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Thursday, July 19, 2012

How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party

This party was for my oldest's birthday.  She decided that she wanted a "How to Train Your Dragon" themed birthday party.  This movie of one of our family favorites!  

For her party I came up with the idea that I wanted to make her an Astrid costume to wear at her party.  I also ended up throwing together a costume for my youngest to wear at her sisters party as well.  I was going for Ruffnut (one of the twins).  If I had more time I would have attempted to make my husband a costume so that he looked like Hiccup!  So wish I had had the time!

For the cake I decided I would attempt to make a dragon.  The dragon body was made our of rice Krispie treats molded into a dragon shape and then covered with marshmallow fondant.  The cake itself was banana cake~Yum!

The two most important decorations for her party were the two dragons that I had painted on two very large pieces of corrugated cardboard.  One was of Toothless and the one was of the smallest dragon in the movie the Terrible Terror.  Toothless was used as a backdrop for the beginning of the party.  Each of the guests (kids) were to sit in front of toothless and pose with a viking helmet and homemade axes, and have their picture taken.
I also had the idea that I wanted to make a large scale dragon skeleton that the kids could walk through.  With my husband's help to figure this one out we got a partial skeleton of the dragon's rib cage.  You can see it right?!

After the guests arrived and after being photographed with Toothless they were encouraged to design their own shields using markers, crayons, and glitter glue.  
This was just the beginning of their Quest!  

When they arrived they each received a piece of paper informing them that a momma dragon's eggs had been stolen and that she needed their help to find and retrieve her eggs. 
After their shields had made it was time to find a ship that could sail and then cross the rough seas (our hot tub)

After the ships had been sailed the kids had to bomb a cardboard castle with a small scale trebuchet and water balloons (all with the help of my hubby). Once the enemy had been eliminated, they were able to safely secure momma dragons eggs.  Each child was given an egg to open and find a ring pop inside.  They also receive a dragon claw/tooth necklace made by me using polymer clay.  I unfortunately  do not have pictures of the kids bombing the castle.

The ship were made from milk cartons that I cut in half and then stuck a bunch of skewers into.
I found the idea from a youtube video.  The gentleman that provides the instructions also has a website with some other really cool projects that you can make from stuff around the house.  Check it out HERE!

Some additional Photos

One of our favorite scenes between Hiccup and Gobber
Hiccup: [about the Night Fury] I really did hit one.
Gobber: Sure.
Hiccup: He never listens!
Gobber: Well, it runs in the family.
Hiccup: And when he does, it's always with this... disappointed scowl, like someone skimped on the meat in his sandwich.
Hiccup: "Excuse me, barmaid! I'm afraid you brought me the wrong offspring! I ordered an extra-large boy with beefy arms, extra guts and glory on the side. This here, this is a talking fish-bone!"
Gobber: Now, you're thinkin' about this all wrong. It's not so much what you *look* like, it's what's *inside* that he can't stand.
Hiccup: [sarcastic] Thank you for summing that up.
Gobber: Look the point is, stop trying so hard to be something you're not!
Hiccup: I just wanna be one of you guys! 



  1. What an AWESOME party. I love all of the details. You put a lot of work into this party. Great job :)


    1. Thank you Ida! I think this one is my favorite party out of the few that I have done thus far.

  2. AWESOME! What type of paint did u use for the large dragons on cardboard?