sold on Etsy, but if you’re handy with Publisher or Word, you can download your own Minecraft font for free at http://www.dafont.com/search.php?q=minecraft and create everything yourself. Also, Aaliyah was Creeper for Halloween, so I still had the cardboard head and foam diamond sword from her costume. From Amazon, I ordered an inflatable torch and also some “gold brick” boxes for the party favors.
I also ordered tissue paper “grass”, which made for a cool accessory to the overall look. And aside from the square cupcake pan, everything else was bought at the Dollar Tree. I didn’t have any game ideas… I mean, really, how do you play a game about a game? Besides, Aaliyah had built a party room within Minecraft, so the kids planned to “join worlds” and party in both worlds. But I did come up with “Decorate Your Dirt”.
The kids used all the different candies to decorate their cupcakes. And of course, I had the usual party fare for munching. I just made Minecrafty tags to make it relevant.
Because Pinterest made me do it, I found some cheap fabric and made simple pendant flags to bring the look together.
They are literally no big deal… certainly not the lined, pressed pendant flags I normally do, but they were fun.
And then I made Aaliyah’s birthday outfit. Thanks to the Minecraft font, I made an 8 out of green felt and used iron-on adhesive to stick it to the shirt. This was also my first attempt at anything tulle. Aaliyah is so *not* a girly girl (she wore her outfit with combat boots), and wanted to be sure that the skirt was going to “calm down” or she wasn’t going to wear it. Surprisingly, it lasted all day, and it was super cute and inexpensive to make. Pinterest win, for once… though I’m pretty sure it’s the last time Aaliyah lets me dress her.
Ok… for Minecraft food…
Blue Diamonds – Cookies and Cream Hershey’s Kiss
TNT – Twizzlers
Lava and Water – Jell-O. I layered it because I was running out of room.
Sand Stone – Rice Crispy Treats, cubed
Red Stone – Boston Baked Beans
Steel – Hershey’s Nuggets
Gold – Rolos
Wood – Tootsie Rolls
Emeralds – Green M&Ms
Vines – these weird fruity vines that the kids later thought were gross, but seemed like a good idea at the time.
Melons – Sour Patch Watermelons. I had no idea these were a thing.
Cookies – mini cookies
Sticks – Pretzels
Fish – Swedish Fish
Coal – Malt Balls
Creeper Juice – Green Kool-Aid
…and Pizza, chicken wings, chips, cheese puffs and onion dip. Seriously. Easy.
And there you have it. Huge Minecraft win for mom! And later that evening, a very tired but happy birthday girl wrapped her sugary-sticky arms around my neck and told me it was the bestest. Party. Ever!
OH. MY. WORD. So you can see why I wanted her to write a post about this, right? The creativity just oozes out of everything! (And I have no idea whether or not oozing is good in the Minecraft world, but in the realm of all things fabulous, this kind of oozing is really fantastic!)
Do share this with anyone who has kids interested in Minecraft – especially around birthday-time, this post could prove to be VERY helpful!
Thanks so much to Shira for sharing all of this with us! (She pretty much ROCKS!)
And how about y’all? What is the coolest birthday party you’ve ever planned? Do you have kids in your house who are into Minecraft? What would they think of this party?
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