Part 1: Minecraft Madness! DIY Party Ideas

One of the tables for our Minecraft party. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.

One of the tables for our Minecraft party. Image courtesy of Debbie Morrow, All Rights Reserved.

Does your loved one know every type of potion, brick, mineral, and creature that exists in the Minecraft world? Well, then you may consider making their dreams come true with a Minecraft Gaming Party!

Having had the recent pleasure of throwing a Minecraft party gives me the opportunity to share what worked and what didn’t work so well. I’ll be adding a 1-3 tutorials at a time, since they can be lengthy. So check back frequently for follow-up posts.

The Party : Prepare for Glitches

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St. Patrick’s Day Food Fun

Quick and easy shamrock cupcakes. Image courtesy of recipebyphoto.com.

With St. Patrick’s Day only a week away, the party planning better begin.We’ve all seen green beer and green hair, but how many of us can say we ate a green shamrock? These adorable shamrock cupcakes take only a few extra minutes of preparation compared to their regular counterparts.

You’ll need:

1 Cake Mix (any light-colored flavor)
Green Food Coloring
Cupcake Liners
Glass Marbles or Aluminum Foil (rolled into some balls)
Frosting (Green)
For the Smile: You can use black gel writer, or cut a small piece of black string licorice.
For the Eyes: Use paper dot candies and follow directions of my earlier post called Not the Gingerbread Cookies Your Grandma Made or buy pre-made edible ones.

1) Make the cake batter according to package directions and add green food coloring to your desired shade of green.
2) Place the wrappers in each muffin hole and in between the wrapper and pan, place the marbles or rolled foil to help  shape the shamrock.
3) Do not over fill each shamrock with batter- no more than 1/2 full.
4) Bake at the temperature directed by the cake mix box, but for a few minutes less than the time the box suggests.To ensure they are cooked, stick a toothpick into a cupcake and if the pick comes out clean – they’re done. Let cool.
5) Add green food coloring to white frosting if you didn’t purchase green frosting. Frost the cupcakes, add the eyes, and either the gel or tiny strips of black licorice for the smile.
6) Enjoy with friends and family and have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Repulsive Recipes for Halloween

There's always room for Jello! Image of Jello worms courtesy of thecraftpatch.blogspot.com

There’s always room for Jello! Image of Jello worms courtesy of thecraftpatch.blogspot.com

Half the fun on Halloween is sampling the novel treats that people bring to a party. The eyeball cupcakes, licorice spiders, witch hats...and the list goes on. Yet, the gruesome ones can be the most exhilarating. They push you to see if you have the guts to eat something beyond the regular aesthetics. Almost like a Fear Factor episode.

Here are some ideas for gruesome culinary creations that will help your friends squirm at your next party:

Jello Worms(pictured above)

Shape your poop the way you want. Image courtesy of Divinedinnerparty.com.

Shape your poop the way you want. Image courtesy of Divinedinnerparty.com. Recipe by Debbie Morrow.

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I Only Have Eyes for You

Who could resist this Bento? Image Ghost Onigiri courtesy of FlickrCC.net.

After posting several ways to make edible eyes on this blog, I still get excited when I see more ways to use them. Anna the Red’s Bento and Plush Factory has posted over 60 edible characters that would make anyone smile.

What a great way to entice your kids to eat their veggies. The Power Puff Girls platter has to be one of my favorites! Which is yours?