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.
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!