We’ve got a bit of a new obsession going on in our home (and I’ve got to say that this is one I fully support). It’s How to Train Your Dragon on the brains of my four little boys all day every day. And with the new movie (How to Train Your Dragon 2) out now too, I don’t know if this obsession is going anywhere anytime soon. So, to keep things fun, we hosted a How to Train Your Dragon party last week. Lots of little boys, lots of dragon themed games and decoration and lots of fun!
How to Train Your Dragon Party:
I’ve got tons of fun ideas to share with you so that you can throw your own How to Train Your Dragon party!!
The idea behind this party was that the boys were arriving for dragon training and that if they were successful, they would leave as fully qualified dragon trainers.
Here’s a rundown of How to Train Your Dragon Party Ideas and what we did, so that you can throw your own party too!
To become fully qualified Dragon Trainers, the boys had to complete several training exercises.
We started out with sending our dragons through rings of fire.
I bought a couple of these fun Toothless Flying Toys at Target:
Each boy had to stand a set distance from the hula hoops and launch the toys and try to get it through a hula hoop.
After this we had Dragon Trainer obstacle course. I divided the boys into two teams. I had an obstacle course set up around my house with simple obstacles for them to perform. They had to wield their Hiccup’s Dragon Blade sword:
And their shield that we made (see below), and make their way through an obstacle course.
Next they each got a can of silly string (ok, you’ve got to be a little crazy to do this, but they will love it!) and had to seek out dragons hiding around my yard. I printed out pictures of some of the dragons from How to Train Your Dragon and they had to find 10 dragons to spray with silly string in 5 minutes. They had a blast doing this!
Last, to calm things down a little, I had each of them grab some sidewalk chalk and design a dragon on my driveway. I love to see what kind of creative things little boys come up with! And I was surprised at how much fun they had with this!
Once the boys successfully navigated all of the Dragon Training Exercises, they became full fledged dragon trainers and they got to become owners of a cute little Dragon Stuffed animal from Target!
Aren’t these so cute?!
They were so excited about this! (I admit I was too!) Truthfully, this was my favorite part because they were SO excited to get their dragons!
Do you see this happiness?
I got a variety (I think they come in 5 different dragons) so that each boy could choose which one he wanted:
As the boys were arriving at the party, I had them sit down and create their own shield. The dragon trainers in the first movie are told that shields are an essential part of fighting dragons, so we couldn’t skip this.
I got some plastic plates from the party section at Target for this. I also got a bunch of colored Sharpies and just let the boys draw on their plates to create their own shield design.
Then, I used duck tape to add the arm hold. To do this I cut a piece of duck tape about 8 inches long and then a shorter piece 5 inches long. I placed the tape together so that sticky sides were touching and centered the shorter piece on the longer piece. Then I attached the leftover sticky ends of the duck tape to the plate to create this arm hold.
Then the dragon trainers had a shield to hold for the rest of the party. These were a hit!
And I loved that they could each design theirs however they wanted!
Me and my boys had a lot of fun planning the food.
Toothless cupcakes were a given. He’s too cute not to include him on a cupcake.
To make these I used my favorite cupcake recipe and then created a fondant face.
Here’s the fondant recipe I used:
- 8 ounces mini marshmallows
- 1 pound powdered sugar (or 4 cups)
- 2 tbsp water
- Black food coloring (gels)
(Full fondant instructions here)
Once the cupcakes are made and ready to be frosted (any frosting will do), roll out your fondant. I used a cup to cut circles. Frost a cupcake and then lay the black circle of fondant on top of the cupcake.
I then cut out eyes in green and used a tiny bit of frosting on the back of them to hold them in place.
I also added wings just cut from black card stock:
For other food, we had Dragon Fire Balls (Cheese puff balls in a cute jar): (HUGE HIT!)
We also had Dragon Teeth (Bugles):
And Dragon Food (Toothless eats lots of fish, so we got Swedish Fish and Goldfish):
I have free printables of these signs for you if you would like to use them too! Just right click and save and then open them on your computer and print.
And for drinks (this part is my favorite), Dragon Trainerade! I bought small Gatorade Bottles and created labels to print out and wrap around the with a Trainerade logo.
Here’s the image if you want to use these. I also have these labels for you to print. Here’s a pdf with 4 labels per page.
I used the colors black and green since they are the colors of Toothless to decorate for this party. I found a combination of those colors in the party supplies at Target and used those and it turned out perfectly.
But my favorite part was that I added the little How to Train Your Dragon Stuffed animals from Target that I mentioned earlier to decorate the table as well!
This turned out so cute and the kids loved it!
Toothless is peeking around the Dragon teeth (maybe wishing for some?):
And this guy got into the dragon food while someone wasn’t watching:
Overall, this party was a HUGE success. The little boys left so happy and that makes me happy.
To help you out, here’s a list of the supplies I used and direct links to the products.
- Toothless Flying Toys
- How to Train Your Dragon Stuffed animals
- Hiccup’s Dragon Blade
- Plastic Party Plates (for Shields)
- Black Table Cloth
- Hula Hoop
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Lime Green Party Supplies
- The food you’ll have to buy in store: bugles, Gatorade, Cheese balls, Swedish Fish, Goldfish