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I love how quickly kids discover their shared interests and become fast friends. I saw it happen last weekend when Jackson invited friends over to check out his new Gameband for the ultimate Minecraft party play date.
Many of the kids had never met each other before, but they all had Minecraft in common. It didn’t take long before they were comparing worlds, sharing mining tricks, raiding the snack table and playing like best friends!
Don’t you wish making friends as an adult was as easy?
Since Jackson and his pals are Minecraft obsessed (like most kids their age), we decided to lay out a spread to match their passions.
We had a table full of Minecraft-inspired food and DIY decorations and games, and it all came together easily and inexpensively.
We set out bowls of snacks to represent different items in Minecraft.
Twizzlers labeled as TNT with homemade wrappers …
…mini apples and homemade chocolate Rice Krispies treats and cubes of cheese…
… York Peppermint Patties as coal…
…brownies iced with green grass…
… green M&Ms slime balls (which I’m told are not edible!)
… and creeper face Rice Krispies treats, colored green and decorated with black icing.
Later, since the play date ran three hours, we served a dinner of creeper pepperoni pizza.
Most of the decor for this party was DIY. Minecraft crafts are exceedingly easy to make because everything’s a cube, like pixels on a computer screen.
These torches are just cardboard boxes covered with kraft paper and orange and yellow scrapbook paper. The Minecraft experts in attendance at the party promptly removed the tissue paper I had added to the tops of the boxes because it was “not authentic.”
They did, however, approve of our pixelated windows, which we created with squares of white electrical tape.
Such a fun detail, and yet so easy to do. It was a fun family project.
That’s one of the things I really love about these parties we throw. They’re definitely a family affair. We all pitch in with the concepting, crafting, cooking and decorating, so we’re making lots of memories together.
I think I mentioned earlier that the play date ran three hours. I knew it was a success when one little boy, who at first didn’t want his mom to leave, told me at the end that he didn’t want her to pick him up yet!
So, how did we keep the kids entertained for three hours? We started out with a little mining, of course.
Jackson got to show off an early Christmas gift, his new Gameband Minecraft™, which is the first-ever Minecraft wearable. Gameband is owned by Now Computing and is affiliated with Minecraft. If you have any feedback regarding Gameband, please reach out to Now Computing.
So much more than a USB, Gameband allows you to take your Minecraft worlds with you and play anytime, anywhere on any computer.
I can’t tell you how much Jackson loves this feature. Before he got the Gameband, his biggest lament was that he couldn’t play his own worlds when he went over to friends’ houses. Now, he’s not tethered to our computer. He can take Minecraft with him wherever he goes.
You wear the Gameband like a bracelet, and you can use the PixelFurnace app to create custom animations for the display.
Here’s Jackson showing off his custom animations:
I’m predicting the Gameband will be the hot Christmas gift this year for gamers. I found Jackson’s in the mobile and cloud gaming section at Target.
At our play date, we also had some fun Minecraft party crafts. The kids got to create their own Minecraft skins, using 12-inch sheets of scrapbook paper, glue sticks and 1.5-inch squares.
It was a blast to see their pixelated self portraits.
The kids also got plenty of outside time at the party, which they spent running around, just being crazy.
We had relay races and lots of free play.
Then we headed back inside for more snacks (one boy ate so much Twizzler TNT, I thought he might explode!), more mining and some Minecraft Trivia.
My son wrote all the questions, so this game trivia game is perfect for elementary school kids.
From food to friendships to fun and games, I’d say our Minecraft party play date was a huge success.