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25 May 2009

Pirate Party on a Cabin boy’s budget - 4 years


May 2009

My son recently celebrated his 4th birthday party and quite excitedly decided on a Pirate theme for his party, which was held at his school. Practically all of his friends attend his nursery school and with the teacher’s permission, we held a party for him there.

The invitation reading, "Aarg, me Matey, We Pirates of the “Nursery School name” Seas are getting together on the 19th of May at our secret hide out for some swashbuckling fun for Pirate Connor’s 4th Birthday……Come prepared for some real hearty Pirate fun and don’t forget to bring ja swords, we may just have to fight for Treasure!! Aargg..Please let the Captain know if ja coming or ja may have ta walk the plank", was printed out on some beige cardboard, a rough diagram of the school’s location drawn on the map, cut roughly and “dirtied” like a map using scrapbooking chalk.

Once he had blown out the “cannon” candles on his pirate ship cake, I very anxiously announced that the party packs had been taken by pirates. Concern for the lack of sweet treats caused wide spread panic and the kids readily jumped from their seats in order to search for the pirate’s stash. The “treasure chest” was made using a cardboard stationary storage box, wrapped in brown paper and painted. The kids searched the schools grounds for the treasure (which was previously hidden in the wendy house while the kids were all waiting inside). The treasure, finally found, was filled with the party packs made of brown paper bags with skull decorations, which my children eagerly pitched in to help make and were filled with treats such as candy necklaces, chocolate coins and a variety of age appropriate treats.

After the kids had eaten their sweets it was time to go to the “tattoo parlour” and each child was given a stick on tattoo of their choice and once each of them had been tattooed it was time for the craft. What good is a pirate without a sword and eye patch right? I found a fantastic pirate foam craft pack, perfect for the age group (2-5 year olds). All the kids had to do was “peel and stick” their crafts together which was fantastically easy for most of them. The grown up’s that were there assisted with inserting the elastic cord for the eye patches. Before we knew it the two hours was up and they kids all had a blast, especially my son who thoroughly enjoyed being the Captain Pirate for the morning.

Tanya - DURBANVILLE

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

So glad I found this website and even more about your ideas. Where did you buy the eyepatches? Would love to hear from you.

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www.kidspartydirectory.co.za said...

So glad you found us. These craft boxes were purchased from "Khoki" at Cobble walk in Cape Town Northern suburbs. If you are in another city just google them as they are a franchise. You might also find it at the crazy store's

www.kidspartydirectory.co.za said...

So glad you found us. These craft boxes were purchased from "Khoki" at Cobble walk in Cape Town Northern suburbs. If you are in another city just google them as they are a franchise. You might also find it at the crazy store's

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