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Pirates ahoy!

So this week is Nathan’s final week at his family day care before we go on our Christmas break and I officially start my family day care next year.

I decided a nice way to round things off was to have an early 3rd birthday celebration for him with his friends there.

We’ve been reading about pirates. So I settled on having a simple pirate theme for his birthday.


Here are the basic pirate theme props I pulled together:

Pirate eye patches – I cut the patches out from black felt, punched holes in the two corners and strung a piece of elastic through the holes.

A pirate story book – one of Nathan’s current favourites that we’ve been reading.

A treasure map – from a ready-made printable card I found; I drew on a simple trail and clue leading to the treasure.

Gold treasure – chocolate coins wrapped tied up in a black satin pouch.


I baked a crazy cake and decorated it with a pirate theme cake topper kit (from Woolworths), hundreds & thousands, and chocolate gold doubloons.

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The little celebration we had was really simple:

I sat down with the children and we read the pirate story book together.

(Meanwhile, while the kids were listening to the story, Nathan’s carer tiptoed away to hide the bag of chocolate coins for the treasure hunt).

After the story, I handed out the eye patches for everyone to dress up like pirates. Nathan being the birthday boy had a special pirate captain hat.

After that we went hunting for treasure.

And then we all sat down and had cake.

As simple as that!

Total amount spent on this little pirate party:

$ 5.00 : Pirate cake topper kit
$ 2.00 : Chocolate gold coins
$ 1.50 : Black felt for pirate eye patches
$ 1.50 : Elastic for eye patches
$   -  : Pirate story book (from library)
$10.00 : Total cost of supplies

Here’s a final parting shot of Captain Nathan the Pirate!



Linking up to Jess’s IBOT party
and Eva’s Mummy Mondays


  1. What a fantastic birthday party with his friends! Such an awesome cake! well done you :)
    Enjoy the family holidays!! :)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  2. Looks like a fantastic birthday. Have a lovely holiday period with your family.

  3. I love the simplicity of the party, and of course, the happiness on the boy;)!

    Happy holiday with your family and all the best to your exciting venture. I am truly admire your spirit to make thing happens.

  4. That is the kind of party I like! Cheap, simple and effective! Well done. :)

  5. Happy birthday Nathan! Great party Serene!

  6. Love it. They really do not expect much at this age, the simplicity is just gorgeous, what a great idea. So you officially start you're new career next year wow fantastic. Happy Birthday to Pirate Nathan.

  7. Oh I love it, he looks so cute in his pirate outfit! Good luck with your family daycare and I hope you have a great holiday with your family.

  8. What an excellent party, simple and easy but FUN! Some people are going way overboard with kids parties these (thanks to pinterest) but kids at this age really do enjoy the simple things in life! :) xx

  9. I love the cake that you baked and really liked how you kept things simple and fuss free. I'm sure the pirate theme went well with the kids too.


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