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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Argh matey, join me for a pirate party!

Sweet boy turns seven today. It is not unusual for him to be dressed like this while watching Peter Pan. He loves the pirates.


When I found the following cards on clearance for $1 it shivered me timbers and a theme was born.



We had a lunch of boiled pirate fingers (hot dogs) out on the patio. The table was laden with jewels, shells and pirate paraphernalia.



A truly motley crew.


Fellow buccaneers saying "Argh!"



The first game was "place yer treasure on the chest". Each child had a lightweight gold piece with their initial on it. They were blindfolded and had to try and place the piece on the treasure chest.


Walking the plank~blindfolded.


Cannon ball toss~ each child had a partner. The water balloons felt good when they busted as it was 100 degrees.



The highlight was the "treasure hunt". There were six clues total. This was "message in a bottle" ~found floating in the "forbidden cove" (pool). Don't you just love Mr. Decor's fashion savvy? His t shirt reads: "Dead Man's Chest".


The booty. I would have painted the (styrofoam) chest gold, but Sweet boy's favorite color is red. There are upholstery tacks attached to it.



Inside were eye patches, spy glasses, beads, chocolate gold coins and other treasures.



The cake was an attempt at a pirate ship complete with cookie cannons.




I cut out a round piece of scrap booking paper with a water print to set on top of the cake plate.


Here's a laugh. Early in the morning, Sweet boy decided he wanted a ship that "had been in battle" and began hacking away at it. After I remembered it was HIS birthday, I quit yelling. :) It did look kind of cool once the "cannons" were lit.



This is the part of the post that will show up later in the form of an email forward about pets who hate their owners.


I found the cape at Savers and Auntie sent sweet Rudi the dreadlock hat. Before you call PETA, I did take off the outfit right after the pictures were taken.


Thank you for joining in on the swashbuckling fun!

138 comments :

connie snipes said...

That was the most clever child's birthday party!! You should write a book on party ideas. Awesome.

ceekay said...

I thought the party looked like so much fun and great planning...but then, I came to the dog! What a hoot! That is so cute. He almost looks like he is saying...can you really believe this? Sooo cute!!

The Berry's Patch said...

Laura,

Cute birthday party. My son just had a pirate birthday but it wasn't as creative as yours. In fact, we couldn't find a pirate cake so we went with a Halloween cake. Your pirate cake is totally adorable. So is the cute dog. Is it considered "bad" to dress up your dog? Cuz I'm in serious trouble if it is.

MERRIANNE said...

Yo Ho
Yo Ho
To that Party i wish i could go!

{a little pirate humor!} ha ha!

very cute pictures!!!! i love your skirt!!!!!

you are SO creative!!!!!!

Jorgelina said...

Hi Laura!!!
Beautiful and funny celebration! Very pretty the pirate cake and the adorable dog.
Pretty week

Carrie said...

All the party decor is very inventive and just great for a young boy!

Tanja said...

What a great party, and you didn't miss a beat with all the details! That's one lucky kiddo!!

Thanks for stopping by and entering my contest! Come back soon-

Charli and me said...

Ahoy, Oh what fun! I just love parties. Please tell your precious little boy Charli and I said Happy Birthday! I can see you are a very creative party planner :>) Are you going to enter your little dog in the Dogs on Thursday Halloween Contest? I think you have a winner there LOL I hope you have a lovely day. Carol

Mimi Sue said...

Looks like he had a great time. How fun....Mimi

BrineS said...

Fun! Great job with the birthday party! So creative! So original! Love it!

Glenda said...

This party looked like everyone had a bunch of fun. Great theme.

Ciao

Jackie Von Tobel said...

OMG I love Rudy's Johnny Depp impersonation! So cute.....

Julie said...

How fun! Great job mom!

Liz said...

You ARE so clever!!! I loved the treasure chest and the cake!

~Liz~

heather said...

That is so cool!!

I love that he chose something other than spiderman or some other superhero. :)

Shimmy Mom said...

Happy Birthday Ian!!! That was adorable. You are the birthday party diva! I love it!!
*hugs*

parisapartment said...

Ok you deserve the greatest mom award for that party! I bet they'll be talking about that till they're in college!

list mama said...

Looks like you went all out! I LOVE that cake!! Fun for the whole family.

Jen
http://www.ListPlanIt.com

TRay said...

I loved seeing these pictures!!! The cake looks fantastic, but I had to laugh over Ian's decorating ideas for it! So cute! Rudi looks "pleased" with his new duds..ha! I think he just might bite ol' Auntie Tara and NeNe the next time he sees us!

Lisa Renee said...

THIS IS SO COOL!

You can definitely tell a party that was put on by an interior designer! Very thoughtful and well designed details

Donna said...

Looks like a great party! My granddaughter just had her 9th birthday and she chose a pirate theme.

Such a cute puppy dog!

~Donna

Jen said...

What a great party! Very creative! My son turned 7 just 3 days before yours did. I, also, posted about his party. What would we do without our kids???
♥Jen

Halo Hill said...

How CUTE! What a fun Mom you are.

Sheila

Miss Sandy said...

FANTASTIC PARTY!!!! The treasure chest was so very clever! I love the bit about the hacked up cake, too funny! You looked a little too pretty to be a pirate, cute outfit, did your daughter make it? Mr Decor was a grand sport too. Your parties look so much fun!

Kendra said...

Thanks for all of the fun ideas! Unless he changes his mind by then, we are planning on a pirate party for my son, next year. I was just wondering what I could use for a large scale treasure chest. I would have never thought of the cooler. Great idea!

Kimberly said...

This party is great! I bet the kids had such a great time and how cool that you did all this. Is that a little dressed up weenie dog?? I have yet to find anything that fits my Oscar very well (also a weenie dog...that little barrel chest is so hard to fit) but when I do!! Oh the pictures! :D

Thanks for dropping by! I finally got my pretty pumpkin up: http://seashellsandsilver.blogspot.com/2008/10/prettying-up-my-pumpkin.html

Happy Fall!

HiHoOhio said...

What a great cake....and darling dog too!!!

Ethel said...

First time I visited, butI will be back from time to time. Cute party. My kids used to dress up our dog, too. It's a wonder she didn't take a nip out of the backside when she saw them coming.

Kim - said...

your party turned out SO cute! And that cake is way better than the way mine turned out. :)
AND......at least you had the luxury of a warm day. Winter birthdays in the NW get robbed.

Love the Walk the Plank.

BJ_Mama said...

What an awesome Cake....but I have to say...love the dog in dreds!

Jennifer said...

Great post! Pirate themed parties are great. Your party llooks like it was loads of fun for everyone. And your dog.......so very cute!

{Katie Lane} said...

Very cool. Love that you said "it shivered me timbers"!!

camerapatty said...

Pirate parties are so much fun. I like to send the kids on a treasure hunt to find stuff to put in their goodie bags while I get the cake and ice cream ready to go.

That cake looked totally awesome. Did you make it?

I love the photograph of your Dachshund. They are such wonderful dogs and tolerable of many things.

Wishing you a scent-sational day in the SITS limelight!
Patty

MrsM said...

Happy belated birthday to your boy! Looks like he had a great party =)

Laila Of Course! said...

Oh! Such a wonderful party! Arrr and I loooove the birthday cake. Delicious!
Be sure and stop by my blog and follow! It would really make my day!

-Laila
www.randomweavings.blogspot.com

JennyMac said...

This is outstanding! You are so talented.

La Belle Mere UK said...

Who doesn't love pirates?!

You've put me to shame!...

Note to self... Must try harder!!

I LOVE the doggie pics - he doesn't look happy with you does he?!

Happy SITS day.

B x

meandtheblueskies said...

What a great birthday party - inexpensive, yet totally awesome. What a lucky boy. Now, the dog was less lucky... Enjoy your SITS day!

theselfloveproject said...

PARTY WAS TOTALLY CUTE!!!

Leslie said...

So cute...my fave is the dog!

Travel With Lilliy said...

I am going to show this post to my sister, my two nephews are going to love it for their next party.
The cake was very creative. I liked it. I can’t bake for the life of me.
Another inspiring fun idea.
Lilliy.. New member of SITS and loving it.
http://travelsightswithlilliy.com

Queenie Jeannie said...

What a super cool birthday!!! You really went all out!

she's so blog [nicholette] said...

awesome theme! wow!

Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

LOVE IT! I have twin 2 year olds and will have to mark this as a must do b-day theme! Thanks!

Mommys Online Garage Sale said...

You sure did an outstanding job on that one. How will you outdo yourself next Sept? I bet you're planning now in July, lol. I see I'm going to learn alot from you....WOOHOO!

I'm a Follower!

Ungirdled Passion said...

SO CUTE! I did a pirate party for my boys' 4th (they are 16 year old twins) Such sweet memories. Your cake is MAGNIFICENT! It sure kicks my cakes' booty!

Happy SITS!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

That dachshund in pirate gear made my morning!!! Hilarious! :) What a cute party...it's obvious you worked really hard, and it turned out great. My brother used to love dressing up as a pirate, prince, etc. when watching movies. I always thought it was cute. :)

Reluctant Housewife said...

Looks like an awesome birthday!

Chanda said...

What a great looking party! Lots of fun!

Susan said...

Happy SITS day!!!

Great ideas.... In a few years hopefully when I have a little boy I'll be remembering this!

Creative Junkie said...

Wow - that is every little boy's dream party! I bet it was a ton of fun!

Life of a Stepmama said...

Wow what a great party, such crative ideas!! love it, love the cake. It turned out perfect!

SarahovertheRainbow said...

What a great party! Your dachshund looks so cute in his dreads. He has such a long-suffering look on his face!

confused homemaker said...

great ideas. i am so impressed by the cake (before & after battle), it looks like it was a great time!

Elizabeth Patch said...

He's a lucky little pirate for having such a creative mom!

Rose said...

very, very cute. I love all your ideas!

Joy said...

It was a pleasure seeing this post again and it was a perfect choice for your SITS day! Congrats!

Kara said...

What a fun party. That cake is awesome!

Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness, my dog would kill me for that! Yours looks adorable, and not too mad about it. And that cake! Wow, I'm impressed!!

skinner studio said...

You are a way cool mom! How fun!

LOVE the styrofoam chest idea - I'll remember that one to use later - thanks!

Stacey said...

What a great party! I loved the cake and the dogs costume!

Kasey said...

Stopping by from SITS. What a great theme and it looks like everyone had a lot of fun, from the invites to the costumes to the games.

Ashley said...

How fun! That cake looks awesome!
Happy SITS day!

Debbie in Nashville said...

What an amazing birthday party!

Awesome cake and super cute dog!

Michelle said...

Looks like an awesome party. I hope my son wants one of these when he gets older.

Laura said...

Loved the dog costume.

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

I am visiting from SITS.

What a great party! You have a ton of great ideas. Maybe my son will want a Pirate Birthday Party next year.

Mariel said...

Ooooh, I should get you to do a guest post on my blog...you have fabulous ideas!

Mariel
www.oneshetwoshe.com

Brandy said...

Awesome party! And I actually like the wrecked cake. It gives it more character.

Little Miss Baker said...

This looks Fantastic!!! I am very very impressed with your cake and treasure chest! What a memorable day :)

Jenette said...

I love all the pirate games! Did you make that cake? It's so good!

Janna Bee said...

I loved the hacked up pirate ship with the candles! It looked very authentic. Your post made me smile all the way through- it looks like everyone had a good time!

Katie said...

This looks like a great party!!!

hotpants™ said...

Those are some great party ideas. I love the cake.

Marrdy said...

Oh my gosh!! This is a great idea. How fun!

Lavender n Latt├ęs said...

So creative - you must be the most popular mom on the block :)

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Looks like a party a boy will remember all is life!

Mary at My New 30 said...

Wow, what a fantastic job! Looks like even the adults had fun with it.

Happy SITS Day!!

Fruitful Vine2 said...

Looks like a fun party. Your creativity shows in every aspect you posted here. Continue to use the awesome talent that God blessed you with to bless others. Have a great day!

stepalicious said...

Yay! Birthday twins! My lil gal turned 6 on 9/30/08...and she too had a pirate party! Although not nearly as cute as the one you created for Ian! What fun! Ahem, I mean... Arghhhh Matey!

TR Hughes said...

Now that is super cute...what wonderful fun ideas you have! Happy SITS Day!

Amy said...

What a fun party. I love the dachshund the best. I use to have one..

MoxieMamaKC said...

Oh! I love it! My daughter is having a Tinkerbell party for her 5th birthday and I didn't want it to be TOO girly for the boys in attendance. Thanks for the great ideas for the mini-Captain Hooks!

Pricilla said...

What a lucky little boy.

Happy SITS day.

Lance and Jewls said...

Holy smokes you are the coolest mom ever! That is the sweetest birthday party I have ever seen, way to go!!

missy said...

oh my gosh.......how fun!!!!!!!
love the dog costume!!!!!!

Mammatalk said...

What fun! You are extremely creative!

Robin said...

Oh my......that is so adorable....how fun!

HollyS said...

The dog is hilarious! Great idea, may have to borrow this for my son's birthday

Robbie S. Redmon, LPC said...

This looks like so much fun!

Smitten by Britain said...

Awww, my son's name is Ian as well. Bless him. Looks like he had an awesome time.

Kekibird said...

Again, super inspiring!! I wish I was a birthday party kinda person. This looks like fun!

Traci said...

Here from SITS. Wow- that's some party.

Kari said...

Great party ideas! Looks like a lot of fun. And, that cake is adorable!

Mama Karebare said...

We love piartes

Mindie said...

That is so cool that one of his fantasy's had come to past. It looked like y'all had a blast. Wish I were there. lol

Rae Ann said...

Tee hee! The dog costume was the 'icing on the cake' so to speak.

Holly Noelle @ Domestic Dork said...

I love the use of a cooler for the treasure chest! And I love that your whole family got dressed up!

dddiva said...

How fun, especially the dog! Great party ideas here.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Dead man's chest. Hah!!! Totally awesome part-ay!

sandy said...

Awesome! I love a great theme party!

C. Beth said...

I am so impressed! I'm feeling good about myself just to make a cute cake...this is awesome!

Ashley Clark said...

Ah, cute! My son's first birthday is coming up and I hope I can make a cake as nice as that!

Reeni♥ said...

How fun! My nephew loves pirates - I'm going to use some of these ideas for his birthday!

Zeemaid said...

wow great party ideas. i think it's cool you guys dressed up too. You son must have had a ton of fun.

The Laughing Idiot said...

How unbelievably cute! I have girly girls so the pirate thing is out, but if I had a boy, I would totally use your ideas.

shortmama said...

What a thoughtful way to pull off the pirate theme!

Tiaras said...

loved the cake and the dog! I had a princess and pirate party here at my house once - so much fun!!

aforestfrolic said...

My oldest daughter did the pirate themed party a couple of years ago and we had so much fun with it. Yours looked great too & the pup is oh so cute, tee hee.

Jamie :)

Emma said...

Love your ideas! I will definitely be coming back to your blog to get some inspiration!

My Household Junk said...

We did a pirate party for my son's 3rd birthday. Isn't it funny how much boys love pirates? This was a fun party I am sure!

Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

popping over from SITS - what a great party!
Collette xx

Bentley Boutique said...

He will remember that party for years to come! And so will the dog:)
http://bentleyboutique.com/craftblog/

Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents said...

Cute ideas - my grandson is turning 1 in August, a little too young for this!

Happy SITS day!

Lady Mama said...

Wow - the cake - you made it? I'm laughing because I "tried" to make a pirate cake for my son last year and honestly, I wouldn't even show you a photo it was that bad! Love the party games- might have to steal some for next year!

Helen McGinn said...

Aww, if a doggy could roll it's eyes, that one sure did! *L*

carma said...

this is fantastic!

Shannon said...

Now that looks like a fun party!

I have a 5-year-old nephew who has been gaga over all things pirate since he was about 2! This has given me so many ideas to pass on to my SIL for his next birthday... thanks!

Brooke said...

I love this!! Omg! So fun!

Sarah said...

This is SO COOL! I wish my mom had come up with ideas like this when I was little. How fun!

Rachel said...

Very cool! Great party ideas that I will have to file away for later.

Amy said...

that's great, what a creative way to celebrate a child's birthday...and Savers...one of my favorite stores EVER! Happy SITSta's day!

Mama Mair said...

Move over Martha!
Very creative and lots of fun for everyone.
I almost have that guilty feeling that I'm not putting enough into my kids' birthday parties. I'll try better next time.
Happy SITS day!

greedygrace said...

What fun! Looks great!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

That cake looks amazing! Very clever!!

Aubrey said...

Looks like a BLAST!

We started decorating our toddler's room with some really vinyl wall art. Pirates! LOL

CONGRATS on your FB day!

Atlanta said...

Looks like you all had a blast! And I think his addition to the creativity of the cake was great! It looked cool like that! (although I prob would have had to take a few deep breaths too) ;)

MarcomMom said...

Wonderful! You are really creating memories for your children. SITSta over and out.

Rbarakat said...

fun! Love the cake!

Michelle (hometc) said...

That cake was awesome! Can you come do my next birthday party?

CoffeewithZooly said...

Great idea ! Hope he enjoyed !

Beth in NC said...

Coming over from SITS.

You are such a creative Mommy! Wow, I feel like my daughter gets cheated.

Great party!

Mama Mel said...

What great ideas for a pirate party! My son is still young, so maybe we can do something like this when he's older! Very cute! :)

Jaime @ A Place Out West said...

Cute, cute party!

Mel said...

What an awesome party! I'm loving the look on the dog's face! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Yaya said...

Oh my gosh! You are so creative!

DNLee said...

oh!!! this is a great party. In my fantasies I'm a child's b-day party planner - all the exciting fun themes. I wanna go to his party. You're one rocking mom!

piecemeal people said...

Wow! I bet all the kids will remember that one...Michaels has some really cute pirate party stuff right now, and it left me wishing I had someone to throw a pirate party for.