Monday, April 4, 2016

Minecraft Birthday Party

If you have kids between the ages of 5-12 you have probably heard of Minecraft. My hadn't until my 3rd "kid" was playing it and they fell in LOVE.

It is a game where they can be very creative building their environments and surviving while fighting creepers and other creatures. For the last year this has been a major topic of conversation. After our 3rd kid moved out and took his X-Box One they went through withdrawals...not that they played it often but they loved watching and begging to play. They even put their money together so they could each buy a license to play on the computer together.

They discovered Youtube a little before this watching videos of how to play other video games. We have always tried to keep a close eye on what they are watching and what is being said but finding videos about Minecraft was not easy to do for kids until they came across Stampy Longhead. He is a kid friendly Youtuber. They constantly ask if they can send him something and while you can (and he will post them)...I just haven't looked into how, maybe this summer.

Playing on the computer was a bit of a struggle since it is not always so simple for the younger to use. He frequently exits out by accident requiring help to get back on. In mid December they finally released minecraft for the Wii U! It was their big gift this year so now they can play without occupying our computers and up to 4 of us can do it together. This was a perfect timing as Christmas is also their birthdays!

Sorry for such a long intro to the actual party ;) Of course I put it off on preparing for it. I mean I pinned ideas on pinterest and came up with a plan in my head but execution is always where I don't meet my expectations. I also don't want to spend a ton for something that lasts less than 24 hours, but I try, that counts right?

The cake was the center of my idea. I found this cool looking cake on pinterest but they actually cut 9x13 cake into squares. I had the idea why not use square cupcake pan? We had chocolate cake for dirt, white cake tinted gray for stone, and rice crispy treats for sand.

In a few of the "stone" cakes I sprinkled different colors, yellow for gold, red - redstone, blue - diamond, and green for emerald.

 The only thing I had to cut off was the tops...mmm muffin tops... Those I save for later.

I'm a stickler for reusing so I put some saran wrap on a blue foam board to use for the base hoping to protect the board, it also helped when the Jell-O was added.

This was really a simple cake to construct. We started with stone and added the sand on each side to create our island.

Sprinkles were added to the top of the coordinating cupcake so we didn't have disappointment when a kid asked for particular kind. It worked.

Filled in the gaps with icing before adding the chocolate later...I mean dirt layer.

The hardest part was our grass icing consistency became a little too soft so when adding Steve to the cake he kept falling over because it was taking to long to dry. Nothing a stick pretzel couldn't fix.

We opted for toys instead making the figures. The boys play with them so it was a win win. I sprinkled some sugar sprinkles on the rice crispies although I think more ended up on the board than the intended target.

Last minute details were ready for the table. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of our breezeway area where they kids decorated Minecraft masks and ate. I did manage to get a picture of the spider clinging to the wall after the party though.

I found some simple printables that helped finish off the area above the cake.

We served Beef (hamburgers), Bread (buns), Potatoes (twice baked potatoes), Mac and Cheese which didn't have a special Minecraft designation. Topping for the burgers included Cheese, Tomatoes, Pork (bacon).

Near the cake was gold (cubed cheese) carrots, sticks (pretzels), apples, wool (cotton candy), melons, and slime balls (grapes).

My birthday boys now 5 and 8, probably should have had them switch sides to be next to their ages. It makes me happy to be able to do something special for them.

These are the memories they will have, not the cake or decorations but the friends and fun they had sharing their love for Minecraft.

What are some creations your kids have built in Minecraft?

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