Minecraft makes an excellent theme for a birthday party. The simple graphics make decorating easy, and there's a ton of ideas around the internet for games and party food.
In fact, there's a little too much stuff out there and that can be overwhelming. It's hard to know where to start, so I've done the legwork for you! I've weeded out some of the really great stuff and compiled it here in one handy place.
General party ideas
To start you off, these are the pick of the bunch when it comes to people who really got their Minecraft party groove on. These posts have loads and loads of great stuff, from printables to food and decorations:
Catch My Party - This Pinterest board is a one-stop shop for Minecraft party ideas
Paperblog - Creeper balloons, cookies, tees, desserts... this has it all
I Choose Awesome - Planning tips, printables, a photo booth and more
The Kitchen Magpie - Tips for throwing a simple Minecraft party
Foxt Designs - Over the top! Their Pinterest board is pretty awesome too.
Don't go to the expense of buying invitations, there are plenty of places to download free printables that look great:
Printabelle - Loads of other printables too, like water bottle labels
Geek Mom Mashup
Ben Comics - A cute Enderman, with matching thank-you note... my favourite!
PaperCraft - Design your own invites using background images like this grass one
Minecraft piñatas are super easy to make thanks to the blocky style of the game. This DIY idea using miniature boxes is really clever:
I can't believe how many awesome ideas for Minecraft-themed cakes there are now. When I made this one for my son in the early part of 2012, there were almost none! So you'll find no shortage of inspiration, but here are the ones that I think are either the best or easiest to make.
This is the cake I made and it was super easy. It's made up of individual blocks to represent grass, sand, water, snow and TNT. You can find the instructions over on my other website Snagglebox.
Next up is this incredible TNT cake made by the delightful Cupquake. If you haven't seen her YouTube channel yet, make sure you check it out. She has really easy-to-follow tutorials for all kinds of goodies.
Here's a handy Pinterest board of Minecraft cake ideas:
Homemayde Cakes - This cake is insane! It even has creepers and chickens.
Gourmet Gaming - This one looks like the actual Minecraft cake block (and the rest of her site is fantastic too).
There's also an awesome tutorial video on making the Minecraft block cake, by Feast of Fiction:
The basic player activities in Minecraft (exploring, digging, cooking, crafting, brewing, farming) lend themselves nicely to inventing party games, not to mention all the animals and blocks and characters too. Scavenger hunts, sandcastle competitions, making swords and pickaxes, petting zoo... you should be able to come up with stuff pretty easily.
This family made a neat video of their party, with clever games like Creeper bowling.
Or how about a game of 'pin the tail on the pig', as invented by Momma D and Da Boyz.
As far as theming the look of the party, think green and you can't go wrong. And remember the official motto of Minecraft parties - when in doubt, stick a Creeper head on it!
The really neat thing about Minecraft is that there's food in the game already! Carrots, baked potatoes, cookies, melon, chicken, pumpkin pie... there's lots to play around with. Plus you pretty much just need to cut stuff into cubes to call it Minecraft themed. Too easy!
Parties 4 Ever - Loads of great ideas as well as some really impressive food
Candy Bar Cupcakes - Creeper cupcakes (with template)
Coastal Sling Mommy - Creeper pizza!
Say Not Sweet Anne - Marshmallow creepers (very cool)
Cake Journal - Creeper cake pops
And another awesome video from Cupquake, making Creeper and Steve cookies:
Thanks to YouTube, there are a zillion Minecraft parody songs to delight your little party guests. Megan Townes created a handy playlist, and there's also one in this post by Frugal Family Times (which also has printables and game ideas).
These simple green Creeper bags from Neat 2 Eat have to be the easiest party bags I've ever seen! Such a neat idea.
Throw a party in Minecraft
If all of this sounds like too much work, why not throw a virtual party in Minecraft instead! You can serve cake, dance to music and even have fireworks. This Stampy surprise party video is fun to watch and has some great ideas for birthday fun inside the game.
And lastly if you're stumped for gift ideas for the birthday boy or girl, don't forget to check out The Really Big List Of Minecraft Gift Ideas.