The details all came together, all my hard work paid off and when my 3 year old turned to me with a grin and said "I love you mummy" it made all the hours so worth while.
I am usually ready for any party in plenty of time but a combination of illness and grandma visiting from Wales meant a late night before the party and an even earlier start. I would never advise erecting a mast in gale force winds, trying to make a stuffed parrot stand up straight and putting up the ship's wheel at 6am in the morning on the day of the party but with a little help it all came together perfectly.
Eighteen 3 year old's were all welcomed by Captain Hook (my long suffering husband John) and invited to become part of his pirate crew. They donned their handmade blue pirate vests, each made with a skull and cross bone, picked up a pirate hat, eye patch and a cutlass and ventured out on the ships deck for games and crafts. There was a face painting section for pirate mustaches, pirate tattoos and tables set out for decorating their own bandanna. Then the "pirates in training tried their hand at "walking the plank" and avoiding the crocodiles while others tried out the ship's wheel and telescope.
When the ships bell was rung for the pirate grub, everyone sat at tables decorated with shells, pirate ships, and blue, red and black balloons. Pirate plates and gold doubloons completed the tables. The children were served Captain Hook sandwiches, fruit swords, palm tree shaped cookies, pretzel swords, red, black and blue candy, pirate popcorn and pirate grog and the pirate cake center piece.. Adults were served tea sandwiches and mini carrot muffins made by Eric at Baked in Emmaus. These were the most amazing sandwiches and a perfect treat for the mum's and dad's that came to the party.
The little ones then needed to burn off some energy with some pirate training and sword fighting. All the pirates in training were taught some simple sword moves and then Captain Hook arrived to play fight. This was the most fun ever!
After cake and singing each child left with a personalized goody bag filled with a CD of pirate music, telescope, pirate doubloons and a handmade skull and cross-bone candy on a stick.
In fact after writing this I think that I had as much fun as all the children!
Wonderful Parties, design ideas and lots of pictures xoxo