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Do not Enter Areas

Do Not Enter Areas

Do Not Enter Areas

There are always areas in your home that you don’t want people when the come over for a party. I’ve seen everything from draped greenery to dog gates to one time at a home tour, someone had put a chair in the way. Maybe you didn’t have time to clean. Maybe there are collectibles or valuables in a certain room. Or maybe you just don’t want little ones getting into the pantry…..

Whatever your motivation, you can be creative in the way you keep prying eyes away. For this Halloween Party, I knew that people would be passing pantry closets on the way to the rest room. To lead the way to the rest room and to keep folks out of the pantry, I used criss-cross table that said, “Do Not Enter.” I felt it was fitting to the Halloween them.

Say your theme is a Luau, you could use strings of flowers across the door. Or if you are hosting a karate themed party, you could strap karate belts or fighting sticks across the doors. There are lots of creative ways to close off areas or even to lead your guests to a destination.

Halloween Witch Silhouette

Halloween Witch Decoration

Halloween Witch Decoration

Witches and spiders and bats, Oh My! I love to have decorations for a holiday for for a birthday party that are home made. It’s important to me that they don’t necessarily look home made but are unique and something that our guests won’t just see everywhere. These silhouettes fit that bill exactly.

Bats Silhouette

Bats Silhouette

For this Halloween party, I went all out……mainly because I knew that we were going to have this big, stark white tent and wanted to soften up that look of the white tent walls….just a bit.

I am NOT an artist. I copy other’s line drawings really well, though. Sure, I can draw some simple things but there are much more talented artists out there. Heck even the computer drawing programs are better than what I can do.

Spider Silhouette

Spider Silhouette

Really the silhouettes I used here were very simple line drawings except for the witch. The witch was on the cover of a Martha Magazine many years ago. I can’t remember which year but it was an October Issue. And I knew that the company made an iron stand up witch that you can purchase. But I didn’t have the money for that nor the storage space….and when I did these, that wasn’t even available. The cats were also part of that cover. Then the spiders, bats and owls I just found online doing a search for XXX Line Drawings. You will find a treasure trove of images that you can use for free this way.

Owls on a Branch Silhouette

Owls on a Branch Silhouette

How did I do this? It helps to have a friend with a projector. I took the image, traced it on clear overhead projector sheets and flashed it up on the wall to trace. Now, with the smart boards that the teachers are using you could probably talk your kids teacher into using hers after school one day and then you can skip the step of printing the image off and tracing it on clear overhead projector sheets.

On the wall, I had lengths of black craft paper. The kind that comes in long rolls. Be sure and trace it with light chalk. It will rub off later and you’ll be able to see it on the black! Because I wanted to keep mine and use for Halloween decorations for years to come, I laminated mine by rolling the silhouette out on top of clear shelf paper. I just take them down each year after Halloween and roll them up and they are ready to go for next year.

Owl on Tree Template

Owl on Tree Template

One last tip I’ll give. If you move the projector forward and backward you can get multiple sizes made of the same image. I did this with the bats as I wanted it to look like they were flying towards the tent from far away.

This project did take some time but was super fun to do if you like to create lasting decorations that are super cool. All the neighborhood kids love it when we put up our Silhouettes for Halloween.

Supplies Needed:
Black Craft Paper in Long sheets
Clear Self Adhesive Shelf Paper
Scissors
Projector
Clear Projector Paper

Making Halloween Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

To give the kitchen area just that touch of Halloween theme, you might consider fabricating your own chandelier or even lampshades into witches hats. I will not lie to you, it’s hard to get these perfect and there is no way to provide a template but I’ll do my best below to outline what I did to make them.

A couple of tips I’ll pass along will keep your home safe. I would not use tissue paper. Light bulbs can get hot and I would be worried about a fire. Never take your lamp shade off! It will also protect the hat from getting too hot. Take them off after the party. I’m just a safety girl. I made ours out of black paper and yes, most witches hats are black, but I think you could use all kinds of scrapbooking paper or orange craft or scrapbook paper to make these.

Making Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

Making Witch Hat Chandelier Shades

First you’ll want to make a template. Take any kind of paper for this. On the outside wrap and tape the template paper around your chandelier shade making it a bit loose. Draw a line around the bottom and the top of the shade and cut out. You’ll want to cut extra off down the center making sure to leave about 1/2″ to 1″ of paper to lap over. Next you’ll make the rim. Set your chandelier shade on the template paper and draw a circle around it on the outside of the shade. Pick the shade up. You’ll now draw two additional circles. One should be 3/4″ on the inside of the original circle and one 2″ on the outside of the original circle. Cut it out using your second two circles as your lines to cut. The next step is to cut slits from the inner circle towards the center circle allowing you to push up the paper at a 90 degree angle. Or another way to say it is to make cuts on the inside of the template perpendicular to the circle.

It’s time to try one……ONE. Get it down and then make more. Cut out your paper. Glue the sides of top part of the hat. Fold up the flaps on the hat rim and glue to the main part of the hat on the inside. Slip it over your chandelier shade and test it! If all is good….go to town and have fun with this idea from CreativePartyBlog.com.

Halloween Party Place Settings

Halloween Party Place Settings

Halloween Party Place Settings

Creating a table atmosphere that is inviting is something I try to do no matter if I’m hosting a kids birthday party or holiday family dinner or a dinner with friends. Like setting the mood with the proper type of invitation, the table setting can also set the mood to a lively one or an elegant one.

Here we used burlap that I had used for another function and created a spider overlay that you can see in another post. They were made out of a fuzzy yarn from the hobby shop. Actually now that the party is over, I use the spider webs by hanging them on windows and around when decorating for Halloween. My kids love them and I love them because they are home made and are unique.

After you’ve covered up the plastic kids tables, you can go ahead and set up plates and cups and such. You don’t have to get it all the same color. Mixing the colors and throwing in a themed napkin give it just the right amount of whimsy. I personally don’t like many of the kid themed plates but if you find one of those you like, that could be your bit of whimsy and then go solid with everything else. This setting would not look half as good if everything had a spider/spider web on them…..the plate, the cup and the napkin. Don’t go all mono on me…..mix it up. Then, when appropriate, add the party hat to the table setting. It gives the kids something to play with while they are waiting on their food!

Halloween Birthday Party Crown

Halloween Birthday Party Crown

Halloween Birthday Party Crown

There are so many ideas that come with having a Halloween party. Whether you are planning just a children’s Halloween Party or Birthday Party with a Halloween theme, it will be hard to narrow what you want to do! I had that problem at least with this party for my daughter’s birthday which happened to be in December! Instead of fighting it, I incorporated as many ideas as I could muster.

Halloween Party Crown Favors

Halloween Party Crown Favors

Kids love to wear crowns. At least at the younger ages. It’s a simple form of dress up and all kids love to dress up. Many gown ups still like to dress up. I decided to offer two types of crowns for the kids to wear. Or actually a hat and a crown. I found this cool spooky scrapbook paper on sale and decided to make several simple style hats out of that paper. Then my son wanted a crown, so I took bulletin board border and cut it in half along a jagged line to make crowns. Here is how I made them.

Crown How To:
1. Cut from bulletin board border. (See below a template I created for my crowns.)
2. Spray inside with glow in the dark paint.
3. Wind up and paperclip them ready for the party.
4. At party have mom help with measuring kids heads and stapling them the proper size. (This is one of those hats that if you don’t get the right size, they won’t stay on very well.)
5. Have scissors ready to cut excess.

Halloween Birthday Party Hats

Halloween Birthday Party Hats

Hat How to:
1. Use my template provided below and cut out hats.
2. Tape, glue or staple them closed.
3. Notice there is a slight curve cut on the bottom edge on either side of the hat (template).
4. Slip light weight elastic through the slit and tie off. Repeat for the other end of the elastic.

What you’ll need:
Scissors
Stapler
Light Weight Elastic
Bulletin Board Border in festive motif
Heavy craft paper with theme colors or design
Krylon Glowz – Glow in the dark paint
Templates Below

Birthday Party Hat Template

Halloween Crown Template

Halloween Birthday Party Kid’s Food

Ghost Sandwiches

Ghost Sandwiches

Food for your child’s birthday party need not be elaborate! The kids don’t really care what the food is……as long as you feed them. Ha! I didn’t want anything like pizza in my house to get all over everything. So, I opted for sandwiches and fruit. You could have a couple of different kinds of sandwiches but really keeping it simple, makes it just simple. There is no time taken up by them making a decision. There are no hurt feelings if you run out of one type of sandwich. It’s just the way to go.

Easily Prepared Fruit for Parties

Easily Prepared Fruit for Parties

Halloween Birthday parties lend themselves to a great deal of creativity in all areas.  I decided to spice up the sandwiches a little by cutting them into ghosts. These are PB&Js. You’ll want to insure there are no nut allergic kids coming to the party before going this route. Luckily, we didn’t have any! They were made and cut and laid out on the platter first thing in the morning. With a little plastic wrap, done! There was a bit of waste so insure you don’t slather your peanut butter and jelly all over the bread but get a feel for where the cutter will be and cover that area only. AND it’s best to put on the peanut butter and jelly before cutting rather than after which will cause a mess and the ghosts won’t look near as cool. Then with the fruit, go ahead and cut them apart and have it ready to pop right into their mouths. I wanted the least amount of time to be taken eating and I didn’t want a mess of food trash. But if you ware trying to eat up time at the party, then by all means, let them peal their own tangerines and you could even have the kids slather their own sandwiches. Provide a number of cutters for them to select from and let them create their own sandwiches. Just depends on what your plans are for the party. But that would be fun for the kids to do. Just more time and messier.

All and all, you don’t need to stress over the food at a party. It is the least of your worries. And if there is a kid that doesn’t like what you are serving…..because there will be…..just move on and tell them there are no other options.

Ghost Bag Tags

Ghost Bag Tags

Ghost Bag Tags

One of the activities during my daughter’s birthday party was allowing the kids to create their own trick or treating bag to be used later in the party. The blank bags were left on the tables to decorate as they arrived and once they were finished with their artistic creation, I had tags ready for them to slap on their bags so that they could dry in the corner safely and not get torn apart during other events during the party.

Sure you could use regular tags and write everyone’s name on it to have ready but what is the fun in that? I would recommend for sure filling out the tags in advance if you don’t decide to create them. More often that not multiple kids are finished at the same time and you don’t want to have to stress over filling out their names at the last minute.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags in Wait

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags in Wait

I had seen Martha Stewart do something similar to this and then used them as necklaces. But I made up my own template and went with the tag idea instead. Having them all on the counter in my kitchen allowed kids and/or parents to easily find their kids tag and I didn’t even need to be involved. I would recommend having a few extras made that are blank for those show up guests that you weren’t expecting!!!

How to: Take a piece of wax paper and place it over either our template or your own ghost template. I used two different ones just to spice it up a bit. Really you don’t need a template. I just found it faster as I was making a large number of them. Next, apply a liberal amount of glue to the wax paper. Using a tooth pick guide the glue into the design you’d like. Mine created bubbles that I tried popping with the toothpick and was not always successful. I don’t think that matters too much. Set it aside to dry and after it’s completely dry, peal it off the wax paper. Write the kids names in sharpie. Cut 2 slits at the top and insert ribbon to tie one your favor.

I will give you one word of caution. I don’t know if it was the inexpensive nature of the glue I used or if I tried to dry them too fast, but some of mine got brittle. So, you might not want to do this too far in advance and you might want to put away from curious onlookers so that they don’t all fall apart before you need them. If you try this and use a great glue, share with us what you did so we can all benefit! Enjoy the project.

Resources: Ghost Template, School Glue, Ribbon, Wax Paper, straight edged blade.

Halloween Ghost Template

Ghost Favor Tag

 

Click on the Template link below if you’d like to use our template for the glue ghosts we created.  Or, see how we made these at the following link.

Resources:  School Glue, Any kind of ribbon  you wish to use.  We used left over balloon tying ribbon left over from the balloons.

Directions for Project:  Making Glue Ghosts as Favor Tags

To See Template:  Halloween Glue Ghost Template

 

 

Make Your Own Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag

Because I knew that we were going trick or treating during my daughter’s birthday party, I wanted to have some special treat bags for them to carry. I didn’t want just plastic or paper bags…..although now that I’m thinking about it…..it would be just as fun for the kids to decorate paper sacks to use as their treat bags. And less work for you. But who wants less work? Ha! I seem to make things more complicated that they can be…..says my husband. It’s simply that I like things to be just so.

So! We wanted treat bags for the party. After looking online, I couldn’t find at the time a plain treat bag that I liked or that was the right size. Thus, I made them. A bunch of them.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Supplies

Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Supplies

Supplies you’ll need are shown here. The bag…..if you can find it, certainly purchase them. Or make them and I explain how I made mine below. Having a smattering of randomly size and shape pieces pre-cut was helpful as all the kids had to do was to apply the faces to the bags with a fabric glue that I had poured out in a plate for all to share.

I turned this into a project to give the kids something to do as all the kids were arriving. This party was in our home and our living room turned into party central. And we had a tent. First stop was the living room where the kids made their own party bags. I had 3 tables set out with chairs and disposable table cloths that could be whipped up and thrown away for phase two of the party.

Halloween Treat Bag Step 2

Halloween Treat Bag Step 1

I’m sure there are 20 ways you could make this treat bag. This is only 1 way. I didn’t do a very good job of photographing each step. You’ll need to read the steps here and just use the images as overall reference. Felt was the easiest fabric to use as it holds it’s shape pretty well and you don’t have to sew under raw edges!!! For the handles I cut 2 strips 10″ long x 1″ wide for each bag. To give it a bit of a finished look, you can sew the two edges together longways leaving an 1″ or so on either end to connect to the bag. To me it make it look more like a “bag handle.”

Halloween Treat Bag Step 1

Halloween Treat Bag Step 2

For the bag itself you’ll need (2) pieces of felt 10″ x 8″ wide and (2) pieces 10″ x 4″ wide. May I repeat that there are many ways of skinning this cat and this is just my own twisted way of making these. My biggest goal is that I wanted to be boxy and I wanted to top stitch the edges. OK. First step is to make a box of sorts. The two wider pieces of felt are the front and back. The two smaller pieces are the sides. Start seaming or top-stitching a front to the side and then that side to the back. Seam that back to the second side and then complete the box by seaming the other side to the front panel. Now you have made a “box that could stand up but has no bottom yet. I started using a fancy stitch but it was taking too long and ended up just doing a top stitching seam.

Making Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Making Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Turn this “box” inside out and then fold the “box” flat matching the side seams. At this point the side panels will be folded in half and the front and back should be against each other. Seam across the bottom about 1/2″.

Now you’ll want to make your corners. With the “box” still inside out, pull the bottom corners out to seam. Look at the “step 1″ photo above to see how the corner should be pulled out and seam a triangle and cut off extra. If this is confusing to anyone, let me know and I’ll try and explain better.

Turn right side out, attach the handles either by hand or seaming on your sewing machine. And you are done! Well, until the party. At the party, let the kids use the cut black felt pieces to use their imagination in creating their own pumpkin face!

Eye Ball Template

Eye Ball Template

Use this template for anything.  We used it to make eye ball shirt favors for my daughters Halloween birthday party.  You don’t need to paint it perfectly.  But I would leave more of a seam allowance around the edge than shown here!

Directions for Project:  Halloween Spooky Eye Ball Shirt

To See Template:  Eye Ball Template

Displaying Halloween Party Favors

Halloween Favor Presentation

Halloween Favor Presentation

Part of decorating for your party is the reveal or displaying of the party favors. If the favors are colorful and eye catching make them front and center. This will also help you remember to give them out at the end of the party. I don’t know about you but I get so busy with the party that it seems like a kid always slips out the door without me having said “good-bye” or given them their favor. Horror.

These shirts that I made were a great addition to the decorations for our prep table. I had a table dedicated to holding everything for the party. This party was at my house and my kitchen being a galley kitchen didn’t have a lot of room on the counters for the extras. So, on the prep table, I had all the cups, plates, favors, cake, cake cutter and anything that I needed easy access to for the party but didn’t want it front and center under my foot.

Displaying Halloween Favors

Displaying Halloween Favors

I carefully folded and rolled up the shirts for the kids and tied them off with some balloon ribbon. Then I had some left over pieces from making crowns and decided to give the eye balls crowns! It looked like little monsters. I have this old tray that I use to use in the garden that I displayed the shirts and moved them around on. You need something to contain your favors. I hardly ever just line them up unless I KNOW that I won’t want to move them later.

If you have a favor that doesn’t need a treat bag, don’t put them in one!  Continue to use your creativity and display them proudly.  And don’t forget to put the kids names on them somehow so that it will be easier to hand out quickly when the mass exodus is happening.

Halloween Birthday Party Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating at Neighbors

Trick or Treating at Neighbors

I don’t know about your kids but mine LOVE, LOVE to go trick or treating. They look forward to it all year long. I even think that neighbors love the evening almost as much as the kids. With all the decorations and the candy and treat bags that are prepared ahead of time, who wouldn’t get into the spirit?

Since this party was in December, I thought it would be such a fun treat to be able to go trick or treating again! I have to say that I didn’t come up with this idea on my own! A friend from church was telling me about a party that she had for her child years ago and they went trick or treating……and thought, what a fabulous idea.

Halloween Party Trick or Treat Favor Bags

Halloween Party Trick or Treat Favor Bags

Very important tip. Give your neighbors a heads up, ha! We went to two house and went all as a great….yes, about 20/30 kids at your door wanting treats all at once. This is not a job for the shy or reclusive neighbor. It’s for those kid friendly neighbors who love to party as well. Luckily, we had two right next door.

I offered to provide the treats for them to give out. One took me up on it as they had just had a baby. The other wouldn’t hear of it. She put together little bags with a treat and some pencils and goodies for the kids to have.

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags

The treat bags I provided for my new mother neighbor, were simple. So the kids wouldn’t be too sugared up for their parents, I bought a jumbo bag of yogurt covered pretzels. I found some clear cellophane bags at JoAnn’s or the like and put 5 or 6 pretzels in each. With a letter punch, I punched out words like “boo”, “ghost” and “spooky” and glued them to the bags. This was tricky to find a glue that would stick to the plastic and not allow the letters to pop off easily. Be aware of that! I think it was Michaels, but there are so many great scrap-booking stores now who have great Halloween papers, where I got this black paper that had spiderwebs all throughout. It worked perfect for the letters. If you do select a paper with a pattern, make sure that the pattern is small. Closed them off with a Halloween sticker of any kind and placed on a tray ready for them to be given away.

It really doesn’t matter what the kids get when they are like 9 and under. It’s the thrill of the hunt! It’s an activity that took up about 15/30 minutes of the party time and the kids were talking about how fun it was a year later at the next party!

Halloween & Magic Party Entertainment – A Magician

Halloween Party Entertainment

Halloween Party Entertainment

 Having a magician at ANY birthday party is great.  They generally come to you house, set up their own equipment, take it all down and are out of there before the kids have even finished their cake!  Magic right?  These guys have it down.

Every town has great magicians and ones that specialize on coming to schools and performing at birthday parties.  See if other friends have used one before or seen one at a party and go for it.  Some are certainly better than others.  And it totally depends on how they deal with cranky kids.  All the kids at my daughter’s party were all in.  They were all 5 and 6 years old.  Didn’t question how he did the tricks……just went with it.

BUT, I went to another kids birthday party where the kids were making rude comments to the magician and saying they knew how he did certain tricks.  I have to say that that guy may have been great under other circumstances, but he didn’t deal with the, I call them cranky, kids very well.  But even though the parents noticed it.  The kids still had a blast.  There is nothing more endearing that listing to children laughing!

This guy was a good one and we were thrilled that we spent the money for him to come.  He involved the birthday girl and had all the kids play a part.  I thought this would be a fun thing to do for a Halloween birthday party, but I have seen magicians at Princess parties, magician parties and others.  And they can easily take up 30 to 45 min of the time you need to entertain the kids.  It is totally worth it.  Consider a magician for your next birthday party……hey even an adult party could be spruced up by one of these guys!

Pin a Face on the Pumpkin Activity

Pin a Face on the Pumpkin

Pin a Face on the Pumpkin


By cutting out various shape and size eyes, noses and mouths, kids can make their own scary pumpkin that is fun for any age since there is no cutting involved.

We played this game for a Halloween party at our home. This could easily be done during a birthday party or just a regular Halloween party. And it can be adapted for anything. You could do a ghost, scary face, pin the wart on the witch….lots of things come to mind. We liked the pumpkin as we bought small pumpkins for each of the kids to take home.

Simply have an assortment of the eyes, noses and mouths cut out and ready to go. We use small stick pins that would easily go into the pumpkin but would hurt too much if the kids got stuck elsewhere..:( With an orange blind fold and a little dizzy turn for the older kids or just walking the younger ones close to the pumpkin, they are ready to go.

It’s always amazing to me how kids love to be blindfolded to play an activity. Even if it’s not pin the face on the pumpkin finding an activity that includes a blindfold will insure the game is successful!

Halloween Party Shirt Favors

Halloween Birthday Party Shirt Favor

Halloween Birthday Party Shirt Favor

I have to admit that this is NOT an original idea. I saw it on someone else’s blog and I can’t find it again. Please let me know if this is your idea and I will give you credit! OK. Now that that is out of the way. This was such a fun favor to give the kids for my daughter’s Halloween Birthday Party. I made girl shirts and then boy shirts. The girls were orange and the boys were black.

It was a very easy shirt to make. I used an old T-Shirt of my husband’s the paint the eyes. At first, I was going to put two eye balls for folks to think they had eyes on their backs. But then thought it would be funnier to just use one. The original idea that I saw, they had put eye balls all over the shirt but that would have been just way too much work since I was making quite a large number of these.

Eye Ball Shirt Supplies

Eye Ball Shirt Supplies

Make sure you use an inexpensive acrylic paint to insure that it doesn’t wash out when you wash the shirt. Another mistake I made was to not leave enough room around the eye ball to have a “seam allowance”. So, make sure when you cut the eyes out, you allow 1/2″ to 1″ to sew around. Steps: Paint they eyes, let them dry and cut out. Sew them face down on the inside of the shirts. Then go and cut out the front to make the eye ball show. You can play with it and make it look like the eye has a lazy eye or be wide open.

These T-Shirts were such great favors. The kids loved them and it was fun to see them being worn to school for months after the party.

Resources:
I bought girl specific and boy specific t-shirts from target. But, you can get them anywhere.
One of dad’s old undershirts
Fabric Paint – Blue, Green and/or brown for color in eyes; black for pupil; white for shine in eye – Found at any craft store
Red Permanent Marker with fine tip for bloodshot eyes – Found at any craft store
Wide bristle paint brush

Template:
Below is a template I used to make the eyes uniform.

Eye Ball Template

Halloween Birthday Party Thank You Notes

Halloween Birthday Party Thank You Notes

Halloween Birthday Party Thank You Notes

Handwritten thank you notes are more important now than ever before. I remember XXX years ago when I would get a thank you note, handwritten, in the mail ALL the time. For volunteer activities, for gifts given or just someone thanking me for taking the time to do something special for them. Because of email folks have gotten lazy. And frankly our lives may be even busier. Regardless, I feel that it’s important that we teach our children the art of thanking people properly for gifts and special gestures.

To encourage my daughter to be excited about writing her thank you notes for her Halloween Themed birthday, I had a friend who creates stationery come up with these cards. Now, depending on the abilities and age of your child, they may or may not do the whole thing. You child may only be able to sign their name. Or they can write the note but you need to address the envelopes. Or maybe they can fill in the blank what they received. Whatever your child can do, I encourage you to have them do it. I know that after the planning and implementing of a party, we tend to be exhausted.  Don’t forget to “tie the bow” on the package.

Resources: Cards by Barbra at Paper Rabbit Designs

Pirate Popup Ship Birthday Party Invitation

Pirate Popup Birthday Party Invitation

Pirate Popup Birthday Party Invitation

I LOVED these popup ship birthday invitations that I created for my son’s Pirate themed birthday party.  I will say over and over the an invitation sets the mood for a party.  So, don’t skimp!!!  He was turning 5 and was in preschool at the time.  We invited everyone from preschool so it was very easy to put the invitation in their boxes.  If you were mailing these, I might put extra reinforcements in the envelope to insure they didn’t get messed up before the kids saw them.

Pirate Invitation Sailing Ships

I’m not going to lie to you, this too some time to make!  And I didn’t make up the template.  I found a wonderful artist who shares some basic pop up invitation templates and this is one of them.  His web address is below.  I made the card part blue like water and the ships black.  Under the white sails you see here is a black sail that is part of the template.  I drew off the 3 sails and then oriented my printer to print off the invitation on them.  You can see the wording I used on the post just below if you are in the Pirate Party section.

Pirate Party Folding Invitation

After you print off the wording, just glue onto the sails.  I also found these skull and crossbone stickers online that I added to the front of the ship so it wouldn’t look so plain.

The kids loved them!  That is what is fun about it.  Is the look in their eyes when they are opening and closing the card.  Because I don’t know if you were like me but if we had nice pop up books, the kids weren’t allowed to put their hands on them because they would tear up.  Well there is no worries here.  Let them play with the invitations until they do tear up.  What’s the fun of putting something like this on a shelf!

Resources:  Template – www.robert sabuda.com

Pirate Birthday Party Invitation Wording

Pirate Birthday Invitation Wording

Pirate Birthday Invitation Wording

When you are creating a party invitation no matter if it’s for a birthday party or just for a dinner party, wording can be very important.  It not only gives details for the party itself but it can peak your interest and make you excited to attend the party.  I know it has become acceptable to use evites and such to invite folks to parties……but thing about yourself and your own reactions.  Are you more excited about a party that you received an evite for?  Or are you more excited or are your kids more excited for a paper invitation that came in the mail.  I implore you to continue to send personal invitations through the mail.  And if you are reading things I’m probably preaching to the choir!

For my son’s pirate birthday party, I created these pop up pirate ships which I talk about in another post.  Below I’ve outlined for you what I included as the invitation wording.   Since I wanted to be more creative with the invitation, I didn’t get whole lot of details on the sail.   This is the party where we attended the How I Became A Pirate show and so there were several drop off and pickup details that I had to include in an insert for the parents.  Don’t feel bad about doing that.  And really, that is a great way to put the details because often the invitations get whisked away before the parents get a good look at them.  But the kids don’t care much about a plain piece of paper with a bunch of words on them.

For our invitation the wording went like this:

First Sail:
Saturday, April 2
2:30 -4:30

Second Sail:
Set your Sails for a
Land Far Away.
Where only Pirates
Live and Play.
Come and Seek your Loot
Aboard Brad’s Birthday Sloop!

Third Sail:
The docks at “Your House”
RSVP

Pirate Party Invitation Details

Pirate Party Invitation Details

It’s all in the details.  For this Pirate Party, I made pop up ships that you can see in another post.  But I didn’t want to stop there.  Because I wasn’t getting pre-made cards, I didn’t have envelopes.  There are tons of folks on the web who sell envelops the size, shape and color you want.  And you don’t have to purchase a ton.  For the life of me I can’t find the site that I purchased mine from, but it really doesn’t matter.

Pirate Party Return Address Labels

The return address labels were fun.  I had gotten in the mail an opportunity to make these for free from shutterfly.com.  What timing?  It was for one sheet only and I took advantage of it and the costs for this were minimal.  Whatever shipping was which was like $3.  The black labels didn’t show up very well on the black envelope, so I found these great round brown stickers at PaperSource.com that I placed under them to made them pop.  Because my son was in preschool and we were inviting the whole class, I was able to just address them to the kids first names and slipped the invites in to their boxes at school.  I selected this ornate gothic font to go with the theme.  Again, details.

Jolly Roger Stickers

On the back of the invitations, I placed a jolly rogers flag. There is a great site, flagline.com where I was able to find some creative stickers for this. The kids notice every little detail so don’t miss things you might take for granted yourself.

Pirate Birthday Party Games

Pirate Scavenger Hunt Party Game

Pirate Scavenger Hunt Party Game

 

Pirate Birthday Parties lend themselves to lots of creative ideas. And it’s a theme that is liked by young and old. This Pirate party that we went to, there were several different short activities which kept the kids on their toes. Actually, it was in the back of a pirate store in Portland, OR and one of their staff ran the party. What a great marketing idea for the store.

Pirate Tatoos

Pirate Tatoos

The name of the store was Captain Henry’s Pirate Store in the Lloyd Center mall. They had a table set up in the back where you could bring in cake and snacks and totally ran the rest of the party.

These were some of the activities that the kids participated in. I’ve talked about a few others in their own posts. The top photo is a pirate scavenger hunt game. The kids had to look around for these little arm bands and when they found them, they had to run over to the sword and place them on the sword. They may have been split up into teams but that isn’t necessary.

There was a time that each kid received their own tatoo. If there is a party built for tatoos it’s a Pirate Party. Let the kids put them on each other….depending on their age.

Pirate Salute

Pirate Salute

To be a proper pirate you must learn the salute. The captain had a whistle around her neck and any time throughout the party that she blew it, the kids had to stop and issue their salute and say “Aye Aye Captain.” Love keeping those kids in line. Captain didn’t always do it to get their attention. She did it between games. You might just do it for fun to see who is really paying attention.

Pirate Walk the Plank Game

Pirate Walk the Plank Game

To end the party, the mates were required to walk the plank. It was meant for them to exit the party and it was time to go and not really a game. Problem was the kids had so much fun “walking the plank” that they went to the back of the line over and over again. The plank was simply a couple of 2 x 4s nailed together. I can see this as a fun way to end all pirate parties!