By now, almost everyone knows Vikings did NOT wear horned helmets, but chances are young guests will still turn up in them. You therefore have two choices. (1) Be a purist by specifying ‘no horns’ beforehand and stand ready to deny entry to any kid sporting such headgear or (2) Realize the image is, unfortunately, probably here to stay, and let it go.
For costume ideas, visit:
DECORATIONS & OTHER PARTY ITEMS
If your local shops don’t have any Viking-themed party supplies try:
For Viking Photo Booth Props, visit:
* As always, be mindful of guests’ allergies & religious observances.
- Ginger ‘Ale’
- Blood Wine (raspberry juice)
- Viking Bread (see recipe below)
- Fish Finger Longships (Stick a paper sail on a toothpick for each one)
- Hot Dog Longships (again, just attach paper ‘sails’)
- Viking Veggie Boats (cut cucumbers lengthways and curl into sails held up by pretzel sticks, and stick into banana split dishes filled with raw veggies.)
- Viking Banana Splits (just attach paper ‘sails’, stick in pretzel stick ‘oars’ and add Smarties along the sides to represent shields.)
- Hard Boiled Vikings (hard boiled eggs in egg cups, with broccoli crown ‘helmets’ and faces drawn on with food dye)
- Viking Shield Cookies (large, round, chocolate-frosted cookies with large chocolate or butterscotch chip in centre and Smarties around edge)
- Viking Helmet Muffins (if not a purist, add candy ‘horns’)
- Viking Drinking Horns (paper cones filled with sweets)
Viking Bread Recipe
Viking Cake Ideas:
For craft ideas, visit:
http://www.kixcereal.com/kix-cereal-4-exciting-and-fun-viking-and-dragon-party-kids-crafts/ (includes a helmet, but horns can be left off)
Teens might even want to try making musical instruments
GAMES & ACTIVITIES
Kingy Bats: For a modern variation on a game Viking kids played, provide children with foam bats or wooden spoons, depending on age, and have them stand in a circle to bat a balloon around the circle as it comes near them.
Kubb: A Viking stick-tossing game for kids with parents who are into carpentry and can make the pieces. For instructions visit: http://sustainablelivingproject.blogspot.ca/2011/12/making-your-own-kubb-set-for-free.html.
Loot Trail : Give each kid (or team), an ancient looking map that lead to ‘loot’ hidden about the place (costume jewellery, chocolate coins, or plastic gold coins that can be traded for small items).
Sea Crossing: Children stand at one end of a room (or lawn) and try to cross to the other side without being tagged by a sea serpent. You start out with one child being a sea serpent, and add more as kids get tagged.
Chase The Dragon’s Tail – Children form a line, holding onto each’s other’s shoulders. Then the front of the line tries to ‘catch-up’ to the tail.
Dragon Egg Hunt: Put toy dragons in plastic eggs and hide them for kid’s to find. Once a child finds a dragon’s egg, he/she takes it to a ‘Hatching’ area and looks after it until it’s ready to hatch. (Translation when each and every kid has found one.)
Pin The Dragon Head On The Longship / Pin The Beard On The Viking: Same as Pin The Tail On The Donkey.
Saga Telling Time: Have one child start off a Viking or Norse god-type story, and have successive children add to it. And if you want, an adult or older sibling can or write it down so you can later print-out/ e-mail copies to participants. (Good for an outdoor after-dark spring/summer/fall party with a bonfire to gather around. Or a winter one, if you’re hardy.)
Riddles – Vikings liked riddles. Make some up, or get the kids to. (Eg. I’m on the ship, but do not row. I just show it where to go. [Answer: the dragon/snake’s head’s on the front of a longship.])
Tug-Of-War- the Vikings were big on shows of strength.
Some parts of the world (mine) aren’t ideal for outdoor party games, but if you live somewhere warmer, or have the space indoors …
Longship Trip: Place many, many blue balloons around a large rectangular cardboard box. (Sail optional.) Have as many kids as will fit get inside, armed with cardboard gift-wrap tube ‘oars’ with which to knock as many balloons out of the designated ‘sea’ area as possible during a one-minute period. Then put displaced balloons (those that didn’t get broken by over-enthusiast young Vikings), back into the ‘sea’, and load the ship with a different Viking crew for the next round. If you have lots of space, do teams, with each ‘ship’ surrounded by a different shade of blue balloon so you know which team knocked out the most.
Viking Raid: Some kids are Vikings, some villagers. Villagers stand in place until a look-out yells, “Vikings!” Then they all scatter and try to reach a predesignated ‘refuge’ without being captured by a Viking. Once all are safe or have been captured, Vikings and villagers switch places and do it again. With older kids captives could become slaves and have to (within reason) do their captors’ bidding for the next five or ten minutes.
Being seafarers, Vikings liked to sail and swim, so if you’re doing this in summer, you can even incorporate those into the party. Or skating, sledding, and skiing into a winter party.