Monday, July 29, 2013

Minecraft birthday ideas

So I asked my son in January what he wanted to do for his birthday party theme. Of course, I have to start planning months in advance. When he said Minecraft I thought to myself - wow that game is ugly! It looks worse than MS-DOS back in the day! However, my babe wanted it so I had to figure out a way to make it happen! I also had to learn all about the game because the party had to be the most fun any child his age will ever have at a birthday party! That's always my goal anyway. So to start, I designed the invitation. I have to say, it wasn't the prettiest invitation I've ever designed. Minecraft is just not good looking. A quick trip to my local copy store and boom! The complete piece was a fold over invitation on gloss stock with a custom pocket, inserts and a save-the-date frig magnet. Just hours after handing these out I had the responses I was looking for. "Best invitation ever!" "My son can't wait to come!" "Lily is counting down the days until Theron's birthday party!" SCORE!







So now, to create favors, schedule his school party, soccer team announcement, decor and decide how the games and party will work! 

1. I signed up with Theron's teacher to hold his birthday party at school the Friday before his big party on Saturday. I took green cupcakes, designed cupcake wrappers and cupcake toppers, green bags with custom designed tags, custom notepads, green pencils with "Happy 8th Birthday Theron!" on them and custom wrapped chocolate bars for each child! 







2. I had to get my template down for the school rock. Theron looks forward to this every year! I have a reputation to keep up :) I'll post soon about his fishing tournament party! That rock was the best by far! 


3. Now to work on the favors for the big party. I always do something for adults and children. I made notepads for all the adults. For the kids I ordered some green canvas bags, made a Minecraft face template and painted the face on each one. I just printed the face on a piece of thick card stock and cut out the face with an x-acto knife. Some black acrylic paint for $.80 cents and a stippling brush for $1.99 and I'm on a roll! I made bags for girls and boys. It included pencils, chocolate carrots (Easter clearance was great!), creeper notepads, chocolate bars, gold (Rolos) and dynamite (Twizzlers) plus fun stuff I picked up at Target and Walmart at the 90% of Christmas sale such as: green hairbrushes, green bounce balls, etc. Oriental Trading company had braided green bracelets and misc items to add as well. Each bag cost about $3.50 total! I designed a thank you tag and all that was left was some green ribbon and a bow! 


4. What to wear? We found green t-shirts, aprons and oven mitts which we just applied iron-on Minecraft faces and we were ready to rock! All the "helpers" aka close family members and friends had to be uniformed up! 


  

5. Recording the event! I hired a photographer to come out and shoot the whole thing! Worth every penny! You can get a college or high school kid that is decent with a camera for $50 for several hours if you don't want to go with a pro. Also, I had a sign-in frame that is now hanging in his room. He loves to read it over and over again! Hit up Ikea for a 11 x 14 black frame - $8.99 and grab a matte from Michael's Craft Store, AC Moore or Hobby Lobby. I designed and printed the personalized sign sheet on the copier at work! $15 bucks total! 

6. Decor. Honestly this can get expensive. I went cheap and it still looked amazing. I bought a Coleman air pump ($20) and a pack of 30 balloons in each color: green, lime green, black and tan. After they were all blown up (my entire dining and living room was covered) I tied them in bunches of seven or nine and left long tails of ribbon on each set. The day of the party I tied these balloons on all the chandeliers, poles, stairs, front porch railings, etc with some big long pieces of ribbon and a few other paper decor pieces from Oriental Trading company! This makes it look like a million bucks for a little bit of change. These photos don't do it justice. I also made some quick candle wraps and had them set up in several places throughout the party! You can get some fern greenery at your local dollar store! You can kinda see the ferns in the photo below.. Great for extra fluff in the decor. I made a handful of little creeper face tags and etc., and punched a hole in those and tied them on all the candles and pots too. Nice extra touch. Balloons can go up three days in advance inside your home and you can put them up outside a few hours before the event if it's not too hot or cold. They'll stay nice and perky for the party!

















I made a bunting banner to hang behind his cake with card stock, twine and a hole puncher! I added a touch of green with two table clothes from the dollar store behind the banner.




















Some streamers from the light to the edge of the table in black and green plus some paper lanterns from Oriental Trading company and the exit favor table was set up! 

The media room doors (headquarters for the overnight sleepover for all the boys) was perfect for Enderman Minecraft eyes! Just two strips of printed paper and some double sided tape! 





The ribbon from my Christmas 90% off sale at Target was great for to hang from the banisters and made a great entrance when you walked in the front door. 

7. Gift registry time! Honestly this may seem ridiculous but parents seem to really appreciate having a CLUE what to buy for a kids birthday. Theron rocked the Target gun and scanned half the store for his birthday wish list!  


8. No party is complete - at least to our crowd, without a bar! All the parents stayed for the party and enjoyed Diamond Martini's in the Blue Diamond Lounge! It was roped off and had comfy seating just for the adults! 5 gallons held us over until almost the very end! Wow!



 9. Food - we had hamburgers (cows) hot dogs (pigs) and we had the best time with a candy bar! Blue Diamond row included blue gumballs, blue m&m's from Easter stash and more! Swedish fish for the fish, Twizzlers for the dynamite, Rolos for the gold etc. I made little cards for each!






10. Did I mention decor? I have several folding tables and parties are not complete without table clothes and runners. We had black table clothes and green runners. This place is crazy cheap! TableClothFactory! Do yourself a favor - always get the floor length. It is either the same price or a little more and it looks so put-together and classy when you're done. I hate I didn't get a good photo of the tables all set up with the center pieces. Boo! See the table behind me - that's all I got.























11. What to do with these kids right? Well, we live in the woods in the middle of nowhere so we had the perfect setting all around us. I really had fun at Target's Easter clearance sale a few months prior. I bought all the plastic blue eggs they had in stock for $.10 a bag. Good stuff. So I gathered all the kids on the porch and introduced them to the zombies. Which were my oldest kids and their friends with card stock Minecraft zombie masks on! Paper and ribbon! The kids had to divide into two even teams. My babe's team was one. The other team leader was chosen by who could bring me a rock, leaf and a pine cone first. From there I told the two team leaders to pick their team and if they could do it nicely I wouldn't get involved and choose for them. It went surprisingly smooth! Each team then came up with their own team name. They got to write their team name on a bucket (thank you Dollar Store) and both buckets were set up on "base" which was the back porch steps. Each person had to get as many blue eggs for their team as possible. All of the eggs were hidden in the woods and I had parameters with adults set up so no one would get lost. Plus they didn't care about going too far once they knew the area where the eggs were hid. Some where on the ground, some in the trees, some in bushes - they were all over and hidden for each age. The trick was they could only bring back one egg per person at a time to their team bucket. Picking up more than one egg put them at base with me until they counted to 60. They were also chased by zombies throughout the woods and if tagged, they had to sit at base with me and count to 60 before they could get up. These kids ranged from 6-12 in age and were both girls and boys. Total we had about 26 kids and 4 zombies which worked great. I threw another curve ball in the mix. I found blue diamond eggs that actually looked like the ones in the game. The kids went nuts for them! They were shaped like a gem! If they found one of those they won a prize all their own outside of their team. The winning team got to shop my "prize" table first, which I showed to everyone before the game started so they were pumped. They didn't get to look long. I lifted the sheet, counted to ten and covered the prizes again. At the end of the game, everyone gets something! My prize table is made up of crazy deals I've picked up - nerf guns, balls, toys, etc., plus some Minecraft bracelets, shirts (that we made with an iron-on, candy and much more. To keep the game going with the ultimate energy I would holler from the porch "10 more minutes" "only ten eggs left" "team creeper is winning by two eggs" - I was like the announcer at the ball game! When the game was over - it took about 45 minutes, I brought all the kids that found the GEM eggs and let them have a go at the prize table first. The key was, there was only five seconds per pick. The sheet covered the table after I counted to five! The energy was intense! I did this again per kid and then the whole team that won with the most regular eggs in their bucket got to stand around the table and the whole team got five seconds to pick! It might sound like a hot mess but it worked and worked well. After that the kids were having a blast in the yard with their new toys, water guns and just running around playing in general.


















12. Music. If you don't do anything else, get the music right. It sets the mood and the atmosphere for the entire party. I'm thankful that my brother-in-law knows about wiring. We have speakers throughout the house and some outdoor speakers as well. I just programmed all the latest Minecraft music into Grooveshark (free) and hit repeat. I also threw in some great songs from the 80s and 90s between each Minecraft themed song. Made for a great time for the parents too! If you don't have the speakers, an iPod and a iPod speaker stand works too! You can have Grooveshark for your mobile for $9.99 a month and skip spending the money on all those songs with iTunes.

13. Atmosphere. Just like the music, spacing is everything. When I get around to it, I'll show a diagram of the party layout. I placed tents, tables, food and the parents lounge within a certain proximity of each other. Parents were up high on the porch so they could see their kids, yet roped off so the kids would let them relax in comfy chairs outside with a drink in hand. If you were there helping me set up, you might have said, "you have this whole yard? why is everything so close together?" Don't get me wrong, folks could walk around but making it seem a little tight versus spread out can make or break the rocking atmosphere at a party. It didn't look oddly close either. Just right! Think of it like a club. If you walked in a big club and there were 100 people, it might would seem empty and you'd leave but put 100 people in a small bar and all the sudden it's jamming and you're staying!

15. Oh! I also had t-shirt tie-dyeing! Kids signed the matte frame and then the walked over to the tie-dying tent. Shirts for $1-$2 each plus a big Zip-lock bag to write their name on with a sharpie, some washing instructions and we are on a roll! Kids had a blast! I had one of my buddies running the show. It was a fun thing to do until all the kids arrived. There is kind of a lull when you're waiting on everyone to get there and this was a great filler. If I had thought about it, I could have had a creeper face printed on the white shirts. I always think of more ideas afterwards!




I also ended up printing him a pillow for his room! I found a fabric pen in the house and we actually used it the pillow for his friends to sign their names on it too. It proudly sits on his bed! What a ham!





The big gift. My sweet little brother built a fort in the woods for T's birthday present. He had no idea! I walked him out after the blue diamond egg hunt with a blind fold and showed him his new hang out. I love you darling boy!

GO BIG OR GO HOME! :)

I love designing custom birthday party themes, invitations, decor, planning the party - all that jazz! If you have a special birthday coming up and want a custom invitation design or anything along those lines, shoot me an email at shannon@fox-t.com. I hope all of this helped the mom's out there wrestling with party ideas for Minecraft!

THANKS!















26 comments:

  1. Wow...everything turned out fabulous! Where did you find the diamonds? My son would flip for those at his MC party next month. :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I got the eggs at Target when they had their 90% off clearance. You might be able to find them online elsewhere. The kids had a fit over them. If I would have known how popular they were going to be I would have bought all they had! Good luck with his party. Feel free to email me if you need any help! Thanks!

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  2. Those invitations are amazing. How in the world did you do them?

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    1. Thank you so much! I've been designing since I was a kid so it comes natural. I designed all these pieces and printed everything at a local copy company. I ended up making simpler invitation designs for a few friends because they don't go "major-nuts" on birthday parties like I do. Ha! If you need some help or ideas shoot me an email! foxtdesigns@gmail.com

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  3. What a lucky boy! This is the most A...Mazing minecraft party ever! Do you have an esty store for candy bar wrappers, invites ,and note pads? Love the bags too thanks for the link. Langesumner@hotmail.com

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  5. I was thinking the same thing. I love the candy bar wraps and would love info on how to get some :)

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    1. Hi Robin! Sure thing - email me at foxtdesigns@gmail.com. Thank you!!!

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  6. SO many wonderful special touches you had for your little boy! What a fabulous party!! Do you have an Etsy spot where I can find a simple version of your invites? Or bags, printables? I'm not terribly crafty and Hobby Lobby is my own personal torture chamber if I can't find exactly what I"m looking for. I'm trying to put together a small party for my son. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Becky! LOL I understand. Email me and or send me your email address and I can fix you right up. THANKS SO MUCH! foxtdesigns@gmail.com

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  8. I would love any minecraft files you are willing to share. I get to do 2 parties July 29 as my twins want different themes. Thanks LVtwinmama@gmail.com

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  9. Yeah very creative party theme!! I like your all decorations and party venue. I hope you had fantastic party time there!!

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  10. Love that rock! Where are your ads girl? You've got good pagerank on this post! I pinned it for you. Hop over, we have lots of Minecraft posts. http://www.kidscreativechaos.com/2014/07/5-best-minecraft-gifts-for-kids-boys.html

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  11. How can I get those cupcake toppers and candy bar wrappers? We're having three (!) Minecraft parties - one for friends, one for family, and one at school. Thanks! Melissa@superchikk.com

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  12. I'd love to know where you got the pillow made! I would love to get one for me son! Thank you!

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  13. I love your birthday invitations. You have given me another idea for my son's 10 birthday party. I also love your cupcake, i hope i can put together a good party like yours.

    Thanks for sharing your special moments.

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  14. Thanks for this post. I really liked that pink coloured chocolate candies. I hope I can get them locally here. I am doing party planning of my own for the first time and finding it quite a challenging job. I thought it would be an easy walk for me!

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  15. This is too adorable! My nephew has been obsessed with Minecraft, and I know he'd lose his mind if a party like this was thrown for his birthday. This party seems just a bit much, almost like a wedding considering the birthday boy registered at Target for his gifts, but this is a fantastic idea for kids loving the game.
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  16. I am happy to have these fun birthday ideas. All these ideas are fantastic and very easy to implement. Last year we celebrated my daughter’s birthday at one of best venues in Chicago but this year thinking to host Minecraft Party at home.

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  17. You did a very good job. Details and all.. where could I get the cupcake wrappers candy wrappers and tags???

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  18. How did you do the template for the rock? What did you use?
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    1. I too am wanting to do a minecraft rock. any tips?

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