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I’d like to think that I saved the best party for last. Of all the parties I’ve planned this year, my niece and nephew’s parties are the most special to me. I had the pleasure of planning and styling my niece’s 8th birthday party, back in April, and returned to Atlanta to execute my nephew’s 11th birthday party. As it happens, his party will be my last party of 2018. He was adamant that he wanted a Minecraft Party for his birthday. It was the most challenging party I’ve ever had to plan, as Minecraft was a foreign concept to me. With lots of research, countless hours of scouring the internet, and a sponsor who was ready and willing to help execute whatever I threw her way – I successfully pulled off an epic Minecraft Party!
I partnered with Monica Carrillo, Owner of PartyLux Etsy Shop, to curate several custom designs for the Minecraft party. All the Minecraft Party inspiration I found on the internet was similar food and dessert ideas. I wanted to incorporate all of Christian’s favorite things. I decided to go a different route since my nephew isn’t into traditional sweets, but he loves snacks. Monica and I brainstormed ideas and came up with designs for his favorite treats. Monica made custom designs for the following snacks: Skittles, Sour Patch Kids, Oreos, and Chips.
When I discussed what Christian wanted to eat for his birthday the idea of fries and Chick Fil A chicken sandwiches were a must! Those are his favorite things to eat and who doesn’t love a good chicken sandwich from Chick Fil A? Once I did a little digging, I stumbled upon the Chicken Coop concept in the Minecraft game. I came up with the idea of making labels for the sandwich envelopes and Partylux Shop did an excellent job of executing this idea. How cute are these custom Chicken Coop labels for the sandwiches? The kids got a kick out of them!
Christian loves Capri Suns so instead of doing a punch or lemonade I asked Monica to design a custom label for the Capri Sun juices. I also had her do a label for mini water bottles. I love how every single detail had a personalized touch.
DIY POTION STATION
(tutorial and shopping list below)
Christian and I talked about the Minecraft game at length, and the one thing that he emphasized was the potions and how important they are in the game. After our chat, I knew I wanted to incorporate this idea into the party in some way. I had Partylux Shop design a table sign and potion markers for my setup. I did a little Youtube research and found a DIY tutorial on how to recreate the look of the potions – AND best of all, the kids could drink them! I was a little unsure if they’d be willing to take part in testing them, but to my surprise, the potion station was the highlight of the entire party!
POTION TUTORIAL & SHOPPING LIST
Click here for the tutorial I used for creating the potions. You can shop my handy supply list below to make it more convenient.
LET THEM EAT CUPCAKES
In my findings of the Minecraft game, I noted how important swords are in helping you defeat monsters. Christian isn’t a cake type of kid, but he loves cupcakes. I enlisted Jessicakes Bakery to design a pull-apart sword made of cupcakes. We did a strawberry flavor, at Christian’s request. How cool is this?
SET THE TABLE
I incorporated elements from the game into the table setting. I used real wood slices as charges and layered in faux grass and themed paperware. I chose to use non-traditional colors for this party. I wasn’t a fan of the browns and greens you normally see for Minecraft. Instead I used grays, light blues, and greens and I layered in wooden elements to give dimension and texture.
PartyLux designed labels for the TNT place cards I made using Twizzlers.
HANDS ON ACTIVITY
Of course no Minecraft party is complete without a mining activity. Each guest become a miner with this fun ‘Mining for Crystals’ activity kit. The kids were able to use mining tools to break down their plaster “rocks” and find hidden gems inside like amethyst, rose quartz, and agate to name a few. Each kit included an information card with details about each crystal they uncovered and a little pouch to put their stones in, for safe keeping. Let me say, whether your kid is into Minecraft or not, this kit will provide hours of entertainment. They all loved this activity and were so excited to uncover each stone (I would recommend this as an outdoor activity, it gets messy).
My nephew gave his party five stars and said he had a blast! In my book, that deserves a pat on the back and job well done for me. I hope you all enjoyed it and hope it inspires you to throw a Minecraft party for your child. I’d love to hear what you think, as always, please share your comments below.
FAVOR BOXES TO GO
We wrapped up the party with fun favor boxes designed by Partylux. Each kid received a customized box filled with Minecraft goodies inside. You can fill with any fun items you’d like to make your kits unique. Here’s some of the things I used for my boxes.