Will and Lindy decided they wanted a pirate birthday party this year. Specifically they wanted a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party.
I think the kids had a great time. They were so excited to see their family and friends from school. Of course Micah and Claire were here, and one friend of Will’s from his class last year, and then the rest of the kids were from Lindy’s class last year. Will will be in class with some of them this year so it worked out well.
The party started at 2pm and our first game was musical pirate ships. I played Jake and the Neverland pirate music and whoever got out had to ‘walk the plank’. It came down to Will and his friend Jared, who is about twice Will’s size. Jared won. After musical pirates we played Pin the Treasure on the Map. After pin the treasure on the map we headed outside for a little treasure hunt. We made Captain Hook hooks and we had gold doubloons and beaded necklaces all over the backyard. The kids had fun running around wild searching for treasures. Our last game was a pirate ship piñata. It was a well constructed piñata as it took quite awhile to break it open. We finally let Micah just wail away on it trying to get it open. Will took a few last whacks and the candy started to come out. I finally just ripped the rest open to get the candy out. We came inside to cool off. We ate cake and snacks, and then finished the party by opening presents. After all the kids left Lindy and Will got to open presents from the family.
I think the party was a hit. I really enjoy making all kinds of crafty things for this party. My parents helped make all my plans a reality! Because of some crazy busy weeks my plans pretty much got left until this week. If they weren’t here I’m not sure it would have all gotten done!
Mom and I made the pirate ship cake. It only took two tries! We got the base made on Friday night and we started in on the front of the ship. We needed to stack up 5 triangles and get them frosted. It didn’t go well. We got them stacked and they were leaning so badly. They would have never stayed up. We decided to just leave the base and try again in the morning. After an early morning cake run by my dad, we tried again. This time we got it! We fixed all our mistakes and we got a pirate ship!
Enjoy tons of pictures from the party!
The party invitationWelcoming our party guestsMy dad built a plank for the kids to walk on.Mom and I made a pirate flagX marks the spot!The pirate ship cake mom and I made. Second time’s a charm.The Captain Hook hooks.The treasure chest my dad made. I had plans to make it out of a Styrofoam cooler and he came in with this awesome chest!The pirate dressing station when the kids first came in. The girls got a pink bandana like Izzy and the boys got red sashes like Jake (Izzy and Jake are characters from Jake and the Neverland Pirates). They all got pirate tattoos too. The monstrous treasure map in the living room.The birthday girl!The birthday boy!Our pirates!ARRRRGGGGHHHH!The food table. A pirate ship watermelon!Fish and chipsCannonballs (whoppers)The cookie cake Drew’s aunt and uncle brought.Musical pirate ships.Sorry, Lindy, walk the plank!Who do you think won??? Pin the treasure on the map.Heading outside for the treasure hunt. Will said this was his favorite part.Micah using his hook to find treasure!Helping Lindy find gold doubloonsCaptain WillWe had another set of twins at the party. The indestructible pirate ship piñata. Hard to see but her tongue is out. Check out that swing!It was like seagulls at the beach when they find food. They swarmed the candy!Getting ready to sing happy birthday!Lindy went crazy when we sang to her. More tongue action, waving arms, laughing. It was so funny!Will got all shy when we sang to him! All the pirates at the party!Micah, Kris, Katie, and ClaireLindy got her own broom. She has swept all day!Will got his own putter and a little putting return game that he has played a ton already.Grandbob! Suzette couldn’t come because she had surgery on her wrist this week but we definitely missed her!Janice, our favorite babysitter and honorary grandmother!Molly, Ed and JamieMimo and Aunt Anna!Nana and Papa!Lindy baked for us all evening!This afternoon Lindy and Will got their birthday present from Nana and Papa – a mini outdoor trampoline! They had a blast bouncing around. Papa made pancakes tonight!
I can’t believe my babies turn 5 tomorrow. How did that happen????