This Minecraft party was all about the noise. The boys were screaming at each other, I was screaming at the boys, Bart was screaming at me to be heard over me screaming at the boys who were screaming at each other. Mind you, we were all just having a conversation. Ten year old boys don’t talk, they scream.
I don’t know what I was thinking (really, what?!) when I made this Minecraft party 3 1/2 hours long with about 2 of those hours set in pitch black darkness, but that’s precisely what I did. Do not come to me for Minecraft party ideas. Oh, okay… do come to me for Minecraft party ideas because this was an epic, amazing party really. If you’re the kid.
Oh and we also had a bonfire blazing in the fire pit, which was all kinds of awesome and the boys were nuts for it, but OMG, the stress. All those bellowing boys riding a sugar high and brandishing fire sticks at each other. I had to look away. Maybe we lost one into the fire, I wouldn’t know.
It was pure Lord of the Flies-style anarchy. Really revved the party up, you know?
Now I’ll tell you more about how we kept those crazy boys from killing each other in my post about Minecraft party games (up Thursday). For now, let’s leave the island and move into the calmer waters of Minecraft party decorations! I can feel my heartbeat slowing already.
God love Minecraft and all it’s simple squareness – this party was a breeze to decorate. Finding the square stuff was hard, don’t get me wrong. Since when did circles become the go-to for everything and why aren’t balloons square? It’s really difficult to find anything that isn’t round. But somehow we managed.
I made creeper balloons for the front gate. Just gaffer tape stuck straight onto the balloon. Must remember the gaffer tape trick for future parties. Balloon decorating is lots of fun.
The enderdragon pinata was cobbled out of wine boxes and crepe paper. Don’t worry, I didn’t know what an enderdragon was either… but that’s all changed. One of the boys screamed at me, “Max is so lucky to have a mum that’s so into Minecraft. Awesome!”. I screamed back, “Yeah, mate, I’m, like, really, really into Minecraft.” Really, just so into it.
A box pinata is super-easy to put together. Take your box, cover it with fringed crepe paper (I just glued it on with Clag), string some heavy string through two holes in the top and tie, add some lollies inside (Crunchie ‘gold bars’ in this case), tape your box shut tight, hang it up. Done.
Oh, and you can make your enderdragon glow by making holes and adding fairy lights and cellophane. Wouldn’t this look cool with a square pinata (easy, box shape, right?) with little windows cut out all over it and different coloured cellophane. I’m so doing that…
I found a grass plastic tablecloth for $4 at my $2 shop (actually, I frequent at least five $2 shops for party stuff and these days my little man at my local shop gets me stuff in that I want, hence the grass table cloths. I convinced him they would fly out the door). I also used a strip of fake grass recycled from Capper’s garden party.
For the background, we cut A4 sheets of paper into squares and taped them up on the wall with Blu-Tac to make a huge creeper. I have seen this done with square plastic plates, but I’m too much of a cheapskate to fork out for that many useless plates.
We also made pixel-like streamers by cutting the leftover paper into squares and gluing them onto string. I just used Clag glue, nothing fancy. Glue two pieces together with the string between them.
My party-sidekick Aunty Zia (best aunty in the whole wide world) provided some ingenious Minecraft food options.
We had golden apple cake pops. Don’t tell the boys they were all wearing golden lipstick after eating them!
Creeper cookies (note to Aussie pedants: called cookies because that’s what they are called in Minecraft).
Grass block brownies (these tasted amazing, I am hitting Aunty Zia up for the recipe to post on the blog – I think we just might add the green grass icing too).
The ‘coal’ was a standard marshmallow rice bubble slice recipe with added black food colouring made into nuggets instead of sliced into bars.
These Ghast biscuits were a huge hit, made at the last minute from leftover bickie mix after the Creepers had been made.
The cute dynamite was just Darrell Lea raspberry licorice coated chocolate – you read that right – and, yes, these taste unbelievably unreal – wrapped in a TNT label I made on the computer. Can you see my little tongs up there? How optimistic I am, tongs at a boy birthday party…
We also had lots of different coloured lollies called the various elements of Minecraft, served up in boxes covered with paper (I had intended these to be Minecraft pixelated paper but my stupid printer broke) or in noodle boxes that I cut the flaps off.
Potatoes – potato chips
Carrots – cheese Twisties (I thought about real carrots, but then I thought, nah)
Sticks – pretzel sticks
Water – blue jelly in square cups
Redstone – mini red frogs
Diamonds – Hersey kisses
Iron – Baci chocolates
Emeralds – green frogs (no one liked the spearmint leaves)
Gold – mini Crunchie bars (Ferrero Rocher chocolates could also work, but I was flat broke by this stage)
There was also ‘creeper juice’ – water bottles with labels and a big jug of green cordial that they could pour in themselves. That was big Minecraft party mistake # 256 – note to self: green cordial does not come out of a sisal wool rug. Goodbye rug.
I love watching what foods the kids choose at parties. It is endlessly fascinating.
The cake, ah, the cake. Entertaining kids is all about the theatre and we totally had them thinking that the cake was going to explode the minute the sparklers ignited the licorice. My that was fun!
Aunty Zia is a marvellous cake maker and decorator. She’s also a GP by day (did you know that?) and, look, she’s so beautiful in her sheep costume too. What a catch!
I’ll leave you with the ‘thank you bags’ (previously referred to as ‘loot bags’ but I’m over that business), which I made using recycled lunch boxes from the Voices of 2014 Masterclass (recognise them, anyone?) and papercraftiness that I printed out on the computer.
Inside we packed green things and square things and little bags of various Minecraft ‘gems’, complete with the Minecraft gem icons. There was also some ‘TNT’ poppers and some ‘throw downs’ (remember them? Now called “Pop ‘Ems”, it’s just good to know that you can still find gun powder in the toy shop). The boys LOVED these boxes.
Okay, I’m exhausted. Man, it was so stressful entertaining that many boys for that long in the dark that I reckon the best form of entertainment was watching me running around stressed to the eyeballs saying, “what was I thinking!?!? You, hey you, put the fire down. WHAT WAS I THINKING???”