It's only the day she's been dreaming about for four months. No big deal.
Since Minecraft is the theme of the year, I figured I'd share some of the ideas and save some of you some time in searching for these things.
First, the invitation. I made these in Photoshop. Just took a few minutes. I actually emailed them as an attachment because I'm lazy and didn't want to print them. But they are formatted to print as 5x7.
Next, the Minecraft bean bag toss. This was the main event. Tons of fun (probably more so for the adults) and also made a good decoration. My husband gets the credit for this. I was going to make it from cardboard but he insisted on using real materials. It's well made and hand painted, to boot. We went through the line three times and then added up the scores. First and second place won prizes.
Prizes for the bean bag toss were these red and green cups I found at the dollar store that we blinged out Minecraft style. (I had extra cups in the event of ties).
Next, the pinata. What good is an outdoor party without a pinata? First, let me say that if you can, buy one. While this was technically very easy, it took a long time to fringe all that tissue paper. But, she loved it so it's all good. I found the instructions for this pinata on Pinterest. If you google "Ghast Pinata", you'll find it featured on many blogs.
The table was decorated with mining gems and Minecraft shirts that I ordered from Thinkgeek.com, the coolest website IN THE WORLD. Tucked in the shirts were paper bags for the pinata that also had their names on them to mark their seat at the table.
The food table inside consisted of Minecraft foods, labeled with their graphics. I also threw in some Minecraft items that had similar looking foods (Oreos for coal and pretzels for sticks). Nuggets and fries from McDonalds. Easy. Not pictured was a bunch of pizza that was delivered. Double easy.
The cake. Oh, this cake. We found this cake on Nerdy Nummies. The coolest baking show on Youtube. Only, it took FOREVER. Six hours, actually. It's not hard, though. And if you have two ovens, this would cut that time in half. Also, don't even think of making this from scratch. Boxed cake, all the way. I didn't get a good photo of this, but the text bubble was made to look like an actual Minecraft text bubble and says Happy Birthday Lydia.
There was one other activity that I didn't get a photo of. I placed Minecraft items (gems and coal) in gift boxes and wrapped them with silver paper to look like iron ore. I put their names on the boxes and hid them in yard. Once they found their ore, they opened up the boxes and the box with the gold inside won this book:
And last but most certainly not least, the true indicator of success or failure, the birthday girl.
I'm thinking success.