the weather was perfect for our outside party - thank goodness - so we all enjoyed the sunshine and my house enjoyed the germs staying out this round. we are still recovering from illnesses picked up at maddy's party (which was on the 26th - it's been three weeks!)....
we sent out this invitation on parchment paper in bottles with sand, jewels, and twine to all the kiddos (a special shout-out to the talented leslie k for her advice):
we set this guy up to greet the guests:
he was accompanied by the pirates of the caribbean ride's entry with the haunting 'dead men tell no tales' part. some of the kids were a little afraid, but most of them thought it was so cool. i hung out on the front porch and greeted people, sending them through the house to the backyard for some fun. we asked the kids to sign a treasure map, grab a pirate hat and an eye patch, before heading back. they were all great sports and looked so darn cute! i should've encouraged costumes, but i didn't want to stress any parents out - if we have another costume-friendly theme next year though, i'm definitely doing just that!
once outside, pirates discovered pirate games!
we were thinking pirate-y carnival meets jake and the neverland pirate's collection of gold doubloons.
the characters collect the gold doubloons, then save them in their treasure box. our plan was to collect the coins, then turn them in for a 'prize'. it worked out well and kept the attention of the kids for quite some time! gran, unc david, and unc jd dressed as pirates to man the games!
after an hour or so collecting coins, we decided to sing happy birthday and eat cake.
we got all the kids going with the cake and then had them turn in their gold coins for the prize - an inflatable sword! the kids were SO happy:
maddy enjoying watching the chaos!
and because i like decorations, here are jack's inside details:
canon balls with pirate sayings and birthday greetings
coconut heads and weapons
a pirate banner
water, sand, and canons
i really couldn't get enough of these guys...
it was an exhausting couple weeks, but our kids truly had a blast at their parties!