Cool Minecraft Party Ideas

Dude.  It's your birthday.  Have some cake. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHow is he 8 already?  It’s crazy.  My husband and I can still remember my water breaking plain as day.  I mean, you don’t really forget something like that.  Of course back then, I wasn’t sure what was happening and made my husband google it.  Oh the laughs we had about that.  But enough details about fluids.  My oldest turned 8 and of course he wanted a Minecraft party.  I didn’t want to throw a big party this year and you know how quickly themed parties can get out of control (ahem, Lego Dance Party complete with kid discoteque…).  So instead, I billed this as a playdate and had him invite just his cousins and a few school friends over one Friday afternoon.  It worked out really well.  It was small, but still really fun and I know some of you are probably looking for cool Minecraft party ideas.       

Coming soon, the coolest shirts ever.  Put whatever you want on them! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis kid.  He’s super awesome.  But gone are the days when I really get total say over his parties.  He definitely has a point of view and I really have to sell him on some of my ideas.  Oh, I kinda also waited until the last minute to pull this together so color me surprised when I figured out that none of our local stores really sell any pre-made Minecraft party stuff…Time to get creative. 

Minecraft inspired birthday party decor // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI looked on Etsy but didn’t really have enough time to order any party decor.  So I purchased some Minecraft themed digital papers and created a super simple Minecraft birthday banner with brads.  I tell you what.  No one else has that party decor so he thought that was pretty cool.  I’ll tell you something else.  Kid’s don’t really understand what Happy Cake Day means.  But “birthday” was far too many letters for me to cut out.  And saying Happy Birthday is just like, so cliche. 

Cool Minecraft posters make party decor hip and original.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI knew I needed to add in more Minecraft touches.  So I spent some time online browsing.  I came across these cool Minecraft propaganda style posters and knew they would be perfect.  I printed out a bunch of them and tacked them to the wall.  The kids thought these were pretty awesome.  And when the party was over, I let my boys move some of them in to their rooms.  I felt like their graphic design was good enough to have it be art on their walls.  

Black, green and white is the perfect color combo for a Minecraft party // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI thought about the creepers (do you know Minecraft? There are these things called creepers.  and they are shades of green) so I used their color scheme in my kitchen area for the plates and cutlery.  It really just helped to play up the Minecraftedness of the party…


ice cream sundae bars are where it's at for kid's parties.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe also decided to forgo the cake in favor of ice cream for the party.  We used the black, white and green color scheme over here too.  I did create a wall hanging above the table of what I thought were squid…but all the kids thought they were endermen.  Either way.  It was Minecrafty and it worked.  I didn’t get a photo of it though.  

No cake needed.  We made ice cream nachos for my son's birthday party and they were a big hit!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWe could have done just normal ice cream sundaes but we decided to do ice cream nachos instead.  I mean, really that is just an ice cream sundae but my mom made waffle cones and we broke them up in to pieces and those were the chips.  I also made mini chocolate cupcakes as a topping because how often do you see cupcakes as a topping for an ice cream sundae? 

Timed skittles game is easy, cheap and a great activity to play at kid's parties!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBut how do you keep kids entertained?  My husband and I watch Jimmy Fallon just about every night (well we tape them because we are too old to stay up late enough to watch them when they are really on) and he plays some really amazing games with his celebrity guests.  So I tried to figure out which ones we could modify for the kids and to fill in any gaps I searched for “minute to win it” style games.  These kept the kids really engaged and because each one was done in heats, they all hung around to cheer each other on.  Another great part was they were super inexpensive!  I presorted Skittles for the game above and two kids went head to head and had to separate them by color using only one hand.  The first one done, wins.  It doesn’t really seem like they would be that in to it but they seemed to really enjoy it.  

Kid-friendly flip cup for a fun birthday party activity. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYeah, we played flip cup.  So?  Ok, so not the traditional drinking game flip cup but a more kid friendly version.  I thought about using soda for a split second and then just realized we didn’t need any liquid.  AND we started preparing them for their college years…

Jimmy Fallon inspired water wars game is perfect to play at kid's birthday parties.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBut the most fun game was water wars.  I saw Jimmy Fallon play it with Li Lo and just knew the kids would love it!  On the invitation I asked everyone to bring a change of clothes or swim trunks.  I bought a cheap deck of cards (in case they got ruined from the water) and used plastic cups.  All you do is split the deck and have two kids face each other.  Each kid turns over a card at the same time and whoever has the higher number gets to throw water in the other persons face…so funny right?!  I think my husband had them do best of 3 and then that winner advanced to the next round.  

Water war is a super fun game to play at a kid's summer birthday party //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI can’t wait to do this again!  I ordered some pizza for dinner (which I’ve never done before and it was SO easy!) and then it was time to send the kids home.

Easy and inexpensive kid's party favors from Target // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI had thrown around some Minecraft favor ideas with my son (like cool Minecraft socks!) but he was not in to it.  So instead we went with these fun mustache glasses party favors from Target and a small water gun.  

Go Pro is the PERFECT gift idea for little boys.  It provides hours of enjoyment for the whole family and also helps teach responsibility. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAll my son wanted for his birthday was a Go Pro.  And he got one.  I really wish he would have had this before his playdate.  Just think of the footage we would have had of the water wars!  So I guess this is the least Minecrafty party you could possibly have.  But it worked and still looked pretty cool.



Easy Wire Wall Signs for Halloween

pink and blackSo this is as spooky as I get for Halloween.  I’m a scaredy cat who would prefer to stay home on Halloween, not answer the door and be safe in my bed.  But I have kids, I’m an adult and I’m not lame.  (Ok, the last one might be debatable).  But I have been wanting to play around with wire for a while.  This seemed like the perfect occasion.  And I’m SO in to white pumpkins this year.  They are totally my jam.  I like how they look all squished and lopsided.  I think that is just perfect.

Black-wireWire signs are super easy to make.  You just need wire.  And scissors.  Duh.  My wire was 12 gauge.  Why does that make me think of rap songs and shot guns?

twist-wire-in-to-lettersAnd you need to be able to twist things in to specific shapes.  I love this gauge wire because it is easy to bend, holds it’s shape really well and doesn’t get all kinked up in the process.

black-and-pink-halloween-decorI kind of love it.  Its graphic, its kind of cute, its easy and it took me only a minute.  Can’t stop, won’t stop with bright pink, FYI.

easy-halloween-sign-diyAnd now that you know how easy these signs are, you can make them for anything.  Kind of adorbs for a kid’s name to hang in their room, right?  Maybe twisted in to “welcome” for by your front door.  And I would also love to spell out “happy birthday” for a  celebratory garland.  If you made one of these signs, what would it say?

Cool Bleach T-Shirt for Kids

cool clothes for boysAfter I threw my son’s space party, and made shirts for all the kids, I have loved buying inexpensive blank t-shirts and doing fun things with them.  For this shirt, you just need a little bleach.

plain black tshirt

Start with a blank dark colored T-shirt.  Sometimes you can find packs of Hanes dark colored t-shirts at Target in the underwear section but they are pretty hard to find.  I love Wal-Mart for their kid’s blank T-shirts and sweatshirts.

bleach in spray bottleGrab a spray bottle with bleach in it.  That is my attempt at drawing a skull and crossbones.  In my head I am super artistically skilled.  But there is a disconnect between my brain and my hands.  Obviously.

spray bleach on plain kids tshirt

You should probably use some sort of a drop cloth.  My landlord had just told us that he was moving back in the night before I took these photos.  So I didn’t really feel the need to be extra careful.  I’m sure you understand.  And we are really experiencing my amazing photo taking and editing skills in this post today.  They are all over the place.

bleach spray tshirt for cool kidsSpray it as much or as little as you want.  In my opinion, less looks better.  I did not show what I did to the back of the shirt for this reason.  It is not as cute as the front.  Too much can be, well, too much.

let bleach sitLet the bleach sit until it changes color a bit.  The longer it sits, the whiter it becomes (I’m pretty sure…)  While you are waiting you will start contemplating squirting bleach on every black thing you own.  Like your Toms.  I didn’t do it.  But I’m pretty sure it is going to happen in the very near future.

bleach tshirt for kidsWhen you like the color, throw it in the wash by itself to get all the bleach out.  I don’t use bleach.  Like, ever.  I’m afraid of it.  So I’m not sure if this is proper treatment of bleached items or washing machines.  Feel free to rinse the shirt out first if you don’t want to just toss it in the machine.

diy bleach shirt for kidsBut the real question is, are you sick of seeing my kids in posts yet?