The Slacker Mom’s Guide to Throwing a Minecraft Birthday Party

As I mentioned last week, Joshua just turned 11. I was way behind on his birthday party stuff because of the crazy, sad February my family had. Plus, despite being a working mom for a full 6 months now, I cannot figure this working  mom thing out. My work-life  balance is non-existent. But oh well! I love it, and I just signed a year contract so that is happening!

Anyway. As you may or may not  know, I gave up trying to make my kids fancy birthday cakes years ago! Until…Jonah and I both went gluten-free. I also have a nephew who attends all these birthday parties who is gluten-free, so that means making either cupcakes or cake from scratch. For this party I made GF cupcakes, and since Kroger doesn’t do licensed Minecraft cakes and my time and resources and quite frankly energy was limited, I turned to Pinterest for the “real” cake. I know what you’re thinking – STEP AWAY FROM THE PINTEREST! IT WILL ONLY MAKE YOU FEEL WORSE!

No worries. I put my “I am only looking at the easiest possible things” blinders on before I went to Pinterest. IT worked! I found an easy cake and cupcakes and felt no shame. So, I present to you, a slacker mom’s minecraft birthday party creations. Step. By Step.

Step 1: Go to Pinterest. Find easy things.

Step 2: Find a picture of a creeper face, download it and print it x 12.

creeper faces

Step 3. Attach cut out creeper faces to toothpicks with tape.

Step 4: Insert into cupcakes with green frosting.

creeper cupcakes

 Step 5: Return to Pinterest. Look for a full-sized cake that even a kindergartener could decorate.

Step 6: Bake a rectangle cake, cut it in half, and slap some frosting between the layers.

Step 7: Frost it creeper green. OR, in my case, whatever green a capful of green food coloring yields, because you AIN’T GOT TIME TO MIX THE PERFECT SHADE OF GREEN. Gah!

Step 8: Have your husband cut up a Hershey bar and arrange it in a creeper face pattern on the cake, because even though it’s easy enough for a kindergartener, you’d still mess it up, and you only bought two Hershey bars, and you are NOT going back to the store for another one.

creeper cake

Step 9: Whine on Facebook about how you are terrible at this party theme thing and make sure and say what theme you are doing  because people will give you their ideas! Complete with photos!

Step 10: Rip off the easiest idea

Step 11: GO to Google images and get images of minecraft supplies that correspond to the snack items you have purchased for the party.

Step 12: Download and print pictures.

Step 13: Attach them to snack bowls and fill them with snacks.

Step 14: Take a picture to show everyone how amazing you are! Post it on ALL social media channels.

minecraft foods

Step 15: Relax and enjoy the party! Make sure and cut people off in the food line so you can sample your own hard work before those ingrates eat it all.

The. End.
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I looooove to bake for friends and family, especially around the holidays (and yes, I do have a spreadsheet for that, thankyouverymuch). is the perfect place to find and store recipes I want to have on hand.

Check out my collection above. Some are recipes I’ve made before, like this recipe I use every year to make buckeyes. I’ve already used it twice this year, and it couldn’t be easier.

Want to know the secret to delicious, creamy buckeyes? Beat the butter and peanut butter together for a very long time before adding any powdered sugar. You’re welcome.

I made buckeyes and these Chocolate Crinkle Cookies yesterday – this recipe will stay on my go-to list for years to come!

And the Chocolate Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream? They’ll change your life. I haven’t made them yet this year, but I need to do that stat.

I also love Snickerdoodles – my grandma used to make them all the time, but I never do for one reason – I never have cream of tartar on hand. This recipe, however, doesn’t call for that ingredient, so I will have to whip some up!

I’m starting to wish I’d scheduled a vacation day just to bake! What about you – what are you making this year? Any recipes I should make sure to add to my list?

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