Decorations for the party included a lot of brown, red, black, and green, and was inspired by viking maps, dragon scales and fire!
Coming up with food for this party was my favorite part. The cupcakes are "Dragon scales". I made cupcake wrappers that look like scales and the "scales" that come up out of the cupcake are "Spree" candies.
"Peg Legs" and "Shields were also on the menu.
I can't take credit for this super cute idea. I ran across it over on a blog called "Lil Mrs Tori" Her "How To Train Your Dragon" Party is neat and geared toward kids a bit younger if you are looking for more ideas.
We also had a banner that said "Happy Birthday" a bunch of plain colored banners and a old looking treasure chest. Because every viking needs a place to store his prized possessions!
Here is a sample of the invitation:
So the idea for the party was that the guests would come and be taught how to be dragon trainers. As they arrived they could get their faces painted and "How to Train Your Dragon" tattoos. I hadn't even remembered that the characters had their faces painted in parts of the movie. My 8 year old sure did!
Each guest then got to decorate a shield. Since a "vikings most important item is his shield!"
I made the shields out of round cake bases. They have packs of 10 at Walmart. I cut two slits in the center and put some wide twill ribbon through and looped it so that they would have something to hold onto. I then glued the smaller round (large cupcake bases I found at Michael's) on top to hold the ribbon in place. I found some How To Train Your Dragon stickers in the Dollar bins at Target (score!) So they decorated with those and crayons and markers.
When they were done with their shields they got to select their dragons. I didn't get any pictures of this, but it seemed like everyone enjoyed it. I created cards that have dragons from the movie on them (included in the party pack). Then each child drew a card, the cards have different colored borders that match different Easter eggs. We hid the eggs throughout the yard before the party. Inside the eggs were a matching card that tells them about their dragon. The boys especially enjoyed reading them and telling each other all the cool things their dragons could do. After Dragon Selection, the kids were free to pick any of the other games to play (similar to a carnival). There was Flying Lessons. Paper airplanes that look like dragons that they flew off of the deck.
Dreamworks has provided some awesome printable Dragon Paper Airplanes.
They could also play the Sheep Toss game.
I made some yarn poof ball sheep. An idea I came across over on Frog Prince Paperie
The original game idea was to get the sheep into a basket in a relay style game. We have a trampoline, and I knew the kids would want to jump on it, so I incorporated it into the party. I used some yellow tape to make some targets on the trampoline and they had to jump the sheep onto them.
There was also a "Feed Your Dragon Game"
I found some plastic fish, filled our mini wading pool and dumped the fish in. The kids then used nets to "fish" and then take the fish down to the dragons (a container with a picture of a dragon on it). Most of the kids did this one at least 3 times. My 2 year old did only this game!
When it seemed like everyone had finished playing the games. I gathered all the kids up to play Dragon Tag. (Essentially freeze tag, but they all pretended they were dragons). After that they were tired! So we enjoyed the cupcakes and opened presents.
Aiden says everyone has told him they had an awesome time!
The printable items can be found in my Etsy shop: