How to Decorate for a Medieval Party

by Monica Patrick
Assign the guest of honor the role of host as the beloved

Assign the guest of honor the role of host as the beloved "King Arthur" or "Queen Guinevere."

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Medieval-inspired parties make a good backdrop for a kid's birthday or special event -- even grownups enjoy reenacting "Ye Old Days." Immerse your guests in the Middle Ages by outfitting your party area with bright colors and the appropriate props. Transform your home into an inviting castle for your favorite knights and ladies. Summon your guests with a family crest invitation and prepare for a tournament of nonstop entertainment. You'll need time to create some props, so plan ahead for your medieval festival.

Items you will need

  • 6 feet of red satin fabric
  • 6 feet of blue satin fabric
  • Two 2-foot wooden dowels
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Scissors
  • 6 feet of nylon rope
  • Large cardboard boxes
  • Black spray paint
  • Gray craft paint
  • Sponge paintbrushes
  • Posterboards
  • Markers

Herald Banners

Step 1

Spread out the red fabric over a smooth area, such as a table or counter top. Create a 4-inch hem at the top of the fabric by folding the top down and pinning it in place.

Step 2

Remove the first pin and dab a dot of hot glue in its place. Continue until all the pins are replaced with hot glue. Allow the glue to cool 30 seconds to 1 minute between each dot application.

Step 3

Slide the 2-foot dowel through the hem you created. Cut the nylon rope in half, giving you 3 feet of rope to use as a hanger. Tie the ends of the rope piece to each side of the dowel to create a hanger. Do this for both pieces of fabric to create herald banners.

Step 4

Hang the banners from a low-hanging tree or a bird feeder stand. Place them on opposite sides of the yard or your indoor party walls. These will be handy to rally your parties if you choose to have tournament games.

Castle Walls

Step 1

Cut refrigerator boxes or large cardboard boxes open along the long seams to create play areas for kids, or leave the boxes whole but cut away the bottoms. Cut a few windows and doors into the boxes.

Step 2

Lay the boxes outdoors. Spray with black spray paint as a base color for the "castle walls."

Step 3

Paint on stonework rectangles using the gray paint and sponge applicator. The contrast between the gray and black will create a nice effect.

Step 4

Allow the paint to dry for at least two hours before arranging the "walls" in your yard or party room.

Tips & Warnings

  • Order a castle-style cake and use it as a delicious decoration.
  • Arrange a table of costume crowns and medieval hats for guests to see and take.
  • Cover table tops with bright solid-colored fabrics and sprinkle them with gold-foil-wrapped chocolate coins.
  • To avoid inhaling spray-paint fumes, wear a mask when spray-painting the cardboard.

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