In 6th grade, Bean's teacher had "Gamer Lunches" as rewards for good behavior, good grades, etc. If you were invited to Gamer Lunch, you got to have lunch with her and play games instead of eating in the cafeteria with everyone else. These were tabletop games, not video games. His favorite game he played there was Settlers of Catan. He talked about that game for years. Finally, 5 years later, Christmas 2014 I purchased it for him. Hey, it is an expensive board game! Now he has all the major expansions and player extensions. His friends will come over and they will gather around the table and play Catan for hours.
This year for his 19th birthday party, he decided to go with the Catan theme.While I've only played it a couple times, I know several things about it. He helped fill in some of the gaps and we ended up with an awesome party.
I will give you a cost breakdown for the party at the end of the post.
Here's what I did.
For the food:
Wood- Pretzel rods
Sheep- White Cheddar popcorn
Brick- Fun size candy bars
Wheat- Sliced french bread
Sea- Blue Hawaiian Punch, 7-Up, vanilla ice cream
This is made with a 3" hexagon cookie cutter.
The Catan toppings are:
Wheat- cheddar and mozzarella cheeses
Forest- Green peppers
Sheep- Green peppers and onion
Rock- Italian sausage
I made etched steins for everyone to take home. They pulled resource cards to see which stein they got. If they pulled wheat, they got one with the wheat design.
I made these with my Silhouette cutter, etching cream, and clipart from free clipart sites.
Finally, the cake. Now, I'm no professional cake decorator, but he liked it!
And of course, this party wouldn't be complete without the playing of The Settlers of Catan.
Party Cost Breakdown- Party of 8:
All of the decorations and the steins came from the Dollar Tree, whoop whoop! Thank you $1 store!
Rocks (2 packs)
Sandcastle molds (3)
Plastic Table cloths (2)
LED lanterns (2)
Steins (8), take home gifts:
Meatballs -3.99 (on sale, normally $7.99)
Spaghetti sauce for meatballs- $1.79
French Bread- .99
Funsize Candy Bars- $1.50 x 3= $4.50
Hawaiian Punch- $1.99
7-Up- $1 (store brand)
Pizza Crust (2- I also made a plain pizza)- $.59 x2= $1.18
Green Pepper & Onion- $1.00
Pizza Sauce- 1.29
Items on hand- spray paint, etching cream, Silhouette cutter, cardstock for food name tags, printer
Total party cost: $62.23
Heyyyyyyy... not bad for an epic night in Catan, eh?
Happy Birthday to my Bean Boy once again!
See all my party plans here.