We love to play Minecraft as a family and so it should come as no surprise that my child chose a Minecraft theme for her big 10th birthday party! I got a lot of tips on how to pull off an epic Minecraft birthday party from friends and other moms on the Internet, so I’m returning the favor here with ALL the details on how I did this, including all the printables. Also, for those of you out there who are time-crunched like me, know that I pulled the whole party off (sans invitations, which went out months ago) in about 30 hours (well, really more like 16 hours because I needed to sleep and do some real work). Yes, I confess that I started working on the birthday party the DAY BEFORE. Am I bad mom? No, just a really busy mom!
So here’s proof that you can have an epic Minecraft birthday party without spending a crazy amount of time on it. And you can download ALL the things I made and printed out, which was quite a bit. Download the Minecraft designs I have from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Minecraft Birthday Party Invitations
First, the Minecraft party invitations — these were nothing more than Pixel Papercraft blocks customized with the Minecrafter font and TextCraft. Alexa chose a different block for each person he invited and she gave each invitation flat (unassembled), asking everyone to return the block to the party. I’ve made a PDF of one of the actual invitations we made, along with a blank one that you can personalize. Download the Minecraft designs I have from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Minecraft Birthday Party Food
Because I essentially did this all in a day, all our food was easily obtainable from the local stores. But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun — we picked foods you could find in Minecraft and sometimes got a little creative. I got most of the idea for the food from online (thank you to all who posted your party ideas). Here’s what we had on our menu:
- Chicken nuggets (cooked chicken)
- Carrots (carrot)
- Apples (apple)
- Watermelon (melon)
- Raspberries (redstone)
- TNT (tnt) — Twizzlers cut and wrapped in TNT wrappers
- Sticks (sticks) — Pockies
- Gunpowder (gunpowder) — Hershey’s kisses
- Cookies (cookie)
- Fish (fish) — Swedish fish
I particularly liked the TNT — Alexa made them herself:
Drinks were mini water bottles flavored with various zero-calorie water flavors. We named the drinks — we had Creeper Cola (“exploding with flavor”), Enderman Juice (“teleported fresh from The End”), and Healing Potions. We also had a big bottle of water which we named Extreme Hills Water (“fresh from the block”). You can download some of the Minecraft designs I have from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post). I printed them onto label paper then put them on the bottles.
We also got a green plastic cup for each party attendee — they were sale on cheap at the party store for $1. Alexa put the creeper face on with black electrical tape.
Just for fun, we named the blue plastic cutlery “diamond tools” and the green plates and napkins were called “grass.” A printable with all the little signs we put beneath or behind the food and utensils are in my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Minecraft Birthday Cake
And that brings us to the cake! Alexa originally wanted a creeper cake, but then we both remembered the cake in Minecraft and decided it would be more fun to make that. To make this, we bought a box of Devil’s Food chocolate cake mix, two tubs of whipped milk chocolate frosting, a 10 oz. bag of marshmallows, a large bag of confectioner’s sugar (powdered sugar), and some red gel food coloring. First we made the cake in two 8″ square pans. While those were baking, we made marshmallow fondant so we could have a smooth top on our cake. We used this marshmallow fondant recipe and it turned out well. We made 2/3 of the recipe first and kept it white. The remaining 1/3 was colored red while the marshmallows were still warm (before adding the powdered sugar). Note that marshmallow fondant has to be refrigerated overnight, so be sure you allow enough time for that (we just barely had enough as the cake was made about 20 hours in advance). Once the cakes were baked and cooled, we frosted them with the chocolate frosting all over, filling in the corners to keep it as square as possible. Then we just set the cake aside until the following morning when we got the refrigerated fondant out, allowed it to come to room temperature, rolled it, cut it, and placed it on the cake. It probably took a couple of hours altogether, but we think it turned out great! Alexa was careful to put the right number and size of “cherry” pixels on the top of hers cake!
Minecraft Party Decorating
We had the party outside so decorating was simple. We put up our pop-up shade canopy and decorated it with lime green streamers and a Minecraft Birthday Banner. We also made Minecraft sign-style signs for the food table (“Nom Nom Table”), the “Crafting Table, and the restroom, as well as a “Welcome to the Party!” sign (Download the Minecraft designs I have from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post). We covered our big plastic tables with green and brown plastic tablecloths from the party store and used square plates whenever we could. We also brought out Alexa’s various Minecraft swords and toys. Oh, and we put a big black Enderdragon (more on that later) and some Creeper heads on our garage door.
Minecraft Birthday Party Games
Alexa’s party was three hours long and she wanted lots of things to do, so we went searching on the Internet for fun ideas. Here’s what we ended up doing:
- Creeper Dodgeball
- Musical Blocks
- Knock Over the Creeper
- Ghast Pinata
- Minecraft Crafting
- Pin the Arrow on the Enderdragon
- Light the TNT
- Enderdragon vs. Splash Potions
Here are the details on each game:
Creeper Dodgeball: We bought a large green bouncy ball from the dollar store and put a Creeper face on it with a Sharpie. Then the kids played standard dodgeball with it as we waited for everyone to arrive. Apparently I play dodgeball differently than they do, however, because they were all confused when I told them the rules. Play it any way you wish so long as everyone is happy and no one gets hurt.
Musical Blocks: I printed out a block of ore for each kid (redstone, diamond, lapis lazuli, emerald, coal, and gold) onto cardstock. I put these out onto the grass in a big circle and told each kid to stand on one. Then I played a Minecraft song (I think I was playing “Revenge”) and told them to move from block to block until the music stopped. Once it stopped, I called out the name of one of the ores — whomever was standing on it was the first winner and traded their ore card for a prize. We continued on like that until everyone had a prize. The ore blocks printable is in the Minecraft birthday party printables file you can get at the bottom of this post.
Knock Over the Creeper: I bought some green floral styrofoam from the dollar store and made a creeper from it. Then using a simple plastic bow and arrow with a suction cup (bought from the party store), each kid took turns trying to knock over the creeper. I had them keep track of how many blocks they knocked over (it was made of four blocks) and the one who knocked over the most blocks was the winner.
By the way, you should know this post contains an Amazon affiliate link, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using this link. If you buy the Creeper head from my link, I get (a little) more money to make more crazy things and birthday parties!
Ghast Pinata: Greg made a magnificent ghast pinata from a small cardboard box about 7″ x 7″ x 7″ that we had around the house. He slit the sides then taped them back up to ensure the pinata could be broken. Then he decorated it with paper to look like a Minecraft ghast. We hung it from the big tree in our yard and each kid got turns hitting it with a wood sword. We first had them wear a big Minecraft Creeper Head (affiliate link) and turned them in circles, but later we just made them run three times around the Creeper head before coming in for the attack. It took just the right amount of time and everyone got to beat on the pinata at least twice!
Minecraft Crafting: This game I got from http://ichooseawesome.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/epic-minecraft-party/, which has all the printables for it. We used an actual wood chest decorated with electrical tape as the crafting table and put all the recipe cards on corkboards. The reagent blocks were scattered around the yard for the kids to find. The kids really loved crafting various prizes and even cooperated at the end to make sure everyone got something if they wanted it.
Pin the Arrow on the Enderdragon: Greg made a big Enderdragon from posterboard and taped it to our garage door. Then I made arrows with each kid’s name on it. We made them wear the big Minecraft Creeper Head (affiliate link) again and try to get their arrow pinned on the dragon as close to the center of its head as possible. It worked pretty much like classic pin the tail on the donkey party game.
Light the TNT: Alexa had been asking about Diet Coke and Mentos for a few months now, so I decided to have a little fun with them at the party. I put a little bottle of Diet Coke in a two-high TNT box and a roll of mentos in a redstone torch box. I split everyone into teams of two and had them “light” their “TNT” with the Mentos and Diet Coke. It was fun and crazy, and the fact that I used little bottles meant nothing too crazy was going to happen. The TNT and redstone torch boxes made to the correct sizes are in my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
Enderdragon vs. Splash Potions: While splash potions do not actually harm an Enderdragon in the game, we took some liberties here and decided OUR Enderdragon could be defeated with them. What were our splash potions? Lime green water balloons, of course! This was nothing more than the kids throwing water balloons at the Enderdragon on our garage door willy nilly. We did chalk a target on the Enderdragon’s nose as an incentive, but the kids really just had fun without it. Who can deny a good water balloon game on a summer’s day?
Minecraft Birthday Party Prizes
Prizes were mostly things I printed out from Pixel Papercraft, but I had a few extra goodies as well. Here’s what the kids got (Download the Minecraft designs I have from my free resource library – get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
- Creeper Cup (mentioned earlier)
- Block of Ore (square plastic containers filled with things that looked like diamonds, emeralds, lapis lazuli, coal, iron, and redstone)
- Minecraft Picture in a frame (art were various wallpapers and the 4″ x 6″ frames came from the dollar store)
- Minecraft bookmarks
- Minecraft stickers (I got the stickers from http://ichooseawesome.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/epic-minecraft-party/)
- Minecraft papercraft things like a Creeper, Steve, End Portal, 20-sided Die, Diamond Sword, and Diamond Pick (all from http://www.pixelpapercraft.com)
- Gold Bar (Trident gum in a custom wrapper)
- Iron Bar (Hershey miniature in a custom wrapper)
- Squid Bar (Hershey miniature in a custom wrapper)
- Minecraft notebook (green notebook from the dollar store with Minecraft stickers on it)
All of these items were kept in a green paper goodie bag with a Creeper sticker and each kid’s name.
Download the Minecraft designs (Design #1) I have from my free resource library (get the password to the library in the form at the bottom of this post).
So was the past 30 hours of frenzied activity worth it? Yep. Your child only turns 10 once, and, frankly, it was fun to come up with cute Minecraft stuff. She LOVED her Minecraft birthday party and so did her friends. And because I didn’t plan it way in advance, that meant I couldn’t go absolutely crazy, which make it easier on my wallet and on cleanup. All in all, I’m very happy, albeit a bit tired now.
I want to thank everyone who put their Minecraft ideas online — without you, I could not have pulled off such a great party in so little time. There’s yet another wonderful benefit to the Internet!
What an amazing party! Thanks so much for being so generous and helpful with all of the printables and links you posted! I’m planning a Minecraft party for my son who’s turning 7 and he is going to be amazed at all of these wonderful ideas! I have scoured Pinterest and the internet and I found your post to be the absolute most helpful with games–your descriptions, pictures and printables are fantastic! Again, I truly appreciate your generosity and willingness to share! Thanks so much!
Thank you so much! From one grateful and not nearly so crafty Mom!
This is amazing! Thank you for the details, photos, and printables! The games are genius and it sounds like the kids had a great time. Hats off to you!
Amazing! My boys saw all your ideas and are wanting to do it for their birthdays, which is a year away! Awesome job!
Thank you so much for all the links this will definitely help with our party!!
Lee Stone says
You’ve saved my life! My son’s birthday is 15 days after Christmas and always a challenge. We found your website and he is very excited to have a similar party! The links for printing labels, etc. are a godsend and all is affordable!!! Thanks for sharing.
WOW!! Thank you , thank you, thank you for all the easy to get to links!! Your posts alone made my day!
I can’t thank you enough for sharing these printables! My son is so excited!! This is one of the best pins that I’ve found!
Thanks so much for sharing! Do you have a printable for the creeper cola?
Here you go, Cynthia! https://jennifermaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/minecraft-water-bottle-labels.pdf
Thank you so very much!
Mary Polanco says
Hi! I love everything you did for your son party. My son is turning 10 on Valentine and he wants a Minecraft bday party and you made my planning so much easier. Can you please tell me how to add my Son’s info on the Invitations before printing it? I guess Im not a computer person and I’m strugelling with that. Thanks
Thanks! In order to use the “blank” invitation at https://jennifermaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/minecraft-party-invite-blank.pdf, you’ll need some sort of graphics program. Save the PDF to your computer, open it in a graphics program, then put your sons’ name and info into the appropriate spots. Then you just print, cut, fold, and tape.
Thank you for sharing some amazing ideas! Do you happen to have the printables for the Minecraft food? I am a complete newbie at this Minecraft thing.
Yes, here is the printable for the Minecraft food: https://jennifermaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/minecraft-party-food-labels.pdf
You are amazing thank you!! My sons 6th birthday party is minecraft themed on Saturday and you have saved me!!! <3
How did you print the labels for the food? Chicken, melon, carrots, etc….
I printed this file — https://jennifermaker.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/minecraft-party-food-labels.pdf — onto regular paper then folded them in half.
This HAS to be one of the most helpful Minecraft party posts! Thank you!! Getting ready for our soon-to-be 9-year old’s party and he will love these ideas. You’re a great mama!!
thank so so much> I was able to print it and my son loves it. you are wonderful. millions of thanks
this was so helpful. the best post I’ve seen yet, and I’ve looked at many! thanks.
Amanda Gillen says
You have NO IDEA how much I appreciate this! I can not thank you enough!!!! I wish you lived here so I could hire you to just do all of this and run the party too!!! You are truly amazing!
Momma of 2 mine crafting boys! says
All of your ideas were great! I so appreciated the free printables- saved me time and money. Thanks to your help I was able to pull everything together within a few days. The kids loved the food and games and everyone had a great time!
You are amazing!!! As much as I love to throw a party, my craftiness begins and ends in the kitchen..lol! Thanks for so many wonderful ideas! I do have a question if you don’t mind….for the coke and mentos….how big were the diet cokes? Like the small individual size or a 20 oz? And is it just regular mint mentos in the roll or the small ones? I have not tried it before, but have a feeling my son and his buddies would get a kick out of this and I don’t want to blow it with the wrong supplies ;). Thanks so much!!
Thanks! The Diet Cokes were regular size plastic bottles (20 oz.) and the Mentos were the regular ones that come in a roll. Hope that helps!
Melynie E says
Awesome, awesome, awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing this and helping so many mamas out!! My two boys both want Minecraft birthdays and you just made it a ton easier for me to be Mom of the Year!!! 😀 Thanks for your creativity and generosity!!!! This party is amazing!!
Thank you for sharing! My son is so excited!
Joanie B. says
Hi Jennifer! You’re Minecraft Party is AMAZING!! I am going to use your ideas for my son Daniel’s 7th birthday party next Friday! I printed all of your printables but in the food labels FISH was missing. Any chance you post that on here. You’re the BEST!
I updated the food labels to include the fish! 🙂
Wow! You saved me! Thank you so much! What kind of paper do you use for the TnT licorice? For the cake, if you had more time (4 nights here) when would you begin the fondant and bake the cake? Would you refrigerate overnight then bring to room temp for serving? This is sweet! Again, thank you!
The TNT labels were plain card stock, as I recall. I just put the card stock in the printer rather than the regular copy paper. If I’d had more time to make the cake, I think I’d simply make the fondant two days before, then make the cake and put the fondant on the day before and refrigerate it until the morning of the party — it might save a little running around on party day.
The TnT licorice labels were printed on card stock I got from Staples. As for the cake, I’d make the cake a couple of days beforehand, then do the fondant the following day. I probably wouldn’t bother to refrigerate the cake overnight.
Is there a fish sign for the food? It wasn’t in the file.
I just added it to the Minecraft Food Labels file. 🙂
This is so amazing!!!! Thank you so much for all these ideas!!!
Jennifer, your generosity in sharing all the templates and ideas is so appreciated! I hope you feel the joy from the kids and the relief from the moms on birthday party days all over the world 😀 You deserve all the good vibes!
thank you I will yoos it This is a child typing
Sorry, my son left the above comment! Your party has definitely inspired him for his 10th birthday! Well done 🙂
Thank you so much for your posts and printables. I’m having a Minecraft party for my daughter and don’t understand enough about the game myself, so this is all very helpful in planning! Many thanks!
Thank You so much for all your printables, you truly Are an awesome mommy!!!
Priscilla I says
YOU did an AMAZING job in pulling a minecraft party for your son.. Thank you fro making it easy for us in providing printable labels, banners, and especially the creativity in food and decors!!
Stacey Jimenez says
Hi! This is the most helpful post I have found for Minecraft Party ideas. Do you have a PDF for the Happy Birthday sign?
Megan J. says
Hello, I can’t find the file for the actual TNT wrappers. Is there one?
I am so grateful for you site! Because of your wonderful generosity and craftiness, I am able to pull this party off when life was a bit extra lifey. Thank you Thank you Thank you oh great and powerful Minecraft Mom!!
You my dear are my HERO! I am about to take advantage of these amazing ideas. I feel as if I have hit the lottery.
A desperate mother of twins who eat sleep and breath Minecraft 🙂
Paula Preuss says
This is so amazing! What a party your son had! I am planning my son’s 6th birthday party that will happen this Saturday. I am going nuts looking over the internet. I come across your page, and i am so thankful for your ideas and printables! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I could kiss you! These pdf’s and ideas were exactly what I needed for my niece’s party! Thank you so, so very much!! THANK YOU!!
Wondering if you have the link for the letters you used in your birthday banner. Thanks so much. Your pics look like a Alexander had a really cool birthday party. 🙂
What a wonderful party and I LOVE all the details! Thank you so much for taking the time to share and for your generosity to provide free printables. I’m going to try to replicate for my son’s 7th birthday.
Love all your ideas, will surely use them for my sons birthday party! I was going nuts with this theme, didn’t know where to start…
thats a really cool and awesome ideas Thank You for sharing and I love Minecraft
Thank you again
I love minecraft thx
Lili H says
Thank you so much for posting. It is awesome of you to put so much work into your kids party and be willing to share.
Melinda Morris says
Thank you for this – my daughter’s 12th birthday is sure to be a hit! She’s in love with all of the printables and wants some of them to hang in her room after the party 🙂
Sam Scull says
HI, you’re a really amazing mom with all your ideas, just a question, Where can I find the label for the big bottle of water which you named Extreme Hills Water (“fresh from the block”).. Thanks
Fabulous! Agreed on the greatness of this post. Thank you!
Do you have the TNT labels?
Thank you! Yes, the TNT labels are included in the downloadable file. 🙂
Lea Ann says
Awesome party! How did you make the creeper head you had the kids wear for the games? Did you have a file off of Pixel Papercraft professionally printed somewhere?
The creeper head is something we had before the party — I think we bought it at a Hot Topic store at our local mall. They also have them for sale over on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009JM2Q1Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B009JM2Q1Q&linkCode=as2&tag=jennifer00e-20&linkId=f66206c9d51699d8eb2a514e17b6ee60
Thank you so much for your amazing ideas and free printables. You were extremely helpful in helping me plan my son’s 7th birthday.
lisa Kinghorn says
Thank you so much for posting all of this! I’m attempting to pull off a Minecraft party this weekend, too. Maybe I missed it but I couldn’t find the file for the big bottle of water, either. Could you please add a link? Thanks again!
Thank you for the wonderful ideas and printables. My son’s 9th birthday party will be a great one. Thanks!
Jean Yim says
Thank you so much! You are so incredibly amazing and talented! Do you happen to have the TNT wrapper printable? I can’t seem to find that … Thank you!
Brilliant and amazing!!
Anne Marie Ho says
Wow, what an amazing job you did with your son’s party! I’m getting ready for my daughter’s 10th and you’ve just made my life a whole lot easier, thank you!!!
Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work! x
Thanks so much!! Truly helped me out for my son’s upcoming 5th birthday party (on the 30th) You’re such a Great momma!!!♡
My daughter turned ten this month and we used some of your generously shared ideas and printables for her party. She was very impressed and happy with the minecraft decorations and piñata, so thank you!
Great job. You help so many with this post. Thank you
Hi. Thank you so much for taking time to help other mum’s like myself plan an awesome Minecraft party. You are truly amazing. I never leave comments but I made this exception, as hands down you have the best organised and free Minecraft printables online. Thank you.
I’m so happy to hear my Minecraft birthday party ideas are helpful!! Thanks so much, and have a great party!
Thank you! Planning a MC party for the end of this month! You are AWESOME!
Have an epic party and let me know if you have any questions!
Kia Fuller says
I would like to get the pintable’s. I have signed up. Thank you in advance. My party is this Saturday.
Hi, Kia! You should have been able to download the printables as soon as you signed up. Let me know if you were unable to and I’ll find another way to get them to you! Have a great party this weekend!
Yes, that’s exactly what we did — open up each bottle and put some flavoring in! Alexander did this. 🙂
Thanks for letting me know the link wasn’t working — it’s been fixed!
Hi! I sign up for printable but haven’t received anything yet. Please advice if I’m doing something wrong. Thanks advance for awesome ideas and for sharing. Thank you again.
Hi, Vivian — sorry to hear the printable link didn’t appear on your screen after you signed up! I’m e-mailing the file to you now. Let me know if you do not get it for any reason. Thanks!
thanks for the treat info
Heather Taylor says
I signed up to get these printables a few days ago, and haven’t received them (but did get your latest newsletter). Can you send them to me? Thanks.
Hi, Heather! Yes, I just emailed them to you! Thanks. 🙂
Hi, I’m having the same problem, and can’t get them. Is there any way you could send to me, too? Thank you so much, you’re a lifesaver!!
Yes, e-mailing them now. (for anyone else reading this who can’t find them, the link appears after your join. Usually if you click the link the download starts, but you may need to click Save As on the link instead.)
Heather desmond says
I tried the link and it didn’t work. Could you send me the print file? My son is so excited about having a minecraft party
Sure, I’m e-mailing them now!
Kimberley Quinlan says
Thanks so much! My Alex turns 10 this week and we’ve used many of your ideas, some modified to include our love of Legos. He thought it was super cool that we found another Alexander who had a 10th birthday with a Minecraft theme 🙂
Yay! So happy to hear our ideas were helpful. Happy 10th birthday to Alex!
THANKS A LOT!
Hi, thank you for all the wonderful ideas.
areli a. says
thank you so much,it means a lot….
Jennifer, Thank YOU so much for taking your time and sharing all these wonderful ideas and printables! What a find! I”m planning a Minecraft party for my 11-year old, and he is so excited about it! Just looking at your pictures make me think I can do it :))) Thank you!
So happy to hear my ideas and printable are helpful! Have a great party. 🙂
Angela Valentinetti says
I just used your ideas for my sons’s 11th birthday party today. The kids LOVED it! The cake was a big hit. We used the creeper game and changed up another one a bit. Instead of an enderman, my son and I used black electrical tape to make a skeleton on our white garage door. The kids then threw water balloons at that. We also set up a cork board with a bunch of different colored balloons – black for enderman, pink for pig, reddish-brown for that mooshroom (?) cow thing, and white for a ghast. The kids had fun shooting darts to see which character they could destroy. THANKS for your old but still very relevant and useful post. I’m not sure what I would have done without it.
So happy to hear my Minecraft birthday party ideas were a hit! Sounds like you did a great job. 🙂
THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! I realize i a few years late to the party but my son(who will be 8 in April) recently discovered Minecraft and wants this as his Birthday theme this year. I live overseas and cannot find these sorts of things here so every year I am left printing and making all the decorations for my kids parties. He will LOVE this. Thank so much for sharing.
Cintia Martinez says
Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and printables! This is the best site I ever came across! You save my life!
Thank you for sharing your fun an very creative ideas!
My pleasure, Lori!
K A says
BRAVO!!!!!! I consider myself a super detailed, experienced party host, and this was so impressive that I had to leave you a comment! Strong work! Love all your details and the games, too! 🙂
This was extremely helpful, my daughter decided that she wanted a Minecraft theme family bbq birthday. So I’m excited to try out the games and other ideas. thanks soo much