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I am planning a castle themed party for my ds's 5th birthday. He likes how castles look and wants a castle cake. I thought I could make castle wall cutouts out of cardboard for the walls. What else can I do? He doesn't really know about knights, he just likes the way castles look.<br><br>
Any fun, cheap ideas?<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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You could get netting from a fabric store and attach strips to regular party hats for any girls that will be in attendance. When I was little, my dad made knight helmets by cutting a sort of heart shape opening out of a bleach bottle, painting them silver, and tying some fabric to the handle. They weren't very comfortable, so crowns may be a better option for boy party hats. Be wary of telling people what the theme is in advance if you don't want your ds to receive related gifts like swords. Swords and my ds aren't a good mix but your ds is hopefully less excitable than mine <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> .
 

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What about calling an appliance store and getting some of their large boxes, fridge size, and making forts out of them? They could be painted on the outside to look like castles. Another idea is to get some of those cardboard blocks that look like bricks and make a fort/castle
 

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I love this website for birthday party ideas:<br><br><a href="http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com" target="_blank">www.birthdaypartyideas.com</a><br><br>
It's just descriptions of parties that people have given - I got a bunch of good ideas for a camping party for my 6 year old.<br><br>
Look here for some parties involving castles:<br><br><a href="http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/html/princess.html" target="_blank">http://www.birthdaypartyideas.com/html/princess.html</a>
 

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Some castle cake pictures and ideas-<br><a href="http://www.coolest-kid-birthday-parties.com/castle-cake.html" target="_blank">http://www.coolest-kid-birthday-part...stle-cake.html</a><br><br>
I saw a really neat castle cake pan.<br><a href="http://tinyurl.com/mct5k" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/mct5k</a><br><br>
castle to make-<br><a href="http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=11227" target="_blank">http://jas.familyfun.go.com/crafts?p...&craftid=11227</a><br><br>
pre-made cardboard castle to color-<br><a href="http://www.birthdayexpress.com/bexpress/Product.asp?SKU=E5888" target="_blank">http://www.birthdayexpress.com/bexpr....asp?SKU=E5888</a><br><br>
knight themed party with some castle related ideas-<br><a href="http://www.coolest-kid-birthday-parties.com/kid-birthday-party.html" target="_blank">http://www.coolest-kid-birthday-part...day-party.html</a><br><br>
plastic knights helmets-<br><a href="http://www.birthdayexpress.com/bexpress/Product.asp?SKU=7100" target="_blank">http://www.birthdayexpress.com/bexpr...t.asp?SKU=7100</a><br><br>
some middle ages stuff-<br><a href="http://www.proteacher.com/090074.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.proteacher.com/090074.shtml</a>
 

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birthdaypartyideas.com has tons of ideas.<br><br>
I did a cake for a friends DD last year. (Take away the pink and it would work for a boy too, actually my son loves pink! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> )<br><br>
I took a 2 9 inch round cakes and 1 square cake. Put one round on the bottom, trim the square so it fits on top, use the left overs from that and make four small squares, put them at the four corners (next to the bottom layer, kinda like spokes on a gear), then trim the remaining round to a small circle to fit on top of the square. Then use a combination of sugar cones and flat bottom cones as the spires and towers. Cover them in icing and sprinkles. I used a row of mini marshmellows at the top of each layer for the little cut out on the top of the wall (sorry don't know what they are called).
 

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Thanks everyone!! I have been doing searches but couldn't seem to find much. Now I have lots of great ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Ds had the same theme. We went to Burger King and we had lunch. (they now have veggie burgers! not that we're fast fooders, lol) Anyway, I asked the cashier if we could buy 6 BK crowns for ds's party. She gladly gave them to us for free. I bought some gold spray paint and painted them. I found some peel & stick gems & stickers for them to decorate themselves. They were great.<br><br>
For the girls, they made wands. 7/8" wooden dowels-painted pink, wooden stars-painted lavender, lots of small ribbon strips, glitter, stickers, and tiny jingle bells. Glue the star on before hand to avoid a messy party (hot glue). Then they can decorate the star and tie the ribbon and bells on. They were so cute my 15 yr old niece HAD to make one.<br><br>
We gave the crafts in place of gift bags.<br><br>
Also, you can buy a box of plain bubbles in the wedding section of your craft store...24 for $5 or about that. Put castle stickers on them and place them all around. Copy a picture of a castle for everyone to color.<br><br>
As for your cake, I'd talk w/the grocery store's bakery. Some of those artists are wonderful at free hand. HTH, Happy Party and B-day!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Think back to the old He-man days about 20 years ago. My brother had a castle Grayskull cake that my aunt made. She used 3 square cakes layered on top of each other and then a total of 12 or 16 cupcakes, with 3 or 4 layered on top of each other to make turrets at each of the corners of square cakes. She frosted it all grey and then used black piping for details. she put it on a board and used blue frosting to make a moat around the bottom and that green cocanut for grass around the moat and cut out a cardboard drawbridge and covered it with tinfoil.
 

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a friend used sand buckets (castle ones) as molds for ice cream.
 

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How about making shields as a craft? You can cut the shapes out of oaktag, attach a strip to the back as a handle, and then offer whatever you want as decorations.<br><br>
I also do creative parties at home, and I like to just put a theme to classic games. You can play "pin the sword on the knight" just like pin the tail on the donkey. You can hide castle-themed trinkets around the house and have a scavenger hunt. For DD's fairy tale themed party, I made the scavenger hunt cooperative rather than competitive by drawing a large picture of a castle, cutting it into puzzle pieces, and hiding them around the house. The kids had to find all the pieces and assemble the puzzle for everyone to get prize.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I wopuld gets lots of big cardboard and cut out castle shapes. you can either just stand it up or attatche it somewhere (we have a front porch that this works nice for. Set out some dress up clothes for Lords and Ladies, put on some royal music and let them play pretend.<br><br>
I second the cardboard blocks that look like bricks. my kids have so much fun with those and after th party your kids will havea toy that willlast for years. or if you have unit bocks already you can get castle shapes that work with them.
 

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Wow, thanks everyone. So many ideas!! He doesn't really know much about knights or swords. He is kind of naive about such things <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> He loves kings and queens though.<br><br>
The party will be VERY small. Pretty much just 3 kids old enough to know its a party <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He will be the oldest. I don't want to overwhelm his sensitive self. I am going to cut out castle shapes from large sheets of cardboard and paint it grey and castle-like then surround 3 sides of the table with it. He found a picture of the castle cake that he wants, so I will try to emulate that as well. I think I will go to BK and get some crowns and paint them. I like the decorating a sheild idea, but we will decorate the crowns instead!! Maybe an easy group scavenger hunt as well.<br><br>
I think I will also get some appliance boxes and make a big castle as well. Hopefully it will be nice enough (no snow) to build a big one in the yard. If not I will have to do it in the house which is very small <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Maybe I will set them all up with "royal capes" and let them play pretend for a while. Wands sound good too (as long as my 2 yo doesn't decide its a weapon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">).<br><br>
Less structure as some of our guests are younger. Plus, my ds gets overwhelmed easily around too many other kids.<br><br>
Thanks for all the great ideas <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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This isn't all that cheap, and my kids are having a collective birthday party this year (all born in May) and we are doing a knights/castle theme. They make those Moonwalk bouncer things that look like a castle, so I am renting one for the day. That ought to tire out all my rowdy partygoers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br>
This is what I am talking about:<br><a href="http://www.bouncearoundjax.com/PicBounceCastle1.htm" target="_blank">Castle Moonwalk</a>
 
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