This last Saturday was the first birthday party of the "season". Each child gets to pick their theme, and my sweet 6 yr old Tony-boy picked Knights and Princesses (well, mommy threw in the princess part).
We try to make birthday parties a big deal but we NEVER go overboard with the cost. Do you have any idea what some people pay for a children's party? The thought makes me tremble. We home-make (is that even a word?) pretty much everything. The kids never seem to mind and usually have fun. But I'll let you be the judge...
We started off by serving lunch. This included easy to make Renaissance fare such as chicken legs and sausage and traditional chips and dip and sandwiches.
And what would a party be without a few games?
The games included Pin the Tail on the Dragon. This was the most simple. We drew a dragon on poster board and then used a piece of green foam (with the sticky back) and cut out tails. The next game was Find the Dragon Egg. This involved a little more prep. We bought tiny toys and made "eggs" out of homemade play dough, hiding a toy inside. We then hid the eggs throughout the house and had the children look for them. Of course, no Knight Party would be complete without a jousting tournament. Boy, was that intense!
After the games we let children make shields (also out of foam) and get their faces painted (courtesy of my two oldest girls)
And, of course, we then went out to the garage to take care of the pinata! (A papermached dragon courtesy of my husband)