Earlier in the year, Little Bird started to really engage and enjoy watching Jake and the Never Land Pirates on the Disney channel. She started using terms: gold doubloons, swashbuckler and yo ho ho – I quickly knew a pirate party was in store for us. What a great party theme for children, boy or girl, any age – a pirate is where it’s at!!!
Without further ado, I went to work, researching pirate parties, pirate treasures and all things that make a pirate party fun!
I reached out to my fellow Twitter and Facebook communities to help me with the design elements of her party.
I contacted Sweet Mady’s and she helped me with a design board – what a sweet lady, and when you get a chance, check out her site! http://sweetmadys.com/ - she has some really cute stuff!
As you can see from the pictures, she rocked it like a pro and the cake was delicious so who could ask for anything more!
So what’s a party without a little fun… a boring party… and we will have no boring parties on this momma’s watch! Break out the balloons and face paint please! Face painting at any age for any reason is a fun thing and this facepainter was amazing! Painted sleeves became the trend of the night and I bet some kids didn’t want to wash it off when they got home. My niece Regan told her Dad she couldnt sleep the night before because she was so excited to come to Ashlee's party - now that is what every event planner wants to hear!!!
Party favors are important too! Normally, a small gift or treat is given out at parties to thank guests for coming. This year, I chose to lay out all the favors on a table and treasure chest and let kids pick what they like. I offered bandanas (pirate scarves) for everyone that came. I also had eye patches, swords, tons of candy, temporary tattoos and trinkets alike, all pure swashbuckler treasure!
I made the birthday banner, pirate ship sails, water bottle labels, party invitations and thank you notes. I purchased gold coins in massive quantities from Trader Joes. There were candy bars to load up on as well as soda's and more sweet treats!
Another favorite element of this party was the pirate cut out. A very good friend, Jordan designed, painted and constructed the pirate cut out for me! All the kids took turns getting their picture taken behind the Whimsical Pirate, it was so cute to see their happy faces peeking out.
I also ordered a cardboard pirate ship that everyone could color and play with. This was a bigger hit than that I ever thought it to be. All ages colored and all the little ones took it for a sail around the room!
From these pictures, you can clearly see that 72 people had a great time celebrating Captn Ashlee's third birthday.
From Momma and Daddy to Little Bird, we love you more than one could ever imagine. You are the most prized treasure that we love and will always be proud of! Happy 3rd Birthday Ashlee Jae, may you have many more and may all your wishes come true.
A huge thank you to Sandi Elle Photography for capturing these priceless moments and now treasured memories. Sandi is a kindred friend with amazing talent that she graciously shares with me, I am blessed to be surrounded by such amazing talent.
In closing, it is my mother and father that I thank the most for loving me with all their heart and providing me a foundation of life built on love and now I am paying that forward to my daughter.