It is that time of year: my Little Nugget turned 5 almost two weeks ago and as usual we went all out with a themed party and fancy costumes.
This year, Maya advised me over six months ago that she wanted a Pirates-themed party. As I pointed out on my Instagram (follow me!), I can never fault her for not giving me enough notice!
Two annoying facts when it comes to pirates parties inspiration boards online:
- Most parties are aimed at boys and the traditional colour scheme for decorations is a boring mix of red, black and navy.
- I hate skeletons so I implemented a complete ban on them, except for the Paperless invitation that displayed a flying skeleton flag on a pirates ship. The invitation was a combination of pastel colours so it made the skeleton slightly more bearable. Some graphic designers offer bespoke online invitations (a way to get rid of said skeleton entirely) but it was not something I wanted to spend money on so I went along with it.
When it comes to the party decoration, I bought printables on Etsy for the favour tags, food cards and thank you cards standing on the gift table. I chose a palette of gold, pink and orange and purchased some cheap pearl necklaces, treasure chest paper boxes and gold coins that I spread around on the table with confettis. The tableware was coordinated with the colour palette, as were the balloons. I am a huge fans of balloons for birthday parties. They totally transform a room and instantly bring an element of colourful fun to a venue. Also, the kids love leaving a party with a balloon flying above their head.
The candy jars were extra popular and I am still amazed that the kids ate that many sweets! Ah well, it’s only once a year…
Finally, the cake and assorted cookies were absolutely beautiful and a good addition to the theme. Sandra, the baker is very detail-oriented and was fantastic to work with. I also wanted to have cake pops on the table so I found the most amazing vendor. Clare did a fabulous job and went along when I asked her to make the pirate’s skin tone closer to Maya’s. That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is good service!
I hope you enjoy the pictures!
PS: I am already brainstorming about Audrey’s party in April but let’s not tell anyone. They might think I am crazy. Ha!
Pictures by Natalie Evans Photography
Cake pops: Pop Bakery
Cupcakes: Royal Cake by S