Well. I was supposed to be in charge of our Cub Scout Blue & Gold Banquet last month, but had to move it to March (seems like we had to do this last year, too) because I was going to be out of town for my sister’s labor & delivery. Now we’ve got a “Sold” sign out in our yard and everything feels crazier than ever. The banquet is scheduled for just a handful of days before we need to be out of this house. Goodness gracious.
Thankfully I’ve got most of it planned, and I have a great Pack Committee to help out. We had a great planning meeting on Thursday night and most things are delegated. It shouldn’t be too terrible, right? Wait, maybe don’t answer that.
So. I’m going to do a Knights of the Roundtable theme:
1. Coconut Shells – the boys probably won’t get this, but most of the adults should get a laugh. I’ll be dressed in a knight costume (one of the kids’) and come galloping in with the Cub Master clopping those behind me, Monty Python style.
2. That’s a knight’s costume from Nova Natural, but we’ve got a couple my mom made for the boys we’ll be squishing into mostly for comic effect.
3. “Mighty Kingdom” bunting from Oriental Trading.
4. Tin foil for making knight helmets! The boys can do this as a gathering activity while we wait for everyone to arrive.
5. Committee members are making cupcakes & then we’ll decorate them easily with these cupcake liners & flag picks. They were only $4.18 for 50 liners & 50 picks. Sweet.
6. I knew I wouldn’t have time to design stuff myself, so I bought this knights party printable for $15 from etsy. I like the flags, I’ll turn them on their sides, rotate the center images in Photoshop & mount them on dowels. I’ll just do a couple for the awards table.
7. I ordered these castle favor boxes from Amazon, I think they’ll be cute weighted down with pebbles inside & then either balloons or the above pennant flags could be nestled inside to make cute centerpieces.
8. We’re digging pool noodles out of our summer stuff for jousting events! I didn’t have room on the graphic, but we’ll also be setting up some archery stations with PVC bows (we’ll use real kid arrows though, in a safe set-up).
9. I can’t find the link! But this is also from Oriental Trading Company, it’s called “Knight’s Kingdom Table Runner.” We’ll just cover the tables in white paper and lay these down the middle. I’m going to arrange the tables in kind of a U- or circle-shape to mimic the roundtable theme, with the awards banquet table up at the front.
For food I’d love to have everyone eating off of metal pie plates, but they’ll probably just be paper plates we already have in the scout closet since getting pie plates for 80 people is a little silly. For food I’m thinking:
- Meatballs from Sam’s Club, I can make big batches of these in the crockpot with BBQ sauce. I’ll have toothpicks, but no forks, since we’re supposed to be in medieval times! I might do mini-sausages if it’s more cost effective.
- A variety of potato chips
- Carrot sticks and broccoli, pre-cut in little cups with dipping sauce already at the bottom.
- Rolls & wrapped pats of butter from Sam’s.
- Cupcakes for dessert.
- We’ll just do ice water since the building has a no-colored-drink rule for ease of clean up.
Now, someone wave a magic wand and make it all happen!