Monday, November 23, 2015

A Last Minute Minecraft Birthday



***The pictures in this post are not out of focus.  Our life just happens to be a little fuzzy at the moment.***

We paused from our Thanksgiving preparations to celebrate E's birthday, this weekend.  I have to admit, between just getting back from a trip, a late-running youth group event on Friday night, a Sunday school lesson to study, and a community Thanksgiving dinner which the Man of the House had volunteered to help set-up, I had pictures E's birthday as a very simple, cake-and-presents-after-a-light-Sunday-lunch affair.

Then, I overheard E (now age 11) discussing with her sister how she was hoping for a Minecraft birthday.  And, I'm not sure if it was the guilt over being away from the children so much at the beginning of the month, or the assurance that Pinterest contains an unfathomable number of ideas and printables for a Minecraft themed party, but from that moment on, there was no turning back.

I raided our Christmas present stash for the Minecraft Mystery Mini-figure boxes and Minecraft magnets I'd picked up earlier, on clearance, for stocking stuffers.

I placed a mini-figure box by each plate (in place of a pinata), and gleaned enough ideas and printables from Google images to help transform a lunch...


...of sodas, pigs-in-a-blanket, strawberries, pineapple, grapes, pretzels, licorice, Swedish fish, and carrots into Creeper juice with Minecraft bread, redstones, gold, slime balls, sticks, TNT, fish and...well...carrots.


Since we've made the standard Minecraft cake before...


...I opted to make a block of grass (or is it dirt?) for E (another idea found in Google images), which in our case was just a couple of layered square cakes with chocolate frosting spread on the sides, and green colored vanilla buttercream piped on top.


The magnets, I mentioned earlier...


...stood in, as a make-your-own-scene type party game...


...which when combined with a creeper shooting gallery - with construction paper covered, cereal box creeper head targets (an idea from Housing a Forest) in front of...


...pyramids of creeper cups (green cups with sharpie drawn faces)...


...a quick game of Minecraft bingo (with a free printable from Life with Squeaker), and a Lego Minecraft present (thanks Grandma!)...


...made for a very pleased (and not at all neglected) birthday girl...


...and still left plenty of time to make it to the community Thanksgiving dinner - pot of the Man of the House's famous cream cheese and sour cream laden mashed potatoes, in hand.

7 comments:

Ticia said...

My boys would like to request a Minecraft birthday party now :)

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Happy birthday, E! My kids have somehow missed the minecraft craze.

Is that a family tree framed in the background? It looks really neat!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Maryanne - Yes, it's a family tree fan chart I made after seeing something similar on an episode of Martha Stewart - a very long time ago :)

Angelic Scalliwags said...

I actually can't believe you put all this together last minute! It is all brilliant and my son is currently looking over my shoulder with obvious expectations of his very own Minecraft birthday. I'm not sure whether I should thank you or not....!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

Clair and Ticia - As long as you have lots and lots of printer ink, a Minecraft party is the easiest last minute party to pull off. If you started working in advance, I can only imagine the party queen status you could achieve :)

Camie Madsen said...

Great job! That's fantastic. I once pulled off a last minute Angry Bird party. Thank heavens for Google and Pinterest and yes, lots of printer ink. We are actually planning a Minecraft themed birthday party a week from Saturday. This gives me some ideas. Thanks!

Natalie PlanetSmartyPants said...

Happy birthday to E! I found it amusing that she wanted a Minecraft party :)