Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ahoy, Mateys!

Once again, it's been a while.  I started my Masters program a month ago, and it's been CRAZY.  As such, I'm only now getting around to blogging about my second birthday party, for my 3 year old.  This party was a Pirate Theme, and I felt MUCH more prepared for this one!  All of that being said, the morning of the party we got news that good friends of ours and their youngest son had been killed in a car crash, so we were really out of sorts the whole day.

Since my kids have been so into 'Jake and the Neverland Pirates', which comes on Disney Junior, that is the theme we went with for this birthday party.  My boys were already spending a lot of their time pretending that they are captain hook, Jake, and other characters from the show, so i figured that I'd add to the enjoyment for them!


I didn't get a good picture of the decorations.  We had a bunch of balloons in red, gold, and black (Jake's favourite colous), we had a treasure chest with lots of 'treasures' for prizes and take-home gifts, and we had brown and green 'vines' around the place, to try to give it a jungle/island type of feel.  It was understated, but totally did the job to make the party fun!

Here is the treasure chest:

My two pirates with their pirate gear (we had hats for all the kids) in front of their 'treasure':

My oldest choosing a treasure for himself:


So, I spent a while trying to come up with food, and I had LOTS of ideas!  However, this is what I came up with:

Hot Dog Schooners!  SUPER easy, and the kids loved it!  I also had some blue kool-aid, some gold fish, some cheesies, and some fish Candy.

Once again, I went to Glynnis Kennedy for the cake, and was NOT disappointed.  This time we ordered a double slab cake, half chocolate and half vanilla, since we were expecting more people.  This is what she came up with!

The cake was totally nut-free (thought we didn't have any allergies to worry about at the party, it's nice to know 'just in case' -- so many kids have nut allergies these days) and the coins are chocolate coins (which were REALLY good).  Once again, I was super pleased and will definitely be a return customer!

My Husband got in on the pirate action, and he's loving his Hot Dog Schooner!

I'm not sure if you could actually call this 'blowing' out the candle, it may be more like 'spitting' out the candle.  Either way, he was super proud of himself and really excited to be doing it!


So, I had a couple of games planned (of course) but the kids weren't super interested in playing, they just wanted to play 'pirates' together.  Either way, I managed to pull them together for a couple of the games.

The first game was 'Tic-Toc, Where's the Croc?'.  I hid an egg timer, and the kids had to listen to the ticking to find where it was hidden.  They loved it, it was kind of like hide-and-seek.  Of course, they only played for 3-5 minutes and then they were done. 

The second game was 'Walk the Plank'.  I put a blue tablecloth on the floor, with a plank of wood on it, and I blindfolded the kids and had them walk across.  It was a fun game!  Of course, it only lasted for a couple of minutes as well.  Here's a picture of my oldest 'Walking the Plank':

I had planned on doing a Scavenger hunt, but the kids were having so much fun playing, that I just left them alone.

It was a great party.  I have so many other ideas, I'm sure there will be another pirate themed party in the future!  Here's one last picture of my little man with his favourite birthday present:

So, that's the birthday recap!  Now, the next birthday is my husband's in October, so thankfully I've got a while to figure that one out.  There will be more blogs in the near future, as I have SO much that I haven't written yet!

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