Medieval and renaissance party ideas

Try a ‘Game of Thrones’ theme, m’lady

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A medieval flail chocolate mouse is deliciously clever dessert.
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Send scrolls as invitations fastened by Renaissance corsets.
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What joker wouldn’t love a court jester balloon hat?
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Your favorite “Game of Throne” character will look ironically innocent on yummy cupcakes.
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Cookie fairy wands are magically delicious.
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A gargoyle cake will give guests a sweet taste of medieval times.
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Unicorn sugar cookies make great mythical munchies.
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Guests will love a fun, Renaissance-themed prop like ram horns, which will look great in photos.
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A medieval turkey leg to satisfy any knight’s or ogre’s appetite.
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A sword-in-the-stone raffle is much easier to win than getting the actual sword out of the stone.
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Stocks offer another fun prop for photos.
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If you’re throwing an outdoors bar mitzvah, have guests partake in archery.
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Let guests decide if they’re Team Lannister or Team Stark with these fun cake pops.
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Another great prop? Flower crowns.
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Let kids duke it out like knights with a Nerf sword battle.
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A cute Knight-themed table setting — complete with a castle bounce house.
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Who wants to sit on the Iron Throne when you can eat it? Now that’s power.
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Awaken your guests’ intellect with a live chess game. To add some extra spice, try doing Lannisters vs. Starks or lions vs. wolves.
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A harpist will instantly give your party an Elizabethan feel.
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Try unique entertainment, like fire-jugglers and knife swallowers.
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Serve the Mother of Desserts with this Mother of Dragons cake.
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If you’re planning an outdoors party, set up tents and use them as different stations.
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Let guests play a safer version of jousting for prizes.
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Serve Sansa Stark’s favorite dessert, lemon cake.
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Have guests pose on a superimposed Iron Throne.
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Guests can get their arts-and-crafts on by making gnome hats out of construction paper.
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An epic Sword in the Stone cake.
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Unicorn corn holders make for a fun favor.
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We predict your guests will love a fortune-teller for some Renaissance-inspired fun.

Hear ye, hear ye — as lord or lady of thy house, it is your duty to plan a grand festivity for your child’s bar or bat mitzvah. A medieval, renaissance, or “Game of Thrones” party is a theme fit for a prince who’s a fan of the wolf or lion. And the most splendid aspect of this brand of merry-making? It can cost less than a dragon egg and is easier to pull off than learning how to speak Dothraki. Just follow these steps and discover that our words are not just wind.

Food

Have your royal subjects feast just like the Starks, Lannisters, or Targaryens. Set a long wooden table under a tent for your banquet. Serve mead in goblets for adults and apple cider in mason jars for children. Offer your guests large turkey legs (check out the slideshow above!) that they can carry around as they play party games. Make medieval-inspired meat pies and hand out corn on the cob. Try to offer sides like roasted fingerling potatoes, cheese and bread platters, and a vegetable medley of green beans, zucchini, and squash. For desert, serve your guests fig tarts, rice pudding, poached pears, braided apple turnovers, and a Stark family favorite, lemon cake. And remember, this is medieval times — so no utensils!

Other fun ideas include John Snow Cones and Westeros tacos.

Decor

Try to have an outdoor party, so there is plenty of room for party games and medieval fun. Decorate your party by putting up tents. Inside the tents, hang old maps. Place flags on top of pikes to stick into the ground. Hang up an array of fake medieval weapons such as the bola and lance. You can add other touches around your food tent, like fake gargoyles, hay, and wheelbarrows. For your invitations, send a raven or create a scroll for your guests to open so they feel like they have been summoned to a knights’ banquet.

Name each table after a famous knight or after each house in Games of Thrones. That table will then become a representative of that knight or house and each of these teams will compete in party games against each other, like Sir Lancelot vs. King Arthur, or the Lannister vs. the Starks.

For your cake, create your own kingdom’s flag or family crest (which can act as your party’s logo). Use your last name and an animal or weapon of your child’s choosing to create an unforgettable cake.

Entertainment

For your party’s entertainment, hire musicians who play Elizabethan instruments such as flutes, harps, lutes, and long horns to add to the medieval ambiance. Your guests will feel like Robin Hood with an archery contest and if your royal budget allows, hire a horse for the children to take turns riding. You can also hire a falconer to perform for your friends.

Hold a jousting tournament — with a twist. Set up a jousting scene with a long fence and a lane on each side, but instead of using horses and lances, have the kids race each other in a steal-the-bacon-type of game. Place an object like a flag at the center of the fence. When the bar or bat mitzvah gives the order, the kids will race opposite each other to get the flag. The first one to grab the flag is the winner.

For more creative entertainment, cake, decor, and food ideas check out the slideshow above.

Party favors

Give your loyal subjects a gift you can also use as a place setter such as a chalk horse with their name on it.

Rent a medieval stock and hire a photographer to take funny photos of your friends and family arrested in the town square. You can also have the princesses and knights at the party make their very own royal goblets to take home, using jewels and glitter glue.

For more great ideas, check out our Game of Thrones and medival-themed b’nai mitzvah page, m’lady.

Posted 12:00 am, April 7, 2014
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