Alright, this one’s for anyone who has to plan a party in the next couple of months but feels a little brain dead from all the creativity required during the holidays. Let me just throw one out there for you to go along with wintertime. How about a Narnia party?
This one is specifically portrayed for children, but could be tweaked for any aged guests, by changing the activities and adding more food.
One of my daughter’s past birthdays was Narnia themed and I will share some of the highlights. But first, to really appreciate the atmosphere we created, you should cue some of the Narnia soundtrack that we had blaring the whole time.
Go ahead, I’ll wait.
To start things off we found a picture of the original wardrobe from the first Narnia movie and printed them out for our invitations.
Inside, we added a tiny picture of Lucy at the lamp post in snowy Narnia with party details and, of course, glitter accents.
To our dismay, the day of the party dawned with an unexpected deluge of rain on our outdoor party set up! Neighbors showed up to help us and we frantically put up several canopy tents. In the end, the tents and extra smokey bonfire from the dampness really added to the authenticity of the party, so all was well.
We carried upholstered arm chairs and stumps down to our party site and hung Christmas ornaments on the shrubs.
Most of the guests came in costume, which made it extra fun.
They each received their own party crown upon arrival and then had to walk through the “wardrobe” that we made out of a refrigerator box. Inside the wardrobe was a fur coat to push past and as you stepped out the other side into “Narnia” you had to part the snowflake streamers that hung over the back opening of the wardrobe.
There was a Play Doh station with homemade glitter Play Doh.
And mason jar snow globe crafting.
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The cake was one of my favorite parts of the day. I found a company online that would print any image on a thin sheet of sugar paper. This could then be transferred onto a frosted cake. Since then, I have heard that any grocery store bakery will do this for you, as well. We found a beautiful quote and image from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and had them print it for us. I baked the cake in a cake pan shaped like an open book to represent one of the Chronicles of Narnia.
A clean comb along the cake edges made them look like pages. And a doll house wardrobe off Ebay with one of our toy lions as Aslan pulled it all together.
There were gluten free cupcakes, topped with toy beavers and little bottle brush trees.
“Melted Snow”, i.e. water, was served to balance all that sugar.
We borrowed my friend’s lamp post off her porch for decoration and ended the day with a game of freeze tag, of course, and a re-enactment of the Narnia battle scene.
For favors, I made turkish delight and bought bookmarks off Etsy made from Chronicles of Narnia book pages.
All in all, it ended up being one of my favorite parties to host and I hope you will love it as much as we did, if you find yourself throwing a Narnia party in the near future.
For Narnia and for Aslan!!
For more inspiration and details, please visit my Narnia Party Pinterest board.