My 10 year old son Matthew, is crazy about the video game Minecraft. I would say he has a bit of an obsession! So, of course for his 10th birthday he wanted everything Minecraft.
His special day started off like this when he woke up.
When he came down for breakfast the morning of his birthday, I had these waiting for him. I used a black sharpie and made the Creeper faces. I'm not going to lie....that was scarier then opening a can of crescent rolls! One did pop on me, and I almost had a heart attack!
It's a tradition in our house to have "birthday pancakes" for breakfast. The kids get a mini pancake for every year old they are. So he had a little stack of 10. I made green pancakes, cute off the edges so they were in the shape of a square/rectangles. Then with dark chocolate frosting, I drew a Creeper face on the top one. He loved them so much! I love making their day so special for them!
For his birthday snack at school, I made Creeper brownies.
Now, for the birthday party!!!
I hadn't made a cake with fondant in over 2 years, so I was super nervous I would mess it up! I bought red fondant and mixed some black in it. Put a white strip around the cake, and free handed the TNT letters. For the top, I just cut out some black squares and made a pattern. Then I took a short piece of black licorice, cut in at the end so it looked more like a wick. I wrapped the bottom in black fondant, and attached a long piece of black licorice to it, and stuck it on the top of the cake.
Here's what the entire table looked like.
Licorice TNT's ~ Red licorice with a piece of black licorice for the wick. I typed a whole bunch of TNT's, cut them in strips, then wrapped them around the licorice bunches.
Torches ~ Twisted pretzels
Gold ~ Rolo's
Zombie Boogers ~ Green Grapes
Creeper Juice ~ Green Gatorade with the labels removed, then I made a Creeper face on them with a black sharpie.
Creeper Marshmallow Pops ~ Marshmallows dipped in green Wilton candy melts. After they dried, I made a Creeper face with melted chocolate. The awesome chevron paper straws are from Sweets and Treats Boutique.
Grass Blocks ~ Coco Rice Krispies with green frosting grass
Creeper Cupcakes ~ These were the easiest cupcakes ever! I found an awesome free printable at The Party Animal.
I printed them out on card stock paper for the cupcakes, but then I also printed out a bunch for the food labels. It worked out perfect, and I was so happy I found it!
I found this great site that has EVERY Minecraft character printable. Some of them are a little bit of a pain to make, but a lot of them, like the blocks, are super easy. I actually wanted to have a whole bunch of them made up, but I ran out of time. :) You can find the printable characters at Instructables
Creeper Gift Bags ~ Sharpie again! My youngest daughter Macy had a friend over, so I made theirs with eyelashes. :)
I decorated the house with green and black streamers, then using the same Creeper print out for the cupcakes, I also used to decorate with.
Steve Heads ~ These were the HIT of the party! The kids LOVED them! These buggers are expensive to buy! So I was over the moon happy when I found this AMAZING tutorial on how to make them. I spent a little over $2 each on them! You can find it at STEVELANGE.NET Make sure you read in the comments. I was kind of lost until I read helpful hints there. We bought our boxes at Kinkos. The box sizes are 11x11x11
Birthday boy Matthew and his sister Macy!
The boys with their Steve heads. They had so much fun with them, and their Nerf guns! I am still finding the little foam Nerf bullets everywhere!
What would a TNT cake be without a sparkler in it? The boys were so excited, and they were convinced the cake was going to explode!
I hope you enjoyed Matthew's 10th birthday party! We had lots of fun! Everything was very simple to do. I am such a last minute mom, it's always the number one thing on my New Year's resolution list each year! I went shopping on Thursday morning for everything, started making everything Thursday night, and the party was on Saturday. So, if you are a lot more organized, all of this stuff would be very simple to do!