Arrrgg! Ye be lookin' fer pirate party ideas? Avast, ye found 'em!
Seriously though, I started planning this party and shopping Pinterest for ideas back in February. This was my baby's first real birthday that he might actually remember. I wanted to make damn sure I did it right, so I started researching and planning 6 months in advance. Maybe that was overkill, for a 3 year old's party, but I wanted it to be awesome. While Harvey kinda screwed up our original plan and location, we decided to have a make-up party with just our families at our house instead. It wasn't as awesome and I would have liked, but it was still pretty kick ass.
In an effort to save a little cash, because let's face it, kids' parties can get pretty expensive quickly, I decided to make the invites and maps myself using backgrounds I found on Pinterest and then just printing them as 4x6 pictures at Walgreens when they were having a sale. Cheap, cute and easy. I'd call that a win. (Blank templates down below)
I also found some clever ideas for party favors, but my favorite was actually originally designed to be a party game where the kids got to decorate their own treasure box. Since our party was for a 3 year old, I chose to decorate the boxes myself and give everyone their own treasure box filled with pirate booty to take home. 4 months of saving Pampers wipes containers and TA-DA! They were a big hit, if I do say so myself.
As for the treasure box that the treasure boxes are in? Well that gem was $11 at Ross. Connor loves that big box and was very concerned at first when I told him it was for his party, as if I was going to be giving it away too or something. Silly boy, that thing is too cool to give away.
It took 3 cans of spray paint (2 brown and 1 gold) along with some fancy gold, decorative, Duck Tape to turn these recyclables into super cool party favor containers. The most tedious part was trying to line the tape up correctly so it looked like it was all connected. I also chose to hot glue the little top opening closed so that the kids had to open the whole top, like a treasure box.
Most of our party favors were purchased at Hobby Lobby (they have a whole pirate party section!) and Target. I learned that pirate parties are actually pretty popular and themed favors are easy to find. Tattoos, eye patches, periscopes, pirate gold, plus bubbles, glow bracelets, a whistle and some stickers. The whole box probably cost about $1.50 to make, and I made 10. I had to make an extra one for Connor because he was so excited seeing all the things I put in them.
The decorations were also easy to find at Hobby Lobby, plus my sister-in-law donated 10 little chalkboards that I used to cleverly label all the food and refreshments.
My younger sister was a master with the streamers and made some really cool looking seaweed around the walls in the dining room and part of the living room, along with some waves of blue for people to walk under.
I think the peak of awesomeness that was this party would have to be the homemade, from scratch (including the icing) pirate ship cake that my sister-in-law made for Connor. She ordered a pirate cake mold from Amazon specifically for this one event and it was delicious and perfect! Connor stole the "y" from the "Happy Birthday" gummies at the top before we could snap a picture, but the cake was magnificent. I couldn't have imagined a better one.
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