Thursday, January 6, 2011

A PiRatE PaRRrtY!

Over the holidays my 3 year old turned 4.  Yes.  A VERY busy time of year for us!  
I have really had to make a point of acknowledging this kid's birthday where it lands itself in the middle of the BiGGesT holiday of the year (4 days before Christmas).  And although it feels hectic and crazy getting it all together, I don't want to ignore his special day.  It's not his fault his parents are stupid and didn't plan ahead!

This year the little man decided on a PiRAtE PaRrrtY. 
So we invited our friends...sent them a message in a bottle (found at Oriental Trading). 
Loved these because they came with the lables and sand.  They also came with the invitation, but I decided to make my own...just so they'd match everything else I was doing.

I even burned the edges of the paper for the full was a pain, but worth it.

Can I say, there is a ridculous amount of pirate stuff out there to take advantage of.  The kid did make it easy on me in that reguard.  Decorations were easy to find, and I actually had a lot on hand and didn't need to go out and buy a ton of stuff.  I was able to use the fabric banners from our last shindig.

I found somewhere online (can't remember exactly where)  where they had a table set up as you walked in the door with all sorts of pirate garb to get dressed for the I copied.

Found these printable hats free online...but I can't remember where.  I tried to go back and find them, but couldn't.  I hate it when I do that.  But I loved the girl skullies with the bows!

I found the boys bandanas at Oriental Trading and just used polka dot fabric for the girls.

 I also made a few felt mustaches on sticks.  Which, I was surprised, the girls loved just as well as the boys

For the table I used a bit of burlap down the middle with shredded brown paper and coins and jewels sprinkled everywhere.

The balloons tied to the chairs added a lot to the decor and the kids loved them.

I also used regular old mason jars, filled them with shredded paper and stuck two Jolly Roger flags (Oriental Trading)  in them.

I also found the treasure map place mats and cute little treasure boxes at OT.  The boxes had cute pearl candies inside.

Borrowed the big PirAte ship from our toy room.

I wanted a little back drop for the serving table, so I used a bunch of scrap fabric I had lying around and pinned it to a bulletin board (we had this party at the church...needed the extra room...dang winter birthdays!).  I tried to billow it up so that it looked something like sails on our "ship".  I strung a little rope and hung my piRate prints from them with clothes pins.

I never did get a picture of the serving table all finished but we had the bucket filled with ice and had Squeeze-Its (or Deadman's Punch) to drink.  I made the ship cupcakes and found the awesome sails and cupcake wrappers here.  I think these were my favorite part of the party!  Something about a cute cupcake.

I used this yummy recipe for the chocolate frosting.  Mmmm.

And the favor bags and favors...
The bags were just brown gift bags that I tied a little scrap fabric and burlap onto.  I also tied a name tag and a wooden pirate cutout that I found at Joanns.

Some of the 'TreASuRes' they found along the way.

And finally...the paRrrtY.
We started with a relay game where the kids lined up at opposite ends of the room.  They had to race to 'walk the plank' then 'swab the deck' and push the 'cannon balls' across the deck to their teammate.

We had 12 kids ages 2-5 and most of them were able to handle the game...although pushing those ballons did get a little tricky for some of them.

Next we had a TreASuRe HuNt.  We started with our maps and our favor bags, then set off to find our loot.

My birthday guy showing me his map.

Our hunt lead us around the church to different rooms where we found all sorts of treasures.  I put a 'clue' (picture of each stop on their map) on each door so they would be able to find their way on thier own.
Here they are dashing through the halls...

The map lead them right back to where they the BiG treasure box filled with pirate beach balls and ring pops.

For our last game we had a TreasuRe DiG.  We filled up our big tin buckets with sand (100 lbs each...don't ask me how we got them there!) and buried all kinds of jewels, coins, necklaces and rings. 

Then I gave each kid a card with the number of jewels, etc. they had to find in the buckets and had them dig for their buried treasure...

The FavOriTe game by far.  The boys loved digging in the sand, and the girls lOved the jewles!

The crazy bunch having their cake and ice cream...

The Captain of this ship.

The Capt'n...and everyone else opening presents.

And a little game of PiRate, PirAte, SkuLLy (or duck, duck, goose) 'til the mom's came to pick up thier little mates.

All the mateys and their mustaches.  ArrG.

It was a fun one to put together, and I dare say the kids had a gOod time.


Lorie said...

This has to be the funnest looking pirate party EVER! And I love that it is in the cultural hall! ;D

Allie said...

Your parties always amaze me. It looks so fun I'm sad I missed it! haha. What a fun theme. I loved the games and the fab mustaches, of course. Awesome job.

Heather L. said...

This is one of the coolest parties I've ever seen! Love everything about it. Now that I have a boy I need to start getting ideas for boy parties (I have two older girls). I am saving this to my favorites for sure! Great job!!!

Unknown said...

awesome party! my birthday is three days after Christmas and growing up I had a birthday party in the beginning of November to separate Christmas and my birthday. Turned out good for me :)

Amanda at Amanda's Parties To Go said...

Wow! Stopping by from It's Always a Party at the Parker's and soooo enjoyed your pictures! As a mom and party planner myself, I absolutely know how much work this was for you -- I'm so impressed with your creativity and execution of all of your amazing ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!!

signingworks said...

I Love this idea! It makes me wish my boys were little again!!

Ali said...

such a cute party, I'm so impressed with all the detail you put in it.

gillian said...

WOW! you know how to throw a party! Come throw me a birthday one!! haha

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness i really wish I had the creative juices that you have! I dont know you buy i love looking at your blog and all the fun stuff you do!! You are amazing! Question...where did you get the font that was on the invitaion on the top? I have seen it before and love it but cannot find out where people are getting it. Thank!

Noblekatt said...

BRILLIANT!!!! your ideas are the best I have seen yet!! I loved all the games, the diggin for treasure is my absolute FAV! and the decor is just incredible! thanks for the share, I hope I do as well as you did! Is there anywhere I can go to get the party printables for the digging game and the maps and such?? so great!
awesome job!
Jenn Post

Carla said...

My daughter requested a pirate party for her birthday in June & this is just perfect inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing. It looks like everyone had a lot of fun!

Anonymous said...

this is awesome! :)

Moore Minutes said...

What an OUTSTANDING party! This is one of my favorite pirate parties I've That serving table backdrop is my favorite part, it's PERFECT.

Doodle's Mom said...

Where did you get your printables for your goodie bags with the coins? Please email, as I've never gotten responses when I leave comments (don't know if I am doing something wrong or what...) Thanks!

Lynn said...

That is so amazing! Makes me want to have a kids' party!

from whine to juice box said...

Oh this is just what i was looking for!! My little guy is turning 4 in Dec. and wanting a pirate party, but im not crazy about what ive been finding. Is your little man's bday the 21st? Thats my son's and i too try to make it a point to seperate it from the holidays. Its too special to blend together! :)

Amber D. said...

Found your post on pinterest. I LOVED your pirate party ideas you used! I wish they would let us use our cultural hall for birthday parties! Maybe it's a UTAH only thing. Bummer!