The second edition of a much-loved movie is coming out this summer: How to Train Your Dragon 2. It’s the further adventures of the Viking Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless. My kids were smitten with the first movie, and over the moon excited that we have a whole new installment to watch this month. With so much enthusiasm for dragons and Vikings, it’s hard not to imagine a fantastic birthday party celebrating this cinematic masterpiece! And my go-to place for all things How to Train Your Dragon? Target. They’re carrying a whole line of How to Train Your Dragon merchandise starting this summer!
Our Viking friends who came to our party were pretty excited, too. Inspired by the new movie’s dragon races, we made a dragon racing arena complete with a Viking boat docked to the side to serve all our hungry Vikings. (See Part II and Part III.) We played lots of fun games and embarked on new adventures that made the party really exciting.
To make all our guests truly Viking-like, everyone geared up upon arrival. After getting their faces painted with dragon racing stripes, they put on Viking horns and these super-cool DreamWorks Dragons Defenders of Berk Transforming Shields. It’s a shield AND it shoots arrows. It took us moms about 10 minutes to figure out all the buttons and bands to get these to work. The boys? It was about 10 seconds before there were projectiles launching all over the room. Huge hit!
While everyone was getting their faces painted, we set up a craft station to make Baby Gronckle dragons. I found neat pom-pom kits in the crayon aisle of Target that were pretty inexpensive and included everything the kids might need to create their own dragon. I laid the supplies on the table, and let their creativity take over – it was wonderful to watch everyone finish their Viking transformations.
Our brave dragon-racing Vikings had a worthy, pint-sized table to feast at. The centerpiece is made from a few Frog Prince Paperie printables, a jute-wrapped vase and a lovable plush Toothless the Dragon. He was the star of the show there, and I had to keep the boys from running off with him while I took pictures!
The place settings were very unique — the underside of each clear plate (purchased at Target) was painted with bright colors. The red silverware was wrapped in black napkins and tied closed with a piece of fur and leather. Loved second only to Toothless himself, the How to Train Your Dragon Tumblers were perfect for no-spill drinks and because they were such great quality, they made excellent party favors. Also, the cups make an awesome clanging noise when you “cheers.”
For more How to Train Your Dragon party inspiration, be sure to see Part II and Part III.
All our brave Vikings had a blast at the party–and putting it together is made more convenient for all us moms by shopping for supplies at Target. You can find the following items from our party online (linked) or in stores:
How to Train Your Dragon Mini Figurines | Plates, Napkins, Utensils
Ultimate Fuzzy Kit | Cupcakes
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