If you know a kid between the ages of 7 and 12 then you’ve heard of Minecraft, it’s the pixelated building block game that’s sweeping the nation! I wrote an article about the Minecraft craze for Geek Mom, kids are fully invested in it and even better, it’s free! Kids seem to talk of nothing else and soon your car rides, dinner conversations and everyday life will be filled with Minecraft talk. It’s a Minecraft world and we’re all just Steves living in it. If you’ve never heard of it that last sentence made no sense.
My Kid hasn’t wanted a birthday party in 5 years and that seems to be the norm with boys that we know, but this year everything changed and he asked for a Minecraft party! I jumped at the chance for anotherthemed party but lo and behold, now that the Kid is older he has his own opinions! What. You no longer let me run the show and you actually want a say in things? Hm, this growing up thing is for the birds.
Since the party was at an offsite location, food and drinks were provided so I just added a few snacks. I had the kids show me the Minecraft “inventory” list which was filled with a lot food items. I picked a few that would fit nicely into a party and served them in square (everything’s square in Minecraft) containers. Glistering Melon, Carrots and of course, Trapdoors! Isn’t it weird how Snyder’s Pretzel Snaps look like edible Minecraft trapdoors? A perfect fit!
Then it was on to favors. Again, I didn’t want to do a lot of work so I bought items that I could just package up but that were a perfect fit for the theme. I designed and printed my own labels for the bags and then packaged them appropriately. Loom bands are all the rage right now and calling bright green bands “Creeper Parts” seemed like a fun idea. I bought some chocolate rocks to represent candy Obsidian and Twizzlers were just right for edible Minecraft TNT.
The cake was a long debate. The Kid wanted a cake but believe it or not, I’m not a big fan of baking cakes. I offered to buy him one from a bakery but he definitely wanted me to do the baking, that kid’s quite the sweet talker. We finally agreed on Grass Block cupcakes. Don’t be fooled, these are very simple to make.
Just make a batch of Rice Krispies treats using Cocoa Krispies cereal, press them into a pan, then when cooled, cut them into even 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ squares.
For the “grass” simply use green food gel dye to tint basic buttercream. Place the frosting into a piping bag with a #233 “Grass” tip and start piping. This is the only part that takes a little time. When they’re all done place them on top of frosted cupcakes. All lined up, they make a great party centerpiece!
All in all the Minecraft party was super easy to assemble and whole lot of fun. The kids enjoyed themselves and I had blast creating it!