Look who turned 8 last week! He was SO excited - and who can blame him? Birthdays are exciting, especially when you are looking forward to a party with a bunch of your new friends and one with the theme of your favorite game to boot. Yup - Tyler, like many kids right now, is completely obsessed with Minecraft.
I have to admit I know very, very little about Minecraft, nor was I really in the mood to sit down and play the game with the kids. So I relied pretty heavily on looking at ideas online with one of the kids at my side making comments. It was kind of a fun process actually. Tyler had lots and lots and lots of ideas. ;) And Kaitlyn is great about helping me pull it all together. In the end, we decided on the following:
Creeper Rice Krispie Treats went to school with Tyler for all of his classmates. We just tinted the marshmallow green and the eyes are chocolate chips which I melted and piped onto wax paper to form the eyes and mouth.
Once the birthday boy was off to school I got to work on the cake. He had requested a TNT cake, which seemed as easy as stacking a few cake squares on top of each other and covering it with red. Uh huh. Yeah. First ever epic cake fail. It started leaning after I got all the layers on and even with additional support, it had toppled before I could get the exterior frosting on it.
I had to laugh. Really, what can you do but laugh? And my brother, who was eating breakfast at the time, laughed at me too - and asked if he could "publicly humiliate" me by posting a photo on Facebook. I told him that was fine, because I fully intended to blog about it ;)
So what do you do when your cake falls apart and you don't want to run to the store? I turned it into Dirt Cake, that's what.
The kids didn't have a clue - ha! In fact, they loved it. Couldn't get enough of the cake in the cups with the Minecraft toppers I printed at the last minute (found here).
here, though I did resize and edit them a bit, as well as use them for the base to make the other signs for the party.
I found the printable for the large Steve and the Creeper here.
The table set up was pretty simple (and inexpensive) too. It doesn't take a lot to make a big statement.
Anyway. One of Tyler's first requests was to have "torches" as decoration so I printed off a few for the stairs/hallway and used crepe paper to form the "portal" (or am I confused and they only use that term in Skylanders??)
As it turned out, we had about 10 kids attend so they just did everything in one big group, but I was still glad I had planned ahead and set it up this way.
The next game was probably the favorite for our rowdy crew. I had filled a bunch of balloons and put a line of tape down the center of the room to split it into two parts. Yes, I was all creative and used some of the Creeper balloons as well as some smaller colored ones which could represent the other animals in the game - but I don't think the kids noticed or cared. The point of the game was to get all the balloons onto the other team's side. We played music while they bopped balloons back and forth (had intended to find Minecraft parody songs but forgot to get them cued up and just ended up using whatever was on the IPOD) until the music stopped, then everyone would freeze while we counted the balloons on each side. As I said - this game was a perfect way for them to use up their energy without hurting anything so we let them do 5 or 6 rounds before we headed upstairs for cake and gifts.
The time just flew by and by the time everyone had finished eating and all the gifts were unwrapped we only had a few minutes left before parents would start arriving so I gave them some block character printables to assemble.
This link has a lot of great printables for all of the blocks, characters, etc.
As I said, the time went by so quickly we didn't end up using some of the activities I had planned. Like:
Minecraft character Perler bead keychains. This activity alone probably would have taken them half an hour.
As they were working on the character printables, I also had them take turns assembling their own favor bags.
For the favor bag tags I used a pdf file I found online (see this blog), added the rest of the message (in Photoshop) then printed them 6 to a page.
Creeper face lollipops, (had an a-ha moment on this one and instead of cutting them all out by hand I figured out how to make my own pattern for the Silhouette to cut out - go me!)
licorice "TNT" (Tyler was very pleased with those. When he saw them all assembled he told me "Mom, you've really outdone yourself!") and Hershey Kiss "emeralds, red stones, and silver"