If you prefer a homemade invitation, however, you could replicate the style of the response letters Queen Elinor reads at the dinner table. Use an old-style font to print your party details on vintage-style paper (look in craft stores for a style and size that will suit your printer). Fold it into three and seal with a gold seal sticker.
- Dress the party table with Celtic-designed tablecloths.
- A gazebo or tent can also be draped with Celtic fabrics and signs featuring Scottish crests.
- A camping tent, whose top has been covered with greenery, can replicate the witch’s cottage.
- Place a cauldron inside where party guests can pretend to make their own spells. If your tent is large enough, a fun idea is to have an adult dress like the old witch and serve punch from the cauldron inside the tent.
- Cut large blocks of styrofoam or cardboard into the shapes of the boulders that form the stone circle. Paint the structures with grey paint and use black paint to enhance with Celtic “carvings.” Arrange them in a circle (stake them in the ground) to form your very own circle of stones.
- Table settings: Serve food from cast iron pots, wooden bowls and pottery. Serve drinks from goblets.
Girls may want to wear Merida hairpieces, which you can purchase from toy stores or make your own using red curling ribbon or yarn, attached to a headband.
Another idea for party guests is to paint their faces with blue face paint, like Lord Macintosh.
ArcheryBecause archery is prevalent in the movie, Brave, you may wish to find a way to incorporate it into your party plan. One way to do this is to give out toy archery sets to party guests. You can also set up a few targets around the party space for free play, or hold an archery tournament.
Another idea is to hire an archery instructor to come and give the kids a lesson.
Black BearsIn Brave, black bears are prominently featured, so invite them to your party, too. Some ideas for adding bears to your party space include:
- Plush bears.
- A bear pinata.
- Bear claws for dessert.
- Bear stick puppets.
- Use light blue tissue paper to turn these July 4th luminary jars into "wisp" luminaries.
- Wrap solar lights with blue vellum or crepe paper and stake them into the ground.
- Run a clotheline across the party space. Hang a row of blue paper lanterns from the line.
- Place blue glow sticks inside blue balloons. Fill with helium and use balloon weights to anchor them to form a path.
- Place flameless tealight candles inside of blue, oragnza bags.
Party Games and Crafts
- Rock painting: Have guests collect rocks, and then paint them with Celtic designs. When they are dry, have a stone throwing contest, or use twine to turn them into amulet necklaces.
- Make medallions with bears on them, like the one Merida gives to the witch.
- Wood carving: perhaps actual whittling isn’t practical for a party craft, but kids can make bear sculptures from play dough or paint figurines found at the craft store.
- Make these stick horses that guests can decorate like Angus.
- Make Queen Elinor crowns by cutting crown shapes from craft foam or cardstock paper (you can even find ready-to-decorate, foam crown kits in craft stores). Decorate the crowns with play jewels.
- Turn coloring pages into tapestries. Have kids color their favorite page from a Brave coloring book. Cut the image out and mount it to a piece of fabric-paper. Fold the top edge of the paper over a long length of ribbon. Tie the exposed ends to form a hanger.
- Decorate your own royal goblets.
- Play “Mend the Tapestry.” print the tapestry image from the downloads section of Disney Pixar's official Brave site. Cut Queen Elinor out of the picture. Paste the remaining section of the picture to a poster board. Blindfold kids and see if they can pin Queen Elinor back in place.
- Check out Carey Bryson's Brave - Movie Related Activities for more ideas, including Scottish dancing, and a cool, Will o’ the wisp science experiment.
- Raspberry thumbprint cookies or linzer tarts resemble the spell cake Merida feeds to her Mother.
- Scottish breads and cakes (just like Merida's brothers love to eat).
- Bear paw cookies.
- Cotton candy wisps.
- Wisp cookies.
- Merida cake: Use a Merida doll to make this princess doll cake from Betty Crocker.
- Archery target cupcakes: frost the tops of cupcakes to resemble archery targets.
FavorsItems that can be used as Brave-themed party favors include:
- Merida dolls and Brave toys.
- Toy archery sets.
- Brave coloring books.
- Brave tapestry.
- Celtic necklaces.
- Plush bears.