Whether the party is for a five-year-old or a fifty-year-old, the organizing remains the same. The appeal of a medieval party is not restricted to the costumes or the food but the decorations as well. To decorate your home the medieval way, and take your guests back to the time of knights, maidens and stone castles, you need the right decorative setting.
Medieval Party Theme Decorations
A man's home is his castle, so for a medieval party your home should be converted into a castle straight out of the Middle Ages! For starters, divide your house into different areas of a castle. The living room can be the great hall and dining hall or the courtroom. Other rooms can be designated as the cloakroom, kitchen and likewise.
Try to turn one room of the house into the dungeons! To maintain an authentic Middle Ages feel, you should put away all electronic appliances and devices. Try to use natural or candlelight for lighting the room or else just use 3-5 lamps instead of normal lighting. Here are a few ideas for medieval party decorations.
Entry through any castle is through a drawbridge over a moat. Now making a moat in your house is not possible, so why not construct an archway out of cardboard boxes, so your guests can pass through your portals. And to add the medieval feel, position an announcer with a trumpet, to call out each guest's name as they arrive.
A medieval tapestry or painting is another wall decorative piece. If you have any family portraits, you can hang them up too. Every self-respecting medieval household has a coat of arms or a chest of arms displayed to its finest. So at first, come up with a family crest design with your name and family motto on it. The crest should be displayed on a shield.
Banners, pennants, scrolls and even paper torches should be hung up as well. If you do not have the time to handle such art and craft work, then such decorations can be purchased online or locally, in the form of cutouts and pop-ups. A suit of armor is a standard piece in any castle, so look for this type of cut-out decoration in stores.
In one part of the room, the throne or seat of the lord of the castle must be present. This is the seat of the person, in who's honor the party is being thrown, so a nice huge armchair or high chair should be used with cushions and decorated with gold trimming.
The Dining Hall
For your sumptuous medieval banquet hall, use a long wooden picnic table. The more battered and wooden the table, the better. Try using backless chairs or settees or wooden high-back chairs. You can even use benches instead of chairs. You can write guests names on small scrolls and place them on the table for seating guests according to their names.
Use candelabras or candles as table lighting and dim the lights. On to cutlery. Silver or wooden forks and spoons should be used. Silver plastic plates will do or wooden utensils. In the Middle Ages, cutlery was used exclusively by the nobles, the most common dish to eat off, was a thick loaf of bread.
Do not use out fancy glassware. If possible, buy and use some plastic wine goblets. Use glitter, beads and fake jewels to bling the globlets up. You can also wrap such glasses in silver or gold foil for a royal chalice glass.
You can convert a wooden table into a "rack", as the central torture tool. If available, get some plastic body parts, like arms and legs or heads and lay them out at various angles in the room. Artificial knives, swords and poking instruments can be arranged in an umbrella stand. Record and play some groans and moans as a soundtrack for your dungeon.
Hang up some fake chains as well. Keep the lighting low and dingy. Paper torches can be hung on the walls. Try to use your basement as the dungeon room, so you can lead your guests downwards into the room, for a spooky effect.
The guests can be entertained in the main hall with a jester, then a court singer. Stage a puppet show for the younger crowd. Do your research prior to the party planning, keeping it as authentic as possible. Be realistic with the food, music and surroundings. With the right atmosphere and party gear, your Middle ages theme party is all set to begin!