Wednesday, May 21, 2014

How to Celebrate with Knights and Dragons



Looking for the most amazing birthday party idea for a little boy?  Knights and dragons are pretty awesome! With the help of family, friends and some amazing vendors, Gavin's 2nd birthday was pretty darn special.

Learn how to make these amazing one of a kind knights and dragons invitations.
Gavin's Party was at a private home in Las Vegas.  We decorated the front yard with a left over invitation scroll hung by a nail on the tree with a shield and two crossed swords.  In the yard, we added blue and red balloons to the very large yard to add a festive touch to the entrance.  Tip: To create a field of balloons, use golf tees in the grass to hold your balloons in place.
To begin our knight training, each little boy and girl received a helmet, shield, blow up sword and a goblet.
The adults used their larger goblets for the specially prepared dragon juice.  Small goodie tote-bags with different knight emblems were used after the party to take home goblets, dragon eggs and other precious jewels.
All the wonderful decor was found at Chasing Fireflies, Oriental Express and Party City.

Of course, the party would not be complete without the movie viewing area inside.  I created a sandwich board from a large poster (just turned backside out) and pasted on some legal sized posters I printed of "How To Train Your Dragon".

We borrowed the rug and stuffed animals from Gavin's room since he happens to already love dragons.

You can use this idea for any movie (Cars is coming to mind with Gavin's recent infatuation with the series of Cars and Planes movies!).

No party is complete without food!  I found some great dragon stickers and attached them to some card tents I printed on heavy paper using a free font I found on google search (search "knight text").

Guests enjoyed dragon dogs (hot dogs in crescent rolls), dragon scales (assorted chips), dragon eggs (metallic easter eggs filled with fruit chews), and dragon wings (chicken wings).  For the adults, we made dragon fire juice with fruit and wine.



 Did I mention the cake yet?!?!?  My long time friend and wonderful baker, Brittany at Cravin' Cakes, came through with a beauty of a cake.  Inside this beautiful, kid friendly dragon is her famous confetti cake.  Although we don't know for sure, we think she uses fruity pebbles for her confetti (SO yummy).  We also had shield cupcakes in assorted flavors for the quick grab and eat guests (aka all the kids).


So cute trying to blow out those two candles from so far away!
A sure way to get your boys to sit down and eat!
Some other touches that we had to share:

  • Cardboard castle with custom signage that says "Sir Gavin" (Chasing Fireflies)
  • Floating dragon for the moat/swimming pool (WinCo) - *Note: Please have a full-time lifeguard on duty at any children's birthday party with a pool*
  • Knight's Changing Room Tent for everyone to put on those swimming diapers (Chasing Fireflies)

Thanks to all our vendors for helping out.  Please visit them to see more of their wonderful work.  For more information or inspiration, please visit us on Facebook!

Vendors:
Venue: Private Home
Castle and Dragon Decor: Chasing Fireflies
Giveaways and Small Decor: Oriental Trading and Party City
Party Planner: Parties by Paris






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