Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Amber's NARNIA party!

By the Lion's Mane, Amber turned 11. For her birthday, we had a Chronicles of Narnia costume party, based on the books more than the movies. It was AWESOME!!! So far, it was the best theme party I've hosted. We didn't spend a ton of money, either. We handmade decorations and crafts, borrowed dishes and shopped at thrift stores. The most money we spent was on the food, and even then it was very economical. It was a family party, so there were as many adults as there were kiddos. Everyone really got into the theme and had an epic time. Below are several pictures, with detailed descriptions in case you ever want to throw a party like this yourself. Enjoy!

The birthday girl, Amber, as Aravis.
Mom (Christine) as Susan and sister Autumn as Lucy. We got all three dresses at thrift stores and garage sales.
Amber's art teacher painted the Dawn Treader on a bed sheet. We hung the sheet on the door frame of the front door and propped a huge empty frame (we got at a garage sale) against the door. We left the door open and guests walked "through the painting" into the house.
We decorated the mantle with Narnia-ish items we had already. We printed out well-known Narnia quotes (found on the internet) and framed them in frames we already had.

We displayed our two boxed sets of Narnia books.
Dad (Eric) dressed up as Prince Caspian.
We had a Narnia Photo Booth so guests could dress up and have their picture taken. We used costumes we already had and bought a few more at a thrift store.

We had 3 craft stations. This is Peter's Crown Station. We bought blank gold crowns and self-adhesive gems and let the kids decorate a crown. This was so easy!

Lucy's Cordial Station was Autumn's idea.

The guests filled empty amber glass bottles with water and added a few drops of essential oils to make a perfume (or cologne for boys).

This station was the most popular, even with the boys.

Edmund's Sword Station was also well-liked.
We cut several pieces of bamboo from our backyard and pre-assembled them by wrapping twine around two pieces to form a sword.

The kiddos used black electrical tape for the handle and silver duct tape for the sword. Papa Hodge (as Aslan) helped the kids with the duct tape.
We didn't give out treat bags because the kids would be taking home plenty of fun goodies. Instead, we labeled brown paper grocery bags with the kids' names so they could put all of their crafts inside.

Susan's Archery Lessons were the most popular with the adults. We had two Archery Contests (kids and adults). Each guest was given 3 arrows to shoot at balloons. The one to pop the most balloons was the winner! In the event of a tie, we had a shoot-off. We used 5-inch balloons and taped them to an old comforter attached to the garage door.
It's harder than it looks!

Another contest was Free the Creatures from the White Witch's Spell. We froze plastic wild animals (2 1/2 inches each) in large ice cube trays. The first one to melt the ice and free the animal was the winner. They could only use their hands. The adults also loved this game!
The food table. We borrowed pewter plates and mugs from our friend who caters weddings.

I'm not a cake decorator. This cake was easy-peasy!

I was not about to make Turkish Delight from scratch (15 steps and a 2-day process), so I cheated. Here's how I made 10-Minute Turkish Delight: I bought two boxes of Cherry Lara Bars and cut each bar into fourths. Then I rolled each piece in powdered sugar and assembled them on a pewter plate. *You have to do this the day of the party, not before, or the powdered sugar will soak in and disappear.

Mr. Tumnus' Hot Chocolate Station had cocoa and marshmallows.

It's so much fun to drink cocoa out of a pewter mug!
We had a contest for the Best Costume. The White Witch won the prize! The prizes for all of the contests were either homemade (hot chocolate mix) bought at thrift stores (used Narnia books) or from the dollar store (plastic swords).

Best party ever!


Michele said...

Wow Christine!! You all did a fantastic job, I am blown away.

Christine H. said...

Thanks! It was so much FUN!