Below you'll find a tavern designed for very young dragon trainers.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
After party thoughts:
Dragon eggs could serve as place card holders.
Tablecloth: hemmed cotton fabric, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Stuffed Dragon: birthday gift
Napkins: Paint tarp, Lowe's
Tin cups: School Party Supply, over 40 years old
Bowls: kitchen chopping bowls
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Debbiedoo's Blogging and Babbling for her Newbie Party.