Party Like a Pirate. Well.....Let's just say. I'm spent. 

A four year old's Birthday Party is exhausting. Like grab a group of 21 year old's and a bunch of Red Bull, mix it with techno music and pulsing lights with glow sticks. That will not even come close to the amount of party hard that these kids did. It's been a week and I'm still taking naps to get over my pirate hang over. No there was no alcohol involved. Unfortunately! 

It was a rough week that included spending a few days out of town and it left me with little time to prep. On Friday, I baked two cakes and made some rock candy water for the ship cake to cruise through. We woke up early Saturday to make finishing touches on the cake, make food, decorations, and try to toss a little party together.

I found some pirate-ey goodies at Hobby Lobby including cocktail sails that I took a whole punch to and added them to the red and white straws. Treasure Pouches for the diamonds and gold doubloons they would have to find later during the Treasure Hunt via those super cool maps. We added some pink and black eye-patches, supplied the kids with compasses and I guided them through the map of Neverland. 

All of a sudden we heard cannons and muskets being blasted at us. What perfect timing for there to be a reenactment at the Historic Park down the street. It added just the right touch to the day.

I set up our yard to match as closely as I could to the Map which included the Pirate Ship made by my Dad. Following the map to dangerous territory and over the plank in Crocodile invested waters. I quickly became a target of some water balloon canons as soon as they were spotted and although wet I still helped them locate the treasure digging site hidden under a large very dense bush in our yard. 

There was crowns, coins, diamonds, and other jewels buried and each kid gathered quite a handful of pirate treasure to fill their pouches with.

We followed the hunt with a good ole' Jake & the Neverland Pirate Piñata from Party City. Filled with an assortment of candy they got to fill the favor bags Cole made by drawing a trail leading to a red "X", he was very proud of himself to help make crafts for his party.

Some kids braved the shark infested waters and found starfish floating around in the kiddie pool. While others played in the pirate ship and buried their own treasure.

Overall, it turned out to be such a wonderful party. This was Cole's first Birthday Party here in Wisconsin and the only other one he's had was his First Birthday so this was a very special event for him. We are so thankful to everyone who joined us in making memories and having fun. Especially, the Moms and Dads who endured the insanity along side us. 

Too check out last years Thomas the Train celebration for Cole's 3rd Birthday continue reading here and here. For recipes continue reading after the images.


Pirate Party Recipes

Pirate Pinwheels

1 Tortilla shell

1 can Fat Free Refried Beans ( I use lard free from Aldi's )

1 can Diced Tomatoes and Green Chili's

1 Avocado

1 Purple Onion


Spread tortilla shell with refried beans, top with tomatoes and chili's. Chop avocado into 1/4-1/2 chunks and add to top, dice onion and top. Roll all the way up and slice into 3/4 - 1" sushi like bites. Serve.

I served this with black olives, chips, salsa, and guacamole.


Rock candy Sea Glass

I used the recipe from Pam's Party & Practical Tips Blog.

The things I changed were for the sea, I cut a piece of parchment paper and lined the cookie sheet so that you could see the pretty blue color better when it became solid. I also did not break the sea up, but did a second sheet. Broke those into pieces by placing parchment paper over the top and slapping with the back of a spoon then coating with powdered sugar. Wiped off the excess sugar and they looked just like beach glass. This recipe sounds difficult but it was really very easy. Add ingredients, boil, shut off, pour. Poof! Done!

Vegan Pirate Cake

Everyone has seen this cake on Pinterest, it's the box of cake mix and a can of carbonated beverage. I chose a chocolate vegan cake mix (which most already are vegan, woohoo!) and added a can of coconut LaCroix. I am not a cake eater but I was assured it was delicious!

If you would like the recipe's to anything else, let me know in the comments below!



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