I'm not going to lie, when Luke told me that he wanted his own party this year and he wanted it to be "Minecraft" themed I panicked a bit. I know that Minecraft is about building stuff with squares, but that was about all I knew. I immediately hit up Pinterest to start pinning other people's ideas :)
Normally I'm all "over the top" and crazy crafty, but I think that the time for those parties may be behind me. Luke had his own opinions and ideas of what he wanted and, unfortunately, he's not impressed by handmade banners or cute little tent signs announcing how cleverly I matched food up with Minecraft objects :) Dang it.
So, he and I got on Amazon and searched "Minecraft party" and ordered a few things to decorate with and that was pretty much the extent of the planning before the day of.
I made the banner in Photoshop and had it printed at Sam's (and then Luke informed me that the "grass" was upside down... the dirt is on top). hahaha The balloons we picked up at the grocery store and I drew the creeper faces on them with permanent marker. The cardboard heads I found HERE and the tissue paper grass I found HERE.
Typically I make cupcakes for the kids parties, but this year I opted to order them from Market Street (a local grocery store) and NOT feel guilty about it :) hahaha
Luke set up a little "scene" using a Minecraft Steve toy and some blue jewels
I printed out some "creeper faces" on photo paper and I let Luke just "stick" them in the icing :)
The cake stand I found at Homegoods before Christmas.
About three days before the party I found Rock Chick Cookies through a friend on Facebook.
She came through in a TOTAL pinch for me and her cookies were SOOOOOOOOOOO cute! Since we had cupcakes during the party I ended up putting these in clear favor bags and letting each of the boys pick one on their way out of the party. Not only did they look great, but they were DELICIOUS!!! If you're local, you should totally check her out!
... and it turned out perfect. ;)
Party guests started to arrive and we ushered everyone out to the backyard. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather and (despite the leaves not being picked up - hahaha), the boys had THE BEST time running around, digging and being crazy out there :)
... except for Nixon who wanted to stay inside and hang out with Jack Bauer :) hahaha
Erika!!! GET THIS BOY A PUPPY!!!
I have no clue what is happening in most of these pics - other than a whole lot of fun!
We had a fun mix of "school friends" and "church friends" and I love how boys just fall right into "play mode" without any formal introductions.
We did a few organized activities including Luke's "Creeper Toss"...
I think the biggest hit of the party was when we did the Mentos/Diet Coke experiment (like TNT in Minecraft). Their little faces were PRICELESS!!! (Sidenote - Sheaffer.... make sure you look at Carter and his shorts! hahaha)
Luke's bestie, Lincoln, chugging the leftover diet coke :) #wildparty
It was such a hit we did it with a second liter. If you haven't ever done this experiment before, it's crazy easy. Just drop a bunch of Mentos (we did 6) all at one time into a bottle of diet coke and then stand back!
After we exploded the TNT they lined up to wash their hands and then we had square pizza (because everything in Minecraft is in squares)
I loved getting to hear their little conversations around the tables. There MAY have been a serious discussion about farts and burps :) #boys
Then it was outside for more shenanigans...
One of my former students (she's a freshman now and I miss her so much!!!) came and watched GG so Dave and I could focus on the boys. G ATE UP all the one-on-one time :)
(PS - she's stripped down because she is the messiest eater EVER and the chorus of "ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwws" we heard when we pulled her shirt off was hilarious!)
Cupcake time!!! We went to get the cupcakes ready and in that moment I realized that I had TOTALLY forgot about candles. I had a random "3" candle in the junk drawer and the boys thought it was sooooooooo funny that Luke's birthday is April Fool's Day and we were playing an April Fool's Joke on him :) Not planned, but apparently epic.
This pretty much sums up our 4:00 - 6:00 :)
We came inside and did presents...
... and then busted out my SUPER awesome Pin the Tail on the Pig game :) I put this together while the boys were playing outside. hahaha
We put the minecraft heads on the boys, turned the heads so they couldn't see out and handed them a "tail" with their name on it...
As the boys left, they each grabbed a green treat bag and put a gold bar (that Luke and I had filled with M&Ms), a cookie and a "hanger" (some Minecraft keychain thing they all went crazy over) in it as their goody bag.
This pic was pre-party when Luke and Mason were sorting the keychains and discussing which one(s) they wanted :)
It was two hours of total chaos and mayhem, but we had the BEST time! Luke said it was "the best day EVER" and I don't doubt that one bit :)
I had so much fun doing this party for Luke and his friends and making it something that HE really wanted and had input in. I think it was our best birthday party to date :)
If you want to check out past birthday parties I've linked to them below...