Pirate Birthday Party...an old fave!

This was a really fun one to plan and do! I used a lot of PBK stuff, but you could use their ideas and do something similar!
Here are the invitations:
(I had fun downloading 10 pirate fonts on my computer. Just google pirate fonts and you'll get TONS!)
When the kids got there, they made "pirate oceans."
I used coke bottles without labels (I used goof-off to get the glue off) then I spray painted the lids gold. The bottles were prefilled half way with baby oil.
The kids put little shells in the bottle and then these pirate shaped buttons. I found them at a local craft store but you can google "dress it up" (that is the brand) and find them online.
Then I poured blue water and a little blue glitter in the bottles. We put craft glue in the lid and then hotglued around the bottom of the lid. Then I tied the ship (that didnt fit in the bottle) and the label on the top with rope.
Next, the kids gathered in the living room and a pirate (Rob) came and told them a story to get them started on a treasure hunt.
First, they got their pirate hats. Then the next clue took them to the mailbox where they earned their gold earrings. The next clue to the pool...
There, they had to walk the plank to earn their sword.
After a couple more clues they found themselves being attacked, and had to throw bombs at the other ship to earn their eye patches.
At this point I tried to get their picture taken.
I envisioned individual and group pictures...but I took what I could get!
They finally found their treasure chest that was actually a pinata!
It was filled with pouches of gold coins, loose gold coins and lots of candy.
After the pinata...it was time for a sack lunch (filled with uncrustables, carrot sticks, chips, string cheese, and a clementine) They all had pirate punch.
After lunch...finally, the Pirate Cake (a Rob creation)
I baked 4 square cakes and he molded this baby together! I think he used skewers to hold it together, that became the railing.

After all the fun, they went home with their party bags filled with all of the things that they had earned.

Next year maybe a movie party...at a theater?


Elise said...

Tons of work, but it looked like a BLAST! Glad it all turned out... even the picture. Gotta love pre-schoolers : )

Tara said...

Seriously! How cute are you? How on earth are you going to top THIS??

Kari Dawn Edmunds said...

So fun! My little pirate loved it!


I'm not going to even show Ellie these pictures or she will be so disappointed she was not invited. You know she wouldn't miss a birthday party, much less the coolest one of the year at any cost. You are the best mom and party planner ever!!!

christensen crew said...

You are a girl after my own heart Chels....I absolutely think you are a genius. I hope all of those kiddies appreciated how fun that must have been...or at least hope their Mommies did! You are a Wonderful Mother...Robbie is so lucky!

Britney said...


I have no idea how I found your blog, but I had to tell you that you are amazing!!! I LOVE this pirate party! You are a great mom!

I took a look at your other ideas and I am equally in awe!!! My kids would be so lucky to have you for their mom-- you are so very clever!!

Heather said...

i've commented before. i'm a friend of Elise.. all i can say is you are s i m p l y amazing. i love all the stuff you do. i wish you were my neighbor so i could come to all your fun parties!!!
what a cute mom you are. btw i love the cake.

april said...

What a darling party! Great ideas!

Kim said...

Great party! Love it!