This month, we celebrated Lucy’s birthday. I love a good party. It gives me a chance to go completely overboard and let my inner “Party Mama” run wild.
Though instead of renting yachts and $300 costumes, I skipped through the aisles of the dollar store.
Lucy decided on a pirate theme for her birthday. She is obsessed with Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and constantly asked for a “Jake party”. Once I realized that a generic pirate party would not only be cheaper, but also FAR easier to plan, I grabbed onto that idea and ran.
I ran all the way to the party store and picked up a few decorations. Then I stopped at Dollarama.
I love to put my own personal touches on parties, but sometimes, I can’t argue when the price is right. For $2, I picked up a set of cupcake liners and toppers at the dollar store. Woot! Saved myself at least an hour of work and wrestling with toothpicks.
I’m learning how to ice cupcakes, as I’m sure you can probably tell that. If anyone has a great tutorial for icing cupcakes so that they don’t look a hot mess, please send it to me!
Icing aside, aren’t the toppers too cute? And $2!
I bought necklaces and plastic gold coins from the dollar store and created a treasure chest scene on the snack table.
When we started playing our pirate games, this treasure chest held all of the prizes for the kids. It was a hit! (And it’s also cardboard and folds down flat – no need to stress about adding to my party supplies hoard!)
When our party guests walked into the house, they were greeted with a craft table. Yes, some of the bowls are cattywampus, but I didn’t have the heart to straighten everything out for the picture. Lila was my extremely excited Party Planning Assistant. She was very serious about getting the craft table ready for the guests.
Each child sat down to a plain wooden treasure box and a little bowl (actually a styrofoam berry container – I could not bring myself to throw them out after berry season), full of stickers and jewels. All dollar store purchases!
I opted to have individual bowls of stickers only because the kids would sit at the craft table at different times. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on the jewels or pirate stickers (or worse, have a meltdown due to “She has a silver button/skull sticker/fairy foam thing, and I don’t!”).
The middle of the table held communal glitter glue and crayons. Considering they were all tiny pirates, the kids were all very civilized about sharing – it went surprisingly well!
Kids were invited to sit and craft whenever they felt like it. Of course, mob mentality runs wild in the preschooler set, so most of them sat down and decorated their treasure boxes together. The finished products were beautiful! (And a bit gloopy – glitter glue is a favourite crafting choice with this crew.)
Lucy was tickled with the decor of the party. She wore her pirate hat for the entire event.
Here she is, counting how old she is now:
“I’m free years old!”
For the rest of this week, I’ll be sharing other details of our pirate party as well as inspiration for more parties to come! Things are going to get very “arrghhh” and “me hartey”-ish ’round this joint.
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Love the pirate theme! Pinned!
Thank you so much, Kristin! I’m really excited about this week! It’s going to be pirate overload! 🙂
What a fun idea! I’m sure she had a blast 🙂
Thanks so much, Kara! She loved it! It was one of our more successful birthday parties so far!
Very cute, love the decorations!
Thank you so much, Lisa! Now I have to go to your blog because what on earth is a “lego head candy apple”?!?! 🙂
a-ha! Guess you will have to go take a look! 🙂
Amy of while wearing heels
What a fun party! I love the craft. I am also impressed with how many kids you had invited and entertained. You are brave! I also love the picture of the little mermaid (on the tablecloth) that is waving at the Suburble watermark you added 🙂
Oh, thank you, Amy! I don’t think I had NEAR as many as you invited to Grace’s bash! I so loved that tablecloth. I wish it wasn’t the throw-away kind. 🙂
Kenz @ Interiors by Kenz
This is so adorable. I love so much that she had a pirate party. You did a great job planning it. What a cute idea to have a craft. I’m only a little bummed and jealous that I was not invited to such a hoppin partay!
Oh girl, you ARE invited! I’m having a virtual pirate party all week! You get to look at pictures and then… welll… yeah… maybe it’s not as good as actually coming to a party. Maybe your little womb-darling will be a pirate fan as well? You and Aaron would make dashing pirates! 🙂
Krista @ the happy housie
Okay seriously soooo cute! I wish I was your child so I could have such a fun awesome birthday party!! Awesome job:)
Krista @ the happy housie
Okay, I said awesome twice. it was really awesome.
You can’t beat Double Awesome – it’s like the double rainbow! 😉 I’ll bet that you throw some pretty awesome birthday parties yourself, ma’am. 🙂 Happy first day of school to you! Hope it’s a good one!
Oh how fun! Lila is the perfect party planning assistant in my book! What a fun kid craft make and take too! I’d say you outdid yourself girl! Oh…and the pirate hat pictures Lucy are positively adorable!!
It was such a simple make-and-take that I couldn’t help but do it. I’ve found that having some sort of solo activity always available is great for the kids who take a while to warm up to a party. Plus, it takes up a chunk of time too! 😉
Lila really is the perfect party planning assistant. I’m either creating the next Martha Stewart, or a monster. Can’t decide yet!
Dani @ lifeovereasy
So cute, Tara! You did a great job, I’m sure everyone had a blast. Lucy is adorable!
Awww… thank you so much, Dani. If only I could have commissioned you guys for one of your spectacular cakes! 🙂
Hilarious! I made the mistake of getting married on International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Maybe I should do this for our anniversary!
Yes, you should. Nothing says “marriage” like eye patches and “grog”. 🙂 How fun that you got married on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. How fun that that day exists! 🙂
Cynthia @ A Button Tufted Life…
Fantastic, what a fun party!
Thank you so much, Cynthia! It was a hoot!
what a fun party 🙂 wish you lived closer id hire you for decorating
Oooh… if only that were a possibility. I could go overboard more than twice a year?!?! Tempting!
Inspire Me Heather
Oh so cute – ARRR! You’ve done a wonderful job with the pirate party Tara, it looks like it was a big hit!
Thank you so much, Heather! It was a lot of fun! (Love your pirate accent!)
What a great theme! Love the treasure chest craft!! With older kids, I certainly miss hosting birthday parties like this!
What will I do when I can’t have total control over my kiddo’s birthday party?!?! That will be a humbling experience. I will probably have to go totally bonkers when its Hallowe’en and Christmas then….
Janelle @ Two Cups of Happy
This is the most adorable party!! I like that you did a little themed craft. Don’t you love Dollorama for party supplies? They’re great for holiday stuff too. I decorated my place for Christmas last year with their garland and it held up really well.
Oh, Dollarama is a fabulous place for all things holiday-and-birthday related. I’ll definitely have to check them out soon, now that the holidays are starting to tiptoe in the room! 🙂
What a cute party! I loved the craft. So fun!
Thank you so much, Kathryn! It was a lot of fun!
Being “free years old” is amazing and what a super fun party to celebrate being “free”! Themed parties are so much fun….especially when you can find so many goodies at places like the dollar store!
Lucy still has her moments where she whimpers and says, “I dont’ want to be free anymore…. I want to be TWO!”
Kids are weird.
And yes, parties that can use the dollar store are fantastic! I think I’m always going to do it this way from now on! 🙂
amy @ one artsy mama
SO cute! Yay for a pirate party! Love the treasure chest craft!
You’re the pirate party queen, so your compliments mean a lot, Amy! The treasure chest craft was so easy (that’s why I loved it so much!). 🙂
Shauna @ Satori Design for Living
So much fun! It looks like everyone had a great time and that’s really what it boils down to. Love all the details!
You’re so right, Shauna. It’s all about having a great time!
I admit that I get hung up on the details sometimes. I’m sure that as a designer, you probably know what I’m talking about! 🙂
Love the treasure chest craft! So smart to give them something they can make and take home. Lovely job!
Thank you so much, Heather! I do love a good craft (and I think most of the young’ns do too!). Plus, it’s something that they can work on off-and-on throughout the party! 🙂
Laurie @ Vin’yet Etc.
Oh wow, a girl after my own heart! When my hubs came home from one of his tours we threw an adult pirate party, so much fun! But I must admit not as cute as this one! Adorable!
Oh, that’s awesome! I get so crazed about the kids’ parties, I can only imagine what I’d be like with the grown-up version! So much fun!
How much fun!
It was a great time, Mara! I love planning parties!
La Cuisine d’Helene
Love the theme, it turned out well 🙂
Thank you so much, Helene!