For Narnia!

October 31st was the culmination of a month of planning and prepping. We transformed our house into the magical world of Narnia and hosted 23 of our friends in a series of  grand adventures! Throughout the party we tried to give “coles notes” versions of each book in the Chronicles of Narnia through our games and activities. We drank cordial and ate Turkish Delight, we made shields, and jumped in imaginary ponds in the wood between the worlds. Our party was an in-depth, hands-on exploration of the text we read and enjoyed so thoroughly. Through the planning and implementing of this party E and D were making text to film connections, text to self connections and text to text connections as they related each book to other reference points in planning our decor and events. We thought about what it would be like to go into the underground realm where Prince Rinian was imprisoned, or how the wind would blow the sails if we were sailing on the Dawn Treader. We used those queries to recreate the feelings we imagined by using our crawl space as a dark, underground realm and setting a fan and streamers on the ceiling to simulate sailing on the Narnian Sea.

We greeted our guests with a Narnian quote that seemed apt for the beginning of our fantasy.

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Then this is what they saw when we opened the door:

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The child guests, (adults had a alternate entrance), had to crawl through the wardrobe and enter the Narnian forest. This is the view of hallway from inside the wardrobe and then a look backwards! Our entrance was also our main reference to the book The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe.

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We “bobbed” for apples and made yellow and green rings as part of our exploration of the Wood between the Worlds from The Magicians Nephew.

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We were fortunate enough to already have a wonderful horse for The Horse & His Boy! We decorated this room to give a sense of the forests of Archenland and a couple of palm trees to represent Calormen. The kids played a game of Hot and Cold with two play mobile figures. We recapped the scenario of Cor the lost prince of Archenland and told the children they needed to find the identical twins and reunite them. After reuniting the twins the children were told they could each rock on the horse 5 times to join the race to warn Narnia that the Telmarines were marching towards them.

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Next we toured the ruins of Cair Paravel in the saga of Prince Caspian. The task in this room was to search for the missing treasures of the High Kings and Queens of Narnia. We hid 5 small treasure boxes around the room and each box contained 3 miniature copies of the gifts from Father Christmas: Peter’s sword and shield, Susan’s Bow, Susan’s horn, (for the purists – we recognize that this is a departure from the original story as Susan’s horn was actually in the possession of Prince Caspian), Lucy’s dagger and cordial, and a small cutout of Aslan (also a wee departure but we thought it fit and couldn’t find a good image of Edmund’s sword so did this instead).

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Further up and Further in to this wonderful series we went to the Far Islands on the Dawn Treader. In this room the kids played a Narnian version of the game Wink/ Murder. One person is chosen to be Ramandu who must put everyone to sleep with a wink while trying not to get caught in the act. the first person to identify him by catching him winking is the winner. My wonderful hubby wrote this on a sign in the room: “On the island of Ramandu, the star has just told you that to rescue the last lords, you must sail into the utter east and leave one of your company there. Yes, one of you will get to travel on into Aslan’s country, and the others must return to Narnia to await His return there. who will is be? The last to be put to sleep by Ranandu or the first to identify him?

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We had a break and enjoyed a lovely Narnian feast complete with Dufflepud cookies and Turkish Delight.

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For the next book, The Silver Chair, we painted a small doll chair silver and hid it in our crawl space. E and D, together with a couple of friends had been busy setting up the crawl space like a play castle and for the day of the party we turned out all the lights and spread glowsticks everywhere. The kids were given flashlights and small LED lanterns to search for the hidden chair. There was also a green rubber snake hidden that they could find if they wanted to search more.

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This was definitely the hit of the party. Everyone wanted to play downstairs in the dark. We had more games planned but due to the popularity of this space we let them spend the rest of the time exploring all the rooms and playing with the props.

We paid homage to The Last Battle with a shield-making craft.  We cut out shield templates from cardboard then spray-painted them silver and gold. The party guests then used coloured duct tape to decorate them.

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At the end of the party we presented everyone with certificates to appoint them official Narnian status. TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobeCertificate

We had goody bags with small gold lions, lion stamps, gold and silver coins  (bubble gum) and ring pops. It was a loud and rambunctious party that I hope the kids will remember for a long time!

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12 thoughts on “For Narnia!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by! Our party was our own chance to try and explore the worlds of Narnia here in this world and although a poor facsimile of the Narnia in the books, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

    • ThanksL auren, we had a more LWW themed game called Thieves. How to play: each group would pick someone to be the White Witch, The “Witch” would sit on her “throne” with her wand beside her at one end of the room. Her throne would be placed with her back to the room and an area around it marked as the throne room zone. The rest of the group would try to sneak up on her without getting caught. The “witch” is only allowed to freeze the players if she hears them after they pass into her throne room zone. If someone steals the wand then they have successfully overthrown the witch and a new witch is chosen and the game can be played again.
      We had some ideas for outdoor games as well but our weather is atrocious at this time of year so had to leave those out. One of them was have an archery match using sling shots and jellybeans to hit different targets on a painted Sea Monster (Voyage of the Dawn Treader). We thought it would have been fun if outdoors or more space to play “Statues” where the white witch is it and Aslan can set the statues free by breathing on them. In the interest of public hygiene and reducing the spread of viruses, you could have a Lucy character giving them an imaginary drop of magic cordial instead.

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