Evan is 5! A Pirate Birthday Party

Evan choose a pirate birthday party for the big FIVE and it was super fun.

My dad pointed out (several times) that a pirate birthday party might not be the MOST appropriate theme for a bunch of 5 year olds. Murdering, robbing, raping and pillaging don’t really seem like good party games for kids, but based on the internet pirate is still a really popular theme.

“Popular theme” can mean two things – easy to find supplies is the good part. TOO MANY IDEAS is the bad part. I could have used an extra 6 months to plan the perfect pirate party but I’m sort of glad I didn’t give myself that time. This might actually have been my lowest-stress party to date (although it also might have been one of the most expensive – SO MUCH pirate stuff on the internet!)

OK, now for pictures because you’ve probably already skimmed this whole intro. Blah blah blah my kid is 5 blah blah so big blah blah blah some people came over. I’ll source stuff at the end, if I miss anything let me know and I can add it.

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I drew that chalkboard map with chalk pens. It is not impressive but I am very proud.

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She ate so much her belt didn’t fit anymore.

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Also, apparently tiny ginger pirates have pet lizards instead of parrots.

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Food:

Once again my parents and my in-laws came for the party, so I had a ton of help prepping food. There actually wasn’t TOO much to do this time, besides cutting  fruit/veggies and making sandwiches. I made the cookies and cake and jello ahead of time and counted on my cute names to make boring food more exciting.

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The empty spot on the bottom right is “Catch of the day”, which was fish sticks (a bigger hit than I expected – they were all gone at the end!)

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E carved that watermelon with my instructions being “I dunno, like a ship”. It’s even better than the one on Pinterest.

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Really excited with how blue these came out – just blue jello!

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GONE at the end of the party

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Turkey, cheese and hummus in a spinach wrap

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One part weird blue raspberry sugar water that came in jugs at Walmart, one part Sprite Zero

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Bottle of pineapple soda, bottle of Sprite Zero, half a bottle of orange soda, bottle of orange/peach/mango juice from BJs

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Second try cake! I still hate frosting them myself but it looks adorable and was very, very tasty (I made lemon curd for the filling)

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Fun:

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All the kids got to hit the pinata and LOVED it.

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Eventually E hit it – first he broke the bat, then he smashed it open with a hockey stick.

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The stomp-rockets were the first gifts Evan opened and E wore all the kids out playing with them in the yard

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My Pinterest Inspiration Board – lots of the food ideas came from here
Plates, napkins, round banners, table cloth, straw, chocolate gold coins, pirate shower curtain (backdrop) – Target
Hats, swords, 5  balloon, pirate balloons, pirate flag, torn sail netting, pirate mugs, popcorn boxes, fake coins, treasure maps, pirate tattoos – Oriental Trading Co
Sword toothpicks, flag toothpicks, pirate pennant banners, pinata, gummy sharks, pirate masks, skull shaped cookie cutter- Amazon
Pinata favor bags, buried treasure, candles – Walmart
Evan’s costume & Caroline’s tights – Costume Express
Caroline’s costume – made by my awesome friend Leah
Signs and watermelon ship sails – designed by my awesome friend Becca
Plank (board & cinder blocks), galvanized tub, sand, twine – Home Depot
Lots of fabric – JoAnn’s
Recipe for sand dollar cookies – Delicious Inspiration

Ta-da!! That really was a great time. SO glad the weather (mostly) cooperated (it wasn’t actually warm enough for Evan to be barefoot) and the kids all got to play outside. We had friends stay all afternoon and when they left my kids COLLAPSED into bed. I love parties.

I’ve got a BUNCH of hats left over, so if anyone is throwing a pirate party I’ll give you a great deal. Plus also masks, toothpicks, fabric, banners…yeah. Lots of stuff. Someone please have a pirate party.

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13 Responses to “Evan is 5! A Pirate Birthday Party”

  1. Erin says:

    Oh my god!!! It looks amazing!!!!! You did such a great job!!

  2. sarrible says:

    Okay, the fish and chips cracked me up.

  3. Sarah says:

    I cannot even tell you how much I love this – that pic of Evan waiting for his cake? Dead.

    Off to convince Cole he wants a pirate birthday party…
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  4. Tara says:

    Um, this is pretty much the cutest pirate party, ever. I so want to have my own now! Totally an acceptable theme for a 29th birthday, right? ;) Loved all the cute names for the food, and all those pictures of your two cuties having fun just made me smile.

  5. Liz says:

    So many pictures …
    Very Pinterest-worthy :). Looks like a fun party!
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  6. Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens says:

    So fun!

  7. Leah says:

    Trying again! Love the party. Wish I had you skillz. Wish I had children with the ability to pick a theme and stick with it. Wren’s birthday is in a month and so far she wants: Hello Kitty, My Little Ponies and now Curious George.
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  8. I laughed out loud at the fish and chips. As always it looks like an amazing party.

    Happy birthday, Evan!!
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  9. Barbra says:

    Wow, so cute!!!! Our tenth wedding anniversary is next month – maybe a pirate theme for the party? Loved the jello ships and berried treasure. Awesome. Happy Birthday Evan!! And whoa – EVAN IS FIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy crap how is that possible?!
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  10. Sarah Kelly says:

    Amazing party!!!!

  11. This is just plain adorable. You are so talented at pulling a theme together – and all the details are just too cool. I love the pirate map and the games with fun, themed names. Also, so smart to cut the sandwiches in a themed shape.

    Looks like the kiddos had a blast, too. So I call it success!
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  12. WOW – that is an amazing party! SO many great ideas for just one theme.
    You ROCKED it mama!
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