Another Minecraft Party, Coming Up…

minecraft-cookiesMy son had a Minecraft themed birthday party back in September, and now my daughter wants one, too! This means I’ll need to come up with some new ideas for Minecraft treats, decorations, and activities. Since I know other parents are looking for similar stuff, I’ll post what I find here. Maybe it will help you with your Minecraft kids, too!

I found this Minecraft cookie cutter set today! I think it will be great for birthday treats, although the decorating will be a bit tricky. The shapes aren’t necessarily recognizable without the colored icing in the right places. Well, except for the Creeper face cookie. I’m pretty sure that will be easy enough.

The cookie cutters are $19.99 at ThinkGeek right now. Let me know if you get them, and how you do the decorating.

Minecraft Cookie Cutters

Minecraft Birthday Party

Minecraft partyMy middle son just turned twelve, and we had a Minecraft birthday party for him. He chose the theme, and set up the LAN game for his friends. My part in the celebration was to provide Minecraft decorations and treats. Challenge accepted!

First of all, let me admit that I’m not a super-crafty “Pinterest” mom who does this kind of thing very often. But since this boy didn’t get a birthday party last year, I felt like making a bit more effort for him this time. The project ended up being really fun, and he was excited about the results.

Since I had to search and gather the elements for these crafts, I figured I’d put them together to share. If anybody else wants to use them, go right ahead. I hope you enjoy these free Minecraft printables.

Minecraft Birthday Invitations

Here is the invitation I made: Blank Minecraft Printable Invitation. I found a Minecraft dirt and grass background, put a text box on top of it, and then just printed it out. I downloaded a free Minecraft font to use for the text.

Minecraft Potion Bottle Labels

minecraft-potions

These cute bottles of punch are just perfect for little Minecraft potion labels. The kids thought they were amazing! It was quite easy to make them. I found images of the different Minecraft potions, put them into rows on a page, printed it, cut it into strips, wrapped them around the bottles, and taped them together in the back.

Blue Minecraft Potion Labels
Green Minecraft Potion Labels
Purple Minecraft Potion Labels
Red Minecraft Potion Labels

Minecraft Creeper Face Cupcake Picks

Print this page of Creeper faces onto cardstock, cut the faces apart, and tape them onto toothpicks. Then poke the picks into your cupcakes or other treats.

You can also print this onto plain paper and cut strips of faces to wrap around water bottles or other drinks. The kids love “Creeper Juice.”

Minecraft Creeper Face Page

 

Those are all of the printables I made for this Minecraft party. I’ll do a separate post on how I made the dirt and grass blocks. They were cute and delicious (and gluten-free, if you’re concerned with that kind of thing). [UPDATE] Here is the recipe for the Minecraft dirt and grass treats!

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Geeks Get Geekier with Tattoos

geek tattoosI would never get a real tattoo. I’m afraid of needles, and I don’t want to be an 80 year old lady with a tattoo someday. For years, I’ve been searching for a way to express my inner geek. Okay, not really, because my inner geek is pretty much the same as my outer geek. There’s no hiding the geek inside of me.

But say I wanted to give epidermal artistic expression to my inner geek, without the use of needles? Now there’s a solution! Temporary Geek Tattoos!

I know that was a long way to go to introduce these, but they are pretty neat. I found them at UrbanOutfitters.com, and the set includes “PWN3D,” “Game Over,” “Hack the Planet,” and other fun designs.

Customize this shirt with your own geek slogan

write on shirt

Here is a fun shirt from ThinkGeek. You can customize it by writing whatever you want in the white fields, wash it, and start over again! The marker is included.

How many different combinations of noun, verb, noun can you come up with? Make it snarky or sincere, frightening or funny. Express your feelings in geeky mad libs style! Having trouble getting started? Here are some ideas I came up with:

  • im in ur computer corrupting ur files
  • im in ur refrigerator eating ur treats
  • im in ur microwave popping ur corn
  • im in ur belly gestating ur alien
  • im in ur head poking ur brain
  • im in ur hatch pushing ur button
  • im in ur battlestar galacticating ur cylons
  • im in ur office toasting ur pita
  • im in ur castle saving ur princess

Okay, you get the idea. Thought of a good one yet?

I’ve finally decided who to vote for…

vote for Mario and Luigi in 2008

Okay, I know I don’t usually write about politics here, but I couldn’t pass this one up. Check this out! How perfect is this Mario – Luigi Campaign Tee for a Nintendo-loving geek like me?

Here’s part of the endorsement statement from the pundits at ThinkGeek:

We wanted to introduce you to our favorite candidates in the running for the ’08 election: Mario and Luigi Giordano. They own a local pizza joint where everything’s homemade, just like in momma Italy. Face it. Almost all America’s problems can be solved with a generous application of mozzarella. And pepperoni. And especially mushrooms.

I love it. I’m seriously thinking about buying it. 🙂

Give this pretty pendant to your favorite geek

Fuze quartz LED pendant

Well, it may be too late to get this pretty pendant for Valentine’s Day, but you don’t need a holiday to shower affection upon your favorite geek, right?

These unusual pendants are made from quartz crystals embedded with color-cycling LED lights. You can choose your preferred shape, and give your sweetie a luminous, wearable symbol of your heart light. Anyone else thinking E.T.? Sorry…

Seriously though, I would totally wear one of these. I think they are beautiful and unique. If you’re curious, you can get more information on the Fuze Necklace at ThinkGeek.

Are you ready for pi day?

pi shirt

In honor of the upcoming scholarly holiday, I am highlighting a fun shirt from my shop. Yes, self-promotion time. Plus, I think this is a very cool shirt. I guess that might tell you something about how un-cool I am. 😉

The “I LOVE PI” shirt expresses my nerdy tendencies and punny sense of humor (I know, it’s so funny, you forgot to laugh) in a geek chic fashion statement. If this kind of thing appeals to you, go check it out. Remember, pi day is 3.14. That’s March 14, get it? Right on!