The best Minecraft birthday party ideas (besides just sitting around playing Minecraft)

Best Minecraft birthday party ideas DIY | Cool Mom Picks

I have three just-a-wee-bit-obsessed Minecraft fans who would love nothing more than a Minecraft birthday party, to celebrate their big days surrounded by their favorite virtual world. Oh, you too? Then keep reading for some of my favorite Minecraft birthday party ideas that will have big impact–all without a week of prep, or a celebrity’s budget. We’re busy, you know? But we do have time for these.


Minecraft Birthday Party Invitations

Minecraft birthday party ideas: printable Invitation  | Cool Mom Picks

I love the bold yet not-too-busy Printable Minecraft Birthday Invitation from From Me With Love Design. Just send in your party details and receive a digital download to print the finished product out at home. I appreciate the ability to print out invitations as I need them, since my kids always  want to add at least one guest at the last minute.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas: 3D Birthday Invitation at TuKit Design

The print-and-assemble-at-home 3D Minecraft Birthday Party Invitation from TuKit Design would be great to hand out to prospective party guests. I think they’d make a big impact as-is, though you could also fill them with a few small pieces of candy to sweeten the offer. Print out a few extra for decorations around the party room too.

UPDATE: this box is no longer available but we did find these cool printable minecraft treat boxes on Etsy from Kenneth Quade Designs.  


Minecraft Birthday Party Decorations

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas:  Decorations from Alex Nguyen Photo | Cool Mom PicksThere’s no need to go too crazy with decorations in my house since my kids are mostly excited to eat cake and run around with their friends. You can still make a big, kid-friendly impact with fun touches like these cute (and easy!) Ghast and Creeper figures made from paper plates, black paper, and streamers. This is a fun project for the kids to do too.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas: Creeper Head on Play Dr. Mom | Cool Mom Picks

And a green paper lantern is quickly transformed into a hanging Creeper head lantern with a few pieces of black construction paper. (The lanterns are on sale at the aptly named Paper Lantern store)

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas: Mural from A Brit of Happiness | Cool Mom Picks

Party planners with a little more time–and the ability to hang things in a straight line–should check out this big Minecraft Creeper DIY mural, made of square paper plates–dinner size for something this large, or dessert size for a smaller finished product. The only downside? My son would want me to transfer this to his bedroom after the party.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas:  Decor by Margarette Sia | Cool Mom PIcks

Never underestimate the power of a color scheme and matching balloons. I love how photographer Margarette Sia decorates for her Minecraft birthday party with a bright tablecloth, square plates, and a few clusters of balloons. Voila! Minecraft decor! Black electrical tape is optional, but works to great effect.


Minecraft Birthday Party Activities

Though my kids would think it’s perfectly acceptable to set everyone up on the computers to play a few games, I’d rather their Minecraft birthday games and activities be a bit more social. I love the idea of doing  a fun scavenger hunt to search for “diamonds” in exchange for small treats.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas:  TNT Party Activity by Paula Gilarde | Cool Mom Picks

A fun way to finish off your scavenger hunt? Light off some TNT and cheer at the explosion. Don’t worry, this is definitely kid-friendly, if a little sticky, if you borrow Paula Gilarde’s idea to combine the Mentos-in-soda experiment with some DIY Minecraft TNT wrapping that looks pretty easy to make. I am positive I’d run out of soda before the kids tired of this explosive activity.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas" Pig Party Game from Momma D and Da Boyz

Pin the tail on the. . .Pig.  How cute is this twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey, using a few sheets of square pink paper and some pig “tails.”  I really like how  mom/party thrower Jennifer has used a handmade Minecraft Steve head instead of the traditional blindfold. I’d probably use my son’s store-bought Halloween-costume Enderman head which is pretty hard to see out of anyway.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas: DIY masks from Raining Hot Coupons | Cool Mom Picks

This Minecraft party mask activity might just get a few excited, sugared-up kids to calm down for a little while as they create their own unique Minecraft character. Use squares of cut construction paper, or grab a set of precut Origami squares or even colored Post-It notes, and let the kids create their own designs on a piece of cardboard. Great photo opp!


Minecraft Birthday Party Food and Snacks

Free Minecraft party printables from Printabelle | Cool Mom Picks

Download these free Minecraft printables by Printabelle which are made to stick in front of snacks like cookies and carrots. It’s up to you how you decide to interpret “diamonds” and “slime balls.” And though I wouldn’t go crazy trying to make everything cube shaped,  foods like hard cheese, mini sandwich bites,  pizza, and brownies can be easily made square-shaped to fit the party theme nicely.

 Minecraft birthday party food from Made by A Princess | Cool Mom Picks

Along with regular party snacks, these pieces of edible Minecraft coal at Made by a Princess Blog are in keeping with the theme and are no harder than your basic Rice Krispie recipe with some black food coloring. And yes, you can get black natural food coloring too. Click over for the easy DIY.

Minecraft birthday party ideas: Fondant cake toppers by Like Butter

There are many unbelievable Minecraft cakes out there, though I know my kids would be perfectly happy with a yummy handmade (or store-bought) cake topped with some adorable fondant Minecraft birthday cake toppers made by Like Butter. Don’t balk at the overall price which is for an entire set of twenty; message the owner with the figures you want for more wallet-friendly a-la-carte pricing.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas: Cupcake Toppers from Peace Love & Cake | Cool Mom Picks

If cupcakes are the guest of honor’s sweet of choice, I’d definitely consider topping them with these edible handmade Minecraft Cupcake Toppers by Peace, Love & Cake. They’ll sit stiffly on top of your cupcakes, and she can even include a coordinating topper with the birthday child’s initial or age on it.

Free printable Minecraft cupcake toppers from Printabelle | Cool Mom Picks
For the not-so-edible route, check out these
free printable Minecraft cupcake toppers at Catch My Party, which will make green-frosted cupcakes Minecraft-party ready. Just print on cardstock, cut, and tape to toothpicks or small lollipop craft sticks. So easy!

Printable minecraft cupcake toppers/wrappers at Austin Craft Invites

More fun printable Minecraft cupcake toppers: The ones from Austin Craft Invites on Etsy, also seen at top. They’re not free, but $10 gets you the whole set of toppers plus the cute green cupcake wrappers.


Minecraft Birthday Party Favors

If you want to send the kids home with more than memories, here are a few Minecraft-related party favors that won’t end up immediately at the bottom of the toy box. Or so we hope.

Minecraft Birthday Party Ideas: Crayon party favors at Cyns Sensations

Encourage your guests’ offline creativity with a set of these amazingly detailed Minecraft-and-LEGO inspired crayon party favors. I bet my kids play with them as much as color with them.

Minecraft goodie bag ideas: teaspoons by Bespoke Party Products | Cool Mom Picks

I adore these Minecraft wooden teaspoons by Bespoke Party Products that could go from the table to the take-home favor bag (after a quick rinse, of course). With ten Creepers and ten Pigs, they are surprisingly affordable and ready to dig into whatever you serve.

Free printable Minecraft bookmarks at Grunge Zombie  | Cool Mom Picks

These free printable Minecraft bookmarks would be a great party favor, especially tucked into a favorite paperback. Or, check out this brand new Minecraft book which looks pretty great for all-age Minecraft fans.

Want more Minecraft? Check out other Minecraft-related posts on Cool Mom Tech for even more ideas. And don’t miss all of our birthday party themes which cover loads of themes and age-appropriate games and activities. 


Senior Associate Editor Christina Refford loves homeschooling, running, cool kids’ music, and coffee. Not in that order.


  • Reply March 25, 2014

    Tracy James

    Minecraft is really all the rage with the younger boys. I am going to have to send this to my girlfriends with little boys that age. This is such a GREAT birthday party idea!! Thanks for sharing this!! My girlfriends are going to be thrilled!

    • Liz
      Reply March 25, 2014


      Glad to help Tracy! Also, it’s huge with girls too. My own daughter is debating between a Minecraft Party and an Avengers party for her birthday this spring. Looks like I have my work cut out for me!

    • Reply May 13, 2014


      Totally agree! I so want to do the TNT explosion.

  • Reply May 6, 2014


    Loved the figures idea as well as the LEGO characters as party favors. very original!

  • Reply May 13, 2014


    Those are hands down the best Minecraft Invitations I’ve seen! We just opened our Virtual Reality Minecraft Party Arcade in Melbourne, Australia. Will definitely be sending my customers your way for your printable invited and inspiration!

  • Reply May 14, 2014

    Brenda Bird

    Thank you so much for featuring my invitations! I did it for my friend since my boys are too young for Minecraft. These are great ideas- thanks for sharing!

  • Reply June 8, 2014


    My son went to a Minecraft party recently. The host gave out rolos as gold and blue jolly rangers as the diamonds.

  • Reply July 7, 2014


    Wow! Love all of the details that went into this party!

  • Reply July 23, 2014


    Amazing ideas! Plz click on my name to go to my Mine craft related site.

  • Reply August 18, 2014


    Thanks for the great ideas. We made the paper lantern creepers for my son’s party this weekend and the guests loved them. So easy to make.

  • Reply September 11, 2014

    Shiwangi Peswani

    Lovely ideas Christina. No doubt Minecraft is really the most favourite theme of boys and I would definitely try these ideas in my son’s bday this year.

  • Reply September 13, 2014

    david whitlock

    Some great ideas there i will try a few out for my sons birthday he is seriously MineCraft mad!!

  • Reply November 23, 2014


    These are the coolest! We make our Christmas gifts for our family each year, my youngest is making a box of treats for his brother and filling it with snacks and candy and using your labels. So neat! I wanted to ask if your template for the the “blank” box is available so I can print several blank ones for him to create his own without having to print the entire page.
    Thank you for sharing!

    • Liz
      Reply December 3, 2014


      Thanks for letting us know, Tina. We found a similar site that offers printable boxes like that one and just updated the post with the info.

  • Reply August 13, 2015


    girls can like minecraft a lot too

    • Liz
      Reply August 13, 2015


      We know, Rosie! Between Kristen and me, we have 5 Minecraft loving girls.

  • Reply September 5, 2015



    We found out that we are moving away in a few months, and while we’re excited to be moving closer to family, this will be my son’s last birthday party with the friends he’s been growing up with.

    He said he wanted a Minecraft party, and I wanted to make it special without losing my mind. You saved me half the battle by sharing all these ideas. THANK YOU!

    • Liz
      Reply September 6, 2015


      Yay Aine! So happy to help! Have a fantastic party and best of luck with the move.

  • Reply September 9, 2015

    Paul David Wilson

    I’ve created a set if 54 Minecraft Food Tent cards that have been amazingly popular. They’re featured in my Etsy shop:

  • Reply September 15, 2015

    Gail Davis

    You’re so creative! The invitations, the decorations, the birthday signs, the activities, the snacks and everything, I love them all! Keep it up!

  • Reply November 4, 2015

    azim abdul

    For younger primary school age children, invite a few of them to your house. Play games like pass the parcel, the chocolate game, musical statues etc.
    Jelly worms made a bit stronger than normal jelly and allowed to set in straws are good. Anything colorful or unusual but containing lots of sugar goes down well. It doesn’t have to cost much, but the kids will enjoy it.

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