Here’s what I’ve been super busy with the last couple of weeks – Miss Madelyn’s birthday party! She picked a pirate theme and it was so much fun coming up with ideas for this one.
I bought three cake mixes and every one of them came out a crumbly mess – I was trying to save time and ended up in a panic the morning of the party because nothing was working. In a last ditch effort to salvage my cake idea, I ventured out to King Soopers and asked if they would sell me a “bald” cake. I told the baker that it was a cake emergency and I would need a quarter sheet cake – sans frosting-and he sold it to me for $4.00 – yessssss!
So – I quickly brought the cake home and it looked like this…
I cut it in half length-wise and cut a small rectangle off of one piece to make the back of the ship…
Then, I cut a triangle type shape for the front and cut the bottom front at the same angle…
I covered it in chocolate frosting that I stuck in the microwave for a few seconds and stirred well. And then I piped yellow along the top edges and made port holes, too!
I dressed it up with 2 dowels that I had in my craft closet and used striped clip art from the web and put a number 5 on the front for the paper sales. I had some blue tulle left from another project for the ocean around the boat and surrounded the ship with gold wrapped rolos and hershey bars. I love how it turned out!
I covered the food table and the cake table in a black tablecloth from the dollar store and used white table cloths and brown kraft paper to create sales above each table.
I sewed pieces of red, black, and pirate themed fabric to a ribbon to hang for a banner – it’s now hanging in Madelyn’s playroom:)
I made french bread pizzas, like my mom used to make – out of pre-made french bread, pizza sauce, mozzerella cheese and pepperoni – so easy, just put it together and bake at 400 until the cheese is all melty…yum! I cut the pizzas and added a toothpick with a white sail glued to it – pizza boats!
I dressed the divine Miss M in a white shirt with a skull and crossbones on it – just found the skull in clip art on the web, used store bought t-shirt transfer paper from Target and ironed it on. Then, I made a little red and black bow and glued it to a pin – so that I could take the bow off to wash it. She also wore a simple red bandana and the red and black tutu we made…you can find instructions for that here. She looked adorable!
Decorations were up! Food was ready! Birthday girl was dressed! Then, this happened…
Arrrrgh! About half the guests canceled at the last minute:( But we were there, so we were determined to have a good time.
Because of the snow, the party didn’t go exactly as planned, but we sure tried! First, the guests played a game of pin the treasure box to the map…bought from the dollar store – it only came with a couple of treasure box stickers, so I just whipped up treasure boxes on my cricut out of brown card stock and put roles of tape on the back.
After we ate and played the game, a very special guest arrived…
…Pirate Shirley! She made it through the snow, but her best pirate buddy didn’t, so the music and dance performance was out, but Pirate Shirley was the one with the face paint, so that was next.
The kids loved it! There were mermaids and treatsure chests and treasure maps and even Spongebob!
While the face painting was going on, we played some relay race games. We “swabbed the deck” by sweeping little cannonballs – actually small black ballons – from one end of the room to the other…
We balanced gold coins on the end of pirate swords and dropped them in a bucket, then ran the sword back to the next person in line…
We “walked the plank” – balancing on a sturdy bench – seeing if we could walk on our toes, hop on one foot, skip – we tried all kinds of movement…it was fun!
Then, we broke out the treasure maps! I made them out of kraft paper that I traced the skull and crossbones and the pirate ship from the invitations and put a sparkly red “X” at the end of some black dotted lines – super simple and cheap! Then, I crumpled it up, smoothed it out, then burned the edges…
We hunted for the treasure – through the building and down the hall…the treasure box was filled with dollar store pirate loot – plastic shiny coins, bead necklaces, eye patches, plastic hooks, compasses, and tons of other fun toys! Each kiddo got to fill their treat bag with 5 things from the treaure chest – they went wild!
We sung to Madelyn and had cake and opened presents to finish up the party a little early, because the snow got even worse.
Even though it didn’t quite turn out the way I planned, the guests, and especially Madelyn had a great time!
I’m so grateful to all of our special friends that braved the storm to come and celebrate with us!
Happy brithday, to my sweet girl – I hope your 5th year is filled with happiness and love!