Cupcakes: I wanted to find cupcake rings with the pirate faces that are more suitable for cute little girls. I found them on Amazon and they are made by Bakery Crafts. I also bought at Hobby Lobby pack of mustaches on a stick for fun pictures. We love cupcakes from Target with whipped frosting, and they are very cooperative when it comes to the design.
Activities: We decorated pirate hats and felt eye-patches with Jumbo Adhesive Jewels and glitter glue, we also made and decorate spy-glasses (paper towel tubes and black duck tape)
We walked the planks: At first we were planning to put the plank above kiddie pool but we decided against it. Instead I bought cheap blue tablecloth and staked it with the shark fins (cardboard + wooden kabob skewers)
Then we went on a great treasure hunt: I sent kids to three different locations before they found the chest with the treasure. The first clue lead them to the Sphinx in front of our neighbors' house. There they found golden doubloons to share and the next clue. The clue made them hop like bunnies to the other neighbor back yard for the next clue :-) The other box had Chinese fortune cookies and the message was informing them that they sailed too far off and now they are in China. If I do it again I would structure it better so the younger kids had more chances to find the clues.
|running to the next clue|
Treasure/ party favors : My girl is in to sparkly things (she requested "a real diamond" for her birthday gift). I wanted to make something girly and sparkly, yet appropriate for the pirates. I ordered via Amazon golden doubloons, Organza Drawstring Gift Bags, via eBay Acrylic Diamond Confetti, and in Party City tube of mixed sizes Diamond Scatters . I also purchased pirate girl kids tattoos. For guys we had the same content but in black baggies with the pirate skull and crossbones (Hobby Lobby). All the kids LOVED their booty!
|pirates booty / party favors|
Of course we had lots of unstructured, imagination driven fun! Yo Ho Ho!
|birthday girl behind the captain's' wheel|
|no need for pixie dust here|
|fishnet and pirate flag to add zing to the playground|
|sprinkling Pixie dust|
Finally, thank you notes: Since I managed to take a group picture of all the pirates (it wasn't easy!) I plan to use it in a thank you cards - I will probably just use one of the templates offered by Walgreens