Five days before their party was to happen they both came running to me with great urgency. "We want a Narnia party!" They both yelled it, so excited were they. "That would be so cool."
|My Little Lucy at Beaver's Dam|
It was a great idea. A little short notice, but a great idea. I of course tweeted about it and one friend started telling me all about the Narnia party she had for her son a few years back with some really great ideas. If only I actually had time to put it all together.
|Check out the cape my friend Suzy made for her daughter with a table cloth and duct tape.|
I have to start by saying that there is no way these parties this year could have happened without my in laws. Their property is perfect for staging epic adventure parties, not to mention all the work they do with setting up and making the party work, and clean up afterwards. They are the best.
|The Girl as Jill Pole, tramping through Ettinsmoor|
So, with time to think about it, a plan started to come together. We would have bows and arrows, obviously. Aaron found this youtube channel where this guy make bows and arrows out of PVC pipe. Down here, where fresh springy branches for wood bows are kind of in short supply, this was going to be our best building material. My little brother in law Alex, figured out how to make the bows and arrows so they actually worked. Which was awesome. Now we needed to fit them into the story somehow.
The rest was easy. A scavenger hunt, in the form of a quest. We borrowed from any of the books that suited our purpose, and we just looked around the property for things that already existed that could become places in a story.
|The girl's drew lions onto fabric for Narnia standards.|
|Thanks Karen for this photo. I forgot to get one.|
|The Wardrobe |
(An old dresser with the back taken out and a rod put in. Told ya my in laws are awesome.)
|King Tirian's Watchtower|
(Aaron built this climbing tower for his little brother's and sisters many years ago.)
While they were busy doing that Haven, aka the White Witch, tempted away as many children as she could, especially the small ones, with candy, and coloring, and she had them make crowns and promised they could all be queen's like her if they stayed with her. She was very convincing.
This set the rest of the children on a quest to become strong enough to defeat the White Witch and get their siblings back. Along the way they had to practice their archery, follow the signs that Puddleglum gave them, find the sword of Aslan and then confront her with it.
Our good friends Landis and Suzy brought a few of their real bows and taught the kids to shoot them at Aslan's How.
There was a stop for refreshments at Dryad's Hollow.
Next, to Puddleglum's hut in the Marshes. Where they received 4 signs that would guide them to the sword of Aslan. Auntie Ana called dibs on playing PuddleGlum. You can see her later on with the kids when they confront the White Witch.
The cleverly hidden sword of Aslan.
|The White Witch tried to bargain with them. But she was defeated.|
|I remembered to take pictures of the food this time, but Brenda's turned out better.|
|I was so glad this little guy came as a beaver.|
|Kids feasting in Beaver's Dam|
|The birthday girls sit in state at Cair Paravel.|
|Lemon cake with cream cheese icing and blackberries.|
|They were a little eager to try the cake.|
|I should have made more. Of everything.|
|I'll give Bug cake anytime. She makes it look delicious.|
|Her character banished, the Auntie returns for snuggles.|
|BamBam was there of course|
|and the boys back from Thailand.|
Aaron's eardrum ruptured while he was there. That's why he's sporting a cotton ball in one ear.
|This one looks happy about the whole affair.|
Oh yeah, and I sewed the girls those capes the night before.
I bought the fabric for $3 at goodwill ages ago thinking about capes, and finally used it.