We knew our son Jack would have a pirate party at some point, but we wanted to wait until he was old enough to appreciate it. He had so much fun! This whole party is DIY.
Our son's name.
I had fun with the food! All the food was pirate themed. I was proud that there were main coarse foods that look fun, not just desserts. I don't think a four-year-old needs that many desserts. I don't have a color printer, so everything is truly handmade. I used Stampin' Up stamps and colored the pictures with Stampin' Up pastels. The kids loved the pirate swords that we gave as party favors! I got them from a dollar store for $1.25 each. I made the table cloths, my mom and I made the treasure map, I carved the watermelon shark. I made all the food. I enjoyed wrapping the mason jars with twine and pirate stickers, and using cupcake liners as lids. The kids loved them! The homemade gumdrops were a lot of work, but they're fun. I even made his gifts. He got a cloth book caddy that hangs from the side of the bed, and a pirate costume for his dress up doll.
My favorite item was the octopus piñata that my sister and her boyfriend made.
Plan ahead! All this DIY is a lot of work, but it's fun. Collecting ideas on pinterest helped me stay organized. This is my pinterest board of pirate party ideas: http://pinterest.com/womanofdoom/pirate-party/