My son turned 12 a couple of months ago. My baby is one step closer to being a teenager. Since Minecraft is the thing among boys his age, selecting a theme for this year’s party was easy. We always host birthday parties at a local entertainment center/restaurant. It is basically a giant arcade that serves awesome food. Think a classy Chuck E. Cheese for big kids and adults. They supply everything, so I never need to decorate, bake, cook, or clean up.
So the only thing I ever need to do for parties is the gift bag. I try to do my best to make sure my son’s friends go home happy, without breaking the bank over goodies for 12 kids.
Total cost: $5.15 per gift bag
Step one: the invitations
Cost: practically nothing since all that is needed is card stock and a printer.
These cubes are all over Etsy and Ebay. You can purchase them already personalized and ready to print. I found a free printable cube and made my own. My Silhouette Cameo has a print and cut feature so I didn’t even have to cut them out by hand. I am going to probably irritate some sellers out there, but I am going to give you mine for free, to download, edit and print on your own.
Download blank Minecraft invitation cube (jpg) | Download blank Minecraft invitation cube (Photoshop file)
Step two: Minecraft Creeper t-shirts
Cost: $3.89 per shirt
I am a huge fan of DIY t-shirts and am pretty much obsessed with making them. I purchased the shirts from Blank Apparel for only $2.70 each. These are not junk either, they are soft yet durable. The black Creeper face is iron on heat transfer material, purchased from Amazon. It averages out to $1.19 per shirt for the material.
Each boy wore his Creeper shirt around the arcade. The bright green made it VERY easy to keep track of them.
Step three: Minecraft Creeper cups
Cost: 43-cents per cup
These cups came from the dollar store. They are nice sturdy plastic in the perfect creeper green. A pack of 3 cups was only $1. I heart our local dollar store. The black Creeper face and the name on the opposite side is sticky vinyl. Each cup used only 10-cents in material.
Step four: Minecraft chocolate bars
Cost: 33-cents per candy bar
Hershey bars were only 3/$1.00 at Meijer. I tried my best to find Minecraft characters online that resembled my son’s friends. That brown-haired Jonathan is Renee’s son and Trevor belongs to Colleen. I printed the characters out on regular paper to fit around a Hershey bar.
Download printable Minecraft Candy Bar Wrappers. You can edit the images to include names, or write them on after printing.
Step five: Minecraft TNT bunches
Cost: 25-cents per bundle
The Twizzlers were $1 per bag at the dollar store. Each bag contained enough Twizzlers to make 4 TNT bundles.
Download printable TNT label
Step six: Minecraft Creeper bags – a place to store everything
Cost: 25-cents per bag
The bags were also purchased at the dollar store and I thought that it was a miracle that I found so many items in Creeper green. The faces were simply black paper, glued onto the bag. The Silhouette Cameo makes things so easy.
Total cost: $5.15 per gift bag