Pirate party on a budget

pirate headingMy little buddy turned 4 this past week.  Seriously…HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN?  I have a hard time believing it has been 4 years since I had this little guy and that I actually have a 4-year-old.  Sometimes I still feel like I am a young care free adult and not a mom actually responsible for others.  It is a weird feeling…but anyways on to the pirate party.  For a very long time, my little buddy has been asking for a treasure chest. I put him off for months because I thought having a pirate themed party would be great and easy. See his birthday is in October and pretty much anything I needed for a party I could get. WRONG.  No really, wrong. It is actually hard to find pirate stuff.  After several stops and back up plans, I pulled it all together thanks to one of the many different dollar stores.  No pirate stuff, no problem I have a complete list of alternatives since that was my original plan until I happened to locate some pirate themed items for a $1.00.

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The whole purpose of the party was to have a treasure hunt to find a treasure chest.  It was cold and rainy, so we kept it indoors.  I was at a local craft store picking up a present for another kiddo, I noticed the treasure chest my little guy is holding (picture below.)  This was his present and part of his own treasure hunt.   Instead of doing favor bags,  I got wooden treasure chests at a local craft store.  They were only $2.99 with a 40% off coupon (and you could easily get them with a better coupon or coupons).  I got paint brushes and 2 paints for the kids to share at the dollar store.  We made simple maps and made big “X” marks the spot.  The kids had a good time looking for their treasure chests and getting their “gold”. The birthday craft was painting the treasure chest and telescope (toilet paper roll). 

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 What do you notice in this picture?  Kids fully engage in their painting!  I promise I did not pay them to pose!

 

The kids also had a game of pin the eye patch on the pirate.  I just happened to find this at the dollar store I went to, however, I was actually just going to make my own on poster board, but hey for $1 why not?

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I really wanted to make my own treasure chest cake but sometimes you have to accept you cannot do it all.  I worked 12 hours on Thursday, Halloween was Friday and the party was Saturday afternoon.  Thank goodness for Wegmans is all I have to say.

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If you want some free printables you can check some out here.  I would say overall this was a great party and we had a blast.  I hope your party is just as great. Below are some other fun photos from today.

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Party list:

Party Supplies: Any type of dollar store is great for balloons and other party supplies.  No pirates, not problem just choose black and red. 

Paint and brushes: Any type of dollar store. 

Wooden treasure chests: Any craft store.  Don’t forget your coupons!

Cake: if you make it you will save money.

Food: We did an afternoon party and provided snacks.

We had a great time.  If you do a pirate party I would love to hear about it!

Choose Happiness,

 Jessica Lynn

 

 

 

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