Well my little man turned 6 recently. I can hardly believe it!
To plan his birthday was quite a process. We first had to get him to settle on a theme and even a week before his party he still wanted to change it! By that time, we had ordered his cake so there was no discussion left. As evident by the title of this post, we chose a Knight and King theme. As we are a bit geeky in this family, we all got excited to turn this party into something my son would never forget, and he won’t!
My son was adamant that he be the king, so I made him a red cape (more on that later) and we bought a gold crown from a party store. Every child was given a foam sword upon arrival, and instructed to complete “basic knight training” until the feast was ready.
At first my husband offered to make the cake. I was surprised but all for it. It was to be a castle naturally. We had grandiose schemes of what we wanted the castle cake to look like and eventually came to realize that it would take more time for us to do than we thought and would like in the end. So we had a friend of a friend make it for us for $50 and it was well worth it! It tasted great, looked better and my son loved it! As I didn’t make it, I can’t tell you how to make one yourself, but I can tell you about the bits and pieces I got to eat!
The cake towers were made of rice krispie ‘squares’, iced, then covered in fondant. The middle of the cake was 3 round layered cakes with icing in between each, all around and topped with fondant. The details of the castle tower were fondant as well. The grass was buttercream icing, the “rocks” were chocolate rocks (and SUPER yummy!) and to be honest I am not sure what the moat was made of, other than it was gel like and sour…. not too tasty at all!
The King’s Feast!
My son chose to have a pizza party for his King’s Feast. Rather than just ordering sub-par pizza we decided to let the kids do it on their own and they loved it! You would think that none of the kids had ever made a pizza before! (who know, maybe some hadn’t?) I bought packs of mini pizza dough (pre-made) in 6″ circles, put sauce on for them, then let them go to town. Not going to lie, this was HILARIOUS to watch! Most kids only put on a small handful of cheese and even less toppings so when they weren’t looking we had to supplement them with a bit more cheese so we knew they would at least eat it! Other kids had to be held back from the cheese and toppings so that everyone else got to have some too!
I really really wanted to do more in this department. Of course it would have been for my own vain reasons as the kids would have really cared less. Pinterest has a ton of awesome ideas for King and Knight parties and I really just stole some of those.
For the table I used a red cloth tablecloth, added some gold paper doilies for the faux table runner and topped it off with “gold” paper plates and “gold goblets” (paper cups)
The rest of the decor was a huge poster sign that read “King’s Quest” in sparkly gold lettering, cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. I hated cutting out that paper! I think it was plastic trying to be paper really… The sign also had 2 red knights on horses on either side of the wording (also cut out by my silhouette).
To finish it off, I framed the sign with 2 paper torches made of a piece of poster paper cut in half and red tissue paper stuffed in. My son was adamant that the sign was to stay in his room after his party as part of his completing his own Kin’gs Quest. That kid! What a cutie!
For a craft that was fun but still boyish and most importantly, relevant, we made knight shields for each birthday attendee. This was by FAR the hardest part of prep work for the party. To make each shield my husband cut out each one by hand with an exacto knife and a sheet of Pink insulation styrofoam from Home Depot. It cost a few bucks and I cannot for the life of me remember the actual name of it. After all the shields were cut out, we spray painted them with a silver paint by Krylon. BAD idea! The spray paint ate and dissolved the foam so the shields ended up all pock marked. It wasn’t ideal but it was ok in the end. For anyone who ends up doing this, take the time and paint each shield silver!
After painting the shields, my husband cut 2 slits in each and created arm straps with duct tape. For the “crest” of each shield I cut out animal silhouettes from cardstock with my silhouette cameo. We had the kids make their shields and begin basic knight training while we waited for the pizzas to be ready. (The just hit each other with their swords in a chaotic and giggle battle). The kids each picked an animal and we taped them onto their shields. We tried to glue them at first and they just kept falling off. Some kids chose to embellish their shields with “diamonds” (stickers from the dollar store).
The King’s Quest
This was the focus of the whole party. When the kids were done eating we gathered them together and ask who wanted to become a true knight. In order to prove their worthiness, the kids had a series of quests to complete, each one testing different skills. The best was that my husband played the roll of the wise old wizard there to guide them and proclaim when they fulfilled each quest. All the kids really ate that up, they loved doing everything the Wizard said.
The First Quest: Defeat the Black Knights
The first quest was to test their battle skills against the fearsome black knights who were coming to take over the King’s kingdom. The black knights were silver and black balloons taped to various locations throughout the main living room. The Kids were to knock down all the knight with their swords whilst being careful enough to not touch them. It was pretty much chaos.
The Second Quest: The Cave of Wonders
This was my favorite quest. Designed to test the knights courage, they had to crawl through a dark cave full of all kinds of creepy crawly bugs, gather a white diamond and a red ruby before exiting.
To make the Cave, I used the kitchen table! The chairs were left pushed into the table as I thought that would add to the ‘narrowness’ of a cave. I placed at least 3 bags of creepy crawly plastic bugs all over the floor and chairs. Then I added the white diamonds and red rubies in amongst the creepy crawlies. The bugs were bought at Walmart in the party favor section and the diamonds/rubies were bought at the dollar store. To top it all off, I used about 4 blankets to completely cover the top and sides of the table making the cave “black as night” as my son said. As the cave was so dark, each knight was given a finger light as a mini torch to help them see. The knights had to hand over their diamond/ruby as payment to the Wizard who would then show them the way to the final quest.
The Third and Final Quest: Castle Ruins:
This was by far the best and most epic of the King’s Quests. It took place in 2 parts because castles have to have a moat right?
Part 1 of the Castle Ruins was testing the knights athleticism by jumping over the moat full of poisonous snake. The kids loved this idea! It seems kids like nothing more than showing off and this was just that! After everyone had successfully jumped the moat we made it bigger and had the kids jump it again. The moat was made of my sons sleeping bag; it was zipped for the first jump, and unzipped for the second jump. When the second jump was complete, the moat magically turned into a moat of acid. (The sleeping bag was flipped to see the other side, a bright lime green). The kids squealed in delight and jumped some more. This was to set the scene for the second part of this quest….
Part 2 of Castle Ruins was to destroy the old ruins and meet the ruins monster that lives within. The kids had no idea about the ruins monster, it was kept secret! As the Wizard was hiding behind the ruins changing into the ruins monster, I had to step in as the fairy queen for distraction and congratulate them on making it that far as well as instruct them to show their strength by destroying the castle ruins. As I got a nod from the laying in wait ruins beast I gave the kids er knights the go ahead to start knocking down the ruins. When they had a few down the beast jumped out and the kids literally jumped a foot back, screamed then charged forward, swords blazing to take down the beast. It didn’t take long, in fact I had to step in and over the poor beast else he would truly have been beaten soundly. As a side… the ruins were just stacked boxes we had hoped to paint silver and castle like but in the end, we ran out of time and the kids didn’t care.
After the beast was finished and the ruins destroyed, the knights were a hungry little bunch. We celebrated their earned knighthood with cake and ice cream followed by present opening. Each knight took home their sword, shield and a goodie bag full of the items from the quest (bugs, finger light, snake, diamond/ruby and some treats).
Phew! That was quite a party! It was fast and furious and we would not have had it any other way! However, the bar was set quite high and I am not sure how we will top it for my daughters party in May or for my sons next birthday (which he is already planning).
Thanks for sticking around and reading this! If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get to them as soon as I can!