First off, I made some DIY Minecraft Balloons. You can purchase pre-made Minecraft balloons, but these are less expensive and easy to do.
A few months ago I purchased a helium tank and some solid color balloons. Since we have so many birthdays in our family between August and September, it was definitely worth the money. Buying helium balloons and getting them filled at a grocery or party store adds up, so if you have several events in a row or an event where you need lots of balloons, save some money and buy yourself a helium tank.
Tip: be sure to punch, cut out and prepare all the pieces ahead of time so you can quickly assemble your balloons once you fill them with helium. Helium balloons only have an average float time of 5-7 hours (depending on size, temperature, etc) so you'll need to fill them during the last hour before your party starts.
Next, I made some DIY favor bags using some food safe, grease resistant 12x12 glassine patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers. I used a tool called the Goodie Bag Guide to tear them, fold them, and assemble the bags. Don't you love the geometric pixelated ombre paper? My fave!
You can watch the video below to see how the tool works. It's pretty simple, but kind of genius!
For the backdrop indoors we taped a cheap green plastic tablecloth up and added a creeper face made from black cardstock. The pieces for the face were actually the templates I used to create the Creeper Toss game I shared on Wednesday. Waste not, want not!
None of my local bakeries make a Minecraft cake, and I am not a cake maker. But I did find a very helpful bakery manager at my local Walmart who was willing to work with me. I brought some images and some miniature Minecraft figurines and she came up with this for only $18.00. For a party full of 6 and 7 year olds, it was great.
Well, that's all friends. For our family this was a win-win outcome--I didn't kill myself or go insane since all the projects were totally doable, and my daughter ended the day with this awesome declaration, "That was the best Minecraft birthday party ever!!" She was happy, and that's all that matters to me.