Capture the fun spirit of "ye olden days" with a knight's and princesses party. This party can fit any budget size and takes only a little creativity to invent a wonderful atmosphere for your guests to enjoy. Children will have a blast dressing up and using their imaginations with this fun theme.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Parchment paper
- Cardboard boxes
- Paint brushes
- Brown paper
- Coloured cellophane
- Pennant flag-shaped paper
- Large table
- Long balloons
- Balloon air pump
- Craft supplies
- Party Store Mugs or Goblets
- Party favours
Make invitations or parchment or scrapbooking paper with an aged look. Tear the neat edges off to make it look a little ragged. Write a fun message, such as, "All ye Knights and Princesses are hearby commanded by the King to attend the 5th Birthday Party of Sir or Princess (insert child's name)." Roll it up like an old-fashioned scroll and tie it with a ribbon, or use a wax seal. Be sure to write that the theme of the party is princesses and knights, and encourage the children to come dressed in costume.
Decorate the area with a medieval theme. Make some castle towers out of large, appliance-sized corrugated cardboard boxes painted with grey stones. Line the wall with "torches" by rolling a piece of brown paper into a cone-shape and a crumpled piece of red or yellow cellophane sticking out of the top. Hang flags with the birthday child's name and age. Decorate a nice chair as a "throne" for the birthday child. If possible provide the children with a large round (or rectangular) table, even if you just put several tables together and throw large cloths over them.
Consider serving "round table" food as well. Remember no knight or princess would have had a fork or knife. Consider serving chicken drumsticks, crunching vegetable sticks, fresh rolls, dill pickles, corn on the cob, and a fruit platter. For beverages, serve ale (ginger ale, that is) or cider. Stack square layers of cake high and frost it, then use cake decorative icing to make designs to look like a castle. Get some small medieval character action figures and put some knights, princesses, possibly a dragon or king on the cake for toppers.
Make shields for children to use and play with for the rest of the day. Follow the link below for instructions on how to make a shield. Prepare the cardboard shields in advance and allow the glue to dry. Then provide children with markers, stickers, colourful paper and glue sticks so that each child can decorate her own shied.
Make balloon swords for the kids to play with along with the shields. Follow the link below for instructions on how to make sword balloons. Make sure you have enough balloons to make a lot of them, as they break easily. They are fun for children to play with, and safe enough not to do any damage.
Plan some fun renaissance faire style games. Feats of strength or speed, such as tug-of-war and relay races are appropriate. Games that require aim and skill are also good, such as bobbing for apples, ring or beanbag tosses, pin the tail on the donkey, or shooting with toy arrows at a picture of a dragon to slay the beast.
If you want to provide entertainment, think about getting a juggler, magician or story teller who will regale the children with tales of old. Be sure to tell the person you are hiring the theme of the party and ask him to dress and adapt his performance to cater to that theme.
As a party favour, get some "olden day" style mugs or goblets from a party store. They are inexpensive plastic, but look real. Fill them with party favours, such as ring pops, candy necklaces, dragon tattoos and other trinkets that relate to this theme.
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