Party in Sherwood Forest

October 6, 2008

For a little guy, he is pretty into this whole Robin Hood thing…although for this party, he played the part of Kind Richard, I suppose. I kept things pretty simple this year, with cupcakes and hot drinks for refreshment. Really, I spent most of my prep time cleaning the house.

Using newspaper, and a little trial and error, there were some lovely robin hood hats for the kiddos to take home, complete with feathers. I got hands-on instruction to make mine, but here is a pretty straightforward tutorial. You may have to play around a little and trim some length in order to get the right size. If you have more time on your hands and want something a little sturdier, here are some instructions on how to make a hat out of felt.

Decorations were simple with a string of twinkle lights and my new homemade bunting, inspired once again by an idea in The Creative Family.

Hubs and his dad rigged up a little target and organized an archery “contest.” The bows and arrows were a little difficult for the littlest guests to manage, so make sure you have plenty of help if you try it.

Before dark, we squeezed in one more game to go with the theme. We dressed up a willing volunteer in some Sheriff of Nottingham garb and put him to sleep in a chair, with a bag of money in his lap. (I filled a drawstring bag with some plastic poker chips–they made a delightful jingly sound) The object was for the kids to sneak up and try to steal the money without waking him. I think it was a big hit, and the birthday boy came out victorious. When someone mentioned that he should give that treasure to the poor, he looked blank. I guess we’ll have to revisit that story another time or two.

We all gathered around a cozy fire for cupcakes, hot apple cider and cocoa. I just used disposable drink cups with lids for easy clean up.

At one point in the evening, I looked at my little man, eyes shining and little legs hopping up and down in excitement and all my worries about whether I had done enough melted away. Although I love to “go all out” on occasion, sometimes simple is best.

Here are a couple more links, with more ideas for a Robin Hood birthday…if you have children that are a little bit older these tips are great. I got a lot of my ideas here, and they had more suggestions than we had time or energy for. It was hard to narrow it down!