My daughter has been crazy about ancient Egypt and requested an authentic dinner… but we couldn’t stop there!
We’d just finished tiling this room, so it was completely empty – perfect for a tomb!
The set -up was great.
The lights were off. Candles flickered on a table in the middle of the room.
The children assembled outside, waiting for access. My daughter held a small flashlight.
I announced to the kids:
“Y’all, we moved into this house,
and you’re not gonna believe it,
but we found an Egyptian tomb in the basement!”
“No way!” one yelled, in (partial) disbelief. I patiently ignored the scoffer.
“Lead the way!”
My daughter proceeded down the hall with her flashlight. They crowded at the door.
She opened it and shined the light here and there, illuminating bits and pieces of the mural.
It was so cool! Serious theater moment!
Then, we went in and started making some of our crafts.
My daughter had the idea for the scarab beetle crafts. I was kind of grossed out when I was buying $7 worth of plastic beetles, but… I love the kid.
They looked way less repugnant after a coat of gold paint. I found the wing image online and we printed them out. My husband cut pieces of scrap wood to uniform size, and I sanded and painted them different colors. Each kid chose their block, colored in their wings and glued the paper to the block. Then I hot glued the beetle to complete the scarab.
Now, I recognize that some parents (or guests) may not have appreciated the scarab craft (a couple were forgotten), but I liked the idea of a party favor that’s permanent. At least if they threw it away, it’s because they thought it was hideous!
I also painted the columns and most of the hieroglyphics. The glyphs are a mix of real, from my daughters’ books, and imaginary. I used black paint on a roll of Ikea manilla craft paper.
Some of the images were coloring pages that my kids and their friends filled in. Others were pieces of my original art.
This bird was a favorite. I drew it on a large pad of paper from Dollar Tree and used black paint for outlines. The cheap gold acrylic paint added authenticity on many pieces.
The blue drape is from large roll of table cloth sheeting. I used clear 3M Command hooks
to hang the drape without being seen. Of course, the rest of the roll was for the table!
The gold plates were a seasonal item at Dollar Tree for New Year’s. The striped napkins were a Walmart find. A friend set up the runner for me as a cross, which I’d intended to go the length of the table, but this was nice too. The gold runners were Christmas/Thanksgiving items at Dollar Tree.
The snakes came from our local Five & Ten, and we painted them with the same gold acrylic paint we used on the pictures.
So, we had pomegranate, dates, cheese, olives and melon. We live in the South, so the melon of choice was… watermelon. Probably not Egyptian, but kids in elementary school love it!
All the candles and holders were Dollar Tree, as well as “crystal” plastic goblets for our grape juice “wine”.
One more alternate view of our awesome wall!
So, we scaled down (just a little bit) from our Epic Harry Potter Party , but our guests didn’t seem to think so!