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Choose to Host an Epic Minecraft Party

I know I usually post about choosing awesome but for this post, I am choosing ‘epic’. For those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or Instagram, you will know that it was my son’s 8th birthday party on the weekend. He wanted, in his words, “an epic Minecraft party”, and an epic party is what he got! The word ‘epic’ was used extensively throughout the day and it will get a decent run throughout this blog post.

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I recommend starting the planning at least a few weeks out from the party. I did it all in the week leading up to the party but never got to bed before 3am! I also had help from two amazing people – my best friend Sophie and my wonderful husband, Grant. They helped out in so many ways – mowing lawns, setting up tables, preparing food, cutting out ridiculous amounts of paper, helping with games and generally doing anything I asked of them. I also had Deb Hogg there to help out as she is the famous Wildernes’ Mum (one of Max’s Massively Minecraft friends). She helped out as well by taking photos when I didn’t have a spare hand! The ‘epicness’ would not have been possible without them.

If you would like to purchase the printables I created for this party please visit my store where you can purchase downloads for as little as $1.00.

The Inspiration

When the idea of a Minecraft party was first proposed, of course, I took to the Internet. I found an amazing video posted on YouTube by MarpleFrank of the Minecraft party they threw for their 10 year old son. I used so many ideas from this video and it was so good to have the visuals from that video to guide my planning.

As I found ideas, I pinned them to my Minecraft Party Pinterest board. It was so good to have all the ideas here to return to when needed.If you download any of my resources below as original source files you will need to download the Minecraftia font from dafont.com as I used this font for almost everything I made.

You should also become very familiar with the Minecraft Paper Art website as I downloaded and used so many print outs from this site for decorations and prizes.

The Invitation

I used Photoshop to create the invitation and simply changed each invitees name before saving as a jpeg and then using Word to print three to a page.

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The Music

I created an audio CD for all the kids to take home in their loot bag. Max chose 20 of his favourite Minecraft parody songs and I burned them onto a CD. I probably should have turned this into a DVD with the video files on them as the kids really love those videos. Alas, maybe you can do that instead!

 

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I also created a YouTube playlist of the videos. We had this running on a TV in the loungeroom throughout the party when they needed some cool-down time (it was 40 degrees on the day). I still can’ believe that 16 kids all sat down and were captivated by videos I’m sure they’ve seen dozens of times!

The Food

I served up the usual party food – fairy bread, chips, lollies etc but as well as that, I replicated the food that is available in the Minecraft game such as cookies, melon, chicken, carrots, apples and sticks (I’ve included the signs for these in PDF format below). I bought some choc-orange flavoured chocolate sticks from Aldi but they melted very quickly on the day so it was pretzel sticks to the rescue. I made up some blue jelly and put it into plastic shot glasses to serve as buckets of water. I knew it was going to be hot so I made sure we had plenty of water – naturally, the water had to be branded with Minecraft so I made up labels to stick on. I recommend you buy a packet or two of A4 sticker sheets to use for all sorts of sticky things.

 

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Usually I love making the birthday cakes for my kids but I knew I would be busy with all the non-food related stuff so I called on one of my very talented cake-making friends. My amazing friend Tanya owns Signature Sweets, a small cake business in the Blue Mountains. She was the master artist behind the Minecraft grass block cake. Max and his friends were completely blown away by how cool the cake was and the adults were impressed with how delicious it was. I can’t recommend Tanya and her cakes highly enough – they are truly epic!

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The Decorations

I went with a light green, dark green and brown theme for the decorations. Spotlight and the local discount shops were great for picking up all the usual items like balloons, plates, cups and table cloths. I used table cloths as the ceiling decorations as well. I covered the small prizes table with a brown table cloth then cut a green one to fit just over the top, then I cut around the edge of that green table cloth to create a grass effect. It looked very cool considering it was something I came up with at about 4:30am.

I downloaded the lifesize wall sign from the special lifesize page on Minecraft Paper Craft then put it into Photoshop so I could make a range of signs for the house from welcome signs, to the toilet directions, food signs and ‘Do Not Enter’ signs for bedroom doors.

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Every epic party needs a photo booth so I set up my little dining nook as a photo booth. I placed a black sheet against the wall and stuck a range of paper craft items to the sheet. I also printed A3 sized heads for a few characters that kids used as masks.

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Max invited kids from his school, footy team and the Massively Minecraft community so I created lanyards for all the kids to wear so they could call one another by their name as opposed to ‘Hey You” – it also helped me as I didn’t know all their names either! I changed the name details in Photoshop then saved it as a jpeg, then inserted the same image into Word twice, so they were directly next to one another. I did this for each kid and then printed them all out. I could then cut them out, fold them in half and laminate before attaching ribbon to each one.

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I saw an awesome idea on Pinterest via Julie Hilley that turned your average glass doors/windows into Minecraft windows so I thought I’d give that a go. I didn’t go to the extent of creating four individual squares for each diagonal line (I needed some kind of sleep!) but I think the simple diagonal lines still provided an awesome effect. I recommend doing this while the kids are asleep or at school because their reaction when they see it is priceless.

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My Mum is an amazingly crafty person and she made a carnival flag banner to put up that said “Happy 8th Birthday Minecraft Party”. I am yet to get a decent photo of it but it’s still hanging in my lounge room so hopefully I’ll remember to get a good photo before I take it down.

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Loot for the Chests

The first thing I did once all the kids arrived was sit them down, explain that everyone would be going home with a ‘chest’ full of loot. Each kid had a paper bag with their name on it. I had already placed their lolly bag (plain green paper bags with creeper faces drawn on them with a Sharpie), lanyard and CD in the bag earlier.

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I had a basket of prizes for kids to choose from if they won a game throughout the day. Check out KMart for cheap prizes. Anytime a kid won something, they could return to their ‘chest’ and place the prize there for safe keeping. Just like in-world in Minecraft!!!

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The Pinata

Initially I thought I would create a creeper pinata but the prospect of all those squares and sourcing different coloured green crepe paper was just too hard so a ghast was a much friendlier option. I happened upon a perfectly sized square box at work during the week so grabbed that, along with a few packets of white crepe paper. I found some awesome frayed crepe paper stuff at Spotlight that I stuck around the box in rows. To top it off I cut lots of strips of white crepe paper to create the tentacles. My other son Oscar, drew the eyes and mouth on paper and cut them out for me. As with all pinatas I have made in the past, excessive amounts of sticky tape are required to keep everything stuck down, while doubling up as reinforcement for the pianata itself.

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The Games

The party ran for four hours. When it first began I was a little concerned we wouldn’t fill those hours but it was perfectly timed and spaced with structured games, downtime for general play and the big crafting activity at the end.

Pin the Tail on the Enderdragon: this one is pretty self-explanatory. The only things I would do differently is print the kids’ names onto the tails and print the tails onto an A4 sticker label. I had to put double-sided tape onto each tail and then write their name on the poster – fiddly!

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Musical Minecraft Blocks: this one works off the same premise as Musical Chairs but instead of taking chairs away, you just call out the name of a block and the kids standing on those blocks are eliminated. I printed 20 blocks of redstone, coal, diamond, gold and lapis lazuli onto A4 paper and then laminated them. Gangnam Style is the song of the moment for 8 year olds so we played a few rounds of that until going inside to cool down.

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Blow up the TNT: This was your classic ‘Mentos + Diet Coke = Explosion‘ kind of game. Thanks to the most awesome Jokay for this idea – your little Pigman loved it! If I had another hour of planning I would have made a TNT label for the Diet Coke and torch cover for the Mentos but it was not meant to be…I needed an hour of sleep at least! Anyhoo, there was a lovely divisible number of 16 kids at the party so they sorted themselves into 4 teams of 4. I showed them how to explode the ‘TNT’, set up 4 stations with a piece of cardboard, Diet Coke and packet of Mentos, gave them a minute to discuss strategy, sent them to their corners then called ‘Ready, Set, Go’. Prizes were awarded to ‘First to explode’ and ‘Highest explosion’. Oh the fun they had!

The Crafting Game

This took a whole lot of planning and creating but it was so worth it because it brought the Minecraft mining experience into the real world! I had lots of Minecraft prizes to give away. Each prize had its own crafting recipe. Kids had to find the right blocks (square bits of cardboard thrown all over my backyard) to correspond to the recipe to win the prize.

Even for the kids who had never played Minecraft, they picked up on the concept really quickly and were crafting their recipes in no time. I even made a crafting table where kids could come to pick up their prizes. All the recipes were displayed on our toy room wall so kids could easily see what was needed to win particular prizes. I’ve included the PDFs for recipes and blocks I used but also a Blank Crafting Sheet if you want to design your own.

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Let me state that if I ever did this game again, I would use plain coloured cardboard in a range of colours rather than printing Minecraft blocks onto cardboard. It was very time consuming even though they looked cool.

It was quite cheap to make the prizes as most were handmade. I printed off lots of stickers (there were so many I literally gave them away at the end) and they were the easiest prizes to craft. I had a few Paper Craft items such as Nether portals, Steve dolls, creeper dolls, design your own doll, a Minecraft card game and a 20-sided Minecraft dice. I printed out some Minecraft art to put into cheap frames. Check out DeviantArt for cool Minecraft if you don’t fancy the images I’ve included below. I had gold chocolate coins wrapped up in celophane and plain notebooks with Minecraft artwork stuck to the front. I cut out and pasted diamond swords and pickaxes to cardboard then cut out and stuck the same tool to the other side – they were big hits with the kids. I found some more cool Minecraft art and made bookmarks then laminated them. My favourite prize was the ‘real’ Minecraft gold, diamond, iron and coal – AKA coloured rocks from the discount store. It was hilarious to see how excited kids were to win these – I simply attached labels from the Minecraft wiki site to the containers.

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I think that covers everything we did! It was so much fun to host. I know Max had a blast – just look at the smile on that face.

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If you would like to purchase the printables I created for this party please visit my store where you can purchase downloads for as little as $1.00.

About townesy77

Mother, wife, teacher, integrator, geek.

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  1. Everything looks great! Having a minecraft party this weekend.. Where could I find the pin the tail on the Enderdragon? Thanks:)

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    • All files hyperlinked within the post

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      • This is totally awesome. My son is having his 9th minecraft party in a few weeks (July5, ’14) and luckily I stumbled onto your site. Thank you so much for sharing. I have tried the hyperlinks and seem to have trouble opening them. Any suggestions? I’m not tech savvy.
        I would be grateful for any tips and tricks you could provide from your experience
        in planning the party. I wish I knew a talented friend to help with the cake. My son has mentioned that the enderdragon is a preferred character so hubby and I will try our hand at that.
        Again, thanks for your kindness and generosity of heart for making this info accessible to all who may find it or be led to it.
        Have a super day!
        Cheers,
        Liliane

  2. you are so awesome to make all of these files available. I always have to create my own and you have saved me a ton of time. thanks!

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  3. I’m helping someone plan a party for her twin boys. They wanted a cool minecraft party, and thanks to this page. They are definitely going to get one! Thank you for postig your ideas :)

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  4. thank you I just realised you were in Sydney. My twins are having 8 yr old MInecraft birthday.

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  5. Thank you so very much for detailing your Minecraft party! Thanks to you, I was able to pull off our party much faster than normal. So I’m paying it forward with my own blog post which has printables I made for invitations, water bottle labels, candy bar labels, Mento-and-Diet Coke experiment labels (TNT and redstone torch), and a bunch of other things at http://jenuinemom.com/2014/08/17/an-epic-minecraft-birthday-party-with-games-and-printables/ — thank you again!

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  6. Hi There,
    Just a quick question, many of the songs on the CD, I cannot find on Itunes or anywhere else for download. Do you know where I could find the songs, We are Done, I’ll Make Some Cake, Hack That, and All I do is Dig? Thanks so much!

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  7. Marlene Vazquez

    Everything looked amazing. I’ve been to a minecraft party and I thought it was awesome. Your blog made me realize that you just went out loud for your sons birthday! That’s awesome. How did you have all that time to decorate for the party the same day? Do you get stressed at all? I’m usually stresses out by the day of the party and I don’t even think I’m very detailed. I always try to stay on a budget to that keeps me from going out loud for my daughters parties. How do you get all those great website where you print stuff? I will defiantly recommend your blog to some of my party planning friends! Keep up the great work.

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    • Hi. I don’t sleep much. That helps. And I get just as excited as my kids by parties so that keeps me enthusiastic too. I don’t get stressed about parties. Too much fun to be had.

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  8. Daly Hernandez

    Wow!!! you are the best, this is the best resource I have found online for templates and everything Minecraft, thank you so much for uploading all this, you have helped me so much! Thanks!!!

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  9. debbieinsouthflorida

    Thanks so you much. I’m in the midst of planning my son’s MineCraft party, and your ideas were perfect! You put so much work into it, and then to share the PDF’s for free was more than generous! He’s gonna love it!

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  10. Thank you for the wonderful tips. My daughter is having a Minecraft Party for my grandson your games ideas are great! My daughter made all the human size Minecraft Characters out of cardboard boxes (easy smeezy when all of them are squares) The only thing that isnt decorated yet are the windows so THANK YOU for the awesome tape idea I plan on helping her do the windows tomorrow!

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  11. Hi there! Not sure if you are still reading these comments. Wow you went to a lot of trouble with your Minecraft party! I am planning my 8 yr old son’s Minecraft party in 2 weeks and came across your blog and got some great ideas. I am doing a ‘Pin the Tail on the Pig’, plus Creeper Pinata, make a pixelated face mask, and Crafting game (similar to yours but with coloured blocks). I love your bookmarks and am going to give to each child in their Goody Bag. Plus I will download some of the papercraft to use for making decorations. Thankyou!

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  13. This is incredible!! Thank you for all the great ideas and for sharing the files everything you created. So generous! Thanks!

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  14. Thank you so much for all of your resources! What a wonderful party.

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  15. Everything is fabulously helpful.. BUT, how on earth did you make the crafting recipes? I love that you included the links to yours, but I am hoping to create my own that correspond to the gifts I will be giving the kids. And I can’t for the life of me figure out how to create these grids. I can’t get your blank grid. My computer won’t allow me to open the file.

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  16. Hi – thanks for such a wonderful resource! Just wondering what Sticker Template you used to print the stickers on? Is it Avery

    Thanks Jen

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  17. Very well thought out, my theme is boys rule and I’m doing five different components one of them is electronics and I think I was going to use Minecraft so thank you! proud mama moment Great Job!

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  18. Oh My this is so awesome thank you. I’m going to suprise my son for his 9th Birthday with Mine craft. You post is amazing.

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  19. Thank you so much for your generosity! I have bookmarked this to use in April for our son’s 9th.

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  20. You did an awesome job. Simply amazing. I was looking for ideas for my son’s 10th bday party. Thanks

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  21. Thanks for all the info and files. Suck great ideas. My daughter is turning 11 in April and I am going to start getting stuff ready now a little at a time. Thanks again for all the resources it is hard to find good stuff in the stores.

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  22. An amazing party and with all the links! You are awesome! Thank you!

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  23. A big thank you for all your great tips. We have just had our daughters 10th birthday party and we based it on a lot of your ideas. We printed Steve, creeper, enderman and pig and Emmet, Unikitty and beny the spaceman from the Lego movie so the kids could copy them on to a small canvas and then paint them, along with lots of glitter glue, sticky jewels, pipe cleaners and pom-poms. Then they did the crafting game following minecraft recipes, here I followed your idea and printed stickers, created minecraft notebooks, used different coloured sweet bonbons as rocks and sweet sticks as fire sticks and found minecraft Lego movie mash up art work on the web site deviant art. Each child also had their own crafting table for each recipe made out of card. This game was a big hit. We had minecraft songs and videos in the background and had pass the parcel bingo were each child won mini figures. Our next craft was to do some ink printing on foam for our picture frames. The picture frames were decorated using Lego type bricks. We also had three minecraft box heads which I found from the works we had Steve, Creeper and Enderman for a photo booth idea. All in all a great time had by all especially the birthday girl. Thank you so much jane

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  24. Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work, this is going to make both my sons very happy indeed! Eve xx

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  25. This is fantastic. I thought I had finished my searching but stumbled across your site just in time. Going mad planning a minecraft party! Thank you for sharing.

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  26. Shelley Dixon (id:smdixon)

    Hello
    I have purchased your download pack (thank you!) but cannot work out how to edit the lanyard file (which appears to just be a jpeg). Can you offer any advice please, as I would like to add my son’s name and age to the appropriate spaces in the image. Thanks so much

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    • Hi there, Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have just updated the product with the correct Word file. It will be emailed to you within 24 hours. My apologies for the error …MT

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      • Shelley Dixon (id:smdixon)

        Thanks so much – I really appreciate your help and your fast response! :-)

  27. Shelley Dixon (id:smdixon)

    Sorry to be a nuisance again but is there any way to delete all of the 5s that are on the DIY invite? I can’t seem to open the text box to do so. Are the 5s part of the image by any chance, rather than a text box? Thanks so much for any help you can provide.

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  28. Shelley Dixon (id:smdixon)

    And is there a way to edit the PDF food signs? (so that I could add bread, cake, etc)? Thanks again for your help.

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