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Wizard's and dragon's

Wizard's spells and dragon's dens.  A place of sorcery for all your friends. Come together to have some fun creating potions with everyone!

Decorations

Wizard's workshop and spell room:

  • Candles (not lit) or battery operated candles, big old books, a mortar and pestle, big old campling/cooking pots (as cauldrons) all make great props.
  • Old bottles and jards filled with coloured liquids and plastic spiders, rats, snakes are all perfect for a wizards workshop.
  • Add a few silver and purple stars hanging around the room too.
  • Add a hat rack with a wizard hat, cloak and wand
  • A black light from the hardware or party store adds a great atmosphere with everything white taking on an ultra violet colour.  If you a using a black light then add white stars as they will take on the ultra violet too when they catch the light. Note: you need to black out the windows or hold the party at night for the black light to have the best effect.
  • Digging out some of the Christmas lights to hang around can add atmosphere.
  • See if you have any left over Halloween items that might suit.  A few plastic spiders, rats and bugs are good too. Some spider web spray or cotton also looks good.
  • Make sure you label all the food and hang signs for the "spell room", "wizards wardrobe", and "cauldron room" too as it all adds to the effect.
  • Print out a few of the magic spells templates, age the paper and have them floating around   as props.  Add a crystal ball and your spell room is complete.

Dragon's den:

  • Use black spray paint on the grass where the dragon's cave is. This is where the dragon scorched it with his flaming breath! Note: make sure you do this well in advance to ensure the paint is dry on the day of the party. 
  • Add a nest of coloured dragon eggs in the yard.

Decorations resources:

Wizard & dragon food

Make labels for each dish so everyone knows what's on offer.  Try these suggestions:

  • Dragon eye (grapes)
  • Dried dragon skin (seaweed)
  • Mixed eyeballs (balled watermelon, honey due and rock Mellon)
  • Albino worms (spaghetti)
  • dragon droppings (Maltese's)
  • dragon snot (green jelly)
  • bat droppings (chocolate covered sultanas)
  • Dried prunes (dried baby bats)
  • Fairy floss (cob webs)
  • Lyches The whites of dragon eyes
  • Dragon eyes: halved boiled eggs with a little tomato sauce or mayonnaise
  • Caviar (Frogs eggs)
  • Baby dragon thighs: Chicken drumsticks
  • Wizard Stew - serve in big pot (a cauldron). As you serve, sprinkle a little seasoning on the dish, wave your wand and say a spell ... 
  • Magic Wands: Dip pretzels into melted chocolate and decorate with sprinkles
  • Magic beans: jelly beans
  • Dragon charred monkey brains: mini meatballs
  • Wizard snacks: Star and moon sandwiches
  • Spider webs (chocolate webs)

Here are a few other wizard descriptions words you can use to label your food...

Beetles, worms, owls, eyes, goo, spiders, crystal all, spell books, wands, hats, beards, potions, cauldron, brew, fungus, mushrooms, candles, 


Dragon words:

Eggs, fire breathing, wings, dragon skin, dragon toes

Magic drinks

  • Dragon Snot: green sherbet in lemonade
  • Dragon's Blood: a dash of grenadine or strawberry flavouring to milk
  • Magic Potion cubes: make different coloured ice cubes that change the drinks colour as they melt.
  • Add a few pop rocks (gems) or bicarbonate of soda (wizard dust) to make things fizzle and pop.

Games & Activities

Make a magic birthday potion the kids can drink (all ages)

Gather all the kids into the kitchen around the wizards mixer (a blender).  Explain you need to create a magic potion to ensure the birthday child has a great birthday and you need everyone's help.  Starting with the birthday child, have each child choose an item and add it to the wizard mixer.  At the end, have the birthday child hit the switch to mix the ingredients then pour out samples for everyone to try.


Preparation: Have various items ready and labelled for the kids to choose to make the potion.  It's important to label all items as this is what creates the atmosphere and fun. 


Having an adult monitor the amount of each ingredient that's added is important.  That way you can make sure only a pinch of this and a drop of that goes in the mix.  I don't think anyone wants a whole bottle of food colouring in their smoothy.


If you keep note of the items that go in the 'potion' you can type it up and enclose 'the secret recipe created at the party' in the thank you notes.


Here are a few potion suggestions:

  • Food colourings
    • Fire (red Food colouring)
    • Earth (yellow food colouring)
    • Water (blue food colouring)
    • Wind (green food colouring)
  • Troll toes (Chopped bananas)
  • Whites of dragon eyes (lychees)
  • Congealed dragon blood (watermelon pieces)
  • Water from the stream of wisdom (water)
  • Future vision crystals (crushed ice)
  • A sprig of poison ivy (a few torn mint leaves)
  • Sap from the tree of power (honey, maple syrup or molasses)
  • Sunlight crystals (sugar granules) 
  • Ground bark from tree of knowledge (ground cinnamon)
  • Lightning dust (jelly crystals)
  • Frog's eyes (green grapes)
  • Lizard's eyes (black grapes)

The more creative you are, the more fun you'll all have!


Tips:

  • Put out items that will actually mix well to make a drinkable smoothy, mixed juice or slushy when finished.  There's no point purchasing all this good stuff to have it tipped down the sink at the end.
  • It's good if you can use items that are on sale such as fruit in season or purchase frozen fruits if you want a particular item.
  • Make sure you have a blender that is safe for the age of the children to use. Otherwise, have an adult blend the mix when ready.

Have guests make a magic spell potion that isn't drunk at the end (ages 4 +)

Using old bottles and jars, fill and label them with wizard dust (baking soda), bitter well water (vinegar) ground beetles (cayenne pepper), powdered bones (flour), moth wings (dried mushrooms), bog moss (sea weed), moon crystals (rock salt), bark from a talking tree (dried sage), nettle weed (dried rosemary) and more. You'll be amazed what wizardry wonders you can find in your pantry.

Potion treasure hunt (ages 6 +)

Note: This is to make a potion not intended fro consumption.

Another way to create a potion or to extend the length of the game above is to have a potion treasure hunt.  Divide the guests into two teams and give each a recipe to make a specific potion. Each recipe is to include of list of 'hidden' or 'secret ingredients' to make their potion.  Each team has to find and mix their potion and the team that complete this first is the winner.

Tips:

  • It is best to have separate recipes using different ingredients for each team.  This will mean teams have to double check the labels to ensure they don't use an item from the other teams potion.
  • Make sure you include measures to ensure the potion seems realistic.
  • You can provide 'cryptic clues' or riddles in your recipes to add an extra challenge.
  • Make note of the items you hid, how many where they are so you can be sure they are all found.

Broom Stick obstacle Race (ages 4+)

Have the party guests take turns navigating an obstacle course with a broomstick held between their legs. The first over the finish line wins. It's best to keep the course relatively simple as too complicated is frustrating ie go around a garden chair, over the sandpit, past the pot plant and back.

 

Tip: for younger players the course can be a straight line race.


Dragon egg: egg race (ages 4+)
A game of thrills, skills and plenty of spills.  This is a race where players line up on the starting line balancing a dragon egg on a spoon.  When the signal is given, players need to race to the finish line with the dragon egg still in tact, balanced on the spoon.  If the dragon egg rolls off the spoon, the player is either out or has to start again with a new dragno egg.  The first across the line wins.

 

Tips:

  • Definitely an outdoor game as things can get very messy.  If playing with young children, you can substitute eggs with ping pong or other small balls.  In this case the ball must not be dropped from the spoon.
  • Make the dragon race as authentic as possible by colouring the eggs before the race.
  • If you want to ensure the race isn't over too quickly, boil the eggs and let kids have a second chance. You may even change the rules slightly to allow them to stop and pick up their eggs as often as they drop them but at the end of the race, the kid with the 'most intact egg' wins rather than the first kid.
Magic bean count (ages 5+)
 
Fill a jar with jelly beans making sure you count how many you put in the in the jar as you put them in. Ask guests to guess about how many beans are in the jar by writing their name and the number they think on a slip of paper and putting in a dish next to the jar of beans. The guest with the number closest to the actual number wins the jar.
 

Egg and spoon race

  • A game of thrills, skills and plenty of spills.  This is a race where players line up on the starting line balancing an egg on a spoon.  When the signal is given, players need to race to the finish line with the egg still in tact, balanced on the spoon.  If the egg rolls off the spoon, the player is either out or has to start again with a new egg.  The first across the line wins.

Tips: Definitely an outdoor game as things can get very messy.  If playing with young children, you can substitute eggs with ping pong or other small balls.  In this case the ball must not be dropped from the spoon.

Egg and spoon race

  • A game of thrills, skills and plenty of spills.  This is a race where players line up on the starting line balancing an egg on a spoon.  When the signal is given, players need to race to the finish line with the egg still in tact, balanced on the spoon.  If the egg rolls off the spoon, the player is either out or has to start again with a new egg.  The first across the line wins.

Tips: Definitely an outdoor game as things can get very messy.  If playing with young children, you can substitute eggs with ping pong or other small balls.  In this case the ball must not be dropped from the spoon.

Cake

This cake was such fun to make.  Inside it was a marble cake to match the icing (a wizard's marble work bench).  The wizard had his spell book open and was trying to turn the birthday boy - the frog on the cake - back into a human. The wizard also had his crystal ball which was covered in holographic, edible glitter.  With his potion bottles, staff and spell books around, I'm sure the wizard was successful and the birthday boy was turned back to human.

Party bags

Try these items to add to your party bags: