November 1, 2010

The Dragon Trainer's Tavern

The computer animated movie How to Train Your Dragon debuted in March of this year.
Below you'll find a tavern designed for very young dragon trainers.

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Camouflage netting and a spooky vine (purchased from a Halloween party shop) help define the space and create the mood.
After the vine was strung from beneath the patio cover ceiling, netting was draped from the mantel (weighted with a brick on both corners) to the vine.

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Dragon trainers use kitchen chopping bowls for dishes.
The no-sew napkins were made from a paint tarp. Large squares of fabric were cut and sent through the washer and dryer to fray the edges.
Small potted succulents work for the flower arrangement portion of the centerpiece.

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The castle is from Lowe's.
The dragon, a birthday gift from a sibling, is even more handsome in person - covered with at least 4 different types of fabric. His stuffed and plastic cousins have already begun to show up in garage sales.
When the temperature drops a bit in the evening, guests are kept warm with wood set ablaze by a fire-breathing dragon.

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Menu: Fruit Chunks on a Skewer, Oven Baked Chicken Fingers and Pan Fried Potatoes cut in the shape of dragon wings - an idea lifted from Cuisine Kathleen when she shared her pumpkin and leaf shaped potatoes. (Kathleen used cookie cutters. These were made with a kitchen scissors.)
Flatware is not necessary. Little Vikings like eating with their hands!


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Each guest was fitted for a Viking hat when they accepted the party invitation. (If you're inviting lots of Viking warriors, a good time to catch up with them is right before or right after soccer practice.) In the days leading up to the party, the hats were completed. Steps for construction can be found on the How-To Page.
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After party thoughts:
Dragon eggs could serve as place card holders.
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Tablecloth: hemmed cotton fabric, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Stuffed Dragon: birthday gift
Sandcastle: Lowe's
Napkins: Paint tarp, Lowe's
Tin cups: School Party Supply, over 40 years old
Bowls: kitchen chopping bowls
Placemats: Frontgate

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17 comments:

  1. What a fun table and a neat theme. Love the leaf placemats, wooden bowls and tin cups. And the vine and net really add to the period theme too. What better firestarter could you ask for than a fire breathing dragon? LOL Great job!

    Kay

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  2. Love the table and the menu sounds like it is "fit for a Viking". Very creative and what more could a Little Viking ask for. Nice Job!

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  3. Gorgeous table and setting and the food sounds so yummy. Very clever and creative. Love it. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Wonderful, thanks for the mention.
    I can't find your bio or followers?

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  5. Any kid would love this party! So would some of us "older" kids. The details are amazing and fun!

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  6. Oh, I do like your sense of creativity! This is a darling idea. I taught primary students and I fondly remember a unit on the Vikings and other explorers. What fun it would have been to have used this idea. ;-)
    Thanks for sharing! ~ sarah

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  7. What a great table theme. I bet the kids loved it. Nothing like having dinner with a dragon.

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  8. Thanks for joining in the newbie party. This was a neat table indeed!!~

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  9. I would add your follow option a little closer to the top:) Hard to find it...

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  10. What a fun party!!

    I'm here from Debbie Doo's Newbie party and am a fellow Newbie. :)

    It's great to find your blog. You are very talented!

    Pam

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  11. I'm visiting from Debbie's. What a great idea with the dragons. My son would absolutely LOVE this: he's everything DRAGON right now!! Very fun!!!

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  12. How creative! What a fun party idea! I love it! I'm a fellow newbie from Debbiedoos party! Glad to find your blog!

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  13. WOW! That table is awesome! Hi, I'm a newbie too...you have a fun blog!

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  14. How cute! You captured the essence of the movie, LOL. I am a newbie blogger, and I am linking over from Debbiedoos.

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  15. Wow! This is so neat! I think any kid would love this! Very creative! I'm visiting from Debbiedoos...count me as a new follower! :)

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  16. Very cute party idea. I am sure your boy had a wonderful time.

    Found your site from Debbiedoo's link up party

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  17. Wow! What an amazing table and dinner! Very fun and creative! I linked over from DebbieDoo's newbie party.
    http://pampereddaughterthriftywife.blogspot.com/

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