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.



Lette Macarons at Fashion Island

*Lette Macarons provided me with macarons to sample.  All opinions are mine.

lette-luxury macarons-at-fashion-islandYou all know that macarons are all kinds of awesome and yummy.  I’m about to do a few projects with Lette so when they invited me down to their Fashion Island location to taste their seasonal praline flavor I said, “HECK YES!”

choosing-macarons-at-lette-macaronsI took my youngest with me on a day when he didn’t have preschool.  I had told him we were going to eat some cookies and immediately felt really bad for disrespecting the macarons like that.  Because these are not just cookies.  But he’s 4 so he doesn’t really know how special these French treats are yet.

lette-macarons-at-fashion-islandI think there are a few reasons that I love macarons.  First, they usually come in the most amazing flavors.  On this day in particular, Lette had some in salted caramel and chocolate but then also more unusual flavors like violet and earl grey.  And then the colors are so amazing!  I mean, how gorgeous are these!  For someone who likes to plan parties and entertain, finding things that look beautiful and taste delicious are a dream come true!

packaging-at-lette-macaronsI love the simple, modern logo of Lette.  This is how they package the cookies when you purchase them individually from the store.  Classic and totally lovely.

violet-macarons-from-lette-fashion-islandI was able to meet the store manager, Roni, at the store that day.  I really enjoyed hearing about the company and how they are growing.  Look for a store near you soon San Diego!  I’m so grateful that she let me come in and sample some of these amazing sweets and I got to see all the ways you can use macarons at a party.

macaron-tasting-at-lette-fashion-islandIf you are near Fashion Island, or one of their Los Angeles stores, you must pop in!  The stores are light and bright and just plain happy.  And of course you need to try as many as your stomach can handle.  I can’t wait to go back and try out some more flavors!  I wasn’t sure how my son would like the more unusual flavors but he really enjoyed them all.  Passion Fruit was probably my favorite – so tart and flavorful!

macaron-tower-for-parties-from-lette-macaronsI totally died over this display!  How rad is this!  This would be so amazing at a party, right?!  Weddings, of course, but I think this would be so perfect for a little girl’s tea party!  They also can provide them in cool little favor boxes.  Have you had the opportunity to try a Lette Macaron?

Lette Macarons Fashion Island

1131 Newport Center Dr.

Newport Beach, CA  92660

(949) 706-8299

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Thank you for having us in, Lette!  My son and I enjoyed it immensely!

Nerding out over Martha!

As you know I am in NY right now at the Martha Stewart offices for some workshops and fun.  We were told that if we wanted to put an item in the gift bag we should put 100 of them together and send them on over.  I decided to send some treats with a modified version of my business card. 
It took a few hours but I managed to get them all done and out in the mail in time.  Trust that I had to fight off my kids for the nerds for about half that time.

Would you nerd out over Martha?  (Since I am posting this before I actually leave for the trip, I feel like I’m going to be able to hold it together.  I’ll let you know what really happens.  Fingers crossed that I don’t cry and shake like I just won Ms. America.)



DIY Confetti Shooters on You Are My Fave! {Guest Post}

If you haven’t already seen it, you should go check out my DIY Confetti Shooters on You Are My Fave.  They are super awesome, really easy and can be made over and over again with the same mini-push up containers.  I made these for my son’s old school birthday party.

Huge thank you to Dez and Tam for the amazing photos and Melanie for letting me guest post!


Your new fave party treat & OC Vendor Spotlight – Hannah’s Bananas

For those of you who don’t live in Orange County, continue reading anyway. This is a GREAT idea for a fun party treat. If you are ambitious, you can make these yourself for your own party guests. If you want to up the WOW factor and have a specialty cart custom make them to your guests specifications, you’re going to have to move to Southern California and hire Hannah’s Bananas. :)
I found Hannah and her amazing chocolate dipped frozen banana cart at The Wedding Pantry this past Saturday. They held a really cool holiday shopping event and as an added treat, Hannah’s Bananas were there giving out samples. Hannah’s Bananas is the newest super cute treat idea for your next party. Hannah (or employees) will bring their cart to your event, and hand dip frozen bananas.
How cute is the cart done up for a wedding?! And of course, in my head I can see it with a Hank and Hunt fabric garland or even a vintage sheet for a more girly theme. Just call Hannah and I’m sure you can make the cart fit perfectly with your decor.
So let me break down how this works. The frozen bananas are first hand dipped in an amazingly delicious melted milk chocolate (word on the street is they are working on a dark chocolate too…YUM!)…
Next you choose what you want to add. Choices are crushed Oreo cookies, peanuts, sprinkles and coconut. I’m not going to lie, it was hard to choose! In the end, the coconut won out for me, but I debated on going back in disguises and trying them all. There is a fee to get the cart to come out to your event and then a per banana fee as well. There is some more pricing info on the website but I would email them to discuss your event details for accurate pricing.
Although I did not discuss the banana suit with Hannah, I imagine you can request it for your party as well. Who doesn’t want a banana at their party?
Want the bananas but not the cart? This is also an option. Check with Hannah’s Bananas directly for pricing.
I love this idea so much! I am not looking forward to when my kids start elementary school. From what I hear it is party after party after party. What I AM looking forward to, though, is throwing my kids’ parties and blowing all those other cake and ice cream bashes out of the water with Hannah’s Bananas.
Hannah’s Bananas is on Facebook!
For more info contact Hannah’s Bananas:
(all images via Hannah’s Bananas except the one directly under the logo. That photo is by D. Park Photography)

Potter and Butler is here!!!

Thanks a lot, Emily. I desperately need to go get in the shower so I can finish packing and catch a plane and now, here I sit writing a new, unscheduled post. Emily of Hello!Self,

has been teasing a new celebration decor company and I have patiently waited. Its finally here!!! Introducing Potter and Butler.
The colors she uses are a delightful change to some of the more subdued stuff out there right now. They are all handmade and use lovely fabrics.
Look how elegant and simple this looks on the plate and ads an amazing pop of color.
Sure we’ve seen poms, but there is something about these that makes them dainty yet powerful.
Gorgeous!! You could forgo florals all together and just use poms.
LOVE! You’ve got to check out the rest of her stuff on Etsy. So great! Congrats, Emily on a site well done. And Potter and Butler is on twitter too!
All images via Potter and Butler