Medieval Times Feast at Home Dinner Party Ideas
September 8, 2020
Helmet, shield, and sword centerpiece for a medieval knight party

Medieval Times Feast at Home Dinner Party Ideas

A medieval times feast is the perfect theme for a dinner party! I mean what’s not to love? You get to dress up and eat with your hands! We hosted this medieval dinner party to celebrate my son’s baptism with an “Armor of God” theme. With just my little family this intimate event was one we will always remember. The perfect medieval feast for kids!

If you’re looking for a great medieval menu or ideas for decor, I’ve got you covered. This would also work super well for a medieval Knight birthday, or Game of Thrones party with few more show related details.

Medieval Dinner party ideas by Salt Lake Party Stylist
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Welcome to the Middle Ages

Paper knight on column to greet guests for dinner party

A dashing knight greeted guests upon arrival and ushered them into the dining room for our Medieval times feast!

Medieval Dinner Table

Table set for a Medieval dinner party

We were the knights of the rectangle table! A table fit for a king starting with a faux fur and chainmail table runner over the wood table. Then accented with pieces of armor, pewter dishes, feathers, antlers, and a bountiful harvest.

Decorated chandelier for a medieval times feast

And don’t forget to incorporate some decor on the light fixture for a total transformation. Some faux eucalyptus, dried apples, antler picks, and a well placed pear worked very nicely.

Medieval Table Centerpiece

Helmet, shield, and sword centerpiece for a medieval knight party

Your centerpiece is the heart of the table scape and gives you the opportunity to really play up your theme. So if you’re planning on doing anything medieval in the future, I suggest you start collecting armor if you don’t already have some!

The helmet, shield, and sword make for the perfect centerpiece. I purchased these for my son’s Armor of God photoshoot but had an extra shield {from my Wonder Woman birthday party}, breastplate, and a few gauntlets on hand.

Cause who doesn’t need a few extra gauntlets? 😂

Medieval centerpiece shield, armor, and candles

Apparently I do, because I also used them atop a huge birch candle with a few more painted bottle vases. And don’t you love when the paper plate actually becomes decor!? A little tape and an extra appetizer plate becomes the focal point of the serving hutch.

Medieval Inspired Details

Lantern, fruit, and rustic decor for a medieval feast

Once your main features are in place choose some additional details to really give a middle ages vibe. I chose feathered balls, furry picks, pinecones, lanterns, and more antlers. Most of which I already owned for our Woodland Christmas Decor.

My favorite tip is to ALWAYS shop your house first before purchasing anything new. Looking at your possessions with a fresh perspective can be enlightening. You’ll be amazed at how many things you can repurpose.

Tiered trays of fruit on table for a medieval harvest feast

Another great tip is to use your food as decor. I love the opulent look of overflowing fruit bowls and the chocolate gold coins.

Medieval Knight Place Setting

Your place settings are also very important. Make sure each guest has what they need. Then layer and add in a few totally unnecessary items for depth and interest! 🤣

Place setting fit for a knight with pewter and printed plates for dinner party

Mixing real pewter dishes with themed paper plates and napkins made it fun for the whole family. The shield plates worked for our appetizers, we then ate off pewter for dinner, and used the paper plate for dessert. I’ve been collecting pewter pieces since I was 16 and absolutely love my collection!

The little porringer cups normally used for soups and stews held water for rinsing our fingers. And of course the large glass steins were perfect for our sparkling cider “mead”. Can you believe these are from Dollar Tree!? They are made with thick heavy glass and I highly recommend them!

Gold and jeweled napkin ring on shield plate for medieval knight party

Another favorite item are these jeweled napkin rings recommended to me by my friend Holly at Legally Crafty when she hosted a Game of Thrones watch party. Aren’t they just SO perfect!? They arrived JUST in time for dinner and I’m so happy they did.

Medieval Times Feast Menu

Medieval feast you can eat with your hands
  • Cheese, olive, honeycomb appetizers
  • Deviled Dragon Eyes
  • Smoked Turkey Legs
  • Roasted root vegetables
  • Mini Soda Bread Loaves
  • Whole Fruit towers with nuts and chocolate coins
  • Sparkling Cider “Mead”
  • Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler {we did need spoons for this one!}

For Starters, Not So Medieval

Cheese tray on medieval themed dinner table

We didn’t go historically accurate on everything but it sure was fun! Create a delicious cheese tray for starters then add olives, nuts, dates, and honeycomb. No one will complain, I promise!

Eat With Your Hands

Smoked turkey legs in dutch oven for medieval feast

The smoked turkey legs are an absolute MUST have. I also considered Cornish game hens for a minute but these were way easier to eat. Although I did end up adding a single fork to each place just in case but I can proudly say that no one used them!

My kids were in HEAVEN.

Just make sure you wash hands VERY well before and after! I had the little water bowls on the table but it’s a great idea to keep a few wet wipes handy to clean up between courses.

Roasted Root Vegetables

Roasted root vegetables as part of a medieval feast menu

Roasting root veggies takes a commitment but it’s SO worth it. They are soft and delicious with a slight crunch if you add some oil or butter to the pan. Each root has a slightly different baking requirement so put them on in shifts so you end up with a perfectly roasted side dish.

I recommend a combination of:

  • White potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Turnips – if your family will eat them, mine won’t

Breaking Bread

Soda bread loaves for each guest to eat with their hands at medieval times feast

Baking up mini loaves of soda bread is another fun idea. We passed them around a broke off large chunks for each person. Bread is also really helpful {practically necessary} for scooping up food when refraining from flatware.

I love this easy bread recipe. No yeast, no punching, no extra kneading required. Just mix it up and bake it. Totally my kind of low maintenance bread making.

Knights and Dragon Eyes

Dragon eye deviled eggs for a knight party

Another super easy side dish are deviled eggs and my family LOVES them. I snagged the idea from Chow Bella Paleo to turn them into dragon eyes. Because what self respecting medieval knight hasn’t done battle with a dragon?

Medieval Dessert

Tiered trays of fruit on table for a medieval harvest feast

Once finished with dinner use your fruit display as a simple dessert. No cutting or peeling is super handy and everyone loved the fresh produce.

Chessmen shortbread cookies on knight themed dinner table

But it also doesn’t hurt to have a few sweets on hand and these Chessmen shortbread cookies are perfect for your little knights.

Medieval Times Feast For Any Occasion

Fully set table and buffet for medieval times feast

Now that we’ve hosted a Medieval times feast at home my family has already requested another one! This dinner party idea is a great theme with lots of options, so don’t think you need a special occasion. But this particular event was very special for us to celebrate my son’s baptism.

I’d LOVE it if you tried a few of these dinner party ideas at home and if you share, please let me know! Tag me @partieswithacause on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. I love seeing all your hard work!

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9 Comments

  1. Natalie Mayhew

    I still remember going to the medieval times dinner as a kid,…this is such a cool reminder!

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    • Brianna Adams

      I went as a child too and there’s something so magical about it isn’t there!?

      Reply
    • Brianna Adams

      You are so sweet. Thank you so much. I really wanted this dinner to be special for my little guy.

      Reply
  2. selini

    Every detail is so stunning!

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  3. Lori

    What a fun idea for a party theme! The details are so fun Bri!

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    • Brianna Adams

      Thank you so much! It was a blast to plan and seeing the looks on my kids faces was priceless. We will definitely be doing this again!

      Reply
  4. Susan-SugarPartiesLA

    This Theme is EVERYTHING! like wow with all the details Bri. It takes me back to my childhood when my parents used to take us to watch the medieval times shows. Love it!

    Reply
    • Brianna Adams

      I’m so glad you like it! I went to a medieval show as a child too and was so enthralled. It’s such a fun one. I HIGHLY recommend it for any family!

      Reply

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