For the last five months Mr. Boy has had one thing on his mind, which is Minecraft. He was adamant he wanted a Minecraft party. We sat down and he described the perfect party. "We recreate the game in the backyard and my friends can dig and mine for diamonds and iron ore. Then we have four game trucks show up and we play Minecraft. Next we have Cake Boss deliver a Minecraft themed cake, will he deliver one to California?"
Oh, Mr. Boy, that sounds lovely, but it's a little out of my budget. So I turned to my very favorite friend Pinterest and she delivered a wealth of party ideas. Some of these folks are crazy, and they must mortgage the farm to fund these parties, but I found a ton of good ideas.
I barely knew what Minecraft was when I started, other than it's a video game with terrible graphics. The only redeeming quality is that Mr. Boy will do anything to be able to play Minecraft and I have used it as a bribe many times to get things done.
I always love to take a photo of the birthday boy with each guests to send with the thank you note. We used an old frame with some felt squares in the background to give it a Minecraft feel and I had props for the kids to use. I made that "Creeper Party Hat" by gluing some felt and a pom pom onto it. Mr. Boy hated it and thought he looked like a dork, but I thought it was awesome! Plus it showed off my clever crafting skills, which I mean.... really... isn't that what throwing a party is all about? *insert tongue in cheek*
Miss: When the kids arrived they decorated "drink koozies" by drawing something "Minecrafty." It was kind of lame, I wouldn't do it again.
I had stumbled on this lady's website that had all these awesome files to download for the stickers. .
Hit: Swimming after the games and activities, always a hit. Even better, having Aunt Cinnamon come and lifeguard! She provides that extra peace of mind, especially when there is a gaggle of ten year old boys all jumping around in the pool.
Other Hits: When Mr. Boy realized I would be in charge of the cake, he was leary, and he has every right to be. We opted for Minecraft inspired Rice Krispy Squares. A layer of "grass" (really just a layer of green Rice Krispies) and then the dirt, iron ore, or whatever it is under grass in that crazy Minecraft game. No one seemed to miss the cake and ice cream.
So, in the end, I went with simple and no one seemed to care, which is what I realized is the best thing about 10 year old boys.
They are pretty stoked with just getting to hang out, eat junk food, and goof around with their friends.