I know this is a blog about my experiences teaching math but I had a birthday party for my thirteen year old and I just wanted to share what I did in case anyone else wants to do a similar party. First of all, I scoured the web for ideas. Everything I did was not an original thought but an adaptation from someone else’s wonderful idea.
We created 3D models of some of the characters from minecraft. I found the printables and great directions at this website: http://www.instructables.com/id/The-Ultimate-Guide-to-Minecraft-Papercrafts/#step1 I had my 13 year old make them himself which saved me some time and he had fun doing it.
I used cake, rice crispy treats, and jello for the cake. I made the jello like jigglers with very little water so it would stay together.
For the food table I created cards to label the food with minecraft names. I used pictures from this website:
Here is the food we used:
Carrots: Carrots (with ranch dip)
Sticks: Pretzels (with nutella to dip)
Raw Salmon: Swedish Fish
Gold: Rolo’s (could also use the hershey’s chocolate that is wrapped as gold nuggets)
Spiders Eyes: Red Hots
Spawn Eggs: Egg shaped candy (I forget the actual type but any kind would do)
Drinks: Sprite because it was green, if I had more time I would have labeled it with a creeper face.
For the thank you gifts we printed a treasure chest and filled it with m&m’s. Here is the file:
Treasure Chest Goodie Bag
The kids had fun running around and playing with nerf guns. They had to be dragged in to eat the cake. Overall, I thought it was a good party for a 13 year old who is torn between being “grown-up” and enjoying childhood.