Hi guys! It’s been a while, did you miss me?
I’ve been a bad, bad blogger, I know. I’ve been off the radar for a couple of months, but I swear I have a good reason! It’s been super busy in my world this spring. We’ve had celebration after celebration, and while it’s been a ton of fun, it’s left very little time for blogging.
The good news, though, is that I’m baaaaaaack! And…I have a ton of great stuff to share with you from the time I’ve been away.
The first thing I want to share with all of you is one of the most fun parties I’ve thrown so far. My Katie turned four last month, and being the little tomboy that she is, she wanted a pirate party. Well, a pirate party she had, and we had a BLAST!
We greeted all of our party guests with a loot table, decorated with a chalkboard sign and the piñata we would be using later. The loot for our guests included compass necklaces, eye patches, pirate hats and pirate backpacks to put it all in.
Most of the fun stuff for this party was outside. We made sure the whole backyard looked like a pirate’s stomping grounds, even topping our swing set with a big pirate flag.
The crowd favorite was the pirate plank, built by my husband (who, by the way, thinks I’m completely insane for requesting a pirate plank be built in our back yard – he’s such a trooper!). The blue blanket under the plank is supposed to be water, and it was actually Katie’s idea. I was pretty impressed when she came up with that! Of course, no plank walk is complete without the Tick Tock Croc waiting just below.
Tinkerbell even came to our party! Katie told me Tink was there to make sure every kid would fly when they got to the end of the plank. How cute is that?!
The kids loved the plank! They all walked the plank at least once, but most of them did it several times.
We also did a piñata. It was Katie’s first, and she got the hang of it pretty quickly. What kid doesn’t like bashing things with a stick, right? Unfortunately, I filled it a little too full and it became somewhat indestructible. Eventually, my husband “helped” the kids get to the goods inside. They didn’t mind!
After the piñata mess had all been cleaned up, we moved on to the buried treasure – our sand box was filled with plastic gold coins, necklaces and rings. Talk about a mess! There was sand everywhere afterward – I’m still vacuuming it out of my carpet – but it was a hit! Katie was the first one to start digging, and she was still going at it long after everyone had given up.
In fact, the only way I was able to get her out of the sandbox was to tell her it was time for…cupcakes! I did both vanilla and chocolate cupcakes. The vanilla ones were topped with pirate ship flags, and the chocolate cupcakes were topped with a gold coin and crushed chocolate cookies to look like dirt.
All in all, it was a really great day. It was a TON of work, but it was all so worth it. Especially when my thoughtful and kind little four-year-old actually thanked me for a great day.
“You did a great job, mom,” she said. That sentence, and her happy smile, made my day.
Happy Birthday, baby girl!