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A Boy’s Knights and Dragons Birthday Party

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Little boys sure love their heroes! According to little birthday boy Gavin, nothing is more exciting than the original heroes — brave knights in shining armor — battling fierce (or not so fierce) dragons. Fortunately for him, his mom is Fair Lady Lindsay, of Parties by Paris, and she designed a Knights and Dragons themed birthday party full of gallant knights and dozens of dragons (the not so fierce kind). Classic castles, shields, and crests feature in the decorations, with an exciting themed menu, perfect party favors, and an adorable dragon cake. Charge ahead to read about all the event details and see the photos by Stephen Salazar Photography.

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Ideas

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Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Invitation Ideas

Lindsey and her husband created gorgeous “royal scroll” party invitations by utilizing free downloadable clip art and printing onto faux distressed legal sized paper. They rolled the invitations into scrolls, then singed the edges over a candle flame to give them an authentic look. The extras made great party décor!

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Welcome Decor Ideas

Guests were welcomed with an official-looking coat of arms and a royal proclamation nailed to a tree. The display of balloons is a colorful way to introduce guests to the tournament field. Use golf tees to secure helium balloons’ strings to the lawn for an exciting party day sight.

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Favour Ideas

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Favour Ideas

All visiting knights received a helmet, an inflatable sword, a shield, and a goblet. Neither thirst nor dragon flame could lay waste to the fun to be had during pretend play!

Lindsey set up a movie viewing area, and crafted a sandwich board sign advertising the movie by printing out legal-sized posters downloaded from the internet and pasting them onto a poster-sized foam core board. She added to the theme with a rug and toys right out of Gavin’s room. Decorating with your child’’s toys is not just a budget-friendly party planning idea, it really makes sense: there are no leftover decorations to get rid of or store after the party is over.

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Food Table Ideas

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Food Table Ideas

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Drink Ideas

Fantastic themed menu ideas included “dragon dogs” (hot dogs in crescent rolls), “dragon scales” (assorted chips), “dragon eggs” (metallic plastic eggs filled with candy), and “dragon wings” (chicken wings). Adults were served “dragon juice” (fruit juice mixed with wine) in their larger goblets. Menu card tents were made with a free downloadable “knight font” and dragon stickers. Guests took home their goblets, dragon eggs, and precious jewels in small, brightly colored totes printed with knights and dragons.

Boy's Knights and Dragons Birthday Party Cake Ideas

No party is complete without a cake, and this dragon cake is the perfect “not-so-fierce” dragon party treat! The theme-colored shield cupcake toppers add just the right touch.

For a larger-than-life hero from the days of yore or a pint-sized hero in the here-and-now, this knights and dragons boy’’s birthday party is full of great ideas for planning your next celebration. To see more Parties by Paris, be sure to follow her on Pinterest.

Cake: Cravin’ Cake
Castle and Dragon Decor: Chasing Fireflies

Throw your own knights and dragons birthday party with these supplies, sourced for you by the fair ladies and gents at Spaceships and Laser Beams:

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.