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|Car's party home made cake|
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|Hand made from rolled icing sugar & food dye The Gruffalo kids birthday cake|
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AHOY THERE, SO YOUR THINKING OF HAVING A SHIPMATE PIRATE PARTY!
My son was turning 2 years of age so i thought what a great theme for a little boys party & it was. My son & his little friends had great fun pretending to be pirates & i had great fun making all the pirate swag for his party. There are so many things you can do for this theme that are so much fun and a lot you can make for next to nothing.
PIRATE PARTY INVITES
First of all you need to set a date, time & venue & decide on who to invite. Once you have all that information you can set about designing your invitations, pirate style. I used a basic word programme to write the basic information about the party & a small pic of the birthday boy then printed off copies of the basic template. I had a little fun with the words i used like, ''ahoy there'' & ''come & join us to swob the deck''. I also added that fancy dress was welcome which the kids loved & it all added to the party atmosphere on the day.
Once all the invites were printed off i set about brewing a very large pot of tea, once it had cooled I used the tea bags to stain the paper, giving it that old map look. Once they had dryed i used a lighter to burn the edges ( best to do this outside as its a bit smelly). Then the fun arty bit, i added hand drawn images like what you would see on a classic pirate map. For example the classic x marks the spot, the pirate ship, sea monster, bucket, compass, palm tree & the dotted trail lines. I also was lucky to find some pirate stickers in a bargain shop which i used on the map too & in the party favour packs.
These are very cheap to make & you don't even need envelops! I just rolled each invite up into a scroll and tied with a red ribbon.
|Burnt & T-bagged pirate map invite|
PIRATE PARTY FAVOURS / party bags
I made these little party bags up for the little pirate shipmates to say thank you for coming and so they could take home a few treats/memories from the party. I handmade a lot of the goodies inside & packaged the bags myself which saved a lot of money and gave them a more personnel feel.
I purchased some sweets, pirate stickers from a discount shop & the all important gold chocolate coins put them all together with the handmade goodies i made. I packaged the whole lot with clear cellophane & used gift ribbon to tie the top.
|I used a old wooden basket to put them in for the party which gave it a old pirate ship feel.|
|I left the bookmark & flag popping out the top which made them look more interesting|
|This is the felt pirate finger puppet i made|
|Handmade from brown paper, colour pencils, felt tips & paper |
LET THEM EAT CAKE! PIRATE BIRTHDAY CAKE & PARTY FOOD IDEAS
|I used small flag cake toppers & blue butter icing to emulate water|
|Out of every thing i made for the kids the popcorn cups , jelly cups & cup cakes went down the best.|
|Another thing that went down very well with the kids was mini water bottles & they made less mess. The table cloth was another bargain from a best for less discount shop.|
|blue jelly cup|
PIRATE ACCESSORIES & OUTFIT
get the pirate look for less & add a bit of originality.
|You can buy these beads from ebay & make yourself a pair of earrings or hair grips to wear for the party|
|A brooch i brought from ebay gave my dress a pirate look without having to buy a new outfit.|
|This was an old t-shit that had a whole in it so i cutout some red felt in the shape of skull & cross bones, backed it in pirate picnic fabric & stitched it on|
|Discount shops are great for pirate goodies & the kids loved playing pretend pirate with them.|
|small canvas painted background with felt pirate|
I have written a post on how to make the cute felt pirate rabbits & they made great pass the parcel presents
|I dotted a few of these around as table decoration|
|Also made from felt, they are as big as a little finger which makes them even more adorable|
|bag puss one eye & ship mate|
|Hola girl door hanging|
|These were great gifts for pass the parcel all handmade from felt. Pirates for the boys & ballerinas for the girls or hair clips.|
I wanted it to be colourful so i used as many different colours as i could or you could go for black, red & gold but as my son was only two the more colour the better.
One of the first things i wanted to do was a backdrop for the food table as a kind of collage of celebration for him turning two so i used a big notice board & set to work using old magazines, brown paper, scissors & sticky tape. I also dug out some pictures of him when he was a baby.
|I pined a lot to the board so i can reuse the pictures in a birthday scrapbook of the party|
|Sea monster with 3.D tongue|
|Pirate map printed of google image|
handmade cardboard treasure chest
|Made from a cardboard box the kids loved playing with this, i put some pirate gold inside|
|bbq stick paper bunting, great for sticking in plants|
Pirate props, i dug out my sons boat & the two little ship mate dolls i got from London. The cushion i made myself & the fabric was from 'wrapped in fabric'
|Printed of google image i added the waves & clouds to make table decorations|
|another google image of a parrot i added to a shoe box lid to make it into a jelly cup tray. I added fun feathers to its hat.|
Easy to make & you don't even have to own a sowing machine. With it being a pirate theam you can get away with a raw edge. If you have any old sheets to tea towels you can use the fabric from them or go shopping in a craft store because they always have a cheap off cut bin. Below i spelt out my sons name & have put it in his room for decoration after the party.
|I used felt fabric to cutout skull heads & hand stitched them on. You can use ribbon to attach your bunting to or rope for a pirate sea effect|
|This was made from net with bunting sown on the bottom. I put sweets in here for the party|
Another thing i found worked well was old lemon
& orage nets, crape paper to hang as steamers & brown paper can be transformed into bunting with just a pair of scissors. If you have any stamps with letters on you can stamp them with happy birthday.
|Crabs made from cardboard & a red beer box|
|Have fun with your party & i hope this has given you some fab ideas xx|