Resources: Avery T-Shirt Transfer paper found at most office supply stores.
More about my Project: Pirate Birthday Party Loot Bags
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At my son’s pirate party, we were downtown in a bigger city. After the main event at the children’s theater we had about 6 blocks to walk with preschool age kids. So, I wanted to keep it exciting for them along the way. They each got small bags to carry their “loot” in. But along the way, we had these bags strategically placed with booty inside them.
To make the bags, I took some velvet and made a simple bag. Actually, you can’t tell but the fabric was a dark dark green that I had left over from a dress from years ago. But purchasing some inexpensive black fabric would do just the same. I didn’t want to make ties at the top. The simple the better. So, I basically took the width of the fabric and cut lengths of 23″
Use Transfer Art pages to transfer the image to the bag. (Note that I enlarged the template before copying it on to the transfer page.) I printed off the design, cut it out and ironed it on. This can be tricky. You might take a scrap and practice before doing a real one. Once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple.
These thank you notes to my son’s 5th Pirate Themed Birthday Party were as simple as a photo graph. The photo was taken during the party. I simply went through all the group photos and picked the one I like. This one was during the treasure hunt through downtown Portland, OR.
After selecting the photo you like, print off enough for thank you notes and you are done. Now, if you don’t have a group photo that you like, select different ones for each kid. No one sees them but the recipient anyway and they are the ones that are most important.
I just wrote on the back of these like a post card. You can find postcard backing stickers if you wish. Or at Office Depot you can get stickers that are the size of the photo if you don’t want to write on the slick photo paper. AND if you don’t want to send these through the mail as a post card, you can slip them into an envelope. But, I think it’s fun for the kids to see it in the mail and not have to open it. It’s amazing how your kid will be drawn to the photo right off the bat.
Because my son was 5, I still wrote the thank you notes for him. One day he will be old enough to do it himself but not yet!!!
This pirate party birthday cake decorated with a skull & crossbones was just the best. The best part about it is that I didn’t have to make it! Don’t get me wrong……I LOVE to make the party cakes. Mostly because my kids know that I’ve made them and that makes the party special. BUT I’m not the best decorator. There are tons of other folks out there who can decorate cakes better than I can. And it seems like I’m up ’til all hours the night before the party when I need to be getting sleep!
This party was held in the downtown Portland, OR area. I want to the Ben & Jerry’s that was about 5 blocks from a show that we were seeing and asked if they could come up with a pirate style birthday cake. The cake designer was so excited that she was able to be creative and that I just let her go. This can go both ways of course but I had seen some of her work and knew that she was talented. So, I let her go and that took one big job off of my plate.
Now, having said all that…..if you want to create your own skull & crossbones or pirate birthday cake, you can certainly take this design and tweak it to make it your own. Loved the colors and loved how it turned out.
This was an ice cream pirate cake. I think I’ve said this before, but please please take it out of the freezer in time to let it soften or it will NOT cut. Ask the ice cream store what they recommend as all types are a bit different in hardness. They will be able to advise you. Also have a cup of warm water to dip the knife in and this will help as well but won’t solve it being hard as a rock.
Getting the wording just right for your child’s birthday party invitation can be daunting. It certainly makes the invitation more personal if you can come up with at least one line of creative writing. No need to make it up yourself! Use ours. I doubt any of the children coming to your party came to this one!
Wording goes like this:
Join us for cupcakes and Gorg
Captain Henry’s Pirate Store
RSVP Ye Landlubbers to 503-222-5555
Invitation from Paper So Pretty out of Dallas TX.
What was also fun was when the invitation had a pirate sticker covering up the fold of the envelope. So, you knew when it came in the mail something great was inside. How often do we get exciting things in the mail these days? And can you imagine what a kid feels like when they get mail? Start the excitement with the envelope!
You know Pinatas are really fun for kids to have at birthday parties. And having a pirate skull head is the best!
I don’t believe the hostess made this one but there is no reason why you couldn’t. It’s been a long time since I’ve personally made a pinata but maybe I’ll endeavor one and give you a run down. But this one looks super simple. Just a balloon and some paper sticking out for the cross bones would be all you need for this pirate paper mache pinata.
Speaking of making the pinata for a pirate party….why not have your kid be involved in making their own pinata for their birthday party. My daughter is in first grade and she just did paper mache in her class and did a great job. It may not look like a professional but if your child is like mine, she love to be involved in the planning process……when I let her……I know that’s terrible.
What ever you decide, kids never tire of smacking something like a pinata with a bat. Might as well be something you don’t mind them tearing up. Fill it full and don’t forget to hold some back for the kids who aren’t as aggressive and don’t get any candy.
The great thing about this activity during a Pirate party is not only that this type of party can be crazy. But there are some great Pirate books out there that can be read. You can even have the kids participate by repeating the words that the crew does.
My favorites are: How I Became A Pirate and Pirates Don’t Change Diapers. I think you would be hard pressed to not find this author. And if I’m not mistaken, I think there is another coming out. These stories are very fun and a great activity for a Pirate Party!
What kind of pirate birthday party do you think you’ll have without a little Pirate Booty????? I’m sure that there are more snacks out there that include the word pirate. But this one is an all natural snack for your kids. And at a party, the kids will devour it!
Pirates in general didn’t have the best diet…..or I would imagine. All the photos I’ve ever seen their teeth are all gnarly, skin atrocious and overweight. Who knows, they may have been healthy guys but all the photos and drawings like to show awful portraits of the pesky fellows. But that doesn’t mean that your kids have to eat trash at your child’s pirate birthday party.
I’ve never bought Pirate Booty online. We have it here at our Trader Joes. If you don’t have a Trader Joes, there are tons of places online that sell the yummy snack. The full name is Roberts’s Gourmet Pirate’s Booty. Comes in cheddar, bbq, veggie and others. Just do a search for the name and you’ll get lots of results. Enjoy!
This pirate’s table has some simple square red and white check table cloths draped along the length of it. Then in the center, you can see some lanterns that might have been hung on the back of a pirate ship. You could pull some tarnished pieces out of the cabinet to put along the center of the table. But if you don’t want to risk something happening to your own items, you can certainly head on down to the local thrift store to find some nifty booty. They always have silver and brass items that folks aren’t interested in purchasing that would be perfect for the center of a pirate’s table.
Spread some coins either real or chocolate wrapped and some booty and your centerpieces are set for your Pirate’s Birthday Party Feast Table!
Let me hear you say “Arh.” These were common words to hear coming out of this captain’s mouth. At birthday parties, moms and dads are often busying around with the party and all the details that go with it and aren’t enjoying the party itself. Whether it’s a pirate party or another theme altogether, you are going to have the same experience.
Just like you might hire a caterer or servers for a dinner party, hire a party “captain.” This gal was part of a package that the birthday boy’s mom purchased at a local store that sells pirate garb. But even if you are having your party at home, you can still do this. Now, I’m not talking about an entertainer. I’m talking about a person who takes the planning that you have set into motion and carries it out. This leaves you to pay attention to the pirates or to other moms.
A college student would be perfect but really any responsible kid could carry it all out. My daughter “big kid helps” at my son’s preschool. She is only 7 and totally guides the little ones in the activities for the day. I don’t see why she wouldn’t be able to carry out the basic functions of a birthday party if she were allowed to be in charge.
Regardless or not if you have someone else run the party for you or it’s you yourself running the party….don your favorite pirate captain’s costume and it will make the party all that much more fun for the kids. And it helps you get into character as well!
We recently went to a Pirate Birthday Party at one of our local malls. The store was a Pirate themed store and in the back they had an area for the kids table and room for activities. What a great idea to generate extra revenue for those guys!!!
Anyway, during party times and peak times, they have a “warm up” guy out front of the store to greet the kids. He makes all kinds of balloons into swords and hats and whatever can be dreamed up. I can see this being a fun addition to the beginning of any birthday party. Really not even just Pirate parties. There are tons of clowns and balloon guys around who could do this to warm kids up and set the tone for the party.
So for the next Pirate or other type of Birthday party, consider just having a balloon maker come to warm the kids up or to be the primary entertainment.
So, as you all know the Build A Bear stores are all in the malls. That is a good and a bad thing but when our kids want a certain type of party we make do with what we have…..right?
This party ended with the kids having a snack outside the Build A Bear store in the middle of the mall walkway! They so don’t care. And if it’s a mall that has tables around, you can just move a few in front of the store. Now depending on your mall, you MIGHT have to talk with them and let them know what you are doing. But I don’t think it would be a problem. People are eating out in the mall hallways all the time.
There are several positive aspects about this. You have control over the food and cake. Often when you go to certain party places, they require that you use their food and cake. Not the case here! And it’s indoors. So, no matter what time of year it will be warm and dry. Always a plus. I had a party for my son last year that was FREEZING in May and it was outside. Disaster.
Anyway, even though you are thinking of having a party at a particular store in a mall, don’t let that box you in. No matter if it’s Build A Bear or some other store, think outside the store and use your surroundings.
If you are having a bear themed party or even a formal Build A Bear Party, go out on a limb and make a cake that looks like your child’s favorite bear!!! Honestly it’s not that hard. Just a little time and tlc. As you can see, this cake looks just like the birthday girls favorite Build A Bear.
The mom took the bear and as you can see next put it right next to her work as she was making it. Don’t forget when you are cutting out and preparing your own custom cake that you do it on the serving platter or plate.
Honestly, these are my favorite kind of cakes. You can certainly pay several hundred dollars for a beautifully decorated cake and if you don’t have the time or don’t want to fool with making the cake yourself then I’m not downing the idea at all! I just like to stay up ’til midnight the day before my kids parties to make and decorate home made custom cakes…..ha! Seriously, it does take some time. But the kids love it no matter what it looks like and they do see the time you are putting in to THEIR Birthday cake.
Resources: This cake was made by a friend, Kerry Scroggins, and was willing to allow me to share her masterpiece.
Anywhere from a first birthday for as long as kids love stuffed animals, you can have a teddy bear themed birthday party. My daughter recently attended a birthday party at Build a Bear and she is in the 1st grade. We were even at the mall this weekend and there was a girl walking out with a Build a Bear box and she had to have been in like 5th or 6th grade. So, it’s just up to your child and their interests as to what age you can have a party like this.
Anyway, let’s talk invitations!!! This is another really cute popup I found that can be generic or for the Build A Bear Birthday Parties! So simple to make in comparison to some of the other popups. You could do a bunch in no time. This is even one that your daughter or son could help you cut out. Below is a link to the website where you can find the templates for the pop up cards.
Suggested wording as follows (just print it out on your computer before attaching the bear):
(On the left hand side)
(On right side)
Resources: Paper – Scrapbooking weight paper found in any scrapbooking store. Templates found on www.RobertSabuda.com.
Have fun with these! I’m loving the pop up birthday card invitations!
I found by accident this guy who creates pop up books. What an art!!! Anyway, by luck, he also had some fabulous pop up card templates on his site. I have the web address below. Anyway, in looking through them, I was able to use several by just adding color and some personal touches.
This particular popup card could be used for a First Birthday Party Invitation or even a Baby Shower invitation. So easy to make. It took a little time to cut out the animal shapes so I don’t know that I would want to make 30 or more but they are soooo worth it. I don’t mind spending a little extra time on the invitations. When I’m watching T.V. with my husband, I just sit and cut.
Wording as follows:
Two by Two
Join us for John’s 1st Birthday Party
Resources: Get the template for this and other Pop up Cards at www.robertsabuda.com.
If you have a party without a specific theme, a good way to set the stage for the party is with a fun loving photo of the birthday boy or birthday girl. This child was turning 4 and the party was at an inflatables party place.
All the photo copying sites are offering these great photo quality invitations that are very cost effective. And my kids love to carry around photos of their friends so it was like having a new toy!!!
Use these words or expand on them. Wording as such:
Cake, ice cream, and more….
Join us at Pump It Up!
Being creative with your invitations and the wording of it doesn’t mean that you have to make them yourself. Just that you are thinking outside the box.
I decided that I wanted to make a pop up card for one of my kid’s birthday party invitations. Maybe I was a gluten for punishment….not sure. Anyway, I thought I would have to create them all from scratch so I set out to learn how to do pop ups. Ugh. This is a real art.
Then shazam, I found this website from a man who produces pop up books. AND…..he has some free templates on his site that allow you to print out and make your own cards. The selection is not vast but you can find some cute ones. The ladybug being one of them!!
I simply printed out the template on colored paper and then embellished it with dots. For you purists out there, I know that the dots are not perfectly symmetrical like they are suppose to be. But whenever my daughter draws ladybugs, she never makes the dots right. So, I went on her lead and did them random as well.
I have done several of the pop up cards on this site and you will be able to see them under the invitations section of our blog.
Have fund creating your own ladybug party invitation for your bug or ladybug inspired birthday party!
Resources: Template available on www.robertsabuda.com, I used light weight scrap booking paper but not too lightweight. If it’s like construction paper it won’t hold enough shape!
A Bug Theme (or “Insects” as my daughter’s 1st grade class is now calling them) lends itself to some very creative parties and activities. We are actually using the “insect” or bug theme to make their school class auction item…..but I digress.
It’s fun to share different wording options for birthday party invitations. Sometimes it’s impossible to be creative with the wording. But whenever possible, I at least try and put in a couple of creative lines on the invitation. Following is just a suggestion but if you have others please share them with us!
Bug Party Invitation Wording is as follows:
“We’re bug-eyed and happy to say
Resources: For information on how to make this invitation, go to our post on the Lady Bug Party Pop Up Invitation.
It’s so hard to decide to hand over the thank you note writing to your child! I personally like to send a flowery note with a meaningful thank you. No one ever does this anymore and people really appreciate them! I can’t tell you how many verbal thank yous I get for written thank you notes that I send.
But put this aside. We are now talking about your child. We went to a party for a kindergartener and I felt that this note was the perfect one. There was enough involvement from the child that they understood the process yet it didn’t cause the mom to pull her hair out in the process of getting them written.
The card was one that can be bought or made by anyone. Then the on the inside there was a color photo on one side of the card. On the other was a typed thank you note that the mom totally did. But there were spots left free for the names. Perfect. You could tell that even the birthday girl cut out and pasted everything inside the card. And you know…..as much of a perfectionist as I am…..I’m O.K. with this. A personal touch doesn’t have to be a perfect one. And having the message glued on crooked is totally a personal touch.
Be creative in how you involve your child. The important thing is that at some age around kindergarten or first grade, they should become involved in thanking folks for their gifts.