Today was the big day for Captain Curly! The weather did not cooperate with us which was a big disappointment but we had a great time anyway!
My dear husband worked really hard to get the pirate ship seaworthy (or at least kidworthy!) and it was a huge hit with the children--for the five minutes they had to play on it before the rain started coming down! We had to move the party indoors!
As the children came in we gave them an eyepatch and drew moustaches on those that wanted one. We started off by reading a book about how to talk like a pirate. Bryce read it in his very best pirate voice! Then it was time for a treasure hunt! We had chosen clues that could be used indoors as well as out (most of them). We followed the clues, found the map and then found the treasure! A treasure chest held all the favors - they were individual treasure chests filled with pirate coins, bubblegum coins, chocalate coins, and a spyglass.
After the treasure hunt we played Pin the Parrot on the Pirate. This was not a game we had planned (although if I had seen it I would have, it's really cute) but a really thoughtful idea of our neighbor, John. He showed up a few minutes into the party with this adorable party game. He had helped Bryce move the pirate ship before the party and knew that we had planned on being outside and thought this would give us something else to do inside. We are so glad that they are our neighbors! Thanks John!
After we played the games, it was time for lunch. Harris has been announcing for weeks that pirates don't use manners so we just let the children sit on the floor and eat! They had seaweed and an octopus (spinach pasta and a cut hotdog) and pirate booty. Harris tried to convince me to serve rum since that is what pirates drink, but I had to draw the line somewhere! Instead they drank Root Beer (non-caffeinated). Then it was time for the cake! I think the cake turned out really cute and Harris really liked it. We also had apples and gummi's to take home.
My Mom made all three of the children's costumes. They loved wearing them! Aarrghh....