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I have learned about myself that I need a creative outlet in my life. When I was teaching 2nd grade, I had lots of opportunities to be creative, now one thing I do is host regular, themed, girls movie nights. In between those times, a large part of my creative outlet was my kids’ birthday parties.
I’d like to share a few of them with you, in no particular order, starting with a Pirate Themed Party we had for my eldest when he turned 6. (Six! Excuse me while I have a short mom reflection…my little pirate is now 17.)
Because the party was so long ago, the pictures weren’t digital, so there wasn’t a lot of touching up I could do. And, did I mention that another creative outlet I had was scrapbooking? These pics were glued in scrapbooks, so you’ll notice my attempt at clever editing, I’m sure. Regardless, I hope you get some ideas for your next Pirate Soiree.
I saved one of our invitations to mount in the scrapbook. I printed them on parchment paper and then burned the edges. I only had one (minor) flame up! We rolled them up and tied them with string to deliver to guests.
The first thing we did was to go on our treasure hunt. My husband had drawn a map of our yard, complete with visible “landmarks” like trees, the swing set, etc. We then added a trail that led to our stash of “Booty” and tore the map into pieces. Each piece led to the next piece, which we taped together as we hunted.
Next we had to tackle the bomb in the front yard. I made a simple pinata from a balloon and painted it black. In hindsight, I would have done a lot more layers of paper mache…our bomb “exploded” after just a few hits. But, our crew didn’t seem to mind!
After we handled this bomb, each crew member got another ‘bomb’ tied to their leg, and we played “Pop the Bombs”…running around trying to explode everyone else’s bomb.
We went inside for our pirate grub. The cake was a simple 9×13 cake frosted with chocolate frosting and sprinkled with crushed Oreo cookie “dirt”. Then, a huge, red, frosting “X” marked the spot. It was surrounded by plastic, gold coins and strings of ‘jewels’.
We served the cake with juice and ice cream.
Our pirate crew got to go home with goodie bags full of their share of the treasure (chocolate covered gold coins and strings of ‘jewels’) and the treats from the pinata.
If you’re planning a pirate party, I hope you got some ideas from ours! This party is not a lot of work. Making the pinata was the most effort and time. The next birthday party I’m going to share with you is a Farm Party…keep an eye out for that (or an E-I-E-I-O) …couldn’t resist! Seriously, watch for it in the next few weeks.
Do you plan themed parties for your kids, or was it just me?