Minecraft Birthday Party

A couple of weeks ago Mr.Monster celebrated his 6th birthday. Since his leg was still in a cast I wanted to keep it small and not very demanding physically.  He requested a Minecraft themed party and these 2 concepts seemed to fit together nicely; videos games and an easy paced party. It’s been a few years since I’ve gone all out with the decorations for him too (we’ve done Chuckie Cheese type things the last few years) so I figured I owed him a good one.

One thing I really like to do is decorate for the kid’s parties the night before while they are in bed. This serve two purposes 1. they aren’t underfoot while I’m trying to get stuff done and 2. it’s an awesome surprise for them when they wake up in the morning to a fully decorated room.

Minecraft Theme Party Decorations

The Minecraft theme is actually so easy to work with. For decorations I had a Creeper plate wall, balloon spiders, Creeper coloured window streamers, and various Minecraft toys around. For food I made a dirt block cake, green juice in creeper cups, game themed goodies and a “blocks” lunch. We also had a Minecraft YouTube playlist, crafts, goodie bags and more! Some of the ideas came off of Pinterest and some are my own, but everything came together nicely and the birthday boy was super happy. And that’s what really matters right?

Minecraft Party Mask CraftWe started the party with the Minecraft masks craft. I figured I’d better get them all sitting down for the craft before they got all fired up and it was a lost cause. I precut all the squares and glued on popsicle sticks a head of time so all the kids had to do was glue on their creations. Clearly there is some varying skill levels here haha, but it was a quick, easy, and fun craft especially for kids so young.

Then we put on a YouTube playlist that I created of Minecraft parody songs up on the TV for the kids to watch and sing and dance to while I prepared lunch. Here is the playlist if you’d like to check it out (there’s actually some really clever ones! People have too much time on their hands!):

Minecraft Themed Party lunch blocksLunch might have been my favourite part though. I thought I was pretty clever here and it came out really well. Of course I precut all the meat and cheese the night before so all that had to be done at the party was stacking the slices evenly to make squares. Side note: I actually have no idea what slimeballs or red stone are, but I found the printable cards and worked with it. All the kids thought it was pretty funny too!

Minecraft Themed Party Dirt Block CakeI got the cake idea from Adventures of Mel. Adding crushed up Oreos to the chocolate icing was genius! Not only does it look more like real dirt, but it tastes AMAZING! I will for sure be doing that again on some cupcakes in the near future. Tip: Make sure the oven is clean before you start and doesn’t start billowing with smoke, setting off your smoke detector, then requiring cooling and cleaning before starting over all while your cake mix goes flat…not that that happened to me….

Minecraft themed party creeper goodie bagsEach of the goodie bags contained a Minecraft keychain and some black and green candies from Party City then the kids got to add “gold” and “diamonds” to their bags when they picked them up. I got the free printable Minecraft signs from Catch My Party. There are also invitations, banners, etc. posted that I didn’t even use. Check it out!

Super happy with the outcome. This might be my favourite so far! Though the Monsters Inc. one was a close runner up :)

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Pinterest Challenge January: Hot Dog Spaghetti…yum

Fun Food for Kids: Hot Dog Spaghetti

For me this idea goes all the way back to the beginning of Pinterest, it was for sure one of the first things I ever pinned. Well, I finally got around to trying it this week and the kids LOVED it! I told them I was making “hot buttered squid” and everyone got all worked up about it and refused to eat it. Needless to say they were pretty happy when they saw it was a dish that combined 2 of their favourite foods; pasta and hot dogs. (I’m having flashes of Big Bang Theory here…wasn’t this Sheldon’s favourite dish??)

It’s as easy as it looks:

  1. Cut hot dogs into bit sized pieces
  2. Poke hot dogs with spaghetti noodles
  3. Boil according to pasta package directions
  4. Season as desired

I didn’t want to use a red sauce on it because it would hide the food and I figured no sauce would be pretty bland so I simply buttered the noodles and sprinkled it with lots of Parmesan cheese. The monsters ate every last bite and were disappointed there wasn’t more. A winner for Friday Family Fun Nights!

It was a little (messy) tricky to eat, but they worked it out :)

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***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***

Pinterest Challenge August: Pancake Cupcakes

Woohoo! Pinterest Challenges are back! That’s not to say that I haven’t been executing all kinds of stuff off of Pinterest over the summer, but we had such a crazy (and fun!) summer that I just couldn’t keep up with documenting and posting them. One of my faves from last month though was those pancake muffin cups I’ve seen a few times (the one I pinned only links to a photo and not a website, so no idea credit can be given here). It was so easy and so tasty!

Pancake Cupcakes

I premade the pancake mix using the boxed stuff and 1 batch perfectly filled 12 muffin cups. I put out little bowls of add-ins such as chocolate chips, cut up cooked breakfast sausage, banana pieces, and blueberries. The monsters (5, 3, and 1) could even help…they picked what add-ins they wanted in their cupcakes and added it themselves. Monkey added every possible option into one cup, LoveBug loaded his with chocolate chips and well, it was questionable for the 1 year old, but she tried! Then I popped them in the oven for 15 minutes, topped with syrup and whipped cream (which made them look even more like real cupcakes!) and voila! Pancake Cupcakes!

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I really didn’t do a good job documenting this because I wasn’t planning on posting about it, but they were such a hit I just had to share (maybe I’ll update with some better pics next time we make them!) 5 thumbs up in our house!

If you like these you can also check out when we made the opposite: Cupcake Pancakes

Pancake Cupcakes

  • Servings: 12 cupcakes
  • Time: 10 minutes prep, 15 minutes cooking
  • Difficulty: easy
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Pancake Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • prepackaged pancake mix (and required ingredients)
  • cupcake add-ins (chocolate chips, sausage, bacon, bananas, strawberries, etc.)
  • syrup and whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Prepare pancake mix according to package directions
  2. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray and fill 12 muffin cups 3/4 of the way full
  3. Place add-ins into each muffin cup
  4. Bake 15 minutes at 350°
  5. Remove from muffin cups, top with syrup and whipped cream and enjoy!!

***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***

Pinterest Challenge April: Watermelon Soldiers

My kids love watermelon, I love watermelon, seriously what kind of weirdo doesn’t like watermelon? (You know who you are!) I really hate dislike the mess it makes though. It gets all sticky all over your hands and face, and if it’s really good watermelon it also runs down your chin and all over your shirt. And to top it all off it actually stains too! For years I have been dicing it into little cubes for the kids to eat out of a bowl with a fork, but recently I saw another idea on Pinterest that cuts back on the extra dishes. Watermelon cut into strips, or soldiers as we call them in my family.

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Lay a flat side of the watermelon down on the cutting board and cut into 1 inch slices, keeping the slices upright. Rotate the cutting board 90 degrees and cut again into 1 inch slices, leaving you with 1 inch cubes. Pull apart and nicely display your watermelon soldiers. Fun to eat and a fraction of the mess :)
20140529-141937-51577543.jpgNote: no Pinterest idea credit was give on this one because the Pin went to an invalid link.

***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***

 

Pinterest Challenge March: Homemade Taco Seasoning

Say good-bye to excessive salt, preservatives, added starches, and all those things you can’t pronounce by making your own homemade taco seasoning. There’s a pretty good chance you have all the ingredients in your spice cupboard anyway and it really is so easy it’s almost stupid not to do it. If you’re thinking “well who wants to get out and measure 10 spices every time they make tacos” do what I did and make a big batch and jar it. I’ve done the math for you and the recipe below is good for 3-4 taco nights depending how spicy you like your tacos.

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Homemade Taco Seasoning Ingredients

Homemade Taco Seasoning (Big Batch):

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1-2 tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp.. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
Homemade Taco Seasoning in a Mason Jar

Homemade Taco Seasoning in a Mason Jar

Add all of the spices into a jar of your choosing, I used a jam sized mason jar (have I mentioned I love mason jars?) and it was the perfect size. Then shake it! Again, this batch of taco seasoning is good for 3-4 taco nights depending how spicy you like your tacos.

– Cook 1 pound of ground beef (or turkey, or chicken) and drain.
– Add 2-3 tbsp. of the Homemade Taco Seasoning and 3/4 cup of water, continuing cooking until liquid is absorbed.
– Serve with your favourite taco toppings.

My current favourite is tacos in a lettuce wrap! There is so much flavour in tacos you don’t even miss the tortilla wrap!

Pinterest idea credit goes to: allrecipes.com

 

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Layered Spices

***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***

Pinterest Challenge February: Valentine’s Votives

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Monkey and I made these cute Valentine’s Votives yesterday to give to his two teachers and (at his request) his two bus drivers as well… Do Valentine’s gifts make up for forgetting to do something at Christmas? (Please Santa?)
I got the Pinterest idea from Happy Hooligans. I precut the tissue paper squares and added some hearts in as well. I gathered up the paint brushes, ModgePodge and baby food jars. I substituted baby food jars because for someone who made her own baby food I seem to have a lot of them lying around. I premade 1 jar for Monkey to use as an example and he did such a great job of following the instructions I couldn’t believe it! He was so precise and didn’t get any glue or tissue on the grip where the lid goes (OMG he’s 5 years old now!)

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P.S. LoveBug was invited to join us but opted to play his LeapPad instead…looks like we’re gonna have a gamer on our hands!

***It doesn’t even have to be about Pinterest per se. I mean, we were all already out there on the Internet researching stuff and looking up fun ideas before Pinterest existed. Then Pinterest came along and provided an awesome and easy way to organize all the time we waste surfing the Web into one tidy little package. So now, we go and ‘Pin’ all these amazing ideas on Pinterest, but how many do we actually follow through on? My challenge is to follow through with and document at least 1 each month (baby steps, right?)***

Pinterest Challenge December: Happy New Year

Champagne, chocolates, and the symbol of wealth and prosperity…how can you go wrong?!
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One of the gifts that I gave my Mom this year is this month’s Pinterest Challenge. It’s a great cross over between Christmas and New Years and it just feels right for a New Year’s Day post.

I got the idea off of Pinterest (obviously), but it was just an image so there is no webpage to link up or give credit to here. It was really so simple that there’s no need for explanation, just a few pics will do the trick:

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Champagne, chocolates and tissue paper (glue gun not shown…oops!)

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Half way there

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Close up of the chocolates…yum!

Wishing you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous 2014!