Hello Amigos! Welcome back!
As some of you already know, on Monday the dynamic duo (my outgoing twins) turned two. A mild victory for Mom! Yes! So far no broken bones or busted teeth – Knock on Wood!! I have to knock on wood, ’cause these two are daredevils!
On Sunday we had a very fun, and super casual pool party with a bit of a pirate theme thrown in there. I had decided to do this only a few days before, so trust me when I say that if you don’t have a lot of time you can bust out a few of these projects.
I purchased the cheapest fabric I could find (3 yards) and I used a black tea bag along with the brewed tea to “rough up” the color. We’re pirates, right?! Nothing too clean looking – works for me! While it dried, I made a template on Word and used my projector to line it up properly and get a basic outline. (If you don’t have a projector then you can print out the letters larger and trace them onto the fabric over a window – actually that might have been easier than what I did!) I used poster paint to fill in the letters and skull. Total time 30-45 min (and an hr dry time)
Same fabric as the banner, I just tore (yes, tear it!) a piece off the tea stained fabric. The hard part is figuring out where I was going to hide the treasure, a bunch of inflatable pirate swords for the pool that I purchased on Amazon. Luckily I have a storage chest for outdoor stuff that already looks like a treasure chest – Phew! I didn’t over think this map, friends… I just diluted paint (10% paint to 90% H2O) and put blocks of stuff places. It’s not to scale or even all that accurate. No worries! They got the point and found the treasure! Total time 15 min (10 min dry time)
According to the “official pirate” website (can you sense my sarcasm here?!) an adult’s bandana should be a yard x a yard, and then you tie it to the side, so you don’t mess with your pirate napping position! For the kids that was way too long so I did 25″ x 25″, and it fit the little ones really well. If your group is on the older side, maybe 8 yrs + then I would add a few inches there. Again, I bought 3 yards of pirate themed fabric and used a rolled hem foot on the sewing machine. It’s like magic!! It rolls the hem for you… I’m still in awe. Total time 1 1/2 hr to make 11.
A little homemade ice-cream (that is the easiest thing to make if you have a machine) and root beer = A fun little treat that looks like beer for the kids! I just printed out stickers that I made on-line and got these cute mustache straws at Walmart. Total time 30 min for the stickers
Piratebrew Stickers! Please use my design!!
A little sangria to enjoy by the pool anyone?! Or shall I say, Pirate’s Poison?! I love how the tossed wine bottles look all pirately! Yes, it’s a word!
Pirate Themed Food
Our caterer really did a great job with that one! Hotdogs in the shape of octopus and “Golden Chicken Nuggets” for the kids, hearty tri-tip for the adults with a super cute (and easy) fruit pirate ship and bell pepper buddies!
Treasure Wrapped Goodies
I had some burlap on-hand and used it to hold gold wrapped chocolates with gold ribbon and a pirate banner. I cut the burlap into 10″ x 10″ squares (not precisely of course!) and then put in some Reeses, Rolo’s and Hershey nuggets, which look soooo much like bars of gold. Total time 20 min
Pirate Ship Pinata
Filled with, what else?, booty of course! Lots of quarters so the kiddos don’t get tummy aches from all those sweets.
We also put an X outside the house, got some eye patches and made cookie sandwiches instead of having traditional cake… a sandwich isn’t pirate related, but it sure is easier than having to cut cake for everyone when you want to enjoy the party along with the guests! Oh, and (in my opinion) it’s tastier too!!
Got any new parties you’re planning? I think our next big endeavor will be Halloween!!