I don't know about you, but I ADORED the movie Brave. Not sure if it's the celtic thing, or the mother-daughter thing, or the nature thing, but the whole film just resonated with me. So I was thrilled when Chloe chose Merida as her princess to emulate for her 7th birthday.
Immediately my mind whirred with big, BIG plans! As usual, barely a fraction of those plans made it to fruition. I dream on the scale of Disneyland-- I live on the scale of reality. Reminding myself that even if I don't have 10 ft tall clan banners lining the walkway to my house as guests arrive, we can still have a grand time together keeps me focused on what matters. ;)
This series of posts includes everything I did (if not everything in my imagination) for a fun Brave themed birthday party. Including:
*PVC Bow construction
*A few decorating ideas and links
An absolute necessity for a proper Brave party are bows & arrows - making this a BRAVE party on more than one level. What kind of COURAGEOUS(insane) person plans a child's party with projectiles?! And on a budget, to boot. I didn't want cheap dollar store bows that break in moments - I wanted bows that really work! I was so excited when I found this tutorial and this one too on how to make bows out of PVC. However, as I did modify and made some changes of my own, including clarifying some issues I found missing in other tuts, I'm going to outline my process:
1/2" PVC (comes in 10 ft lengths - I got 3 bows per length)
Foam pipe insulation (comes in 6 ft lengths)
Electrical tape (optional)
Step 2: Cut PVC to length. I've been told you can get this done at Home Depot when you buy the PVC, but I enjoy using power tools, so I did it myself. Remember to use safety goggles! This stuff flies everywhere!
Step 3: Wrapping at a diagonal, cover the entire length of the PVC in duct tape. The options for fantastically wild colors here are endless, but we wanted ours to be BRAVE-like, so woodish brown is what we chose.
Wrap grip in tape - either electrical or strips of duct tape - remembering to keep it tight. We had issues in subsequent weeks with the grips spinning due to loose tape.
*Note: Due to blogger constantly deleting half my pics, etc as I was typing it, this lengthy post kept getting shoved back in the file out of frustration. So I've decided to post it in parts - one piece of the party at a time, to shorten the post before it can get deleted - again. Bonus for readers though, I can now add notes as to what did and didn't stand the test of time and much, much abuse from the kids!Go to A very BRAVE birthday party - part 2: Arrows
Go to A very BRAVE birthday party - part 3: Goodies & Fun Stuff