Ye Olde Renaissance Faire
My Lords and my Ladies, imagine yourself in the days of old! Never having to use a fork, spoon or knife. Dressing ragtag and no one caring. Dragons, war on horses, armor. Ahhh the pleasure of it. Well, you can create this atmosphere again-and your friends will thank you for it. A renaissance party is a time to let loose, drink wine out of old-fashioned goblets, tear into a turkey leg and wipe your mouth on your sleeve. I'm liking it, I know that! So, let's get started!
Renaissance Faire Party Invitation
Of course, it should be a scroll. You can find some brown fake-looking scroll paper at any Kinko's or paper supplier. Some even have brown edges like an old treasure map. Small mailing tubes can be purchased from your local Mail Boxes or Post Office.
Most of this paper is laser ready, so use your computer to make a great invitation. Some creative ideas include:
That should do it! Who could say no to an invitation that promises a feast of food, activities and period crafts?
What To Wear
You'll want to dress the part for this party and you'll surely want your guests to dress the part at well. We have Renaissance theme costumes for women and men. Here are our favorites that you and your guests can choose from.
Renaissance Faire Party Decorations
This is a bit harder. One can't expect you to totally recreate a pub, a home of wood and burlap with roof of sod, shingles and fronds (aren't I the educated one? But you can certainly use signage to make your point.
At the entrance, put a sign welcoming your guests to The Inn. If budget allows, you can always put a tent up in the back yard with big picnic tables or banquet tables (no tablecloths needed) and long, wooden benches. As well, torches in front of the party venue, lighting the way up the walk, will work nicely (since there was no electricity back then-and you'll be so authentic!). Throughout the space, you'll want to set up a fair atmosphere. Have a local company (or Party411) make you old-style signs or create them yourself: Ye Old Starbucks (for a coffee/dessert buffet), The Goblet Shoppe (the bar)-and others, Wherefore Your Laundry?, Come Hither Wench Salon and so on and so forth.
Hang tapestries on the walls. All signs should be written in calligraphy. Rent suits of armor to stand at your entryway. Label the bathrooms as Ye Royal Chamber Pots.
If you can rent them or find them, big wooden goblets or drinking mugs would be great. If not, big steins (like beer mugs) will work just fine. Oversized paper plates (plain white) will work for the food; paper towels work for napkins (unless the Queen is hosting this party-and then you may want some London garden-style designer plates and cups).
Of course if this is a party of all royalty, you will use royal colors like purple (for queens only), black or royal red. If not paper, use satins, velvets and other elegant heavy fabrics.
What to Serve
You need lots of meats and turkey legs and fruits and vegetables on huge platters, big loaves of bread-a feast of sorts-where people help themselves but have to eat with their hands! A basic meat and potatoes meal! Don't you love it? Make sure to take pictures! Use pewter everything if you can.
Renaissance Faire Party Entertainment/Activities
Music first. You can probably start with some medieval stuff at the entrance (available from http://www.renfaire.com/), but I wouldn't stay with it all night-or I can promise you a food fight! A true renaissance party would have jugglers, mimes, and minstrels playing the lute, the flute and magicians hawking black magic. You may get your friends to volunteer! That could be amusing.
You may also want a few mystics, gypsies and astrologers on hand to read palms, do the tarot card thing and the like.
You also may want to set up a craft area. Allow people to make candles, decorate swords and shields (you have already cut out of tagboard), make a sundial and more. Try this soap making kit.
Jousting! Stranger things have happened.
Hark, this is a party to behold. This party will slide down the gullet of your friends easier than ale, trust me. Thou should'st invite everyone they know!
For more information, how to speak, what to wear, etc., go to http://www.renfaire.com/. It's a great site with lots of valuable information for you lords, ladies and wenches!
Anon, Fare thee well. The Party Girl
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