This year the girls both wanted a Minecraft themed party, so there wasn't any drama on that front. The only problem is that you can't buy any Minecraft decorations because the two guys who started and own Minecraft have never merchandised anything. They are total computer geeks (I can say that because I'm married to one), and the game started out as a personal project, so there was never any commercialization planned. But, everything in the game is copywrited, so other companies can't produce Minecraft themed decorations either. Well, that leaves you with creating the decorations yourself. If you'll remember, I am craft deficient. In fact, that doesn't even come close to adequately describing the depths of that truth. I have a mom who can decorate and design like a professional. She however, is a squiggle. I am a square - the exact opposite. I don't have an artsy bone in my body (or cell in my brain). I actually think that I potentially only have half a brain - the left side.
Here's where Pinterest comes in. My girls are not the first kiddos to want a Minecraft birthday party. I found multiple pictures and posts of brave parents who have gone before me. From interior designer moms to self-proclaimed "geek dads," numerous parents have taken on the feat. So, here is my attempt to recreate some of the ideas.
Well, there you have it. I had a whole lot more ideas than I had energy or time, but the girls were happy, so I feel like my mission was accomplished.
While Pinterest was a HUGE help, I didn't find a site that spelled everything out for me, so I thought I would be so kind to do that here for you, just in case you ever find yourself throwing a Minecraft party of your own.
I purchased pretty much everything from Party City - large square dark green and light green dinner plates, small square dessert plates, dark green forks and the light green plastic tablecloth.
Creeper Face - You will need 4 packages (of 20) of square dessert plates from Party City in the following colors: 1 Package of Black, 1 Package of Dark Green, 2 Packages of Light Green
Rock Candy - I used blue for Diamonds and red for Redstone, and then gave them out as party favors at the end of the party. Toys R' Us had multiple colors of FAO Swartz rock candy on sale that I purchased, but I'm not sure if they always carry it. If they don't have it, you can purchase it on Amazon.
Cake - I ordered a cake from a local grocery store and requested they use chocolate butter cream icing on the sides and green icing on the top with a grass tip. Initially, they were going to charge me $75 because to make a square cake they were going to have to use "special" square pans that are used for wedding cakes. I finally figured out a work around with the help of another store clerk to avoid the excessive price. We made a cube cake by using two quarter sheet cakes, trimming the side edge on each to make them into squares, and then putting the two trimmed pieces together on top to make the third layer. Voila! A "wedding cake" for the price of two quarter sheet cakes. I'll need to remember this when we have three weddings to pay for. Someone remind me, okay?
Character Cake Toppers - These were the most work of all! I downloaded printables from www.minecraftpapercraft.com, printed them on card stock, cut them out and then folded and taped them together. Okay. My husband actually did all of the painstakingly difficult cutting and folding. Thanks, babe!
I had a hard time printing the blocks off in the correct size, so I put them in Word documents to make printing more managle. Below are the files for your convenience, because let's face it, moms have more important things to do than search the Internet for days on end. At least not for Minecraft printables.
Dropbox Folder with entire collection of Minecraft printables.
Just right click on the file you want and select Download. Pretty easy!
Below are links to the individual printables.
Minecraft Creeper Printable
Minecraft Steve Printable
Minecraft Pig Printable
Minecraft Ghast Printable
Minecraft Grass Block Printable
Food Signs - I created my Minecraft food signs in Gimp (the free graphics software I prefer) by using graphics from www.minecraftwiki.net. This took me a LONG time, so I thought I would save you the time and agony by making them available here. You're welcome.
Minecraft Food Signs in PDF
Minecraft Food Signs in Word
Water Bottle Labels in PDF
Water Bottle Labels in Word
Any links to printables should be linked through to this page on the Five In Six Blog and not directly to the shared files. Thank you!
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To give credit where credit is due, I took a lot of ideas from this Seaside Interiors blog post.