Welcome to Fluffytown: how we threw a surprise blanket fort birthday party #Entertaining#birthdays#party July 15 2011 | Guest post by Chae-Bird I'm a big fan of blanket forts, having built dozens of them in my grandparents' house with my cousins growing up. On school trips I tried to convince my friends to build forts in our hotel rooms — a request always met with disdain. My outlook is, to paraphrase XKCD, I'm an adult and it's my turn to decide what that means. For me and my friends, it means blanket forts. Really big ones. Recently my friend Jewels threw her husband a birthday party inside a gigantic blanket fort. The idea sprang from Fluffytown, the epic pillow fort central to an episode of NBC's Community last season. Matt is a big fan of the show, and the blanket fort episode in particular, so she secretly recruited a dozen of us to bring all of our extra blankets and pillows and recreate Fluffytown in their apartment. This post originally appeared on birdheartsbear. After clearing superfluous furniture, Jewels used a huge orange-and-white parachute — purchased from an Army surplus store — as the main ceiling in the living room. The 'chute was very light and easy to attach to the ceiling and walls with tape. We gave the entry hall a low blanket ceiling which forced new arrivals to crawl on their hands and knees down the passage. Extra pillows were scattered across the floor so people could nest as they pleased. Related Post Brew Bash: 30th birthday beer tasting party To commemorate my husband turning the big 3-0 this year I knew we had to do something EPIC. After much thought, consideration and Pinteresting (is... Read more We hung a barrier blanket between the living room and the kitchen to help keep the fort cool. Sheets and blankets hung low in the hallways to encourage crawling everywhere. Jewels left Matt a headlamp to wear — with a cryptic note attached. He entered the fort crawling on hands and knees. We watched circus movies and ate tons of carnival candy and hot dogs, gave Matt his presents, and then Jewels brought out two large bowls of homemade birthday cake ice cream. The pillows proved a perfect nesting substrate as everyone slipped into food comas following the cake ice cream, served in plastic keg cups with spoons. Yes, we did put candles in it and light them. Under a blanket fort. We're very responsible adults. The following morning, all the blankets came down, we retrieved the couch from the lawn, and carted off pillows, leaving nary a trace that mere hours before the apartment had hosted a big kids' wonderland. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Chae-Bird Chae is a nerdy vegetarian anthropologist/burlesque artist living in her native Pacific Northwest with her soon-to-be Sgt. Husband, their corgi Ponyo, and angora bunny Butters. When she's not on stage or identifying human bone fragments, she knits, sews, bakes, gardens, travels, and then puts pictures of it all on her blog. birdheartsbear.blogspot.com PREVIOUS How can we explain his brother's autism to our four-year-old son? NEXT Yep, my kid still sleeps in a closet: our post-crib sleeping solution Show/Hide comments [ 14 ] That is super crazy awesome!!! Reply YES!!!! Love it, who says forts are just for kids? A few summers ago my roomie and I transformed our dining nook into a fort for the whole summer, we stayed in there and painted, drew, listened to music. it was so awesome! Reply So fun! Reply Everyone had a blast at this party, even the pug, who wouldn't hold still long enough to have her picture taken. We didn't have a light source under the fort, so by the time night fell, it got pretty dark under there. We had flashlights, which was fun, but a bit scary to handle fire by. Lamps would have been a good idea. Reply This is way too much fun! I don't think the man in our house would agree but the next movie & martini night with the girls will definitely include a fort. Reply Now I just want to tack a parachute to my ceiling and leave it there. This is AWESOME. Reply omg I loved that episode of Community!!! This is so awesome, I also love the xkcd reference 🙂 now I'm kind of regretting that I'm moving into a bigger place… this would be so much easier to pull off in my bachelor suite, lol! Reply Mr. Bear and I moved into a 5 bedroom house and we have plans to make an even bigger fort, but another way to do it in a large space would be to restrict the fort to the living room, moving the furniture into another area of the house, and make everyone sleep cozy-style in the one room. Reply *swoon* I want to go home and build one with my husband and daughter! Reply Oh the memories brought back by this. 😀 What a neat idea! Like a little circus tent. Reply Oh my gosh, My People!! I've found you! My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy for wanting to build forts. And for wanting to play dress-up still. I'm 26, and want to play dress-up! Am I alone? 😛 Fabulous fort guys!! Reply Oh, you're totally not alone. I'm 27 and I do burlesque and SCA because dress-up is sooooo fun! Like XKCD said, we're adults now and it's our turn to decide what that means. 😀 Reply Amazing! Reply This looks amazing! How creative! My nearly 8 year old daughter has been asking for a blanket fort birthday party. I'm not really sure how to pull it off with 12-15 kids, keeping them entertained for a whole party, but if anyone can point me in the direction of ideas, I would be so grateful. We can't do it at home as we haven't the space; so, we'd have to try doing it in a church hall. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. 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