Minecraft Party Ideas
What this Hub is About
I've themed my own kids' parties on pirates, dinosaurs and lego, but this year there's one obvious choice: Minecraft. From digging around on the internet it's clear that, if you have kids - particularly boys - it's highly likely you'll be coming to a similar conclusion.
I've done lots of research and looked around on the web to see what all those clever, crafty folks are doing for their Minecraft parties, and pulled it all together here in one place to help inspire you to make your own Minecraft themed party. In this hub i'll be covering:
- Invite Ideas
- Cake Ideas
- Music Ideas
- Ideas for party games & crafts
- What is Minecraft?
- Food and Drink Ideas
- Table & Decoration deas
- Printables & Free Stuff- links to free fonts, printables, downloads & templates
What is Minecraft?
For the uninitiated, Minecraft is a computer game craze that's currently sweeping the globe. Popular with kids and adults, the gist is that you get to create your own world out of 'crafted' blocks that you break and place to form structures. The blocks can be made from various substance - dirt, stone, various ores, water, and even tree trunks - and players are free to wander wherever they desire, building and bashing rocks to make a world of their choosing. There are generally two main modes: Creative and Survival, with Creative mode the more child-friendly option, particularly for younger kids (thanks to its focus on building rather than outrunning bad guys).
Crucially, as a 'Sandbox' game (meaning there's no real 'end' or specific goal to the game) MInecraft allows kids to let their imagination run riot to create, rather than bashing enemies mindlessly, as is often the case in other games. Pretty soon your kids will be crafting, smelting and brewing all day long if you'll let them, and there's a host of passive and not so passive creatures to accompany them in their world, including the now famous pigs, sheep and the infamous Creeper.
What's made it a surprising hit is the deliberately simple and pixelated design of the characters and blocks. It feels pleasingly 'lo-fi' when compared to the increasingly sophisticated and life-like games currently being developed today. Happily, it's precisely this element that makes Minecraft a big hit for a party theme as it translates really well to crafts - particularly if you're not naturally arty - and so it's super easy to replicate the imagery at home, particularly with kids on hand to help.
Even if you don't understand the game's rules, chances are your kids will be huge fans, and why it has to be one of THE top kids' party themes of the last few years.
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Minecraft Invite Ideas
Before you think about the cake, games or how to decorate, you're going to need to send out an invitation. This is an opportunity to have a bit of fun and provide a 'taster' of what's to come! From pre-designed, printable PDFs that can be easily purchased online, to a self-designed, home-crafted pop-up affair, there are heaps of choices out there on offer for anyone contemplating a Minecraft Party.
Check out these clever invite ideas to get you started:
Design & Print Your Own Minecraft Card - FREE!
If you're confident enough, it's actually really easy to create your own card in Word in a few easy steps. You can even download free Minecraft fonts onto your computer here.
To create your own Creeper card using a basic card template imported into word, try this:
- Simply download a free template (there's a bunch of easy to use templates here at Avery.com - my tip is to pick the 'Half-Fold Greeting Card in 'Wide')
- Download any suitable 'free printable' JPG image such as this Creeper Face here (you can select the size you need and resize or crop in Word or Photo editing program).
- Open the card template in Word and import the Creeper JPG Image.
- Resize to fit as desired and add text.
- Print and send!
Free Minecraft Invite using Minecraft Printables
If you like the idea of printing your own card but want to keep it really simple, you can make your own using one of the many free Minecraft Printables available on the web. To make this particular card you'll need to download this fantastic Minecraft Party Invitation courtesy of Molly's blog Digital Mom. It fits neatly into a 5" X 7" envelope and you can hand write your own wording, but she also explains how to edit and add wording using your computer, with incredibly easy instructions. Thanks Molly!
Minecraft Inspired Video Game Birthday Invitation - Digital File
Another custom invite, and this one is available to purchase over at Fresh Picked Paperie store ($10). You'll need to provide a few personal details about the party - date, time, name of child etc and they will create a PDF file for you to download and print at home.
Minecraft Cake Ideas
Whether you feel talented enough to take on a themed cake to compliment your party, or you have someone to make it for you and you just need an inspiring image to show them, these fabulous Minecraft Themed Cake Ideas found on Pinterest are sure to tempt you.
And just to prove even those of us with the least amount of creative talent can come up with something your kids are sure to love, first up is my own Creeper Face Cake! It won't win any cake decorating prizes folks, but my 7 year old was ecstatic when I presented him with the end result; his beaming face was all the 'prize' this Mummy needed:
Minecraft 'TNT' Pinata
What could be more fun than an 'explosive' handcrafted TNT Piñata made from recycled cardboard? Simply fill it with minecraft themed candy, give the kids a stick and let them loose!
Food & Drink Ideas
One of the great things about Minecraft is the menu of 'food' that can be replicated with real world snack and treats - pretty healthy ones too! A simple but highly effective idea is to offer bowls labeled with a selection of the various Minecraft food items for kids to graze and help themselves.
You can really have fun creating a mini 'brewing stand' to hold coloured juice or pop bottles that you've re-labelled with names such as 'Creeper Juice'.
For sugary treats why not scatter various 'gemstones' used in the game, such as Diamonds, Amethysts, Emeralds and Sapphire together with 'ingots' of gold, steel or Iron? You can find amazingly realistic 'gemstone' candies online or simply visit your local candy store and be inspired! Another fun tip is to replicate a few of the 'non food' items, such as 'exploding' sticks of TNT, with things like candy canes or red twister liquorice.
There's a ton of possibilities and none of it has to be expensive or fancy; finger food works best at kids' parties. Just let your imagination run riot a little and go all out on the fun factor. Here's a selection of inspiring spreads to fuel your imagination:
Popular party food from the Minecraft 'Menu':
- 'cooked chicken' (nuggets)
- 'cooked fish' (fish sticks)
- red apples
- baked potatoes (or fries)
Party Bag Fillers
*Minecraft Party Pack with 24 Minecraft Items
*12 Official Minecraft Creeper Wristbands
*12 Official Minecraft Stickers (Designs May Vary)
*Ideal for Filling Minecraft Party Bags
*Available in Wristband Children Size: L/XL
Table and Decoration Ideas
This is where you can really let your imagination run riot! With a pallet of black, brown, green and grey, it's easy to create a Minecraft world using balloons, paper, streamers, imitation grass and sticks.
Get inspired by these fantastic Minecraft party decoration ideas:
Minecraft Party Games & Crafts
While your kids will probably quite happily sit and play Minecraft for a few hours, you're going to want them to be up and about and having the maximum amount of FUN!
There are so many minecraft party games and activity ideas that can be 'borrowed' from regular games and simply themed to suit your party. From old favourites, such as 'pass the parcel' and 'pin the tail on the donkey', to crafty activities that make a great ice-breaker at the beginning but also work well as an absorbing and calming activity later when the sugar has taken affect! Minecraft offers plenty of opportunities to conjure up a whole range of games and crafts for kids of all ages. Here's a selection of the best:
Perler beading - have a table set up where the kids can make their own Creeper keychains, bracelets or necklaces to take home in their goodie bag. You can buy the keychains or leather thongs cheaply on Ebay, Amazon or Etsy.
Decorate a sword - a central item to the game, have the kids decorate their own cardboard sword near the beginning of the party. You can download a printable Sword template here.
T-Shirt printing - help them to stencil, paint, print, or iron-on Creeper faces onto T-shirts that they can wear and take away as a party keepsake. You can vary this activity greatly by printing or decorating drawstring 'favour' bags for the kids to take home, or even paper 'lunch' style bags. You can buy basic T-shirts cheaply online at ebay or Amazon.
'Ghast' Piñata - This is really something to do with your own kids prior to the party, but this amazing tutorial for a Minecraft Ghast Piñata is an essential 'must try' if you love crafting and the partygoers will just love bashing the ghoulish Ghast!
Pin the Tail on the Pig - a minecraft themed version of 'Pin the tail on the donkey' using the game's Pig character instead.
Pass The 'Exploding' Parcel - Use layers of red paper and string to wrap the gift to look like a large stick of dynamite. To make it really fun and realistic, include a cheap, traditional alarm clock inside that makes a loud 'ticking' sound, and get the kids to think it's going to 'blow' any second! Include candy 'Gems' between layers so each kid that unwraps get a mini prize.
Gemstone Treasure Hunt - This is a really flexible idea that works well indoors in a litter bin filled with shredded paper, or outside in a sandpit (sandbox) for younger kids, or you could have the kids hunt for treasure around the house or garden with a treasure map you've drawn and copied. Include a few 'rare' gemstones to locate that get a special prize, or award the main prize to whomever finds the most (you could even split them into teams).
Minecraft Bingo - have the caller pick out cards featuring gems, potions and various minecraft related items from the hat and the kids mark them off on their bingo cards. The first to cross off all their items shouts 'Bingo!' and wins a prize.
Zombie Game - borrowing from the Halloween stable of games, have the kids lie on the floor motionless like 'zombies'. One person has to be 'It' and it's their job to make the zombies giggle, laugh and move, without touching them. Anyone moving is 'out' and joins the others trying to make the zombies move, until only one is left and takes the prize!
Minute To Win It - Try to keep two balloons in the air for one minute - harder than it seems!
Apple Bobbing - Apples are important food items in Minecraft, making this classic game a winning choice.
Music statues - throw on some Minecraft themed music and watch them throw some crazy shapes. When the music stops, they have to stand perfectly still. The first to move is out and so on until only the winner is left standing.
On Target - Create a circular target area on the floor using tape or rope, with a central 'bullseye' section. Get the kids to throw bean bags or Minecraft themed items into the target area. The closest wins a prize.
Top Tip for Music!
Music sets the mood and it's absolutely worth taking some time to create a Party Playlist featuring a mix of Minecraft 'Parody' style songs taken from current pop songs but reworked with fun, Minecraft related lyrics (you can find them by searching on YouTube). Add in some of your current family faves and you have a fun playlist that you can even burn to CD and give away in the goodie bags. Try iTunes for downloading songs.
Fun Party Poll!
What's your top kids' party theme this year?
Printables and Free Stuff to download!
Here's a list of links and sites offering FREE printables, fonts and other cool ideas to use at your Minecraft Themed Party:
- Tons of great party ideas, invites and printables available at MinecraftXL.com
- Printable Basic Black 'Creeper Face' template from Frugalfamilytimes.com
- Printable 'Steve' Head - stick to a cardboard box and wear it on your head! from fps-x-games.com
- Enter the name of the Minecraft character you want to print and your free printable is ready to go Pixel Papercraft
- Colaradomoms has links to lots of great free printables for parties here
- Catch My Party is a MINE of party information (pun intended!). Download some excellent free Minecraft Printables here (designed by Printabelle)