Aaargh me hearties…. it’s a Pirate Party!

Earlier this month (where on earth has that time gone?!?!) I promised photos of the magnificant pirate themed party that we went to for my gorgeous nephew’s 5th birthday.

I was very impressed with the superbly stylish simplicity of it all!
There were a number of activities set up for the kids to complete during the course of the party.

First of all they were invited to decorate their own ‘treasure bag’ and then for completing each activity they earned a little gift to put in their treasure bag.

Knock ‘em down game – made by covering tin cans with colored paper and small home made rice bags which Lou made using the same fabric she used to make the bunting.

Digging for gold coins in the sand

Treasure Toss – tossing large silver coins (cardboard wrapped in foil) into an old suitcase.

Walk the Plank (plank of wood set up on bricks) to receive a pirate hat.

Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate (made by our talented sister Clare!)

Amazing Cupcakes made by Lou’s beautiful & talented friend Cathie (I know, how lucky are we?!).

Cakes are the domain of my brother-in-law who always does an impecable job – he even joined the last craft night at Lou’s to finish sewing the sails.

Party bags contained pirate coloring pages, a treasure map, some chocolate coins, a fruit stick, a pirate magnet (made by Lou) & an eyepatch. Plus the kids got to take home the things they’d collected in their ‘treasure bags’ during the activities – bubbles, spinning top, pirate hat, box of sultanas & gold coins.

Many of you will remember my sister Lou – Well of course, being a blogger, she has been kind enough to give us a list of where we too can find many of the ‘pirate’ additions to this party so that we can have our own pirate party! Thanks Lou!

pirate hats – free printable
pirate flags (burger toppers) – free printables

For more DIY party ideas, you might like to head over here to see photos and details of Frog, Goose and Bear’s birthday parties!

Addition 08/12 – I borrowed lots of ideas from my nephew’s pirate party and created one for Bear’s 5th birthday.  You can see the pics here.


It has been a whole year since I first started this blog!

Regular readers will know that I am just a little obsessed with birthday parties…You can see some of my parties here, but to celebrate this bloggy birthday… I’d love to see your parties!

I love trawling through ‘party blogs’ looking for inspiration, however often these parties are super-styled with professional photographers and look like they must have cost an absolute fortune!

I’d love to get together a collection of ‘real life’ DIY parties put on by ‘everyday’ people.

I know lots of you have put on some gorgeous parties for your kids (& yourselves) and I’d love for you to share them here! So, join in and link up any party post you’ve ever done. Tell your friends. Link as many parties as you like and hopefully this will become a resource for other ‘everyday’ Mum’s like me looking for some ‘achievable’ DIY party inspiration!

As has been requested by a few of you, feel free to grab the party linky button on the side bar over there and pop it on your blog.

P.S. Thanks Maxabella for the suggestion!

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