Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pirate Birthday Party


It's a Pirate Party! Here's a comprehensive post on my son's Pirate Birthday Party, organized into sections: Invitations, Activities, Games, Food/Menu, Cake, Favors, and Decorations.

There are so many things you can do on your own with a Pirate theme, stay on a budget, and still have it looking good. Most of the kids in attendance were three-year-olds to eight-year-olds, and they were all entertained fairly equally. So hang on. It's a rather long post, but hopefully you will get some ideas on what (or what NOT) to do for your own party.

INVITATIONS:

Pirate Party Invitations

These pirate ship invitations are unbelievably simple to create. A sail shape is cut around the printed party information, embossed to make it look like a piece of linen, and hole-punched so a bamboo skewer can slide through it. The skewer is anchored by a big marshmallow that is wedged between the sides of the black ship. I wrote the kids' names on each pirate ship in white, inside a white stamped frame. Luckily we only had to mail a few of these out. For those, we instructed the recipient to use their own marshmallow to hold the sail up. For the others, my son had a ball being "mailman" and delivering the invitations personally to his friends.

It instructs guests to "say 'Aye' if ye be attending" Captain Jack's party (naming him Jack really came in handy here!)

You'll see the font and clip art from the sail on other things throughout the party to tie it all together.

Now it's party time!

ACTIVITIES

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While the kids are arriving we have two activities - a pirate tattoo station (operated by the helpful Daddy sitting on the floor who was quickly enlisted into action) and an ocean-in-a-bottle craft (run by the helpful mommy on the right who was asked ahead of time to lead this one). It took me a couple years of being totally exhausted during our parties, and not having any photos of them, to realize ... I could actually ask others for help!! Running activities and crafts, serving food, collecting wrapping paper, taking photos, scooping ice cream, it all can be outsourced. As a mom attending parties I would rather help out than stand around. Much, much better this way!

Pirate Birthday Party Activity Ocean in a Bottle - web

You can see the ocean-in-a-bottle craft on the counter above. These are fun to make, and fun to play with! The oil and water stay separate, so when you tilt the bottle back and forth it looks like waves tossing the little fish and shells around.

Pirate Birthday Party Ocean in a Bottle Activity

Here are instructions: Save your empty plastic water bottles, pre-fill them one-third full with vegetable oil, and write the children's name or initials on the cap. Putting names on the cap ahead of time will help avoid any confusion later. At the party, let the kids pour blue water into the water bottle (using a funnel), and add various small sea creatures. You can get packs from the dollar store, or I just raided my childrens' collection. We also took apart a shell necklace (anyone remember these from the late 70s?) and let the kids put the tiny shells in. If you're up for it, I've seen glitter used too, but the kind I tried just floated on top and didn't do much for the mess it caused. When all the kids have made their oceans, have your helpful Mom friend take them to an out-of-the-way place and hot glue the caps onto the bottles. You don't want them leaking all over!

Once all the kids arrived, it was time to initiate them into service. They are joining a pirate crew to find some long lost treasure. Everyone gets a new pirate name. In our party, we had Connor the Cannon, Fishfood Kaitlyn, Dirty Cale, Old Sealegs Tessa, Evil-Eye Rhett, Mandy Man-Eater, Bones Brayden, Landlubber Layla, Gold Toothe Humza, Three Fingers Nuha, One-Eyed Christopher, Peglegged Joey, Sword Swallower Dayyan, Fishlips Mona. And the two babies in attendance were Poopdeck Matthew and Toothless Luke! Each child got a skeleton necklace with their pirate name on it. The dollar store sells the skeletons 3/$1, then I added baker's twine to make the necklace. A strip of paper with their pirate name is wrapped across the ribs to complete the necklace.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photo ... I had to do an extreme crop on one of the party-goers to get a picture of the necklace!

Pirate Birthday Party Captain Hook Treasure Map

The head pirate (me, talking in a pirate-y voice) showed everyone the treasure map and explained that each location hides a part of their pirate costume, to be earned at the games later. We made the map from a Trader Joe's grocery bag, crumpled it up, and burned the edges. This put the birthday boy over the top - he LOVED watching the fire on his map. In fact, as I write this 6 months later, he has just run upstairs to draw his own map so we can do it again. His older brother was also inspired at the time and made his own map. Fun project!

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The birthday boy got to hold the map and everyone had to work together to figure out the clues. Some were harder than others. The bird cage was an actual decorative bird cage that sits on my end table which held the eye patches. But the rectangle with 3 squares represented our couch which hid the large swords underneath. Perfect for a variety of ages ... the three-year-olds get the birdcage clue, and the eight-year-olds can figure out what the rectangle with 3 squares is. Eye patches are hidden behind this pirate flag, and mustaches, swords, hooks, sashes, hats are hidden throughout the living room. We also hid gold coins throughout the house for filler activities as kids finished games/lunch/cake at different times. This came in handy, as the kids loved finding the gold coins throughout the party.

GAMES

Pirate Birthday Party Games Hook Pretzel - web

1) Captain Hook's Pretzels. This was a fun one! You have 30 seconds to hook as many pretzels as you can. This is good for a wide range of ages. The young ones (ages 3-4) do just as well as the older ones (ages 7-8). If you don't have a hook, you can use a black cup with a candy cane sticking out the bottom.

Pirate Birthday Party Games Shark Ocean Hunt - web

2) Shark-Infested Waters. This game is to see who can brave the shark-infested waters and grab as many coins and gems as they can in 30 seconds. We used the sashes I made for pirate belts as blindfolds. I was able to use the many plastic sharks, squids, octopus, etc. that my kids already own to patrol the water. The coins were left over from the large bag I bought to hide throughout the house, and the gems are from Michaels. The coins float and the gems sink so they take different skills to grab.

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3) Tick-tock, Don't Get Eaten by the Croc. This runs exactly like hot potato ... whoever is holding the croc when the music turns off is out. Then repeat until the last child is left. Judging by my son's joyful expression holding the croc, I don't think he understood the rules very well!

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4) Swab the Decks Relay. Divide into two teams, each team has 5 ping pong balls that they need to sweep over to the other side and back. I spray painted one set of balls gold so they didn't get mixed up. This is one of those games that sounded really neat when I read about it, but the execution wasn't so great. I think having a small area to play it in really hurt. It was pretty much chaos! Balls went all over and people got mixed up.

Other games included:

5) Pin your Eye Patch on the Pirate Flag.

6) Musical Islands. This runs just like musical chairs, only the kids hop on an island (round shapes cut out of paper) instead of sitting on a chair when the music stops.

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After the kids finished each of the games, they got to receive a piece of their pirate costume. The mustache/beard combo was my favorite - it looked hilarious on everyone! They were easy to make too. I got some black fur material from Joann's (1/8 yard was less than $1), made a template, then cut them out. I read a bunch of different ways online to get them to stick, but since I didn't want to spend a ton of money I just used some double-sided tape and that worked well enough. After sticking the tape on the mustache, I pressed my finger on the remaining sticky side a couple times so it wouldn't stick so tightly to their skin.


FOOD


Pirate Birthday Party Food Table - web

Here's the main food table the night before (technically, it was probably the morning before, maybe like 3:00am ?!?) I grabbed a frame that held a family photo and taped a sign over the glass that said, "Captain Jack's, Grub and Grog for Yer Hardies and Lassies." I used the same sail template with the skull and cross bones watermark and font to label each of the food items.

Pirate Birthday Party Captain Hook Pretzels - web

The treasure chest full of pretzels from the Captain Hook game is put into service again (with fresh pretzels!) on the food table. The hook is left for people to use as a server.

Pirate Birthday Party Food Wraps

It was fun coming up with Pirate names for the food. It's the first time I've had wraps at a party, and I rather liked it. Small servings for the kids, and easy to make. These were re-named "Bone Slices."

We also had:

- Mac N Cheese
- Cheesy Potatoes
- Mummy Dogs (hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls)
- Cannon Ball Salad (grape salad)
- Pieces of Eight (yellow and orange Jello Jigglers, cut in circles)
- Shark Bait (goldfish)

Pirate Birthday Party Jello Orange Slice Ships - web

And orange slice pirate ships "floating" in blue jello. Super easy to make, and cute! I got the idea from pinterest here.

Pirate Birthday Party Drinks Sharks Blood Punch

Water bottle printables have been so popular, and I love the idea of customizing them for your party. So easy! Again with the same design as the invitations and food labels, I created strips for "Shark's Blood" and wrapped them around the bottle. A little Kool-Aid drink mix makes them all red. This was another favorite, although next time I'll get the smaller sized bottles. There were lots of 3/4 full bottles laying around, and I forgot to leave a marker to label bottles.

BIRTHDAY CAKE


Pirate Ship Birthday Cake Sails Homemade - web

Making a pirate ship birthday cake had me a little nervous, so I did this a couple weeks ahead of time to make sure it would turn out. I've never had a problem freezing cakes so I wasn't worried about doing this so far ahead. The best part is that it was amazingly simple to make. One box of cake mix (I add crushed mandarin oranges and the juice to spruce up the boxed cake mix) makes two round cakes. Cut these in half, stack the four layers on top of each other (frost in between), and with a large, sharp knife cut around the edges so they are smooth and even. Slice the rounded end off so the ship has a flat surface to stand. Frost the outside.

Pirate Ship Birthday Cake Planks Homemade - web

The planks were cut from a sheet of fondant. Use black icing to outline the ship, write the Birthday Captain's name, make portholes for the cannons, and any other details. The candles made great cannons (the whole "fire" thing) and the birthday boy had a blast blowing them out. The sails again have the same theme as the invitations, food labels, and water bottles. We put big 4's on the sails for his new age.

Pirate Birthday Party Cupcake Islands Shark - web

Because the cake wasn't overly big, I wanted to have some cupcakes in case we needed more servings. These turned out to make great islands! Crumbled cookies on top made the sand, and I used the silicone cupcake holders to give them some more color. Raiding my kids' toys provided several palm trees, sharks, treasure chests, left-over gold rocks and other piratey props for the scene.

Pirate Ship Birthday Cake Ocean Homemade - web

And here's the entire scene. Different shades of blue tissue paper made the ocean, and I propped the cake up on a box underneath. You can see the birthday boy running circles throughout the house before the party even starts (oh boy, already?!?)

FAVORS

Pirate Birthday Party Favors Gold - web

When possible, I try to have party favors that aren't packaged as "favors" in a party store. For this party I thought it would be fun to give the kids their own bag of gold and other shiny treats. Plain white lunch bags have a skull and crossbones design that was cut out of material and stapled to the front. I only needed 1/8 of a yard of the skull and crossbones netting from Joanns for all the bags. The tops of the bags are tied with jute and have a heart and crossbones stamped tag with the party guest's name written inside the heart.

Pirate Birthday Party Favors Gold Coins Gold Candy

Here's a look inside the bag. I bought a bag of smooth rocks from Home Depot for $3, rinsed them off, laid them out on a large sheet of cardboard to dry, and went to town with the shiny gold spray paint. It did take a little longer than I anticipated to make sure all the sides were coated. But still a very quick and easy project. I put a few shiny gold candies in as well, like Twix, Hershey's Almond bars, Hershey's hugs (those are gold instead of the silver for kisses), and mini Snickers. The bags all sat in a skeleton box I had for Halloween decorations, on top of a satin red material (also cheap from Joann's).

Both of my boys still play with the gold rocks quite often. Anytime there's a scene with treasure to guard or hide they get called into action. In fact, the younger one was a little uncomfortable that we were giving away all this gold! Another mom told me her kids used the gold recently for a school project.

So to summarize, the kids went home with:
- favor bag of gold rocks/candy
- pirate hat
- pirate eye patch
- pirate mustache and beard
- pirate hook
- pirate foam sword
- pirate sash
- skeleton necklace
- pirate tattoo
- ocean-in-a-bottle

Although most of the kids were wearing the pirate accessories out of the house, in hindsight I should have had a bigger bag ready for anything they chose not to wear, and the ocean in a bottle. The cost of these favors for 17 kids was about $45, so only $3/child.

DECORATIONS

Pirate Party Favor Table - web

Many of the decorations are on the buffet that's right by our front door. It made a nice spot to put presents under, and was handy to pass favors out as people left (the top row of white favor bags are in the skeleton box). I was happy to use many of my son's pirate toys as decor. Above the white favor bags sits a pirate ghost ship, and another brown pirate ship is in front of the chalkboard. We had a few more ships and pirates scattered throughout the house.

We ended up with several extra pirate eye patches, and since I had the Halloween decorations out, I took the opportunity to give every "face" an eye patch. So gourd people, ghouls, jack-o-lanterns, witches, all got enhanced. You can see the skeleton hanging from the stair railing with an eye patch. Quick and easy.

Pirate Birthday Party Decorations Chalkboard

A close-up of the chalkboard on the buffet with a birthday message for Jackson. You can see part of the brown pirate ship and a Halloween tree in the foreground, along with a globe I had from Crate and Barrel.

Pirate Ship 4th Birthday Banner - web

All year we have a reversible banner hanging in the dining room. Most of the year the neutral side is showing and I put up letters spelling Merry Christmas, Happy Easter, Happy Halloween, etc. You can take a look at the Happy Valentine's version. But whenever there's a birthday in the house I flip the whole banner over and use the Happy Birthday side. I usually just put up a number for the age, but I happened to have a Cricut Die-cutting cartridge that has a pirate ship on it that I've been anxious to use. So I did that and die cut a number 4 for the sail.

Pirate Birthday Party Hostess Costume

Not necessarily a "decoration," but I think it adds to the fun when kids see an adult in a theme-appropriate costume. That little red blob on my shoulder is a stuffed parrot. Way out of proportion, but it was the best I could do after shopping through their stuffed animal bin.

The tray I'm holding has the pirate outfit pieces as they were being discovered during the treasure hunt (eye patches, mustaches, hooks, sashes).

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This is a "before-and-after" photo of sorts. The first photo is the birthday boy at his party in a state of undress. Just pants and a hat. No convincing could get more clothes on him. But it's his birthday, and that's how he rolls! The next photo is of him the day before in his full costume for trick-or-treating, Jack Sparrow dreadlocks and all.

Pirate Birthday Party Walk The Plank - web

As the sign says, "All Ye Scurvey Dogs Must Walk the Gangplank or Ye Be Thrown Over!!" There was lots of gang-plank activity coming and leaving the party. The birthday boy's grandparents so kindly made this ramp and sprayed it black. Not only was it a hit at the party, but we've been using it all year and still have it on our front porch. The kids love it, and it's come in handy when moving furniture into and out of the house. Bonus!

Above you can see one of the three Jolly Roger pirate flags we ordered from eBay. I think they were only $8/flag ... this was our biggest expense for the party by far! It's nice to have a first impression before coming into the party, and this is an easy and big way to do it.

Not sure if you can see in the photo above, but the shiny circles of gold hanging from the ceiling are left-over gold coins that I hung in strands taped to invisible fishing line. These really shine in the sun and add a lot of sparkle. I hung several strings of coins inside too, in more out of the way places or up high. Good to have decorations at eye-level, which isn't always easy to do. Next time I would make the outside strings shorter so they don't tangle with each other in the wind.


Pirate Birthday Party Decorations Skeleton Beware - web

Also as you enter the party is a skeleton warning "Captain Jack's Hideout. Enter at Yer Own Risk. Pirates Inside. Arrr!"

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Well you've made it through this very long post! Another apology for any photo quality issues, or lack of photo composition. These were all taken for personal use before I started a blog. The free photo template above came from Rebecca Cooper of Simple as That. Also if you have any questions please let me know and I'd be happy to try and answer them.

Thanks for stopping by! Arrr!

99 comments:

  1. Kelly this is awesome! This should be in a book or magazine. The amount of effort and detail is stunning. A+ for you my dear. Wish my pirate was a little boy again and not 17, he may not appreciate it as much now as he would have then.

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  2. I am amazed at the detail and work you put in to make a fun party. We have a pirates week end in our area so will copy the boat and and some decorations if you don't mind.

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    1. Certainly, I would be thrilled if you used any of the ideas. Good luck with your pirates week ... sounds like fun!! Thanks for your comment : )

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  3. Oh my goodness! It is awesome!!!! I'm sure there were many great memories made too!!!!!

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  4. Awesome theme and decorations!

    I would love for you to share this at my Flaunt It Friday link party. There are also TWO amazing giveaways this week! It closes Sunday at midnight.

    http://www.dottedlinecrafts.com/2012/03/flaunt-it-friday.html

    Looking forward to more posts,
    Sarah@
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  5. Arrr...I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS, Matey!!!!!

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  6. Stopping by from the DIY Project Parade! http://queenofsavings.com

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  7. You went ALL out! So fun! Please come share at http://sassafrassalvation.blogspot.com/2012/04/sasss-sunday-salvation-show-18.html

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  8. What a fun party! My son would LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. WOW, you did a wonderful job on EVERYTHING, it looks awesome!!! You have a lot of energy, it must have been a lot of FUN!!

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  10. What a positively awesome party!! So much thought and creativity went into it and you can tell it was a huge success. :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us last weekend at Inspiration Friday!
    Vanessa

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  11. stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to leave you a little blog luv! Def enjoyed this post!! very cute and creative idea for the party! you can tell you put ALOT of work into it! it looks GREAT!! new follower :-)

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  12. You did a FANTASTIC job! I love the candles on the cake as cannons! Would you come over to Cast Party Wednesday and share all your creative party ideas with us? http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=27087
    Thanks, I hope to see you there! ---Sheryl---

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  13. Fun ideas! I am throwing my own pirate party! Thanks for the ideas!

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  14. That looks awesome! Great job! I would love for you to share it (and any other creations) at my new linky party- "Pin It and Win It Wednesday" @ www.cheapcraftymama.com!

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  15. What a great party! I love those invitations and you came up with some great games!
    We'd love if you linked this up to our Beautify It Monday link party going on now - bringingbeauty.blogspot.com/2012/04/beautify-it-monday-2.html

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  16. This is such a fun party!! I love all the goodies the kids got to take home...I love seeing what people do for favors. That ocean in a bottle activity is super awesome though!!

    -lauren

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  17. WOW, what a great party and so many cool ideas...pinning this for future inspiration :-)

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  18. Love it! What a great job with lots of creative, low-cost ideas! I adore the cake with the cannon candles.

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  19. excellent! i love how detailed you were right down to the labels on the juice bottles and naming the food. great job!

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  20. This must have been an awesome party! So many great ideas, and so cute too! I'm definitely showing this to my sister-in-law for my nephew in the future. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. my son is 4 too! I'm going to pin this... great party ideas!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your party idea is being featured on Today's Menu and Party Round Up from Cast Party Wednesday #35! http://www.ladybehindthecurtain.com/?p=27243
    Please come by and grab a "featured" button! Thank you for sharing your party with us! ---Sheryl---

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  23. Great party! Love all the details and love you put into it! The flags/ships are great and the best (little) detail is the candles on the side of the cake!

    hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

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  24. What a fantastic party idea...you did a beautiful job! I'm so glad I found your blog via Creations by Kara. I'm a new follower so we can stay connected. I would love if you stopped by and followed too. Lori

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  25. So cute! You have some great ideas! I've been wanting to do a pirate-themed party for my little one who will turn 1 in August. I can't wait to use some of these ideas! Thanks!

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  26. Everything is amazing but I just LOVE those invites!! Pinned them in the hopes that one of my boys wants a pirate party next year! :)
    Jenn

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  27. Thanks so much for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party at the Blackberry Vine! You are one of this week's List Makers! Feel free to stop by and grab a button...can't wait to see what you'll share this week!
    Smiles!
    Jami
    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  28. this party is SO awesome Kelly and I love how you used my collage template. :) Rebecca

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  29. What fun party ideas! thesetinytreasures.com

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  30. What fun party ideas! thesetinytreasures.com

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  31. You are SO CLEVER! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing all your darling ideas! My little boy is turning 6 in July and everyday he asks me what plans I've made for his upcoming pirate party! I've checked out a lot of pirate party ideas and you have some of the best ever FOR SURE! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent! I can't wait to utilize your cute ideas! Thank you thank you! :)

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  33. Could you please tell me how you made the Pirate Ship Invites? I told my son I'd make them for him to give to his schoolmates he's inviting...and I don't think origami is going to work. Please and thank you in advance. :)

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    1. Sure! Wasn't sure how to contact you, but maybe you will be checking back here. For the sail, print all your party info on an 8.5 x 11 piece of heavy white card stock (walmart sells 150 sheets for $5). There should be 4 sets of party info on the paper. Cut the paper into fours (each section will have one set of party info, and be 4.25" x 5.5"). This is your sail. I freehand cut from here. Doesn't have to be perfect. Rounded the top and mimicked that for the bottom. Then tapered the sides so the top is narrower than the bottom. Punch a hole in the middle top and middle bottom. Stick a bamboo skewer through these holes. Cut a long triangle shape for the flag on top. I didn't have red and white stripe paper, so I took a plain, white sheet and used my ruler and a red marker to make stripes. Sounds more involved than it really was. You only have to do a small portion of the paper since the triangles are so small. Then wrap the fat end of the triangle around the skewer, glue it, and curl the paper a little so it looks like it's waving in the breeze.

      For the ship part, I just freehand cut a shape for a template(check out the photo for something similar). Then traced around it on black card stock (walmart sells a pack) and cut two out for each ship. I had white ink, so I stamped the frame image in white, and then wrote each kid's name with a white gel pen. If you don't have white ink or a pen, you could stamp something similar on white paper, cut it out, and adhere it to the ship. For the middle I cut a strip of paper about 1.5" and bent it to look like a "w" shape from the side. adhere each side of the "w" to each side of the black ship on the inside. This keeps the ship sticking out in the middle, yet the folds will let it squeeze flat if you need to mail it. Then put a marshmallow on top of the "w" folded paper, and stick your skewer into it. Done!

      Let me know if you have any more questions. Some parts are a little hard to describe without photos.

      Good luck!! Let me know how they turn out : )

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    2. Thank you so much! His birthday is this Sunday (Mother's Day this year, YAY!), but due to unforseen circumstances we've pushed his party back a couple weeks. I need to get started on these and other decor as soon as possible. I don't think I've ever done so many things myself, it's so fun and yet so I'm-gonna-pull-my-hair-out. LOL I will make sure to tell you how they turn out. Thanks again!!

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  34. Wowee, wow, wow! You really went all out!!! As soon as you commented on my blog something about a "pirate party" I had to come see... and it is AMAZING! I love the invites, and all of the activities - great party!

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  35. Found this on pinterest and wowza-that is over the top amazing!! Thanks for the ideas and pictures galore. Thank you, thank you :)

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  36. Love, love, love all your awesome ideas and I am using quite a few of them for my son's pirate party next month. Question about the invites: did you have any trouble mailing them with the skewers? Did it cost any extra postage? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi Tams,

      I believe I did have to cut the skewer a little to fit, even in the over-sized envelope I had on hand. It did require extra postage (double?!?) Luckily, I only needed to mail one since I saw everyone else in person before the party date.

      Would love to hear how everything turns out for you. Good luck with your pirate party!!

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  37. This is AMAZING. You rock. I can't wait to try this some day... :)

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  38. This is incredible!! I'm so glad I found this - I am having a Pirate birthday party for my 4 year old on Sunday!! Most is planned but you have given me some great add on ideas! thanks for posting!
    I'm wondering what you used to make the signs? Welcome sign and the one hanging on the door?
    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Alicia - fantastic, so glad the timing worked out in time for your party! The signs are just beige paper that I cut a ragged edge on, and adhered it to cardboard to give it some strength. Edges are outlined in marker. Jute is knotted and slipped through a hole to hang it from my wreath hanger stand.

      Good luck with your party on Sunday!! It's a fun theme to work with!

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  39. I am planning a pirate party and have searched everywhere for a Cricut cartridge with related images. Please tell me the name of the cartridge you used for the pirate ship on the garland.

    Thanks

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    1. Hi Heiders,

      Sure, the pirate ship is from Cricut's Wrap It Up cartridge. It's a great image, tons of details. Not sure if you've seen it, but there's a web site that has indexed all the Cricut images - http://www.mycutsearch.com/. You can type in "pirate ship" and it shows you all the images, sorted by cartridge name.

      Good luck with your party preparations!
      Kelly

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  40. Oh my goodness, I love how creative you are. I was searching for inspiration on invitations as I am thinking of doing a pirate themed party for my sons 2nd birthday. I will just have to 'borrow' a few of your additional ideas. Thanks so much for posting!!!!! :)

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  41. Hey. the ocean in the bottle craft sounds amazing.

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  42. Great themed party and yes, what an effort on your part!
    We do kids snake parties and our job is to bring the reptiles and educate the children. But what is amazing is the effort some of the parents to do add to the birthday child's theme for the day. We see wicked snake cakes, reptile curtains and more.
    All the best

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  43. Hey, the ocean in a bottle idea is very impressive. Also, the shark's blood sounds terrible. Nice planning.

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  44. Thanks for the cute ideas and wonderful pictures. My son wants a pirate party. I can't wait to put your creative genus to use for my own son. Thanks again!

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  45. Best pirate party I'v seen! You have some killer ideas. I can't wait to incorporate some for my son's birthday this month.

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  46. Awesome party! Featuring this on my blog today & following you now too!
    http://www.frazzled5.com/2012/09/pirate-day.html
    Hugs, Jen

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  47. I love all the ideas! My son is also turning 4 and wants a pirate party!

    We are going to do the treasure hunt, but each prize will come with a game.I have potentially 24 kids coming from a variety of ages: 1 to 13. I plan to divide them into 3 groups so they are playing different games. Afterwards, they will have cake and ice cream. The younger kids won't get as many games, and will win two prizes per game, so they can get home for naps or rest or something.

    I couldn't find hats for less than a dollar a piece. Where did you get yours? That was a LOT of prizes for $3/kid, and I would take all the advice you can give! I've already spent close to $100 on this party.

    Thanks!

    P.S. This was SO helpful! I sat down and (basically) planned out the entire party in a matter of minutes! That made things so easy! Thanks again!

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    1. Hi Valena,

      First of all, thanks so much for your comment, it really made my day! So happy you were able to make some progress on your party. You will certainly have your hands full with 24 kids, but I'm sure your son will absolutely love it all.

      On the prizes, I happened to get lucky at the dollar store, as they had an incredible pirate set at Halloween time that included the hat, hook and eye patch for $1. So lucky. Another dollar was for the foam swords at the Target dollar spot. The rest of the prizes were minimal because they were spread over the group. For example, the favor bag with the gold rocks only cost $3 for the spray paint and I think $2 for the rocks, so over 30 kids it's only a few cents. The ocean in a bottle craft only cost $2 for the oil. The mustaches and beards were cut out of a $2 piece of fur, etc.

      Good luck on your party. I would love to hear how it turned out!

      Thanks,
      Kelly

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  48. I know I am little late to the Pirate party....can I come next year!!? LOL. This is absolutely amazing! All we need is Johnny Depp/Jack Sparrow now!

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  49. Planning on making the pirate ship cake for my sons 3rd birthday party coming up next month. I have decided that I am going to place the pirate ship cake into a large glass shallow dish of blue jello for a water look. Im also adding small plastic fish,and sharks to the jello for a fun sea look. Hoping my cake turns out like this one did :)

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    1. Wow, what a great idea to use the blue Jello around the pirate ship cake! And the plastic animals ... would love to see what you come up with! Thanks so much for the note, and good luck with your son's 3rd birthday party!

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  50. First of all, congratulations! The party was amazing!
    I will copy some of your ideas for my son 4th aniversary, here in Colombia.
    Could you please let me know how you glued ( what kind of glue) the two parts of the ship hull? I tried but the sides do not stick toghether after I put the marshmallow inside.
    Thanks a lot !

    Kind regards,

    Lucíola

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    1. Hi Luciola,

      Oh I'm so happy to hear that you tried the pirate ship invitations! For the ship's hull I just used a standard paper glue at either end, let that dry, and then put the marshmallow in the middle. I'm wondering if maybe the hull is not long enough, so the marshmallow is really stretching it? I believe mine was 8" long and that was enough. Let me know if it's still not working. Have a great time with your son's 4th aniversary!

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  51. Thanks so much for this blog post. I'm planning my 6 year old's birthday party in February, and I didn't have any ideas for games. I'll have to make some changes for older kids, but these are awesome! This also is helping me not worry to much about party treats and such. I've been looking at Oriental Trading magazine, Party City, Target and Walmart for things that are super cheap but really fun. I love how they get to find their costume as they play games. Elizabeth from Mom's Thumb Reviews

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  52. Thanks so much for sharing your adorable ideas! This was by far the most helpful blog I found for pirate party ideas! I just blogged about my twins' 4th bday party and shared a link to this page :o) http://mommy2twincesses.blogspot.com/2013/02/girly-pirate-birthday-party.html

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    1. So happy you stopped back to let me know! I took a look at your party and it looks like it was a ton of fun! Glad you were able to use some ideas : )

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  53. CAN U TELL ME THE FONT USED IN YOUR FOOD TAGS AND DO U HAVE THE TEMPLATE

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    1. Unfortunately, no, I no longer have those documents on this computer. I found the font on one of the free sites so you should be able to get something similar pretty easily. Good luck!

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  54. Pirate theme is favorite theme of kids. you have posted nice pics.It seems that kids had awesome party.all decorations are nicely done..and those two little pirates with eye patches are super cute.
    you can find more birthday themes here:


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  55. WOW so many beautiful ideas. I have just pinned your pirate ship here : Card Ideas

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  56. The invites are amazing!!! Would love to borrow the idea. Sorry for detailed questions but do you remember how long the skewers were you used - they look maybe 8 inches? Also any idea how wide and tall the boats were? I hope I'm able to replicate the "W" for the bottom you mentioned above - I think I get it....thanks so much in advance!!

    Ps. I can be reached at jazznewjack@yahoo.com

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    1. Hi! I'm out of the package I used for these, but I'm guessing they are the 10" skewers like these sold at WalMart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/15055443?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem

      The sail is 5.5" long, and the skewer looks to be about twice the length. I'm fairly sure the boat was 8.5" long, because I would have used the entire width of the cardstock (hate wasting paper!) I'm guessing the boat is about 3" high.

      GOOD LUCK on the invitations. Let me know if you need additional help once you start : )

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  57. Thank you - you are so kind to reply so soon!

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  58. I just love everything you did. How did you make the skull crossbones out of material for the treat bags? They are so cute, but I can't imagine cutting them out with the detail that they have and they look pretty small. My 4 year old turning 5's party is on Friday. Thank you.

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    1. Hi Carrie!

      The skeletons were super-easy to cut out. It's just netting so it doesn't fray at all. If you look closely at the picture you can see the two on the left I cut carefully outside the black line, but the one on the right was a left-over piece that I just cut where ever and it still turned out fine.

      Good luck with your 5th birthday on Friday ... have a great time!!

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  59. Sorry, I'm still a little confused. The red skeleton isn't part of the black netting, right? Do I need red fabric as well as netting? Thank you SO much.

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  60. Oh, I think I get it. I buy the netting with the skull and crossbones already on it. Ok, I will head over to Joanns. Hopefully they still have it.

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    1. Right, it's all part of the same fabric. This might have been purchased as a seasonal item around Halloween. Hopefully you can find something similar!

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  61. Bon Voyage! Super cutie and very creative, this birthday party theme fits for my nephew for his upcoming birthday this May 19 and we will diffidently mimic this theme. I am so excited and hopefully I can post it to blogs too! ♥ kids birthday parties nyc

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  62. Wow Kelly, this is unreal!!! What a wonderful party!

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  63. Hello! Your party is amazing! I try to make your invitations and according to the specifications in your replies to achieve them in power point. I would like to share with you. How I can upload the image?

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    1. Fantastic, I would love to see them! Why don't you save the file to Dropbox (from Dropbox.com if you don't have it loaded already) and then send the file address?

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  64. Thanks Kelly!
    Here shared the invitation. I only created in power point, printed, cut and paste.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/7qjb8rz7s7o2yam/Pirateinvitation2.pptx
    and final product....
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/1dproy90q67vw4b/IMG_20130529_215449_199.jpg


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    1. Oh that is just adorable, Suky!! Love the little pirate guy you put on the sail. I'm sure everyone was just so excited to see these in the mail! Thanks SO MUCH for sharing them with me, I really appreciate it : )

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  65. This is sooo great! Thank you so much for all the details and great ideas! I'm having a bday party for my 5 year old and will putting these ideas to use. :)

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  66. Oh goodness! LOVE LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing! How creative and FUN!

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  67. Oh goodness! LOVE LOVE this idea! Thank you so much for sharing! How creative and FUN!

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  68. You did a great job on this!

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  69. How did you get your cake to stand up nd not fall apart? I tried and it was more of a shipwreck!

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    1. Oh rats, so sorry to hear that! I wonder if mine stayed together because I froze the cake first. Since I was making it so far ahead of time, I had to freeze it, but lately I've been freezing every cake before frosting it. Then when it's time to frost, you don't have any crumbs getting in your frosting, or worse, chunks of cake coming off. After it's frosted I stick the cake back in the freezer, and, very important, put it on my list to take out of the freezer the night before.

      Good luck with your son's party this weekend!!

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  70. We are doing my sons 2nd birthday party next weekend! Your ideas are awesome!

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  71. A classic theme! It's fun watching kids running through the house to find each clue for the treasure hunt game - a great way to burn off some extra energy! funtasia brooklyn

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  72. Oh my gosh! I love this party. Soooo many great ideas. I used quite a few of these ideas for my son's party. I gave you credit here: http://notyournormalsteam.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/arg-matey-its-a-pirate-party-part-5-games/

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    1. I just check out your party, you did a wonderful job with all the games! So fun to read! Thanks SO MUCH for letting me know : )

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  73. I came across your blog through Google while searching for ideas for Pirate party invitations. I love the little ship so much that I've copied the designed. I changed the text a bit and gave you credit for the idea on my blog (www.stitchingnbits.blogspot.ie) I know this is an old post, but still, THANK YOU so much for the idea!

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    1. Hi Camila! Thank you so much for leaving a link to your post. I checked it out and your pirate ships are just adorable! So glad you tried them. You totally made my day : )

      Kelly

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  74. Thank you so much for sharing.... my boy will habe an awsome party now.. great ideas

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  75. Wow! This is really the cutest post I have read. Well I am also planning to celebrate my son birthday at best birthday party nyc venue. I was finding the birthday ideas and got wonderful ideas from your post! Thanks so much for a cute post!!

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  76. Nice part and blog is also nice in this party every one enjoy. birthday party ideas singapore

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