First, the decorations!
It's hard to see in the above picture, but we also did this to the windows:
These are tiny squares of white electrical tape. It took 10 pieces per pane, 12 panes per window, on six windows; yes, that's over 700 tiny tape squares. The cost was extremely low(two rolls of tape did the whole thing), and the effect was stunning, but it took three days to put up and another two days to take down using copious amounts of Goo Gone, a paint scraper, and a spray bottle of soap water. If I was doing this again (and despite everything, I still think the effect was worth it) I would probably try an art tape like this one to hopefully make the cleanup easier.
Now, on to the food!
The napkins are these lime green ones, and I bought these square plates that look remarkably like the ones in the game for cake and snacks. Steve at the head (heh) of the table was actually this mask that my son got for Christmas.
I made a creeper out of Jello squares:
this recipe - minus the alcohol, of course.
You can't tell (at all), but the lime squares were supposed to be two different shades of green. I didn't realize when I was buying it just how many packets go into a Jello jiggler, and I thought half lime/half lemon would be lighter than all lime, which it obviously is not. Instead, I should have made half of the squares lime and half of them lemon with just a tiny bit of the lime mixed in to make them greenish.
Oh well, next time.
minecraftia font from dafont.com. One of these twizzler TNT packages went in the pinata.
these waterproof tealights. The 'buckets' are these silver paper cups. The effect was great, but in retrospect I'd want to put most of the tealights in the cups, so that the kids' drinks would glow as well as the punch bowl.
So, now that all the set-up is out of the way, let's get to the party! (Click for more)
I got the idea from here, but we decided to use full cardboard boxes so that the kids could actually wear them. To figure out the size, I measured my son's head, and added an inch to the longest dimension, so what we ended up buying were 11" square. They fit quite nicely.
The glue-on squares are construction paper (roughly 1 1/2 inches square). I bought this pack for the skin tones, which had several shades of peach, a few different browns, and some bright white. I bought three packages, but it turned out that one was plenty for 10 kids.
Here's my daughter modeling hers:
We also used this template to print up some creeper party bags, using these bags. The bottoms tended to get stuck and jam the printer, though, so if you get them, before printing you should scotch-tape the little flaps on the bottoms down.
Once every kid had a mask and a goody bag, we went down to the basement to start mining!
To make the 'blocks,' we took our cube shelves and taped minecraft diamond wrapping paper to the fronts(that link goes to Amazon, but we bought ours at Thinkgeek). Each cube got its own square of paper so that they wouldn't accidentally break more than one block while mining. We bought several packages of paper, but papering the two shelving units only used a little over one package.
My husband divided the kids into two teams, and had them answer some basic Minecraft trivia questions. Whichever team answered correctly got to send someone up to mine a block, using these foam pickaxes. I was worried that the paper might be too hard to break but it worked beautifully.
Inside, they found a gold bar filled with chocolate rocks, and one of these minecraft toys:
As soon as we finished that game, we began pin-the-tail-on-the-Enderdragon, using the cardboard box masks as blindfolds.
As soon as we chose a winner from that game, we went upstairs to
Lessons learned: when using tissue paper for paper mache, it's best to paint the paste on the box like glue and then lay the tissue paper over it, because it's too thin to soak-and-apply like you'd do with newspaper. Also, I should have cut a hole between the body and the head, because that's where he broke, but because they were two entirely separate boxes the candy didn't spill out and we just ended up tearing them open.
However, I was so pleased with the masks - they made fantastic blindfolds, and the photos came out awesome!
The swords we used to hit the pinata, like the pickaxes, came from Thinkgeek - they also have a ton of great Minecraft stuff. I spend way more there than I probably should.
As soon as we were done with the pinata it was time to eat all the snacks and cake and open the presents, and then there was just enough time to try out the new toys before parents came.
I'd thought up a few more fun things - like having them make perler bead minecraft toys - but we ended up having plenty to do.
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