A little background is probably necessary. I love parties, I am a huge theme party person and tend to channel a little Martha Stewart when it comes to parties. I also like to be in control and have things go a specific way - which at times comes in very handy. These traits also lend themselves to not wanting to delegate.
In the process of planning for this party we came up with a Lego-Knight theme. As the planning evolved we had determined that we would have a knight training camp of sorts, with different stations to prove the party-goers knighthood.
The day of the party - there were many things left to do - frost and set up the cake and determine how to pull off the stations. I didn't say I was good with time-management.
That morning I had 3 very eager helpers - who wanted to help decorate cakes and set up what they had determined to be Quest obstacles. It was at this moment that I took a deep breath, stepped outside my normal character, and my need to have it "perfect", and said, "sure go ahead."
The party began - my helpers greeted the guest, helped them with their craft and led them on a quest. An awesome time was had by all, especially me - who for once had the opportunity to enjoy the adults present because I was not in the middle of it all.
I learned a great lesson - let them help, it may not be "perfect" - but it will be fun - when the wrapping paper is thrown away and the candles no longer burn - the memories for all involved will be cherished. Those memories are much more important than the cover of any Martha Stewart magazine.
Let them help - your stress levels will be lower- its good for your health.
These are just some ideas - let your helpers come up with their own.
Knight Party: Planning Tips
Arrival activity: Create crowns and Goblets - using paper crowns and plastic goblets - sticker gems and foam stickers as desired.
Story Activity: Begin reading Squire and the Scroll by Jeannie Bishop - on pg. where dragon is killed- (have older child come in and steal the "lantern")
Begin Quest: Armed with (plastic) swords and scrolls - 1. Lava jump (river of pillows) 2. Horse course (stick horses and cones) 3. cliff jump (window seat) 4. Swamp (jump rope tied between 2 chairs) 5. bubble goblins ( armed with swords chop bubbles) 6. break the code (easy math problems) 6. Dragons Lair (gently attack the older child - with swords and rescue the lantern)
Complete Story activity: Finish reading story - followed by a knight ceremony
Celebratory Feast: We had Dragon claws (drumsticks), Dragon Scales (chicken tenders), Dragon blood (ketchup), fruit, vegetables and cheese. The kids used their goblets that they had decorated.
Party Guest received - thank you notes with a photo of knight ceremony and a certificate of knight hood.