I’m feeling pretty darn proud of myself at the moment. I threw a birthday party on Saturday and it was a hit! Miss Jaedyn Emma, believe it or not, turns 7 soon. She’s completely addicted to Minecraft and would play the game all day long if I let her (I don’t), so I surprised her with a Minecraft-themed birthday party. She and her geeky little friends, who also love Minecraft, had a blast! ;)
Her first surprise was waking up to these funny characters staring at her from all around her room and bed. She loved them! I bought them from Amazon for around $18 for all of them. They are all very well-made and soft, I’m really happy with that purchase. Affiliate link: (Get them here.)
Next… party setup!
Now, I’m not what I would call organized when it comes parties, nor am I a meticulous, detail-oriented planner. I just go with whatever works, and if something goes wrong I don’t sweat it. I didn’t make a list of any kind, just walked into the Dollar Tree hoping I would find something that would work. I needed it to be frugal, so stuck with the bigger purchases that would make the party the most fun – balloons, streamers, green party stuff.
I didn’t get pictures of all the balloons, but we blew up pink ones and drew pig faces and green balloons had freehand-drawn creeper faces on them (with sharpie). You can see a green creeper on a balloon in the picture above.
Get This Stuff From the Dollar Store:
Green plastic silverware
Green paper plates or bowls
Green paper cups
Glider planes or other favors
Green and black streamers
Okay, the gliders are not Minecraft-themed. But they work so well and the kids loved coloring them! We had a huge yard for the kids to play in, so it was good for this party. Something else I really wanted to do but didn’t get to was make perler bead Minecraft designs. We’ll have to do that in the future. :)
What really made the party special were the printables. There are tons of freebies online! I printed out two banners, food labels, coloring pages, and a 3-D papercraft sign for the door.
There are tons of ideas on Pinterest for snacks that can be used, but I needed to keep things as simple as possible. I ended up buying a big bag of Cheez-it snack mix, red licorice, and made mini strawberry shortcakes. I sorted the Cheez-it mix onto different plates and stuck labels to them. The licorice became TNT.
The kids still call it TNT, which I think is super cute. :)
My favorite – the potion of healing (Tang).
The idea behind the shortcakes was to make them earth blocks. I bought dessert cups, cool whip, and strawberries. I sliced the strawberries and called them “redstone”, added green food coloring to the cool whip and called it “grass”, and the dessert cups were earth.
The party was SO much fun, and the kids were delighted with everything. I didn’t feel like I had shortchanged Emma by throwing her a minimalist Minecraft party, either. Sometimes Pinterest can make you feel like that, but I say do what you can and have fun with it!
(Emma is holding a book from the Minecraft Handbook Collection – I find her reading those books constantly! Highly recommended for Minecraft fans.)