Sunday, July 17, 2011

Pirate Party!

Yesterday was Teeter's 5th birthday party.  She was dead set on having a pirate themed party, but I did not want the party to be all black and red and skulls.  So I made the theme a little more beachy with pirates too.   I found some girl pirate clipart here.  Then I used photoshop to change up the colors a little bit.  Her cake was a pirate's treasure chest.  It look me hours and hours to make, but it turned out perfectly!  I was very pleased.  Everything was edible, from the hard candy jewels I poured myself to the wood made from fondant.  Our kitchen table was set up as a pirate gear station which was a HUGE hit!  I ordered a pirate hat kit from Oriental Trading.  It came with 12 craft foam hats and hundreds of foam stickers.  All the kids had an amazing time decorating their own pirate hats.  I also ordered from Oriental Trading some big round gold clip on earrings and some skull rings.  At the Dollar Tree I found some little plastic telescopes and compasses.  I bought all different colored bandannas from Hobby Lobby, and bought grey, pink, and blue craft foam and cut out swords for each of the guests.  For the swords, I found a clipart image that I liked the shape of.  Put it into Word on a legal sized page and stretched it to fill the entire page.  Then I printed it out and cut it out.  I cut the handle off of the blade and traced each one on the coordinating colored craft foam.  Then I simply glued the handle to the blade.
The party favor boxes were found at Hobby Lobby in the wedding section.  They came with the stickers and ribbons.  Tip on these:  the packaging does not tell you how to print on these.  If you go to Hobby Lobby's website there are templates for this brand as they made invites, favors, etc.  The pirate punch was a fun idea I had.  For her party invites, I did messages in a bottle.  They are pictured below.  I had a bunch of bottled left over and decided to print labels and fill them with strawberry lemonade.

For her dessert table, I found a template for popcorn cups here.  I used the altered clipart I had purchased to decorate the popcorn cups.  There is an amazing popcorn and candy shop in Downtown McKinney, TX.  It's called Mom and PopCorn Company.  Teeter picked out this purple candied popcorn which went perfectly with the rest of the party.  We also had cookies, her cake, and Hershey's chocolate nuggets which I printed custom labels for.  We also had these beautiful lollipops that I ordered from Hammond's.

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