Medieval Theme Parties for Children: Children are fascinated with stories and folklore from the middle ages. Tales of knights venturing forth on quests to rescue young maidens imprisoned in towers guarded by fierce dragons, capture and stimulate their imagination.
First impressions may be that this would be an expensive party to organise, but that is not the case. All the costumes and set pieces can be assembled from bits of cardboard and scrap material.
The costumes can be made up beforehand so that the guests arrive at the party in character. However, it can also be a lot of fun to make the outfits in a craft session at the beginning of the party. If you decide to go this route, it would be a good idea to ask the guests to bring some cardboard and scrap materials. (You may find it a little overwhelming to have to find sufficient cardboard and material for a large group of children).
Making the costumes is quite easy. The head dress for the girls costumes consists of a piece of cardboard that has been twisted into the shape of a cone with some coloured material adhered to it to form a train coming from the top of the cone. The rest of their outfit can be made from an old bed sheet, to simulate a long flowing gown. This is draped around the child and stapled here and there to hold its shape.
The outfits for the boys can be made from liberal use of cardboard and tinfoil, with some long oblong shape pieces of cloth to form capes.
Instead of sending out cards inviting guests to the party, why not go one step further and make scrolls. Simply write the invitation onto A5 sheets of paper, then roll them up and secure with a small piece of ribbon. The wording of the invitations can be in the style of Olde English, in keeping with the theme.
Name badges are always a great idea for children’s parties, and a sticky label will do the job. In keeping with the theme, you can add a nice little touch by giving each child a title, for example “John the Brave”, “Sir Robert”, Lady Catherine” etc., The children can have a lot of fun introducing themselves to each other with their titles!
When planning the games, a little lateral thinking will help you to succeed. Many standard party games can be adapted to fit into a medieval theme. For example, pin the tail on the donkey becomes pin the tail on the dragon, and musical statues can be played using some music in keeping with the period.
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