The Medieval Era, also called the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages, extended from approximately 500AD to 1500, according to the University of North Carolina website. Marked by the poetry of Beowulf, the stories of King Arthur and Gothic architecture, most people know the achievements and beauty of the period. Many people, however, do not know how to put together a Medieval theme party. Wherever and for whatever purpose you choose to throw your party, use art, movies and music for your inspiration.
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Set out several costumes. If you cannot afford the cost of providing Medieval costumes to a group of people, include accoutrements for attendants to wear while participating in the event; flowered garlands and plastic shields, for example, suit the Medieval theme.
Place flowered garlands around any doorways, overhangs or gazebos. Additionally, sprinkle your event space with images of knights, dragons, castles or even iconography from the black plague, for a scary Medieval party.
Play traditional Medieval music on the stereo, or hire musicians to play your Medieval party. The Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments presents several instrument types for your music -- the bagpipe, the harp, the lute and the viol, for example. Look for soundtracks with these instruments.
Announce guests as they arrive, as suggested by Birthday Party Ideas 101. For example, a court jester might say: "Lady Penelope of Pennsylvania," when Aunt Polly arrives.
Set-up medieval games, such as Canoga ("Shut the Box") or foam jousting. According to Celebrations.com, Canoga was a popular Medieval game involving dice and counting. Other games, suggested by Birthday Party Ideas 101, include: chess, wooden tic-tac-toe, and a magic potion relay, where two opposing teams race to fill a bucket of water using a goblet. During the game, encourage the participants to shout out magic spells.
Set-up "tool making" or workshops, where children and adults alike can participate in traditional Medieval crafts. For stone carving, use pre-bought soap stone carving sets. For blacksmithing, include a piece of wood and a foam hammer, but don't use actual fire unless you have someone adept at blacksmithing.
Plan a choreographed sword fight. To do this, ask a local group of actors, weapons masters or combat specialists to perform.
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