Oh dear. Pardon the pun. I couldn't help myself. Anyhow, yesterday's party was a hit. We had it in the basement since it has easy access to the yard and the biggest table. All but one of Adam's nieces and nephews attended and they all had a blast. Adam made Autumn this fantastic castle cake topped with her plastic knights and her favorite of Adam's D&D dragon figures, a blue one she calls Sapphira.
First, the kids worked on a craft project decorating wooden masks while Adam fired up the grill, then we had a delicious lunch of cheeseburgers, hot dogs and baked macaroni and cheese. We drank fruit punch and water out of plastic goblets and snacked on fruit kabob "swords."After lunch the kids were unleashed into the backyard to play with Autumn's inflatable pirate fort--er, castle--and foam swords and shields. This was by far their favorite part of the party. Adam and his brother joined in and took a vicious beating from a bunch of preschoolers.
When the knights and ladies grew tired from their battle we coaxed them inside for cake and ice cream. Autumn blew out all four of her candles and the great castle was demolished. It was delicious.After cake the kids returned to the fort while the adults sat around the table chatting, then came inside again for a game of Pin the Flag on the Castle. After each guest finished they received their favor bags; wrist armor disk launchers and yo-yos for the knights, and costume jewelry and fairy dolls for the princesses. I made red velvet princess dresses and gray knight tabards for the kids, but for some reason never got a good picture of them. I think I have an extra dress somewhere that I'll photograph later. The girls didn't keep the dresses on for long but the boys loved their tabards, and Autumn had a special red knight tabard and helmet that she wore the whole time. They also each got to take home a shield and sword.This was my first time hosting a party of any sort, and I must say it was exactly the way we wanted it to be. Everything went very smoothly, the children loved every activity, and the parents thought it was great too. After all the guests were gone Autumn told me, "Mom, this was the best party ever." That really made it worth all the effort.