April 21, 2012

Pirate Parrrty!!

My son BEGGED me for a pirate party.  I was very skeptical of him having a friend party this year.  He just turned four and has never had just a party for his friends.  It was so fun and I'm really glad I ventured out of my paranoid mommy stage for a second.  I took a lot of time trying to find ideas on Pinterest.  You can see my whole folder for his party here.  I wanted to for sure have a plank for the kids to walk and I knew that I wanted to have the kids all dressed up.  I got each of the 11 kids a sword, an eyepatch and a hat from oriental trading.  I went to the fabric store and picked up a half yard of red and white striped fabric to make the pirate belts.

 My table was decorated with fun Pirate balloons and also a custom birthday sign I made.  I also had little treasure chests that I used for the treasure hunt in the backyard.  I just put a bunch of chocolate coins on the table with some almond kisses mixed in.  The banner and plates were bought from a craft store.
I saw the idea for this plank from pinterest and it was a must for me after that.  I didn't secure it with anything.  I just put a wide piece of wood between two buckets and had my son walk it just to make sure it was safe.  (He jumped on it and it was not coming off)  but just to be sure during the actual party I put a third bucket in the middle.
The party favors are just IBC Rootbeer bottles with a baggie full of nick nacks.  There is some fake money, Pirate tattoos, rings, candy necklaces, etc.

I used a bucket to put some ice and root beer in for the party.  I just set it next to the table and it was a hit, I love how simple it was to make this look fun and interesting.

For the entertainment I drew a map of my backyard and made it like a pirate map.  It had a pathway to take and four X's to mark four different spots along the way.  I hid the costume pieces at the X's.  Then the kids followed the map and collected their costumes which ended with them going down the slide on our playset.
I also used 2x4's to make a square on my lawn and threw a bunch of stuff on it for the kids to find.  There were Pirate coins, candy necklaces, jeweled rings, compasses, tattoos, spyglasses, etc.  They had  a BLAST finding everything.  (I was going to do chocolate coins and almond kisses during this part but it was so HOT and I did not want melted kisses everywhere)
Happy Birthday Wyatt!!  
I can't believe you are already 4!!!

April 13, 2012

Pirate Party Invites

I'm seriously in shock at how old my little boy is getting. He just turned four this week and I am not ready for him to grow up. He has been begging for a Pirate Party with his friends. This is the first year I'm doing a friends only party. Mainly because I feel like he is old enough and has a few established friends in our neighborhood and some that he sees all the time. I really want him to remember how fun this party was with all of his friends. I practiced making him a pirate cake at our family party we had on his actual birthday and overall it was a success, but I'm going to make a few changes for his friends party.

This is my sweet, silly, fun and energetic boy four years ago.
The trial cake....the top part was literally pieced together because it wasn't as cooled down as I thought.  Next time I'm going to stick the top part in the freezer for a little bit first.

I used some cream scrapbook paper I had on hand and burned the edges of it to make it look old for the invites.  I just wrote down the info like a map and placed it inside of a IBC Rootbeer bottle.  I also made some cute tags to go on the outside.

Then my little pirate got all dressed up to go out and deliver the invitations.  Stay tuned for the party reveal!!!

April 9, 2012

My updated picture frame

I made a new, updated frame for our Master Bedroom that I'm redoing in Gray and Yellow.
I LOVE how it turned out.  It was really fun to make and it motivated me to get a new photo in the frame (it was one from our wedding)
I started with a piece of wood slightly bigger than the frame that I had.
I painted it yellow because that is the color I wanted to stripes to be, then made up a cool design for it.  Notice I didn't do the design completely because I knew where the frame would cover.
I painted it all gray and then when it dried I peeled off the painters tape and I had yellow stripes!
I cut a hole in it (so that I could change out the photo whenever I wanted)
Then I glued the glass to the frame using E-6000 glue and then the frame to the board using the same glue.

I put my new picture in it that we just had taken and hung it in its new spot on my bedroom wall....in love!  I can't wait to finish decorating my entire room and do a Master Bedroom reveal!
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