Last week my youngest child turned 4! Wow, how time flies. My Will is all boy and of course loves Pirates. He was Jack Sparrow for Halloween and could watch the Pirates of the Caribbean movies over and over again. So, when I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted he said “I want a PIRATE PARTY!” His excitement for his upcoming party made me want to amp things up for him. We invited 11 friends, way too much for a four-year old, but as long as we were going all out, why not!?!
For the table, I pulled together as much piraty stuff as I could from around the house. I included beachy stuff too since I have a lot of it. (I printed this cute AHOY hanging banner HERE)
As the kids arrived, we did a gathering activity, a pirate puzzle from a dollar store. This was a great way to keep the kids interested while we waited for all 11 to arrive. We also gave them each a triangle of red striped fabric from Wal-Mart and tied it on their heads.
Then each one chose a mustache for a quick photo shoot. These were 6 for a dollar at All a Dollar. I taped them to skewers so they didn’t have to stick them to their faces. The boys and girls enjoyed the mustaches!
All the kids lined up over and over to Walk The Plank, most ended up jumping the plank.
Then we divided the group into three smaller groups and rotated through the next three games. First was Knock down the Cans. I had an old bean bag I made from denim and filled with rice. I wrapped 10 Campbell’s soup cans with pirate papers (Free Printable HERE). They each got three shots and all got a Recess Peanut Butter Cup (gold) when they finished.
Digging for Treasure was one of their favorites. I emptied out our sandbox of all the toys and filled it with treasures. Dollar store Mardi Gras necklaces (one each) and a bag of pearls, rubies, crystals and gold (a vase filler mix from Wal-Mart for $4). I added up how many of each they could keep and gave each of them a ziplock with their name on it. They Loved it!
Station three was to Pin the Skull on the Treasure Map. I had a great treasure map that I purchased for one of the kids rooms a few years ago. It was from Pottery Barn Kids. I also bought a pin the tail on the donkey style game at All a Dollar but it was terrible. I cut out the skulls and used them and the eye mask. They “taped” the skulls on the X on the treasure map. They each got a Hershey’s Gold Nugget after they played.
What pirate party would be complete with out a treasure hunt? I hid clues all over the house that lead to our windowless exercise room. I placed a clear glass bucket filled with glow stick swords. Each child picked one and battled out on the grass in the back yard.
Then it was time to eat cake and ice cream, or in this case Pirate Ale (root beer) and donuts. I made simple labels to glue on to recycled glass bottles for each kid. I found pirate plates at Honk’s (another dollar store).
They LOVED drinking the root beer. I made the labels as a free printable with “Blackbeard” instead of Will’s name.
We sang Happy Birthday and this smile made it all worth it.