Monday, February 25, 2013

Renaissance Themed Party

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Our Scout troop recently had our yearly Blue and Gold Banquet over the weekend with a kick-A Renaissance theme.
No detail was left out in creating this amazing event!

Each boy had a tunic and hood

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made by the amazing Teresa
(You're incredible!)

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The decorations:

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Mostly made from rolls of butcher paper, black sharpies, cardboard, streamers, tissue paper and rolls of blue wrapping paper.

And those incredible banners??
All made by the inspiring Melissa (pictured with Grandson)

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I'm in awe of her talents!

You remember last years Western theme and Wanted posters?
Well, to keep up with tradition I made each boy and the leaders a "decree" using pictures I took of them in a stockade printout one of the leaders found online, then turning it into a pencil drawing
(tutorial here)
and doing a little Photoshop design work and the Cub Scout Core Values.

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These were some of my favorites...

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Love how they turned out!
And each boy got to take their's home with them.

The meal, in true Renaissance style was to be consumed sans silverware.
The kids loved it!

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Behind the scenes:

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We enjoyed a slide show of Scouting events past

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A very special presentation of the colors and Pledge of Allegiance

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With all the lights off, and a single spotlight on the flag, the Scout (my Connor), read each line of the Pledge separately

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And in between breaks, the Scout Leader (my Mr.), read beautiful and patriotic examples and definitions for each line.

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It was really amazing!

The awards:

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With their awards, each Scout got one of these really cool wooden swords

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Made by the amazing Ron!

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They were a big hit.

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At the end they let the boys who will, this year be eligible to start attending Scouts, come up and get a sword too.

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Oh, except that big guy in the middle, he's 10, he's actually a Weblos Scout ;)

(Scouting starts at the age of 8 in The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and "The Church uses age instead of school grade to determine membership in Scouting programs. Separate age-group units are encouraged to maintain quorum integrity, identity, and lines of authority" You can read more about the LDS Boy Scouts of America guidelines HERE. And no, you do not need to be a member of the LDS church to join one of their affiliated troops).

Scouting ROCKS!

The boys had a blast!!

Ok, so we did as well!

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  1. Was looking for ideas for our upcoming blue & gold....LOVE this idea!!! So very creative and the boys all look like they had a blast! Great job and thanks for the awesome ideas!!!

  2. Was looking for ideas for our upcoming blue & gold...LOVE this theme! So very creative and the boys all look like they had a blast!!! Great work and thanks for the awesome ideas!

  3. Very well documented. Thank you. We were planning this theme so I'm excited to find your post.

  4. Love your Blue and Gold theme, was thinking of doing this next year. Just started looking for ideas today since I had a few minutes to look for ideas to use. This year, we did a science themed banquet and titled it "Blue and AU". Even did a few things toward the boys earning their science belt loop and our WEBELOS requirements. Only needed a couple meetings to finish up everything they needed to do. Last year, we did Baloo and Gold with a Jungle Book theme. Would appreciate getting instructions to make swords and squire outfits for the boys and exchange information for our past banquets if you would like. My email address is if you are interested. By the by, our pack is LDS too.

    1. What great Blue and Gold ideas! Thank you so much for sharing!
      Unfortunately I did not make the tunics or the swords, so I don't have instructions to share and we have long since moved from that ward. I'm so sorry. But I bet if you ask the Google you could find a comparable tutorial. Best of luck. HAPPY CREATING!!