This post includes affiliate links. If you click on a link AND make a purchase I receive a small commission.Chiquita wanted a princess/pirate/flower/frozen/Dora/Smurf/kitty party. I made her narrow it down...
After she picked Pirate Princess as her theme I started looking for inspiration. You can check out my pinterest board here.
1. Loot - I decided not to do goodie bags, but to give out plastic coins during the party and let the kids pick their own toys from a little treasure chest. That way I hoped they would actually like what they got and not just throw it away. Here's what we included in our treasure chest:
- Pirate tattoos
- Novelty Telescopes
- Pirate Prisms
- Jewel Rings
- Rubber Pirate Bracelets
- Mardi Gras Beads
- Pirate dress up: When the kids first arrived I had a dress up station with pirate bandanas, pink or black paper pirate hats, and tp roll telescopes. Some kids came already in costume. I had a few older neighbor girls help me with the party (in return for cake and loot) and that was particularly helpful here. Spent: $16
- Princess Jewels and Pirate Necklaces: I got pretty pony beads for the princess jewels with pink wrapping ribbon to string them on. For the pirate necklaces I had black and red pony beads, skull beads and black wrapping ribbon. I popped them into ziplock baggies and the kids could pick pirate, princess or both! Chiquita of course did both - on one necklace! Spent: $15
- Walking the plank: Just a board on top of two boxes. We happened to have a blanket my sister made with an alligator on it to put under. It would be fun just with a blue tarp or some ocean toys under the plank. Spent: $0
- Treasure egg hunt: I spray painted a bunch of left-over easter eggs silver and filled them with plastic coins (to buy loot). The idea was to have an egg hunt outside but it rained TONS. So I did some quick thinking and came up with:
- Fishing for treasure: I just took a shower curtain rod and shower curtain and set it up in a doorway. The kids had a fishing rod made from a stick, some string and a paper clip. Spent: $8
- Storytime: I found a book, "Pirate Pearl" that was perfect for this party. A princess is raised by pirates and gets the best of both worlds. I let any kids who wanted come into another room for storytime. It was nice to bring a little quiet and calm into a very high energy party. Spent: $5 (Could be free if you could find it at your library)
- Pin the Eyepatch on the Pirate Girl. I enlarged a picture of a pirate girl and cut out a bunch of pink eye patches. Really easy! Spent: $0
- Treasure Chest Pinata: I knew I could make a pinata that was basically just a box! I found an easy tutorial at momssavingmoney.com and then filled it with fruit snack and pirate lollipops. Spent: $15
4. Food - I won the cake at a neighborhood service auction. Awesome right? It was delicious as well as beautiful. I added some goldfish, Pirate Booty and cut a watermelon into the shape of a ship. I got the idea from this post by Fit Body Full Life. I also served lemonade in these cute little skull sippy cups from Walmart. Spent (with napkins and plates): $25
I spent $125 total and we had over 15 kids come! That means I spend less than $8.33 per child.