Throw a Medieval Birthday Party!

Throw a Medieval Birthday Party!

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Updated on Jul 2, 2008

Every child is unique, but sooner or later, every child will go through a phase of medieval madness. Is your child entranced by princesses, filled with dreams of heroic knighthood, or scheming to become a world-famous wizard? If your child is obsessed with castles, moats, and noble steeds, then a medieval party may be just the thing to celebrate a birthday, or to simply have some fun in the sun!

Here’s what you need to get started on your very own medieval backyard birthday party:

Plenty of Provisions

If there’s one thing that medieval courts did well, it was feast. And, while a suckling pig and fountain of wine might be a bit out of the family budget, it can be easy and fun to approximate a medieval meal. Meat was the centerpiece, with grains a distant second, but you can feel free to throw in some veggies. Make meat shish-kabobs or cook chicken drumsticks that kids can eat straight off the bone (using only their hands, of course!). Top the meal off with a brimming tankard of non-alcoholic mead, and your kids will be fed, watered, and ready to go.

Middle Ages Mead
What You Need:

  • Two cups of apple juice
  • Four cups of honey
  • Six cups of water

What You Do:
Bring the apple juice, honey and water to a boil, and then let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Add cloves, cinnamon or orange slices to taste. When cool enough to handle, strain the mixture. Refrigerate before serving.

Great Garb
A fashionable front was a must in the Middle Ages, so kids should be encouraged to dress for medieval success. That might mean bringing a knight or princess costume from out of storage, making flower or leaf crowns, or improvising on the spot. For a fun crafts activity, try these two medieval hat activities.

Feathered cap
What You Need:

  • 18” x 9” piece of felt (can be any color, but green is a favorite)
  • Large feather
  • Sewing supplies or hot glue gun

What You Do:

Cut the felt into corner to corner diagonally to form two right triangles. Line the two halves up together, and sew or glue the two shorter sides of the triangle to the corresponding side on the matching triangle.

If glued, let dry. If sewn, turn hat inside out so that stitching is hidden. Fold up the brim of the hat 1” to form a band. Sew or glue feather into the fold of the band at a jaunty angle, pointing backwards.

Princess hat
What You Need:

  • Colored file folder or 18” x 11” piece of stiff paper
  • Assorted ribbons (at least 18” long)
  • Stapler or hot glue gun
  • Scotch tape
  • Elastic strong
  • Art supplies to decorate hat: crayons, markers, colored pencils, stickers, etc.

What You Do:

Hold the file folder open (if you’re using a large piece of paper, fold in half then open). The spot in the middle, where the folder creases, will be the tip of the hat. Take the top right corner, and curl it down into a cone shape. Adjust for size and shape of cone, then staple or glue the folded corner to anchor the cone. Wrap the left side of the folder around the cone, stapling or gluing where necessary, then trim the overlapping paper.

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