A dragon party is a great idea for anyone who has ever been enchanted by the fantasy of dragons. Whether you like your dragons fun and friendly or you want to opt for a more medieval theme where they do battle with knights, princesses or vikings, a dragon birthday party can be a great way to celebrate an enchanted occasion. Here are some ideas for invitations, party decorations, crafts, games and more!
Dragon Party Invitations
Dragon Invitations from Celebrate Express
Dragon Shaped Invitations — Start by making a tracing template in the shape of a dragon. Use some colored cardstock (paper stores often carry glittery colored paper and other fun options) and use your template to trace the dragon shape onto the cardstock. Cut out your dragons and write your party information on the front. You might use a fun headline, such as “Enter If Ye Dare…”
Dragon Egg Invitations — Use a piece of colored construction paper and cut a large egg shape. Decorate it to look like a dragon egg. Cut a zigzag line across the middle to cut the egg in two so it looks like it has cracked open. Now cut a piece of green or red construction paper into the shape of a dragon (make sure the shape is the right size to “hide” in the egg). Write your party information on the dragon shape. Use a brass brad fastener to join the two pieces of the egg in a hinge fashion at the crack line with the dragon behind them so that the egg opens to reveal your dragon and all your party information.
Toy Dragon Invitations — For this invitation, purchase a small dragon figurine for each of your guests. Write your party information on a decorative tag and attach it to the dragon with a ribbon. Mail these in padded envelopes for an invitation and a treat all in one!
**General Invitation Tips** — If you choose to make your own party invitations, don’t forget to include the date, location, and time of your event. It’s also helpful to put the host’s name, RSVP by date, and either your phone number or email.
Dragon Party Decorations
A dragon pinata can be a fun party decoration and activity all in one!
Dragon Party Table Decorations — The table is often the main focal point of a party’s decoration. Here are some ideas to make yours special:
Dragon Party Centerpieces
- Treasure Chest Centerpiece — Dragons love their treasure! Use a decorative treasure chest and have it overflowing with gold coins, colorful bead necklaces, and plastic jewels.
- Plush Dragon Centerpiece — Use a favorite plush dragon as a colorful table centerpiece. Surround it with coins and jewels, or set it on a small mound of smooth rocks to look like a dragon’s lair.
- Viking Ship Centerpiece — If you’re using a viking theme, a toy viking ship can make a striking centerpiece, especially if it has a dragon’s head prow.
Dragon Table Decorations
- Use golden jeweled goblets to give your guests the royal treatment.
- Place a royal crown or viking helmet at each place setting for instant pizzaz!
Use Royal Colors or Themed Party Tableware — The royal colors of purple, red, and gold make a great color scheme for a dragon party, or you could also go with dragon green and gold. Here are some party supply sets available at Celebrate Express:
Yellow & Green Party Supplies
Puff the Magic Dragon Party Supplies
Green & Gold Party Supplies
Crafts are a great way to kick off the party and to keep everyone busy until all your guests have arrived. Here are a few ideas for dragon crafts:
Dragon Sock Puppets
- Long, colored socks (check out the local sporting goods store for soccer or baseball socks that come in bright colors)
- Felt or other decorative fabric (cut some pieces of this beforehand into shapes resembling horns, scales, wings, or long tongues)
- Sequins and glitter
- Large googly eyes
Lay out all the materials, and possibly a sample dragon, and let your guests assemble their own fantastical creature!
Make Model Clay Dragons — Set out a few pictures or figurines of dragons, different colored modeling clay (we like Crayola Model Magic because it is spongy, fun to work with, and self-hardening), any decorative items that you think would be fun, such as googly eyes or sequins, and glue. Let your guests create their own 3-D dragon to take home.
Dragon Party Games and Activities
Slay the Dragon — A stuffed or plastic dragon can be used for this game of hide and seek. Select one child—usually the guest of honor—to hide the dragon first. Have all the other children go to another part of the house and let the selected child hide the toy in one room. If the guests are very young, leave part of the toy sticking out from its hiding place to help them find it. Bring everyone back into the room and let them search until they find the lurking dragon. Whoever finds the toy gets to hide it next. This game can also be played outside, but limit the area used for hiding the toy.
Catch the Dragon’s Tail — Have the group stand in a single file line, with each person holding the waist of the person in front of him. The player at the head of the line tries to catch the player at the “tail” of the line. Once the head tags the tail, the “head” person becomes the new “tail” person and everyone moves up one space in line. Play until everyone has had a chance to be the dragon head!
Dragon Egg Relay Race — Gather two spoons, two bowls, and twenty plastic eggs. Divide your group into two teams and line them up relay race style. Place the two bowls at the other end of your race area. The first person from each team must carry the egg on the spoon across the room and drop it in their team’s bowl. They then run back and give the spoon to the next player, who must carry another egg. The first team to get 10 eggs in their bowl wins.
Save the Princess From the Dragon — Elect one child to be the princess (or prince) and one to be the dragon. Have the remaining group hold hands and make a circle around the prince or princess, forming a protective “wall,” while the dragon lurks outside the wall. The wall tries to keep the dragon away from the princess. Children hold their arms tight to keep the dragon from breaking through. If the dragon does break through the wall, he tries to tag the princess. Children can allow the princess to escape by raising their arms and then trap the dragon by lowering their arms. If the dragon does tag the princess, the dragon then becomes the new prince/princess, and the princess becomes part of the wall. A new dragon is chosen.
Into the Moat — Have your group play a classic game of tug-of-war over a towel or blanket “moat.” Let each team pick a fun medieval party name, like the Jesters versus the Wizards, or the Dragons versus the Knights.
Watch a Dragon Movie — Need to calm things down a little? Why not take a break and show one of these classic dragon movies.
How to Train Your Dragon
Dragon Party Food
Wondering what to serve your hungry dragon hunters? Here are a few ideas:
- Dragon Wings and Dragon Legs (chicken wings and drumsticks)
- Dragon Nuggets (Use the dino nuggets chicken tenders found in the freezer section of the grocery)
- Dragon Sandwiches (use a dragon shaped cookie cutter to make fun party sandwiches)
- Accompany any of these entrees with a veggie platter or fruit salad
- For dessert, you could make dragon flame roasted marshmallows
Here are a few of the items that we’ve listed on this page, plus some more things that might help you host an amazing party. Have fun!
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Wizard of Oz