View Full Version : A pirate party for DS! HUGE success!

01-29-2005, 01:45 AM
I just have to post some of the pics we took at DS's 5 yo bday party. He decided on pirate theme sometime in Nov/Dec, and we had a lot of fun planning this one. Of course the first thing knew I HAD to do was make a treasure chest cake I'd seen in my Taste of Home mag years before:



I had my DH draw a few things: a treasure map, an underwater treasure chest for crafting (the kids glued fish & sequins on), and a "pin the sword on the pirate".




I decided we needed to turn out Rainbow playset into a "Pirate Ship", so I used an old sheet and some PVC to make a sail. Of course, we needed a pirate flag on top, too (artwork again supplied by DH).


I raided my old fabric supply, and one piece from the remnant bin at JoAnn along with purchased eye patches for dress-up for the kids. DS had a eyeliner mustache, too. Of course, we raided our Ren Faire costumes for a couple more pieces for us.




Things I don't have pictures of are the craft stick treasure chest craft (which took a lot of prep for 5 yo kids) and the 2 sandbox turtles up by the playset (borrowed from the school) with sand and treasure (bead necklaces, gold coins and these cool plastic gems I found online) in them. The treasure hunt was REALLY cool. I gave each kid a ziploc bag with their name on it, stationed 4 kids around each turtle and let them go at it. Would you believe they found every single piece of treasure in each sandbox? Amazing!

This was all put on the weekend after the huge storm out here and the weather was BEAUTIFUL! It was even hot in my backyard! Wow! What a great party.

01-29-2005, 12:27 PM
OMG! When I have another bday party for DS (which is never after the last one) can you come to my house? That's amazing! I love the cake - how did you do that?

01-30-2005, 01:24 AM
I have a recipe for the cake if you'd like! LOL! :) I put my beginner's Wilton class and some cake decorating stuff to good use. The really funny thing is that this cake was easier to decorate than it looks. Much easier & faster than most of the cakes I've done. I mean, you frost it almost smooth, add the top, put on some fruit-by-the-foot, pipe on few shells, and toss a bunch of candy on top!

DH & I had soooo much fun planning it, and DS came up with the pin the sword on the pirate idea. I have to say my most awesome find of all the goodies/treasures was the plastic gems. Here is a link:


They are about 1" x 2".

01-30-2005, 10:36 AM
Kudos to you! That looks awesome! And now I feel silly just planning a bounce house in the backyard. :)

01-30-2005, 02:49 PM
So I guess that's a no on coming to my house? I would love the recipe. You can e-mail it to [email protected] Thanks so much,

01-30-2005, 08:11 PM
This is soooo great!!!!!!!!1 Would you, or anyone else reading this, be interested in joing a yahoo group/chat forum? I love doing birthday parties too and would love to get a bunch of moms together to share ideas/photos etc. Let me know and I can send you an invite to the group!!
Isabelle 10/1/00
Nicholas 2/27/03

02-01-2005, 03:33 AM
Oh,oh,oh! That is sooo fabulous! I am tucking all of this away for in a couple of years. I just LOVE planning my daughter's parties. Especially right now when she has no real opinion on the matter =)! I was telling DH about my idea for her next party and he just rolled his eyes (after saying, "what a cool idea!" kudos to my hubby).

I wish my DH liked to get in on the festivities as well, but I am doing well to have him in the room and cutting the cake! The man can't be trusted with a camera - he takes okay pictures, but he'll get to talking with someone and forget what he is supposed to be doing =)!

Anyway, I love your idea and will be shamelessly copying it!

Jen in Okinawa
Mom to a wonderful preschooler,
who just turned three, Noelle!

02-01-2005, 08:33 AM
What a cool idea! I love it. I am jealous that you can have an outside party in January. :)

02-01-2005, 08:42 AM
I loooooove birthdays. Here is a link to the yahoo group I was mentioning. I have my Unicorn Castle cake pics posted and will write up the birthday activities there later today.

Please join!!!!!!!! :)

Isabelle 10/1/00
Nicholas 2/27/03

08-30-2006, 12:54 PM
Just bumping! We are having a pirate party and don't want to search for this thread again!

Mom to Nick 10/01
& Alex 04/04

04-21-2008, 02:23 PM
LOL, replied to the wrong thread...nevermind! ;)