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Mystical Winter Wonderland Party Ideas


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As a child one of my many favourite collections of stories came from the imagination of C.S. Lewis and his Chronicles of Narnia. A place filled with strange and wonderful creatures and a battle waged between a great and wise lion named Aslan and an evil White Witch who sought to control Narnia and all who lived there. The first book called The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe starts the adventure of four children, siblings Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy who are sent off with all the other children to live out the Second World War in the relative safety of the country side. They end up at a country manor owned by a Professor Kirke.

The children settle in to the house, and to while away the hours play games until dinner time. One day they decide to play hide and seek and young Lucy discovers a wardrobe in a spare room – the perfect hiding spot! She climbs into the wardrobe, surrounded by big heavy fur coats. As she makes her way to the back of the wardrobe, she discovers a winter wonderland instead. Snow covers the land and by the lamp post she is standing at, she meets a faun; Mr Tamnus. Now this character I clearly remember filling me with dread, for he takes Lucy back to his house with the intention of alerting the Queen of Narnia (the evil White Witch). He had a change of heart and returned Lucy to the lamp post where she then returns through the wardrobe, and recounts her story to the disbelief of her siblings.

Edmund ventures into and through the wardrobe and instead of a faun, he finds himself in front of the White Witch. Baiting him with Turkish Delight, she learns that he has a brother and two sisters which sets her into a panic as the prophecy was two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve would come to Narnia and vanquish the White Witch and it would herald the return of Aslan the Lion, her biggest foe. From there the story is filled with action, joy, sadness, fear and excitement. I was hooked from start to finish and as a 6 year old I regarded my own wardrobe with great suspicion afterwards (I had a great big antique wooden wardrobe – like the one in the book!). The stories have stayed with me and I am now reading them to my daughter (I also have the BBC production on DVD). She too has been caught up in the wonder of C.S. Lewis’ work.

One thing I will always remember about this story is the snow. Now I saw snow for the first time when I was 24 and on holiday in Canada, but prior to that all I had to go by was the description given by Mr Lewis. In my mind I imagined it to be like fine crystal powder and icy cold. Part of you would want to see it and touch it, but another part would recoil at the thought of being so cold. The snow from the White Witch was bitter and incredibly unpleasant. With winter slowly starting to wrap its long icy fingers around us now, why not make the most of it and use it to theme The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe birthday party for your child? Embrace the chill of the season and the imagination of childhood and recreate your own Narnia for the kids to get caught up in?

Create the invitations to look like old wardrobes that open up to reveal the party invite. Set a white party food menu with icing sugar, glitter and pearl powders, metallic cupcake wrappers and other decorations to make the food shimmer and sparkle and look cold like the witch who ruled Narnia. Include a plate of Turkish Delights too (remember that is what the witch used to make Edmund spill the beans and agree to bring his brother and sisters to her). Have jars of marshmallows, mints, cups of lemonade jelly. Set up a smoke machine for added effect. Around the room decorate with white lanterns, streamers, balloons and the range white party ware and  snowflakes decorations that Pink Frosting have in store. Hang crystal strands about to glimmer and look like shards of ice. Mum if you are game enough why not take on the role of the White Witch and Dad play the role of Mr Tamnus the faun? In the corner of the room set up a nice soft rug, some floor cushions, a small side table and two armchairs. On the table place a little pot of tea, two cup and saucers and a small sponge cake. If you have read the story you will know I am talking about Mr Tamnus’ place, where he and Lucy sat and talked and where he lulled her to sleep by playing his pan pipes. This area can be the story and party games area. So the kids can play pass the parcel, duck, duck, goose! And get comfy as a grown up sits and reads a chapter or two of the story to them.

At the end of the party send each child home with a little white box and inside it, resting on iridescent string/cellophane a slab of Turkish Delight and a little card from the Queen of Narnia thanking them for coming to her realm.  Australia’s #1 Party Shop is ready to help spark your imagination and help you create the first Chronicle of Narnia for your child.



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