Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

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!  ;)

Minecraft Stuffed Toys

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!

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

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 tablecloth
Green paper plates or bowls
Green paper cups
Multi-colored balloons
Glider planes or other favors
Green and black streamers
Markers

Dollar Store Gliders

Dollar Store Gliders

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.  :)

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

The Printables

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.

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

The Food

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.  :)

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

My favorite – the potion of healing (Tang).

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

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.

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

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!

Budget-friendly Minecraft Party! (with gift ideas, links to printables, and themed snacks)

(Emma is holding a book from the Minecraft Handbook Collection – I find her reading those books constantly!  Highly recommended for Minecraft fans.)

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