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Viking Birthday

Updated: Oct 5, 2019

Our little Leif turned 1 at the end of July, and to go along with a viking name, he had a viking themed birthday party.

viking happy birthday banner

The happy birthday banner was simple but time consuming! I made and printed out simple Viking shields and cut them out, then hot glue them to yarn to hang. I also hunted down a simple Viking ship coloring sheet and printed, cut out and glued it up. The black backdrop was a tablecloth from the Dollar Tree. More room to hang it across would have been ideal - but gotta work with what we have, right?

carved watermelon viking ship printed viking shields,

Our watermelon ship was simple enough, I drew with a sharpie and cut along the outside to make the base. It's was much easier than carving a pumpkin. I am absolutely dreadful with visual arts (you've seen my photography!) so even the completely talent-less can do this, I promise. I scooped out the insides to use in fruit salad for the party and used a long metal skewer as the main mast and a printed sail. The shields were made from the scrapped top of the watermelon. I used a metal cookie cutter to get the circles out (a good pop with the heel of my hand got it through the tough part of the rind). Simply attached with toothpicks through the middles.

I printed out a lot of extra shields and taped them together on the back to make a bit of a center piece. Originally I had planned to get a clear tablecloth from Dollar tree to put over top - but alas, they were out of stock!

carved watermelon viking ship with viking rubber duckies

The plates, cup and little viking rubber duckies all came from Discount Party Supplies, which I will definitely be purchasing from again for future parties. They had a huge assortment of options and fun stuff!

crochet viking hat from free pattern

Littlest Viking Leif wouldn't have been complete without a horned helm on his big day. I'll include the crochet pattern below. Also note the white Dollar Tree tablecloth on the floor for muuuuch easier cleanup. I learned my lesson on previous 1st birthday smash cake messes that one less area to wipe cake or frosting off of is a huge help!

viking rubber duckies, paleo brownie boulders, paleo green frosting, paleo birthday cake
Viking duckies, ready for their battle scene, complete with brownie boulders!

I used this Anthony's brand chlorella powder ( I love a lot of their products!) for the green in the frosting and a little bit gave light green tint without adding any discernible flavor. The cake under that battle field is the coconut flour cupcake recipe from Camila over at Powerhungry.com. It's my favorite vanilla cake/cupcake recipe and I use it as a base for most of my cake baking needs!

The recipes for the brownies will make their way into a future post. For now, here's the pattern for the hat. Enjoy!

Crochet Viking Hat (toddler sized)


5 mm hook (These are my favorite)

Worsted weight yarn in grey, brown or metallic tone for the main hat and white for the horns.


Hdc = Half-double crochet (US terms)

Sc = Single crochet (US terms)

sctog = Single Crochet together to decrease

4dc = 4 double crochet cluster. *Yarn over, pull hook through stitch yarn over and pull through, yarn over and pull through first two loops repeat 3 times. There should now be 5 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.

Main hat:

close up of crochet detail in viking hat
Ridging detail from crocheting into the back loop instead of both.

Work in spirals (don't chain at the end of each round, just continue on)

Only crochet into the back loop, which will be on the inside of the hat, so that there is a ridge detail running along each row.

1.)  Make a magic ring. 7 hdc into ring. (7)

2.) 2 hdc in each stitch. (14)

3.) *hdc into next stitch, 2 hdc into next stitch* 7 times. (21)

4.) *hdc in next 2 stitches , 2 hdc in next st* 7 times. (28)

5.)*hdc in next 3 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* 7 times. (35)

6.) *hdc in next 4 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch * 7 times. (42)

7.) *hdc in next 5 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* 7 times. (49)

8-9.) hdc in each stitch. (49)

10.) *hdc in next 6 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* 7 times. (56)

11.) *hdc in next 7 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* 7 times. (63)

closeup of 4dc cluster of crochet viking hat border
close up of 4dc cluster detail

12.) hdc in each stitch. (63)

13.) *hdc in next 8 stitches, 2 hdc in next stitch* 7 times. (70)

14-15.) hdc into each stitch. (70)

16-18.) Sc into each stitch. (70)

19.) sc into next 3 stitches *4 dc into the next stitch, sc into next 5 stitches* 12 times, 4dc cluster into next stitch. (118)

20.) sc into the next 3 stitches,  *sctog the 4dc cluster, sc into next 5 stitches* repeat 12 times, sc into top of 4dc cluster. (70)

21-23.) sc into each stitch.(70)

Horns (make two):

1.) Make a magic ring and 4 sc into it. (4)

2.) *Sc next stitch, 2sc into next stitch* 2 times. (6)

3.)  *Sc next 2 stitch, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times. (8)

4.) sc in each stitch. (8)

5.) *Sc next 3 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times. (10)

12.) *Sc next 6 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times. (16)

12.) Sc in each stitch. (16)

13.) *Sc next 7 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times. (18)

14.) Sc into each stitch. (18)

Switch to color of the hat for the last rows

15.) *Sc next 8 stitches, 2sc into next stitch*  2 times. (20)

16-18.) Sc into each stitch. (20)

free pattern crochet viking hat for kids or baby

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