Minecraft Birthday Party: Printables, Crafts and Games!

Sunday, August 4
By Ed


If you're looking for tons of ideas for a Minecraft themed party - you've come to the right place!  (Or, if you're just looking to read a post about how one man went completely nuts making a party for his son - also, the right place.)


Update: In 2014 our son wanted this theme again!  Click here for even more ideas, printables, crafts and games from our Minecraft Birthday Party 2.0


The run-up...
A couple months ago, our son had only a passing familiarity with Minecraft.  He knew it existed, but didn't give it a second thought.  After getting a real intro at a friend's house both he and our daughter were hooked. They used allowance money to buy both the iPad app and the PC version.


Neither of us really knew what they were talking about a lot of the time. Ghasts? Enderman? Who is this Steve and why are you spending so much time with him?


A couple weeks before his birthday we still didn't have a theme for his party nailed down.    (Well...that's a bit of a lie...he declared he wanted a "Healthy Theme party, with healthy foods and lots of exercise".  Noble choice, but that's even too dorky for us - and you know we're total dorks.)  If you've seen our daughter's Secret Agent Birthday Party post - you know we thrive on a good theme - "Healthy" ain't gonna cut it!


Robin struck gold when she suggested Minecraft.  He was sold (and we were relieved!).  

 
Here is how it went down...

Make Simple Swords - one of many lessons I learned from this party...



One thing that allowed us to pull out all the stops was a small guest list.  Our son only wanted two other boys at his party (his "best friends" who are as serious about Minecraft as he is).  This made it easy for us to make lots of take homes for everyone.

You may opt to scale down the offerings at your party - we will offer suggestions along the way.



The Preparations:

To Make Ahead of Time:
  • Party Invitations
  • Blocks and other Papercrafts from Pixel Papercraft (also the source for stickers and animal faces)
  • Sticker Printables
  • Create Torch or Torches (see below)
  • Get your Minecraft Mixtape on.
  • Cut out swords/Picks for painting
  • Inflate Pig/Cow (possibly Chicken or Tofu) balloons with food tickets inside.
  • Homemade Creeper shirts
  • Cake, Food and usual party stuff 




Invitations.

We were dealing with a pretty quick turnaround on this, so we were thrilled when Robin found this great simple Minecraft Invite from Ben Comics:


 Minecraft Party Invitation



Then Robin added the party details on top with these great Minecraft Fonts from here.

Minecraft Font Tutorial
If above link has issues:
  • Try the good folks at dafont.com
  • Read their FAQ for details on how to add fonts to your computer 
  • The fonts download in compressed, zip-format. You need to un-zip first before adding them to your Windows font folder.
  • Enjoy the benefits of adding crazy new fonts to your library!
The Party


1)  Creeper Shirts -  How to (and Printable!).


 First, kids arrived and got their Creeper shirts on. They went a little crazy for them.

  •  For this we used $5 Lime Green shirts from Michael's and T-shirt Transfer paper.


Each kid got a commemorative creeper shirt!


2)  Minecraft Music.


They then bounced around to Minecraft music for a bit.

Youtube is full of "Parody" and "Tribute" songs. Do not trust people who have made "Childsafe Playlists". Prescreen! Even a couple of the ones we settled on are a bit sketchy depending on your language threshold.


Our playlist:

I didn't want them to just sit and watch videos, so I made a CD of the songs.

Many are on iTunes, and if they aren't, use this handy site to convert the videos to MP3s for you. You could include the resulting CD in loot bags to bring joy to other parent's households too.  (I now cannot hear fun's "Some Nights" without thinking it is about Minecraft.)



3)  Minecraft 3D Shapes: Making and Playing. 


 You simply must visit Pixel Papercraft Printables. Hours of fun to be had there!

  • We had them play our daughter's game - a hybrid of Angry Birds and Minecraft where you smash block towers and baddies by throwing Steve and whatever other paper people you get from Pixel Papercraft.


  • We made these shapes ahead of time.  
  • The cutting, folding and taping were a little beyond the scope of the 6 year old guest list. Older kids  would be able to do this as a party activity (our 9 year old was OK at making them).  It would take patient, calm kids to sit and make all these - we've never had any of these at our parties - have you? 

Making these Minecraft blocks would be a great rainy day activity too.



4)  Minecraft Sticker Craft (with free printables for you!).

  • Then they created pictures with stickers. All the kids did this except the birthday boy, who continued to dance to "I'll Make Some Cake" and "I'm a Noob". 
  • We have already recycled this craft when some other kid friends were over and wanted to do a Minecraft activity.  It was a hit!



 Behind the Scenes: Minecraft Stickers

  • Get yourself some 5161/8161 label sheets and create sticker sheets.
  • Save yourself tons of time by using these printables I created for our party  (Inspired by the magnet sheets at Thinkgeek, where else?): 
  • Cut the sheets lengthwise into sticker strips. I made 4 sheets of most types, and we have lots leftover.
  • Let the kids loose to create their own Minecraft relms! 
  • Editors Note: Some issues with the .pdf Label Printing - Here is our suggested workaround: Buy full sticker sheets (Avery #6503), print above printables all on them and then trim manually. Apologies for anyone who doesn't have success with 8161 and 5161 labels.
    (While you're at it, maybe just pick up printable magnetic sheets, print up a bunch of grass, bedrock, trees and stuff, and turn your fridge or dishwasher into a Minecraft world - possibly better than stickers as they can be rearranged anytime.)



5)  Basement Mining.

  • I darkened the basement and blocked out the windows, then stuck post-it notes around the walls, furniture etc. 
  • There were 4 different colours and the kids had to go downstairs with their torches and picks and each collect all 4 shades. This was made more difficult by the constantly colour changing LED cubes I used to make the torches. 
  • With our small party, all 4 kids went as a team, but if you had larger groups and were looking to take more time, you could send 1-2 kids with a single torch and give them time limits (the actual game has Day/Night time limits - baddies attack at night, so this could ratchet up the excitement for older kids.

The Post-It Notes that the kids "mined" in the basement turn magically into this stuff.

Behind the Scenes: Making Torches

Got inspired by this beauty on ThinkGeek. I was not about to pay $35 for one though!  Instead, I made 4 for less than $20.  Here's how:

  • Luck was on my side when I found cube shaped LED nightlights for $2 each at the Dollarama.
  • After that, it was a matter of creating a torch handle using a blown-up torch image from Pixel Papercraft and printing it.
  • Then I glued it to bristol board 
  • Folded it.
  • Taped it and mounted the light-up cube on the end with book tape (which is like the amazing wonder-child of Scotch tape and Duct tape). 




6)  Crafting Swords.

  • After everyone had collected their 4 colour Post-Its, we went outside to our "Crafting Table" to forge the swords. 
  • I traded each kid a Sword for their Post-Its and they spend time painting them. 
  • Paint is great because it allows you to put the swords up to dry and avoid actual sword fights breaking out at the party. Kids seem to respect the fact that paint needs time to dry.



 Behind the Scenes: Cut out Swords/Picks.


This was as dumb as I got about this. I started by making pixel perfect replicas of pick-axes from plywood and MDF. It was a hateful and stupid amount of jigsawing to do. If you choose to do this, get a sheet of foam that you can cut with a blade.

I learned my lesson, so when I came to create swords, they looked more simplified and analog. The kids honestly didn't care, so make it easy on yourself.


Don't give your tools 8-bit edges. It will drive you insane.



7)  Hunting for Food.

  • It wouldn't be Minecraft without having stuff to kill.  This game had the kids hunt for their supper, sort-of - just like Minecraft does - sort-of.
  • I gave them each a dollar store Bow and Arrow kit (again, larger groups could take turns hunting/ be given a "kill quota" so you could share weapons).  
  • I explained to the kids that if they wanted hot dogs, they should kill pigs, and if they wanted burgers, kill cows, and then get the meal tickets out of the popped balloons. 
  • I also imagined that they would be able to trade tickets with each other (trading is another game feature) but that never really happened.




Behind the Scenes: Making Pigs and Cows.


 Here's how:


I've seen Creeper Pinatas too; that could have been fun.


The little tickets get rolled up and tucked into the balloons before you inflate them.



8)  Of course, we played Minecraft...

  • Next we cooked the meal. To give us some food prep time we let the kids play a bit of Minecraft on the laptop/iPads (larger groups could watch some videos or perhaps have the food pre-grilling while they paint swords/hunt livestock).
  • It sounds lame to play a video game during a birthday party - but that's only lame to us grown-ups - the kids loved playing around each other and hollering out the "amazing" thing they were doing then.   


9)  Minecrafted Cake.


There are hundreds of ideas out there for Minecraft cakes. The game itself even has cake as a item you can craft.

We kept ours very easy:
  • Big sheet of brownies, iced with green icing and cut into cubes and stacked to create a mini-world. 
  • I sprinkled it with green for grass and made a little water area with blue.  
  • I also sandwiched some rock chocolates between layers, so anyone mining in their cake would be rewarded. 
  • I then printed some characters on photopaper and stuck them around to liven it up a bit 




 10) Loot Bags.

  • Because this was a small party we were able to send tons home with friends and still come in under budget.  A bigger party might mean just sending home a few less gifts. 
  • Loot bags themselves were pretty simple - Music CD, rock candies, pop rocks, and some take-home Printables from Pixel Papercraft. 
  • But, with our very small party we were also able to send home their Creeper t-shirt, a torch, bow & arrow set, their now-dry painted sword, and the pickaxes.   Three cheers for small guest lists!



So that is all that went down. The kids loved the party and our daughter has announced that she wants a Minecraft Party for her birthday.  So, I guess we nailed it!



Update: 
In 2014 our son wanted this theme again!  Click here for even more ideas, printables, crafts and games from our Minecraft Birthday Party 2.0



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145 comments:

  1. You know my son can't wait for his minecraft party,great ideas guys!

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    1. Thanks so much! Hope your son enjoys his party. :)

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing! Our son's Minecraft birthday party is this weekend and these ideas are going to be so helpful! Your party looked awesome!

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    1. Have a great party, Jinelle! Minecraft is such a great theme. Thanks for your comment - much appreciated! :)

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  3. Just printed the sticker sheets for my son's party this weekend! Thank you, they look great!

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    1. Thanks for letting us know, Liza! We're so glad other people can use our ideas. Hope your son's party is a success! :)

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  4. Thanks for all the ideas! I used the printable you linked to make a card, thank you!! http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2013/08/stamping-minecraft-style.html

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  5. Thank you so much from a cash strapped mum in the uk! This is just the inspiration I needed for my son's 12th birthday party.

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    1. Glad you like the ideas, Emma! Have a great party. :)

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    2. my son's turning 8 this month, thanks for all the info,. got some great ideas, :)

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  6. I cannot thank you enough for making it so simple to print out the pictures!!!! You just saved me hours of looking for specific printouts!!!!!

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  7. Hi! My son's birthday is coming up, and he loves the T-shirt idea. For some reason, he wants his creeper shirt to be red, but he said everyone else's can be green. Did you need to use opaque (dark) transfer paper on the green shirts you used? Also, do you know if I will need opaque for the red, or will it still work with light transfer paper since I'm only going to be transferring black ink? Thanks for your help, and for the website!

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    1. We used the light transfer paper for our shirts, but the dark definitely would do a nicer job. We had the light stuff on hand already and it is cheaper - if you are doing lighter-coloured red and green shirts, I'm sure it would work for you.

      Another issue with the opaque(dark) transfer paper: While it does do a nicer job, you have to cut around the exact edges of all the iron-ons. For the creepers this would mean three separate parts (2 eyes and the mouth). If you are doing 1 shirt - no problem. If you are doing 10... put an extra pot of coffee on.

      The light transfer paper allows you to just cut out a general edge around the whole face and bang - iron that whole sucker on in one shot.

      Anyhow, that's my $0.02. Either will likely work for you. Opaque = more work, but better final product.

      Thanks for reading and thanks for the question.

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    2. So glad I saw this. I had some similar questions about the shirts. Going to get myself some light transfer paper :) When you trimmed, do you still go as close to every black line or did you just cut a square around your face? Sorry for the specific ?'s. I'll be making at least 12 shirts and want to make it as easy as possible!

      Thanks for all the great ideas! My soon to be 10-year old is so excited for this party.

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  8. Thank you for all of the great ideas and all of the leg work!! My son's party is this weekend and I have been a major slacker;) Thanks to you I will look like I put hours and hours of work in- you're a life saver!

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    1. You're so welcome! Have a great party and thanks for leaving a comment. It means a lot to us! :)

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  9. Wow these are amazing ideas! I have been all over looking for Minecraft-themed party supplies and favors and I was shocked but I can't find any! Mojang has a huge hole in their marketing plan, I'm thinking! My son is having a Minecraft bday party in a few weeks and I can't wait to try out some of these ideas! Thank you so much!

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    1. I'm so shocked how little Minecraft stuff there is out there. You're right - Mojang is missing out. We had a tough time finding anything - hence our homemade ideas! Which we find way more fun anyways. Have a great party!:)

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  10. I'm so glad I found this. We have a month to go and my son just told me this week it was going to be a Minecraft theme!! Great ideas, looks like they had a great time!!

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    1. We're glad you found this too! Have a great party! :)

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  11. Nice job! I love the stickers. Thanks for sharing them. :)

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    1. Thanks, Paula! We appreciate you taking the time to let us know. Enjoy!

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  12. I stumbled across your blog after doing a lot of planning already for my Minecraft-obsessed daughter's 10th birthday. I was searching specifically for pixel patterns to print and wrap around boxes. Thank you for the Pixel Papercraft link - it was a last minute life saver! I read through your whole post, realizing that 1) there were lots of similar things I was already planning, and 2) there were several things I wish I would have seen before it was too late. Her party is in 2 days, so I gotta go with what I've got! Great post - thank you. :)

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  13. For some reason the creeper printable face for the t shirts link is not working. Do you know where I would be able to find the same thing? My son is looking for the Herobrine face tho.... thanks for all your great ideas

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    1. Some browsers seem to have issues, so that might be it. Google Chrome or Firefox are our favs and usually work. As for a herobrine face, I'd suggest checking Pixel Papercraft; I'm sure they have large size images of character faces for making masks. One of those should copy and crop into a t-shirt image, if you have time to tinker.

      Thanks for reading and for the question.

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  14. How do I print out the invites so that it's just text onto paper? Thinking my printer will try to fill in background color! Thanks!

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    1. The invite is from Bens Comics - click through and maybe their blog has a plain version. If not, my best guess at how to make it work would be copy-paste into MS Paint and use the fill tool to make the green background white. We just used it as-is, so I'm just spitballing ideas. Hope you can find something that works and thanks for reading.

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  15. wow guys...
    my hat to you both!!!


    Neshamah, India

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  16. WOW, my son really loves Minecraft and your ideas for his birthday party are going to be awesome. Thanks

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    1. Hope his party is great, thanks for sharing your comment! :)

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  17. WOW, my son really loves Minecraft and your ideas for his birthday party are going to be awesome. Thanks

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  18. Glad i found this...thank you, thank you! Tips and ideas are definitely useful. My son Jake will love these.

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    Quincy, MA

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    1. Our son and his friends loved it. Hope Jake does too!

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  19. Great Ideas! My son sure will enjoy his upcoming party! Thanks for posting these! :)

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  20. This is SO Brilliant!!! I am definitely using your ideas for my son's bday in January!!!

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    1. Glad your like our ideas, Maria! Have a great party! :)

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  21. Thanks for all the printables! Love the sticker labels!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa! Thanks for leaving your comment. :)

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  22. Those are great ideas and tips! Thanks so much for sharing! Hugs from Russian Minecraft fans! ;)

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    1. You're very welcome, Muss - thanks for much for your comment! :)

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  23. Wow allot work and time and love into all your blogs I spent allot time and very happy! I found through my iphone and still able to print from my phone!! THANK YOU!! On the swords and picks do you have a link to printable pattern for them? My grandson wants party this weekend ... In 2 days so this old lady trying pull it all together! Without your blog I still be very lost!

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    1. Glad you've enjoyed our blog, Maggie! It's a labour of love for us. :) as far as the swords, Ed just drew the shapes onto the wood with pencil. Then he jigsawed on the line, so sorry, no printable there. Good luck with your grandsons party - what a cool grandma you are!

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  24. So creative, I can't wait to do this for my son's birthday next year. I am making him the Creeper hooded sweatshirt for about $30, instead of the $60-$70 online. I love your ideas, thanks for sharing them and the amazing photos.

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    1. That's awesome, Tammy. Way to sve some cash! Thanks for your comment!

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  25. For time purposes I have been skimming your pages so not reading info in depth but surprises to realize you are not here in the US! Again thanks for taking time to share with others and free!! In the world today that is rare but you set a wonderful example for others.

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    1. Well, thanks for that, Maggie! We enjoy sharing here. :)

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  26. Hee hee! James has decided on a Minecraft birthday, so I typed it into Google, and lo and behold, you're website page popped up! I am SO stealing all your great ideas!

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    1. That's awesome, Tammy! It was a very fun party - Ethan will not be disappointed. BTW thanks goes to your boys for hooking our kids onto the Mindcrack. :)

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  27. Has anyone else had trouble printing the sticker sheets? Is there something I'm missing? When I try to print on the 8161 labels, they do not line up on the label sheet...Can anyone help me out?

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    1. Thanks for the heads up. I don't know what got lost in the translation, but I had the same issue when I tried to print directly.

      This may be a workaround for you - it looks like it should work if you download the .pdf files, open in Adobe Reader and choose "Actual Size" when you print.

      I am going to try and upload the Word Files and share that way for anyone else still having trouble.

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    2. It seems, in my infinite wisdom, that I just used 1 label doc and kept cutting and pasting over and over again (overwriting each sheet as I did it) to make my sticker sheets, so I don't actually have the originals.

      My best suggestion is to buy full sticker sheets (Avery #6503), print them all on those and then trim manually. Apologies for anyone who doesn't have success with 8161 and 5161.

      If I may suggest another, even more super-awesome idea - pick up printable magnetic sheets, print up a bunch of grass, bedrock, trees and stuff, and turn your fridge or dishwasher into a Minecraft world.
      Thanks for the comment - I will edit the original post to include this heads up.

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  28. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for this!

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  29. This is just amazing for me to have found! Planning a big minecraft party !!!! Super great ideas!!!

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  30. Hi....I am planning a minecraft birthday party for my 7 year old daughter and I can't say enough how thankful I am for these ideas and already made items available to us. I do have a question regarding the invitation. How to you print them out and how do you make the envelopes?

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    1. So, sorry, I missed this question. Printed the invites onto photo paper so they'd look glossy. Then I just folded them in thirds and held them shut with a sticker. We hand delivered them, so we didn't need envelopes. :)

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  31. WOW! Super awesome ideas - thanks so much for sharing!

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  32. Well, my son is having a Minecraft get together... After reading this, he will have a Minecraft party later! I would be all over this whole deal but get together is Friday; today is Wednesday and not payday! We did land a refridgerator box today! I might construct a giant Stevie! Thanks again for the theme!!!!

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    1. You're so welcome! Thanks for your comment, Dobby Jr!

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  33. Thanks so much for the print out references. They were a great help!

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  34. We are planning to throw a minecraft party for my seven year old son because he really likes it. Your website really help us a lot as I have no idea about minecraft. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    1. I had almost no idea about Minecraft either. You'll pick it up quickly - it's a great party theme!

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  35. Love your "cake" Super cute and creative not the same old square with he nasty fondant on top!

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  36. Thankyou soooooooooooo much. My 10 yr old sons party is gonna be ace thanks to you xx

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  37. These are the best ideas I've seen so far!! So creative to go hunting and making their own swords, I love it all!! Thanks so much!!

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  38. Fantastic! I run a kids club and was looking for ideas for our minecraft night! This is so great! Thankyou!! :)

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    1. Really glad to help! Have a great Minecraft night - it sounds like you run a super fun kids club! :)

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  39. My son just decided that he wants a Minecraft birthday party NEXT FRIDAY and your blog has SAVED ME!!!! I used your song list to make a Minecraft CD as a party favor - my kids LOVE it!!! And your handy converter from video to mp3 was GENIOUS! I never knew you could do that! THANK YOU THANK YOU! I am so thankful for you and your very comprehensive list!!!!!

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    1. We're so glad to have been helpful, Tina. Have a fabulous party! (And get used to hearing those songs - if it's like our house - you be subjected to them nonstop for months!). :)

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  40. Wow this is by far the best Minecraft party planning blog I have found. Thank you so much for all the details and links you just made my life so much easier!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words! We are happy to have helped you. :)

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  41. Your minecraft birthday ideas saved my son's 8th birthday planning. We took on the idea building a party table and craft table in minecraft theme color. Got a set of decal that has dungeon entry and torches. The instructions for Creeper t-shirt were easy to follow. They were an instant hit and set the party mood right from the beginning. The animal hunt was a totally winners. I've scaled down the farm a little bit and still the bow and arrow was so much fun. The swords are also a great craft idea, kids loved to design their own stuff. Thank you for your generous sharing. My boy has the best memory for his minecraft birthday celebration.

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    1. Thanks so much for coming back and letting us know how it went! We are really happy that our little blog helped you out. What a great party theme, eh? Our boy has great memories of his party and we're glad yours does too! Love hearing about your party! Yay!

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  42. Great idea with the great instruction. Thanks a lot.

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  43. Printed off your sticker blocks to make a birthday card. Thanks!

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  44. I love everything from this party, but especially the playlist! Thanks so much for doing the work for me! This is going to be a great party! :)

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    1. The playlist IS great - but you won't feel that way after you've heard it for 1100 times! We were listening to it for months, the kids loved it so much. :)

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  45. You rock! I will be using several of your ideas for my son's party in January. Thanks for making it so easy.

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    1. Thanks Sabrina! We hope your son's birthday goes well and please share any idea tweaks you try. As always, we appreciate the comment and thanks for reading,

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    2. This is a great article and I love these kids party ideas, especially the mindcraft stickers. There are so many cool party ideas you can do for kids. We just had a party for our 8 year old son and we decided to make it a Philadelphia Phillies themed party because he loves baseball. We had some cool activities for his friends to do but the hot item was the photo booth. There were a lot of props and costumes the kids could take goofy photos with. I decided to to look at photo booth rental in Philadelphia while planning his party and I am glad I did!

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  46. Thank you for posting all of your ideas and where to find everything. My son is turning 8 in a month and he said that he wants a Minecraft birthday party. These ideas will be helpful for me to plan a great party for him.

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  47. This is adorable. I'll definitely pass this along to some families with younger kids I know~

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  48. This is awesome!!! You guys rock!!! Some of these ideas, my boys will love. Both love Minecraft and my youngest is turning 7 this week. We are definitely going to use some of these ideas to keep him occupied on his birthday!!! You just made my job a lot easier!! Thanks from this stay at home mom!!

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  49. Wow, you guys are awesome!!! Thanks so much!!! Printer is buzzing away as I type this :) My 10 year old will be thrilled with some extras for his party this weekend.

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  50. Hi! We just had my son's 8th birthday party Minecraft style. I am soooo not crafty. You guys really helped making this party great so I blogged about it and included your site. Thank you so much! Here is a link to my blog.

    http://reflectionsofamom.blogspot.com/2014/01/love-crafts-and-birthdays.html

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  51. Hello, and thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I was wondering if something was join on with the creeper face for the shirts. I can't seem to get it open .. Thanks

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  52. Hey there and thx so much for these cool ideas helps with decorating but my printer doesnt really work that well for the cool stuff any suggestions?


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  53. I am interested in creating a banner with burlap and wanted to paint a shape in white before adding the font. Have you ever done this and do you have any recommendations for me. I also have never used transfer so I am a little uncertain of your process. You say that you cut out each word and then did you tape them on for the ironing process to make sure they stayed in place? These are probably silly questions for someone who does this regularly:).
    http://www.alltimeprint.com/

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    1. Hi Jerry - Never done the banner thing, but you could likely Iron-on the same as a t-shirt. I would use the "Dark Shirt" Transfers, cut out each letter and find a large flat surface to iron them one. You can't really tape them in place, as you would end up ironing the tape and that would likely not work out well. You could either do one letter at a time, carefully positioning each one, or if you did have a large area, all at once.
      Good luck and let us know if you found a technique,

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  54. I'm planning my son's 8th birthday party & you are providing great ideas and links. Thank you so much!

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    1. You're so welcome, Betsy! Thanks for leaving a comment. :)

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  55. Hi Robin and Ed!
    It likely is my computer but i am having trouble getting the font for the tshirt printable. At first I wanted to add to the words to personalize but gave up on that - I can't figure out how to download the font. When i printed the test sheet to go with what you had, the letters were not coming through - something like "fi fl ' ' '' " etc. Any ideas to fix to at least print what you have ie "birthday 2014"?
    thanks guys,
    Jane

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    1. OK Jane, a couple questions:
      First - are you viewing the site in Google Chrome? It doesn't usually matter for most of our posts but our downloads and printables tend to work best in Chrome.
      It may also be an issue with updating your Adobe viewer. Not sure what is up, but I hope one of those options works for you.

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  56. Thank you so much for all you GREAT ideas!! You have saved me sooooo much time!

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  57. I sure wish I had found you earlier in the month along the planning stages. I got a TON of great ideas and printables here! THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! We are making the CREEPER SHIRTS and I had a friend of mine make the swords for them. The party is TODAY! 6 total!

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  58. for the t-shirt transfer on a green shirt, according to your HP directions, no "mirror imaging" then?

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    1. Any text you print on "White" T-shirt Transfers will require Mirror imaging - don't use Reverse Printing. Also, each printer often has their own special "Mirror" setting, so run a test sheet of scrap paper through to verify before you hit print on a dozen.
      If you can hold it up to a mirror and read it, you've done it correctly.

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  59. You guys are SO creative!!! Thanks for the great ideas and links! My daughter loves Minecraft and with your help, her party will be a hit!

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  60. God Bless you for your website. It made my grandson's birthday very special for him!!! I used many of your suggestions and he loved it all! There's only one problem. I love making the paper craft so much that I went overboard on making blocks & characters, using ALLOT of ink & card stock in the process. But Jack & I really had fun. Thank you so much! Have a great day!

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    1. What a great Grandma you must be, Jean! Love that you let us know how the birthday party went - sounds like you had fun, too! :)

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  61. I love your site and am using many of your suggestions for my son's Birthday party. However when I used the first font highlighted to download it gave my computer a virus. Not your fault. Just thought you might want to know. Thank you for all the ideas!

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    1. OH no! That's awful - I hope you didn't have too much trouble ridding yourself of the virus!

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  62. Thanks so much for sharing, love your Ideas! :D

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to comment, Kristti! :)

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  63. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us. My son got a fantastic school report so with your ideas we are rewarding him with a surprise 'pocket-friendly' Minecraft party. Great ideas thanks

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  64. THANK YOU for taking the time to put this together. I can tell it was a lot of work. It was also VERY helpful. Ditto on the short guest list, especially with this theme. Best Minecraft Party blog on the web. Hands down. Thorough details, tons of pics, all the links, even written in an engaging way ... bravo!
    I've been planning this party for 5 months. We have practically everything (don't ask me to list it, I went so overboard it's embarrassing) Yet, I still didn't feel ready - until I read this!
    I'm off to make meal tickets to stuff into balloons, and to copy our playlist onto CDs their chests (goody bags).
    *When I say overboard, I mean on the amount of stuff I've MADE, not bought. I am as frugal as they come - so I make everything I can. Phew, here goes!

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  65. Did the balloons pop easily with that bow set?

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    1. Not really, April - they ended up chasing the balloons and stomping or sitting on them. It was still very fun!

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  66. Love your ideas and thanks for the invitations!

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  67. Great Ideas - Thank You! I put together a Minecraft - Stampy Cat magazine for the guests at our son's party, Feel free to download for free, and share. http://capturedinnocencephotography.blogspot.ca/2014/04/minecraft-birthday-party.html

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  68. My son's 11th birthday is coming up and I love all of your ideas. Since we just returned from Hawaii, he wants the party to be Minecraft Volcanoes. Do you have lava for the printable stickers pages? Or know of a link to lava for sticker pages?

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  69. I made the creeper t-shirts for my son's party and the kids loved them. Thanks for the great party ideas!!

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    1. Thanks for letting us know! Our son and his best bud wore them together on the weekend - you could tell they still thought they looked awesome. :)

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  70. Soo creative, but the BEST part is the awesome influence your creativity and do it yourself attitude will have on your kids. They helped with the preparations and saw your resourcefulness , that's a gift in itself!!

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  71. Thank you so much for this post. Great list of ideas, that i'll use for my son's upcoming birthday.

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  72. I really like your birthday party idea. But in birthday party, If all are wearing same t-shirts with Happy Birthday printed on it then it will look more amazing.

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  73. I love these, especially the pig balloons. I can't believe you made your own swords. That is awesome :) Pinned it.

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  74. Thanks for all the great ideas. We used the sword idea, hunting balloons and made paper craft cubes for my son's party this weekend. My husband made the swords out of cardboard and was able to do a pixel sword as the cardboard was easier to cut. Then the kids decorated them using markers, less messy than paint for our large range of kiddos. Thanks for helping make our party a success!

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  75. Thanks for such creative ideas! I will definitely try the t-shirts for our son's 9th birthday next month.

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  76. Thanks for sharing, it was great to find everything in one place. We are making the t-shirts and using the playlist! And I haven't even gotten to check out the 2014 ideas!

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    1. Have a fantastic party, Laura! Thanks for commenting. :)

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  77. I just want to say THANK YOU. I just printed the minecraft stickers onto the Avery 8161 and saved the pdf , opening in Adobe, printed in actual size and they turned out amazing. You are awesome!!

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  78. Wow, great birthday party theme. I think this theme is perfect for my 9 years old. Thank you for sharing the cool birthday invitations. More power to your blog.

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