For Decorations, we put a long piece of plywood at the front door and attached paper chains to it and the door frame to make a drawbridge. Inside, I draped a chair with sparkly material to be a throne and set it in front of the entertainment center which I’d draped with a gold valance my sister was giving away. I made Marcus’s birthday sign to look like a medieval banner, and it simply said “Sir Marcus” and had two number 9′s on it (yes, I did take some flack from my boys for the “99” but to appease my sense of symmetry, it just had to happen).
Crafts and Costumes: As the boys arrived at the party, they were sent to the playroom to make their shields. We’d cut out the cardboard shields ahead of time and I had google-searched charger images and printed out some that I liked. The boys chose their picture then colored, cut and glued to make what they wanted. When the shields were done, they came upstairs to receive their tunic (simply long rectangles of fabric with a hole cut out for their heads), and their helmets. I followed the pattern found here for the helmets, but instead of using corrugated cardboard, I used silver poster board that I picked up at Michael’s. Each piece made two helmets. I ended up not making the top of the helmet, which made it a MUCH easier project and it worked really well. I just taped the back of the helmet together to fit each boy.
Jousting and the Quest
Once they were all ready, it was out back for a “jousting tournament.” For this they had to ride a stick horse while holding their shields and a long pool noodle. Each jouster had a paper cup taped to his shoulder and the knight who knocked their opponent’s cup off first won the round. This actually worked really well, and surprisingly, my 5-year-old came out as champion. An alternative to pool noodles would be newspaper lances (sheets of newspaper rolled at an angle), and you could be pretty confident that no one would loose an eye.
In the hiding place, they found all the gifts my sons’ friends had brought as well as a treasure chest with a glass goblet (decorated with sticky gems), a crown, and a final note announcing that now that the treasure was recovered, Sir Marcus could take his rightful place as King Marcus and everyone was invited to a royal feast to celebrate. At the dining room table, each place was set with silver paper plates and a decorated glass goblet that they got to take home (thank you, Dollar Store). The goblets were a big hit. One mom told me that her son insists on using his goblet most every day and then carefully hand-washes it so the sticky gems don’t come off. This idea came from the Family Fun website, and they have several other fun Knight party ideas as well