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.




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). 




 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?



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.


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.




A &I

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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