I know, I know it’s taken me SO long to get this post written. I am SORRY! But I’m here to finish telling you about Avery’s pirate birthday party! I had a really good time getting this all ready. I enjoy these parties more and more each time I plan one!
I took some inspiration from several different invites I had seen online and designed my own. I did a search for clipart online and came up with some a great compass! I used Photoshop Elements to design this. I used the Rapscillian font for ‘Captain Avery’ and I used HP PSG for the rest of the lettering. The grandparents had quite a good time with this party invite. We got mail addressed to Captain Avery!
I took a black table cloth and covered the table. I then took a red table cloth and some burlap and put it in the middle of the table for a ‘center piece’ of sorts. I got red plates to stay with the pirate theme.
Of course we had this banner too. If you missed my tutorial for it you can find it here.
No good pirate party is complete without a treasure map! We played ‘X Marks the Spot’! I took a 12 x 12 piece of tan scrapbook paper and ripped the edges so it looked old. I suppose you could burn the edges too but I took the safe route!
Then I made a red X and put each child’s name on it for them to place on the map. I just free handed the X. We blindfolded the kids and spun them around and let them ‘pin’ the X on the map. Closest kid won!
We played a couple rounds of pirate bingo too. Easy for the kindergarteners and fun too. I found them on this site and printed them out.
We also did a ball and chain game where we tied a balloon to each child’s leg and they had to pop each other’s balloon. This one was great but I got no pictures as they were all running around. Also a word of caution my older son got a little carried away and stepped on and held his brother’s balloon so the string cut into his leg a little. It was a crying fit at his own birthday party! Not sure what the remedy would be for that.
For a snack I prepared blue jello and poured it into clear cups a little less than 1/2 full. Once the jello was mostly set I shoved a couple colored Swedish gummy fish into the jello so it looked like they were swimming. After trying them I would recommend putting them in at the last minute as the fish got kinda gross. I think if you just cut a slit in the jello it would work just fine.
The cake turned out really well! It was a litlte different than I envisioned. My inspiration was this cake. I am not a fondant girl so I didn’t do the white dots on the bandana but it still worked. I also thought he needed a little scruff since he is a pirate after all so I used some chocolate sprinkles to give him a little beard.
Along with the pirate cake we had some pirate cake pops. I dipped them in white and then dipped the top in red to make the bandana but couldn’t for the life of me get the edible markers to work on them so they didn’t get a face. I also did cupcakes with little pirate flags on them if you look on the left side of the picture.
I didn’t take a picture but we served ‘pirate fingers’ (pigs in a blanket) for the kids’ meal. They were a big hit! Easy to make and something different!
The Fun Stuff:
These were waiting for the kids when they arrived at the party! Then my husband had a little tattoo parlor to give them each a pirate tattoo. I found those at PartyCity as well as the eye patches and earrings. I had a friend tell me to check the elastic on the eye patches before the party as she had once bought them and they didn’t fit the kids at all. Luckily these were great!
Each kid had a compass by their plate that they got to take home with them. Every pirate needs a compass!
The birthday boy had a pirate hat because he had it from his Halloween costume. So many more things i could have done for this party but it was great just as it was and fun was had by all!