As the kids get older, cool parties are harder to come by! The best place to be inspired is in the birthday boy or girls' hobbies and interests. My creative sister recently planned a fun party for her son that I just had to share... "Carter's 12th birthday was an easy decision. He's totally into Minecraft this year and it was such an easy theme to work with. Everything in the game is pixelated, very retro video game style. So I decided to go with anything square and work from there. I was able to find some great downloads for all the blocks and character/creatures so I spent quite a bit of time cutting and folding! I think overall, they really pulled the theme together."
I'd have to agree! Minecraft is all the rage these days with tweens and teens and there are lots of free resources out there to help with the details. Minecraft is a game which allows players to build anything and everything out of 3D textured cubes. Crystal did a fabulous job pulling the party together with lots of thoughtful creativity and small touches here and there.
Click here for the Minecraft birthday banner.
The weather was beautiful, so they took the party outside! This is a great way to expand your space when your at-home living space isn't ideal for a big gathering. There are likely all sorts of parks and greenspaces you can take advantage of in your neighborhood.
One of my favorite ideas with any party is including the food as part of the theme and decor. It's an easy way to add to the theme. Crystal used the food tags to tie in the theme - notice the pictures are each made of small 3D cubes! The food itself was based on the food that the main character, Steve, eats/cooks in the game. Even the cake was the same as the one in the game!
Want to create your own food labels? Look at this great font option!
Here are some of those fabulous printouts that Crystal found!
Activities are also harder to come by for older kids, but I loved the creativity of the games Crystal chose. The first game, Creeper Tag, is a Minecraft version of capture the flag. Simple instructions and will probably cause everyone to break a sweat on a warm day!
Have you thought about creating a bingo party game for your own theme? What a simple, fun idea!
Thank you, Crystal, for sharing your party creativity!