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To embark on this memorable mission you will need:
8+ Weeks Prior
  • Pick your date and venue.
  • Write out your guest list; The rule of thumb is one friend for each year of the birthday boy's life,
  • but if your knight-in-training attends school, there may be guidelines that suggest you invite the whole class. Make sure your venue can accomodate your maximum amount, and be aware of any minimum guest requirements!
  • Print out and customize Mike the Knight invitations (the matching thank you cards will come in handy after the party).
  • Send out the invites!
2-4 Weeks Prior
  • Purchase plates, napkins, cups, utensils, decorations and candles. Buy a plain blue tablecloth, silver plates, red napkins and silver forks/spoons.
  • Plan your party activities and assign adult volunteers to help.
  • Purchase all your craft supplies for planned activities and buy Mike the Knight goody bag supplies (be sure to purchase enough supplies for extra goody bags for any older/younger siblings who may tag along).
  • Plan your food and drink menu (be allergy aware!) and make a shopping list.
1 Week Prior
  • Make your goody bags!
  • Shop for your non-perishable foods, including hand-wipes, which are helpful for little hands pre- and post-cake.
Day Before
  • Pick-up or make a Mike Super Shield cake (Tip: Put a book of matches near the cake knife/server to avoid a last minute scramble).
  • Set tables and activity stations with all required supplies.
  • Order pizza or make sandwiches if you are having the party during mealtime.
  • Pick up or inflate balloons.
Post Party
  • After the guests leave, when your knight-in-training is ready to open his gifts, be sure to keep track of who gave what; it will make the thank you process go smoother!
  • Print out Mike's Customizable Thank You notes. When sending thank you notes, if your child cannot write his own name, be sure to have him draw or color a picture or do a scribble – it personalizes the card and instills in your child the importance of gracious gift receiving!

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