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4.08.2014

{real parties} 9th birthday minecraft party


One day I'll be able to share pictures of my kids birthday parties shortly after they happened. I still haven't posted about G's first and second birthday parties. And he's turning 3 in June! Which means I better start thinking about this year's party. Anyway, I think this is the closest I've been to posting in a decent time frame {for me that's fivemonths after the party!} but here it is. The awaited Minecraft party L asked for last November.

When L first mentioned a Minecraft party I was not very thrilled to be honest. I'd seen him playing but didn't know much about the game {in case you didn't know it's a video game}. So I had to ask lots of questions to get a better idea and start planning. With some Minecraft knowledge, I browsed the web for some ideas. And I found tons. Really. Tons of great ideas {just go to Pinterest and search Minecraft}. I still wanted to make my own version of a Minecraft party, though.  So I started with the basics. The game has this pixelated look and pixels = squares. Light bulb came off! Everything will  be made out of squares.
I designed a squared Minecraft invitation and a squared Happy Birthday banner and that set the tone for the rest of the décor. One more time I resorted to my old {but trusty} crepe paper background {you can see recent parties here and here} in the Minecraft colors: different shades of green, brown and black. I had tons of cardstock scraps in those colors so I cut squares in different sizes and ran them through my sewing machine. I don't know how I didn't do this before! The easiest and quickest way to make cute garlands.
I set a table with "Minecraft food" {again, if you google it you'll find tons of ideas} using foods and snacks related to the game. I made little square tags with a picture and corresponding name for each "Minecraft food". To display them on the table I glued the tags to little silver favor boxes I had bought long time ago {in hopes of using them for something one day}. To complete the table I used square green and white dishes that were perfect for this occasion. I didn't have enough square dishes so I got some round containers at the Dollar Store.

I made the "grass" food with rice krispies topped with some shredded coconut dyed green with food coloring. For the "water" I made blue j-ello. Squared brownies were the "dirt", goldfish crackers were the "fish". Some other foods were simple like the chocolate chip cookies, carrots, watermelon and apples. It was really fun to put all this together.
With the same little favor boxes used to make the food tags I made little TNT packages. For the water bottles I created simple but cute bottle labels. And I made sure to buy water bottles with green caps so they can match the decor. {Yes, I'm obsessed like that}.
To add some more décor to the party I used a bookcase to create a Minecraft background. I covered the bookcase with plastic tablecloths, brown under, green on top. I cut the edge of the green tablecloth to resemble the Minecraft world. I also made a Keep Calm and Play Minecraft poster and a number 9 using L's pictures. The Creeper's face was very easy to make with a green paper plate, a few pieces of crepe paper and a sharpie.
When I did my Minecraft research I found these Minecraft head and sword. I wanted to buy them for L, but thought I could probably make them for much less. So I decided to make not just one but three Minecraft heads: Steve's head, a Creeper's head and an Enderman's head. And a sword. As I anticipated they were not difficult at all. Just a little time consuming. I'll be posting a tutorial about how I made them soon.

For favors I wanted to make CDs with Minecraft music, but as usual I didn't have time. I'd mentioned to M I was disappointed I was not able to make them and he said it was fine, that I'd made a lot already. To my surprise M came the day of the party with 10 Minecraft CD's. He even made a cover for the case and a circular label! He took the time to burn the CDS, design covers and labels and put them all together. He's just awesome like that.
As last year {you can see last year parties here and here} we hosted two parties, first a little get-together with family and a week later a sleepover with some of L's school friends. Luckily we were able to use all the décor {including the Minecraft heads and sword} for his second party. We didn't plan any special games or activities for the sleepover besides a movie and the video game. To our surprise the kids started role playing using all the Minecraft heads, sword and food cubes. I was very happy all the décor inspired them to do some active playing.

And just like that L turned 9. This will be our last year throwing him a birthday party so I'm sure he'll pick something good. And of course I'll be more than happy to deliver.
 
If you like my version of a Minecraft party, all the above {invitation, food chart, banner, bottle labels and poster}, will soon be available at my Etsy shop. Stay tuned!


3 comments :

  1. Holy cuteness! All of the little details for this party are amazing!

    I'm sure they loved it---and I love that the kids started role playing with everything!

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    1. Thanks Jen! It was really fun to put it together and yes, it made me very happy when I saw them running around the house with the heads on. It was funny!

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  2. You did such a great job! I bet your son loved everything!

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