Knight & dragon birthday party ideas

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Knight & dragon birthday party ideas
(knight on horseback image by FotoWorx from

If you have a son or daughter who is fascinated by knights, dragons and castles, then you may be planning a medieval-themed birthday party for your little prince or princess. From the invitations to the games to the decorations; make your party the hit of the neighbourhood by transporting your guests back to the days of King Arthur and Queen Guinevere.


Utilise card stock or construction paper for your invitations. Begin by telling the guests to attend the festivities of "Sir" (your son's name) or "Lady" (your daughter's name). Add pictures of knights or dragons on the front of the invitation. If you are artistic, draw a picture of your child as a brave knight battling the ferocious dragon who is holding the birthday gifts captive. Add the pertinent information such as the time of the festivities, the date and the location, which could be "Castle (the child's last name)." Ask guests to respond to the "King" or "Queen" of the celebration.

Decorations and Costumes

Dress your child as a valiant knight or a fair maiden. Inform the guests on the invitation to dress as a medieval character, or give then crowns and sceptres as they enter the festivities. Decorate the tables with cloths, streamers and balloons made from regal colours such as purple and gold. If the party is indoors, hang posters of knights battling dragons on the wall. Cut out sword, spear and shield shapes from cardboard, decorate them with paint, and hang them from the walls or place them on strings and hang them from trees for outdoor decoration. Make a castle for the children to play in by painting several small boxes, such as shoe boxes, a brick red colour, and assemble them in the shape of a medieval castle. Leave a door for the children to exit and enter their play castle.


Allow all the little knights and ladies to slay the evil dragon by filling a dragon-shaped piñata with small trinkets and pieces of candy. Hang the piñata from a tree, and give the children a bat, which is their "sword" to battle the dragon. This pinata can be found at your local party supply store or chain department store.

Play a variation on "Simon Says" in which the birthday boy or girl leads the game by saying the "King" or "Queen" says.

Purchase several inflatable swords and shields and hold a tournament by allowing the children to play battle with these, safely. A parent can even dress up as a dragon and allow the kids to slay him with the swords.


Keep the medieval theme going straight into the menu by serving food that might have been found during this time period. Serve your guests large turkey legs, fruits and vegetables, and give each guest a chalice for a cup of punch or water (or wine for the adults). The cake can be created with the dragon theme in mind by either decorating a sheet cake with a dragon or finding a local bakery that can make a cake in the shape of a dragon. The cake can also be a castle, a sword and shield, or a princess.

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