Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WFMW: Minecraft Party

This year my oldest son requested a Minecraft celebration for his 11th birthday.

Are you familiar with Minecraft? It has quite a following... but I figure you either know what it is or have never heard of it.
Minecraft is a game about placing blocks to build anything you can imagine. It is a game that is focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D world. Gameplay in its commercial release has two principal modes: Survival, which requires players to acquire resources themselves and maintain their health and hunger; and Creative, where the player has an unlimited supply of resources, the ability to fly, and no concept of health or hunger.

For birthdays, our kids wake up to a house full of  birthday decorations.


For the table setting, I made Minecraft plates and cups. I glued a Minecraft face on the cups. For the plates, I glued a Minecraft face on green plates. Then, I glued (hot glued around the edges) a clear plate on top. 


Minecraft blocks were part of the table decorations. I also hung some from the ceiling. 
 The kids loved them. 



Follow this link to  create the Minecraft blocks: The Ultimate Guide to Minecraft Paper Products.
They were surprisingly easy to make.


I made my son's creeper shirt using freezer paper stenciling.

 For a birthday sign, I printed some Minecraft images and then I used a Minecraft word generator to add the words I wanted to the Creeper signs. You can find that generator here: Minecraft MemeGenerator

I ordered the Minecraft pic ax and then used the packaging to make another decorative sign. 
I made the Minecraft Steve heads using paper, glue, and card board boxes.



The Steve heads were a huge hit with the kids. Here's a picture of my boys with them in the morning before school.




You can order Steve heads online but it was much cheaper to make them, especially when I was making four of them.

I found the Steve head template and directions here: SteveLange.net

As an afternoon snack, I made block brownies.

I made a Creeper Birthday Cake using green icing and chocolate bars.

It was a Creeper-filled Minecraft birthday. 




I am linking this post up to Works-For-Me-Wednesday.


My son's excitement about his party worked for me. I spent a lot of time searching the internet for ideas. If you have a Minecraft fan in your house, I hope you will benefit from these ideas and links. 


Be sure to stop by We are That Family to check out the other Works-For-Me ideas.

25 comments:

sharon said...

I've never heard of Mine Craft, but I love this party. I especially loved the pictures of your kids with the boxes on their heads. What a fun way to wake up on your birthday!

Chewing Taffy said...

My boys love minecraft! I'm totally stealing some of these ideas!!

Lorinda said...

I will have to show this to Owen! I have been taking long "tours" of his Minecraft worlds lately.

Kimberly said...

I seriously LOVE how much you love celebrating your kids and their individuality on their birthdays! When they are older they are going to realize what hard work you put into their special day and how wonderful a momma they have!

Anonymous said...

my sons is in 2 days & wants a minecraft bday, great ideas thanks!

Anonymous said...

You are the BEST parent ever. (I wish my parents were cool enough to throw minecraft parties...) Your son is a lucky kid. But such cute ideas! I'm going to make my dormmate a freezer stencil shirt, thanks!

StrawberryWitch said...

AWESOME WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE MY 6 YEAR OLDS BEDROOM A MINECRAFT ROOM, GREAT IDEAS THANKS!!!

S and family said...

Thank you for posting this! I'm planning my Minecraft party for next month and hope to try some of your ideas. I'll let you know how it goes!

Me and Jorge - Amber said...

Thanks for the great ideas! Will totally be doing the shirt and the head is great for halloween too!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful ideas. Love the cake and brownies! Will be using those ideas for my son's 10th bday this weekend..thank you

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much, all of the paper craft links were awesome, and I loved the Steve head which my son wanted to be for Halloween anyway! This saved my life since I am planning a party in less than 3 days! The paper plates with clear glued over them was so smart!

Anniefny said...

I love all these ideas. My son is having his 11'th birthday party this weekend and was insistant on having a Minecraft party. As you found out...I coudn't find anything. So I made invitations on Microsoft Publisher that he loved! Then I'm using all of these ideas to create the atmosphere for the party. Since Michael's has the t-shirts on sale I'm going to make one for everyone and putting them in a green creaper gift bag (that I'm also making) for party favors. It will end up being cheaper doing this than if I was to go and buy a bunch of candy and junk toys. Thanks for all the creative ideas!!!! This will be a big success because of you.

S and family said...

Thank you for some great inspiration for our party! I linked your page to my blog about our Minecraft party.
http://falling-apples.blogspot.com/2012/09/minecraft-party-games-favors-and.html

Sara Pizano said...

Thank you so much for all your great pics and ideas! My son loves Minecraft and has been asking for a Minecraft party!

Courtney Valdes said...

Thanks so much for your awesome ideas! We're doing a party for my son next month and this has helped a ton! That cake is pure genius. :)

Anonymous said...

Well, my 11 year old wanted a hockey part (sort of), but now after viewing your beautiful pictures, I feel a change coming! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

i want a minecraft birthday!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you SO MUCH for all the info and links! You've saved us loads of time, and helped to make the party!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for all the great ideas and helpful links. My son has a birthday party coming up next month (he's turning 12). We're going to have a Minecraft party where his friends can bring their laptops and get on the same server to play. I wanted to decorate their surroundings with MC stuff and this is just perfect!

Anonymous said...

A HUGE Thank You for this!!! This will help me so much for my boys' party in a few weeks! They are CRAZY about Minecraft! Awesome!
Alison M.

Kelli Miller said...

I have been scouring the internet for Minecraft party ideas and I am so excited to have found your blog! Thank you so much for sharing and for including links. Much appreciated!

Nancy said...

I would love more information on the stencil you made for the creeper t-shirt. My son is a huge minecraft fan & is turning double digits 10 in March. He wants a minecraft party & I would like to have the kids make their own creeper shirts as an activity for the party. He is very excited!!

Jane Anne said...

Nancy, I'd love to help you and answer any questions you have. Please feel free to email me at gravityofmotion@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you everyone for the great party ideas! For my son's 11th birthday coming in March.

birdie said...

Wow, this is great! My sons birthday-party will take place next week. He's a huge minecraft-fan and your post about your mc-party is just great! I'll try to make some of it for my son... thanks for the cool ideas!
greetings from switzerland
rahel