Knight Party Theme
Knights have always been part of our folklore from St George & his dragon, Arthur & his Knights of the Round Table, the Knights Templar &Â right through to Mike the Knight. Transform your knight party venue into Camelot & be ready for lots of charging around!
Combine with wizards &Â princesses to have a Medieval Party.
Make your own knight party invitations:
Send the party details on a scroll. Use theÂ knight party invitation templateÂ & knight party invitation example to print invitations off the computer. Why not print it onto the scroll template. If you want to make them look old, soak in tea or rub a wet teabag (squeeze out excess water first) over the paper. Leave to dry.
Use 2 wooden dowels or sticks per scroll & cut so they are about an inch wider than the paper. Decorate each end with ribbon or small wooden knobs. Glue the top of the paper to one stick & the bottom to the other. Leave to dry & then roll each end towards the middle & tie with red ribbon. The wooden sticks are optional & the scroll can be rolled up on its ownÂ from one end to the other & tied with a ribbon. If desired, decorate (carefully!) with melted wax to form a seal.
Hand/send out in these postal tubes:
Or use theÂ shield template to cut out thin card in the shape of a shield. Write the party details on the back &Â design your own coat of armsÂ forÂ the front.
Not feeling arty? Honeytree PublishingÂ have some lovely invitation designs on their website. They’ll also do party stickers & thank-you cards in the same design.
For your knight party decorations:
Make shields & swords from cardboard (see Fancy Dress) & hangÂ on the walls. Decorate the room with bunting such as this example from Party Packs,Â as well as flags & pennants.
Or do you want a red & white colour theme like the Knights Templar?
This suit of armour would look great. Find it at Party Packs.
To make your own flag/pennant:
Paint a 1 metre wooden dowel rod or cover in coloured tape. When the paint is dry, decorate with ribbon or tape of another colour.
Paint a polystyrene ball gold (you may find it easier to rest it in an eggcup & paint one half first) & when dry push onto one end of the rod.
TakeÂ a rectangle of material approximately 75cm long x 45cm – lining material is great for this.Â To cut out the triangle,Â take one short end & measure half way. From this point, cut upwards 20cm.Â Then, cut from one corner of your short end to where you have just cut to; you will have cut out a small triangle. Repeat from the other corner. From the point of the ^, cut upwards only 2mm. This will help you when you hem.
Fold all the long & triangular edges (3 sides) in 1cm to make a hem & glue or sew in place. If you want to be very neat, sewÂ all edges & repeatÂ all processes above withÂ another rectangle. Place the 2 flagsÂ back to back,Â rough edges together to that the hems are hidden & sew together.
Fold theÂ straight short end over 2.5cm to make a space for the pole & sew or glue in place. Decorate. Feed the pole through the material & glue in place at the non ball end so that it doesn’tÂ slip down.
Glue large cardboard boxes together to build castle walls. Leave an archway in the middle. Don’t forget to add extra boxes to the top of the walls so they are castellated. Cover in light grey paint & when dry, paint on a brick effect with a darker shade. Use a large cardboard box opened up or thinÂ MDF board to construct a drawbridge. Cover in brown paint. Attach string to each side of the drawbridgeÂ & thread the other ends of the string through the grey boxes either side of the archway so that the drawbridge can be raised & lowered. Tie a large knot at each end of the string.
Place your castle construction in front of the door to the party room so that the guests get to walk over the drawbridge.
For a simpler version, put a piece of board on the floor in front of the door & hang paper chains from either side of the top of the door frame down to the front edge of the board.
As each guest arrives into the party room, play a fanfareÂ & announce them as Sir ……….
If you are using a hall with a stage, decorate the front of the stage with large pieces of cardboardÂ cut & painted asÂ castle walls.
If there’s room, set up tents (pavilions) around the party room or garden &Â house activities in them. This makes it more exciting & interesting for the guests &Â keeps any messÂ in one place. Decorate with bunting.
For the food table, this castle from Party Pieces would make an interesting centrepiece.
Cover the table with a cloth in a rich colour such as blue or red & put a runner down the middle. Cover the chairs with material ideally the same colour as the tablecloth. Pillow cases would be great for this (check they are the correct width for your chairs before buying!) & a matching duvet cover could be used for the table. Sew/glue a motif such asÂ a fleur de lisÂ on to each one.
Tie a shield & balloon on to the back of each guests chair at the table & put a knight party hat in their place with their name on, such as Sir Liam.
Alternatively, lay a large round tablecloth on the floor & let the Knights of the Round Table have a picnic.
If you want your brave knights to feel like king of the castle, these goblets are perfect.
For the width (W), measure across the chest from arm pit to armpit & add 2 inches for hem allowance.
For the length (L), measure from the top of the shoulder to mid thigh & add 4 inches.
You will need a length of material that is either (2 x W) x L or (2 x L) x W.
If you are using a long piece of material – (2 x L) x W, fold in half along the length so that it is now L x W. MeasureÂ the circumference around the child’s head, placing the tape measure around the tips of theÂ ears & the nose.Â Divide the circumference by 2 & then divide this by 3.14. This will give you the radius (the radius is approximately 1/6 of the circumference, if that is easier!). Set a compass the length of the radius & use to mark outÂ a hole on the material for the head. Cut out & then try the tabard on to make sure the hole is big enough.
If you are using a wide piece of material – (2 x W) x L, cut in half lengthways & pin the 2 pieces togetherÂ along one of theÂ short ends. Mark & cut out a hole for the head (see above). Sew the two pieces of material together at the shoulders.
Turn under all the raw edges 1cm, pinÂ & sew. Sew or paint a design on to the front of the tabard.
Wear over a loose long sleeved plain top & leggings (preferably grey) & tie with a belt – youÂ could use anyÂ left overÂ material to make a belt.
How to make a knight’s armour:
Cut the tops & bottoms off 4 plastic bottles (2 litre) & peel off the labels (soak in warm water if they don’t come off easily). Cut in half lengthways & paint or spray silver; leave to dry. Punch holes in the corners of each half tube & thread elastic or ribbon through, knotting each end so that it doesn’t come back through.Â Pull up over the upper & lower legs & the upper & lower arms. Trim the tubes for the arms if necessary & adjust the elastic.
How to make a knight’s helmet:
Take a sheet of card approximately 60cm x 40cm & fold in half so that the shorter ends meet. Cut a triangle from 6cm up the edge of the card down to a point at the middle of the card. Cut out a rectangleÂ 2cm x 6cm on the fold of the card about 10cm down from the top – check it is in line with their eyes before you cut. Glue or staple the short ends together.
To make a visor, use our visor template to cut out a diamond shape from some thin card. Cut out the strips of card where indicated to make sight holes.Â Stick onto the helmet over the eye hole but onto a smaller surface than the area of the visor so that the visor is convex.
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Measure around the child’s head. Blow up a balloon until it is slightly bigger than the head measurement & tie a knot. Tear up strips of newspaper & cover the top half of the balloon in 3 layers of newspaperÂ & glue paste. Balance the balloon in a mug or bowl to make it easier to handle. leave to dry.
When dry, paint silver & leave to dry again. Pop the balloon, tidy up the edges with scissors & touch up with silver paint if necessary.
Cut 3 strips of card 35cm x 2cm & an arrow shaped nose guard approximately 9cm long. Paint silver & leave to dry. Glue 2 of the strips around the bottom edge of the helmet (trim if necessary) & the 3rd over the top. Attach & glue the flat end of the nose guard inside the helmet so that it is in line with the 3rd strip of card. Use clothes pegs to hold in place whilst drying, if need be.
For the neck guard, attach a piece of silver material
approximately 20cm x 30cm to the inside of the helmet at
Add a red feather to the top if desired.
How to make a knight’s sword:
You will need a rectangle of cardboard 60cm x 8cm. On it draw a sword shape with a rectangular handle approximately 10cm x 4cm & blade 50cm long, 8cm wide at the handle end & tapering to a rounded ‘point’ at the other. Paint the blade silver or cover in silver foil.
Paint a cardboard tube gold & glue a bottle top onto one end or push insideÂ one end & up to the other so that it peeks out the top – plastic milk bottle lids are about the right size for this. When dry, push the tube on to theÂ narrow partÂ of the sword.
For the hilt, drawÂ 2 ovals 18cm long x 6cm at the widest point with a circle at each end (draw round a bottle top for these). Paint gold & leave to dry. Position one piece behind the sword so that it covers where the cardboard tube meets the blade. Place the second piece on top so that the sword is sandwiched between the hilt. Glue the 2 hilt pieces together at the circles & tube & leave to dry.Â When dry, decorate if desired.
How to make a knight’s shield:
Draw a shield shape approximately 35cm wide x 45 cm long onto thick cardboard & cut out. Use theÂ shield template to help you if necessary. Paint & decorate as desired. The shield template,Â dragon-template, &Â helmet-template can be coloured & cut out & used as coats of arms.
When dry, cut a rectangle of card 25cm x 17cm & attach each end to the centre of the back of the shield with glue or duct tape so thatÂ the lowerÂ arm can fit through or it can be grasped.
Not enough time or rather let someone else do the work? Find costumes & accessories at these websites:
Knight Party Food
Knights ate with their fingers just as children like to do, so go for buffet style food such as:
mini toad in the hole
selection of small fruit in season, for example grapes, strawberries, apple slices, satsumas.
birthday cake or if keeping the cake for the party bag, cupcakesÂ & shaped biscuits
Brave Knight cupcake kit from Party Pieces
Knight Party Cake
Use the Princess Palace CakeÂ recipe but replace the pink icing for greyÂ in different shades & leave out the cornet towers or cover with black & white sugar strandsÂ .
Knight Party Crafts
Start the party by letting the guests make their own knight accessories such as sword, shield, helmetÂ or tabard. Use the instructions above under fancy dress. Anything that needs to dry should then have time to do so before the end of the party.
To make life easier for you, Knight Craft Packs & Shield Card Blanks are available from Baker Ross.
Knight Party Games
To get everyone’s attention before each knight party game, play a fanfare.
Knight fancy dress race
Divide the guests into teams. In front of each team, place the same number of accessories such as a tabard, helmet & sword. On the word ‘go’, the first member of each team dons the items as quickly as possible, runs to the end of the room & back, takes off the items & the next person repeats the process until all the team have had a turn.
2 guests are each given a swimming woggle as their jousting pole. A length of ribbon approximately 30cm long is tucked into their waistband so that it is secure but easily visible. The object of the game is to snatch the ribbon out of the opponent’s waistband whilst using the woggle to defend. If you have enough woggles, several jousting matches can go on at the same time.
Alternatively, blu-tac a plastic cup to the shoulder of each guest & see if they can knock off their opponent’s using the woggle.
OrÂ how about a sword fight with these foam swords?
Divide the guests into teams & put aÂ container of sponge balls next to each team. The first member grabs a ball & runs to the end of the room to a ‘dragon’. This could be as simple as a bucket covered with orange, red & yellow tissue paper to represent a mouthÂ & flames or aÂ rectangle of plywood with a large circle cut out of it & decorated to look like a dragon’s mouth. The plywood will need to be propped up against a wall.
The guest then throws the ball & tries to get it into the dragon’s mouth. If unsuccessful, they run back to their team & let the next person have a go. If successful, they are given a card with a word on it & take it back to their team & let the next person have a go.Â When they have won allÂ their cards (you will need to let them know how many there are), the team must arrange them into a motto.Â You can use the same motto for each team or use different ones but make sure they contain the same number of words.
The Knights Templar were soldiers of ChristÂ & charged with guardingÂ the Holy Grail. When the Knights disbanded, the Grail was lost. The quest is to find the Holy Grail. Working on their own or in pairs, give each guest their first clue. The clue can lead to a game or activity or just to an object where another clue is waiting. If to a game or activity, give them the next clue once they have completed it. Their prize at the end is a gold goblet filled with gold coins.
If you have lots of children & enough helpers, set up different stations around the knight party room. When the guests arrive, give them a card with their name on which tells them what tasks they have to complete in order to be a fully fledged knight. These might include, make a sword, make a shield, an individual game of knight’s motto but with fewer words, archery, a dragon piÃ±ataÂ or a jousting match. You can use our apprentice shield templateÂ & the apprentice shieldÂ as an example. To get the look, we’ve used Old English Text, font size 26.
Get an adult or older child to tick or stamp their card when they have completed each task. At the end of the party, each guest receives a certificate of knighthood.
Gather approximately 10 small objects & place each one in a bag so they can’t be seen (a drawstring bag is ideal for this). The guests must then feel eachÂ item through the bag & write down what they think it is. These might include a peg, button, pen, deflated balloon, plastic cup, comb. If you think some of them are hard, leave identical items around the party room(s) so that they subconsciously notice them.
To make your own bags, cut out a circle of material about the size of a dinner plate. Use a hole punch to make holes around the edge, approximately 3cm down from the top of the bag. Thread ribbon, string or a laceÂ through the holes, knot each end & pull tight.
Split the guests intoÂ teams of 3 or 4. One team stand holding a shield each whilst another is armed with bean bags. The bean bags are thrown at the first team (no higher than the chest) as the shield bearers try & protect themselves by deflecting the bean bags using the shields. If a bean bag touches the body, a point is scored by the bean bag throwers – you’ll need someone to watch this closely. Make a note of the score & swap the teams around.
Sword in the Stone
You will need a box or piece of polystyrene that is at least 36cm high. CutÂ circles in the top of the box 3cm in diameter & paint grey to look like a stone. If using polystyrene, try & shape it to look more like a stone. Fill sword shaped sweet tubes with sweets, pop the handle on & place in the hole. Each guest can have a go at pulling one out.
Fill a dragon piÃ±ata with gold coins, dragon chocolates,
small notepads & any small objects that you’d use for their party bag fillers. Each guest takes it in turn to whack the dragon with their sword in order to break it & watch the treasure pour out – after a few turns you may need to use something heavier to bash it with. Make sure everyone stands well back if it isn’t their turn! Divide the loot between the guests & put in named bags.
Storming the Castle
The object of the game is to get as many cannonballs over the castle walls as you can, using a catapult. Either make the catapults before hand or get the guests to make them as part of the game – whether you give them instructions or not is up to you! You will need 8 crafts sticks,Â 6 elastic bands, a spoon & some light balls per catapult.
Pile 6 craft sticks on top of each other & secure at each end with an elastic band. Put the last 2 sticks together & tie an elastic band round one end. Place the pile of sticks betweenÂ the other 2 sticks, about 2 inches in from the tied end & use 2 bands to secure in the middle. Use the last band to tie the spoon (I’ve used a measuring spoon as it has a nice deep bowl) to the other end of the top stick. Place a ball on the spoon (polystyrene ones work well for this game).
You may find it easier to give each team a different colour & put a blob of that colour on each of their balls using paint or felt tip pens. It will then be easier to see which team got the most balls over the wall.
To make the castle, paint a large box (we’ve used a banana box) & 3 smaller boxes grey & when dry, paint on a stone effect. Glue the smaller boxes to the top of the larger one to make a castellated wall. You will find it easier if you have one castle wall per team.
Place all the catapults a set distance from the castle. Put a finger on the tied end of the catapult to hold it down, another on the spoon to pull it down to the ground, release the spoon end & watch the ball fly over the castle wall.
Below are a few ideas forÂ knight party bags & favours:
inflatable sword & shield – Party Packs
foam sword – Toyday Traditional & Classic Toys
certificate of knighthood
knight & dragon bookmark kits – Baker Ross
dragon chocolate – Party Pieces
knight spinning top – English Heritage – Shop
knight pencil topper – Hobbycraft
knight & dragon foam stickers – Baker Ross
knight yoyo – English Heritage – Shop
Mike the Knight stickers – Party Pieces
activity book –English Heritage – Shop
Knight Party Prizes
Mike the Knight DVD – Mike The Knight: Be A Knight, Do It Right! [DVD]
Horrible Histories Dark Knights & Dingy Castles – English Heritage – Shop
magnetic play scene – Hobbycraft
medieval knight figure set – English Heritage – Shop