Throw Your Own Minecraft Party
By Jennifer Schultz for the MommyBrief.com
If you have a son aged anywhere from 6 to 9 years old, your house may be like mine – a hub of gaming, videos, merchandise and books about Minecraft.
My son first started asking me if we could get the Minecraft game after going to a friend’s house and playing it. But, I hadn’t even heard of Minecraft before. I consider myself to be quite the gamer growing up with the invention of Atari & Nintendo. I remember rainy days in front of our 13” black and white TV playing Pac Man, Pong and Asteroids. And I was really good at those early games. Through the years, even when I had my first apartment at 18, and my own color TV, I would play countless hours of Sonic the Hedgehog collecting rings and trying to defeat Dr. Eggman!
When my son showed me some online videos about Minecraft, I thought how exciting could this game be? It looked like some of the early video games that I played and didn’t really seem very challenging. Well, was I wrong! I took the leap and purchased the game for our Xbox. I honestly, didn’t pay much attention in the beginning as my teenage daughter was familiar with the game and sat with my son while he began building worlds in Minecraft. One day, I asked if I could play with my son, and it took me 20 minutes just to build a floor for the building I wanted to make. However, my son would just build and build and build – Egyptian buildings, carnivals, huge characters, secret passageways and trips to other lands. There were trap doors, creepers that needed to be dealt with and rewards meant to be found.
I soon began to realize that my son was learning so much from Minecraft about things like minerals, strategy and architecture, so – naturally when he asked for Minecraft party for his birthday, I had to do what a mom has to do! Throw an awesome party!
I did do some research online for some ideas from other Moms and then added some of my own.
First, we had to put together the Minecraft invitations. We found some great pieces already made on Printabelle.com. Just simple invitations where we just had to write the party event details.
Then, what to do for a party favors. In recent years, I have steered clear of “party bags” and opted for an item that the kids would keep and use. I saw that one mom had painted creeper faces onto T-shirts, but, I wasn’t sure how consistent those would come out. So, we went to AC Moore and purchased lime green shirts. We then designed a creeper face and printed it out on Iron-on transfers so that each child who came to the party would have a Minecraft creeper shirt…..Mom and sister even got one too! Minecraft face for iron on
Next, was the planning of the party food. We used everyday food to represent pieces of building materials and other items from the game. Chicken nuggets and pizza were the main course and are both in Minecraft. We had snacks like Rolos (chocolate candy) for gold pieces, Swedish fish for fish, red licorice for dynamite and blue wrapped Hershey Kisses for blue diamonds. We labeled everything and put out brown paper bags so the kids could fill them up and take the snacks home with them. We made cupcakes to represent dirt and added little toothpicks with Minecraft pictures on them for decoration. I was able to find these decorations and a free downloadable printable for water bottles on Printabelle.com to represent potions from the game. I did have to seek out and make some of the food labels for items that I couldn’t find pre-made online. free-minecraft-birthday-party-printables-by-printabelle
Last and most important for the party, were games. Since we had about 8 kids over, we knew that they couldn’t all play Minecraft without several kids being left out. It was hard to find party games that did not involve the video game itself. The only one I could find was a suggestion for Minecraft bingo. You can go to any free downloadable Bingo site (like BuzzBuzzBingo.com) and it will set one up as you plug in the names to go to the Bingo blocks. Turns out though, it will only give you two different versions of the cards, so half the kids will win the first time and it just so happened the other half won the second time. For prizes, I gave out full size candy bars – therefore calling it Minecraft Candy Bar Bingo. minecraft bingo
The next game we played was Musical Trapdoor. Think Musical Carpet – play the music and whomever is on the trap door (carpet) is out. Then we had a Scavenger Hunt for gold. Gold is one of the top sought after game tokens in Minecraft. I put a bag of gold (again Rolos Candy) in a hidden spot and then hid clues so they all had to work together to find a clue and get to the next one. Finally, they found the gold and had to share it. Andrew’s Party Games
We took a break and had all the kids pose with a STEVE head we had printed out and taped to a box so they would all have a picture to remember the party.
The last game we played, since it took so long and the boys L-O-V-E-D it was Minecraft Pictionary. This was another game I made up to get the kids to play as a team and use their knowledge of the game. I had one of those big conference style pads of white paper that I leaned up on a tall chair. We split the kids into two teams. Each team took a turn sending up a player who then secretly would pull one of the Bingo calling cards to find out what Minecraft item they had to draw. Then their team got three guesses to say what it was or the other team could try and steal their point.
We had a Minecraft dance planned, but, three hours went very quickly and we didn’t get the chance. All in all, the kids had fun and my son told me for the next week how awesome his Minecraft party was!