Tuesday, May 17, 2016

How to Make a Minecraft Party

If you have kids who are totally obsessed with Minecraft, you'll want to look this post over. We're in the same boat here, and you know what they say, 'if you can’t beat them, join them'.  I knew next to nothing about Minecraft, but since my daughters love this game of construction, mining, and creepers, here I am making crafts inspired by Minecraft! All of this for Lucy who had recently turned seven and chose this game as her theme.

The truth is we couldn't find any premade decorations close to home, but I already had some ideas in mind. For this party I made blocks of gravel, blocks of dirt, a creeper piñata and a diamond sword. Of course some of the parents had no idea what this all meant, much less a grandparent entranced by the cubed treats. What was all this, they thought.

 Not to worry, I'll explain everything. 

Minecraft is a video game where players can essentially construct anything from different sorts of block shaped materials. Players may also mine for precious stones as the name implies while fighting creepers (destroyers) and other characters. this game offers modes where space and supply of any material is infinitely available so players can build with no limit beyond their imagination. Which, is why they insist on playing for so long, as parents this troubles all of us…

Anyway, back to the birthday. I've made a bunch of really simple snacks and decorations, though like anything, they take time so I won't promise a party in five minutes. But I can promise that your kids will be delighted with the party.

As always, my husband and I work as a team and birthdays are no different. Generally, he cooks and I prepare the sweets and some salads. For this occasion he found square indoor turf and they perfect for table decoration. We also made "gold nuggets" by butter popcorn in gold and yellow cupcake paper. As a centerpiece arranged colored mini cupcakes into the shape of the famed and invincible "diamond sword", and to finish off I made a creeper piñata . It was a wonderful party, Lucy her friends, and everyone loved it!

 Minecraft  Blocks

Ingredients for the gravel blocks

  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 1/2 stick of butter (50g)
  • 1/2 cup of Black candy melt
  • 1 box (9oz) of unsweetened rice cereal
Ingredients for dirt blocks
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
  • 1/2 stick of butter (50g)
  • 50g Cocoa powder
  • 1 box (9oz) of unsweetened rice cereal
  • Green icing and green sugar sprinkles

For all the blocks, the process is the same. Well, there's a key difference in two processes: for one cocoa will be added to the mix and for the gravel blocks, black candy melts will be added with the rest of the ingredients.  First grease the pan until it's very smooth. Then we melt the marshmallows at medium heat in a large pot along with the butter and mix until even. When the mix is uniform in color and texture, turn the heat off and add  the cereal. Mix until the cereal is fully and even integrated with the marshmallows and color agents. Before it fully cools and hardens, place in the greased pan and spread as evenly as possible.  After about ten minutes of cooling cut the treats into squares of about 1.5 inches. 

As for the dirt blocks, I iced the treats with green icing and green sugar sprinkles to represent grass.  

I hope you all liked the treats for this party, if you have questions please leave them in the comments. In the next post I will demonstrate how to make piñata and the diamond sword.

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