First, Zach took the pirate ship silhouette from the invitations, and enlarged it. He then cut it out and attached it to our living room wall. The ship became the perfect spot to take pictures throughout the day, and some of my favorite shots were of our pirates (and pirate-princesses) posing in front of the ship.
Following pictures, we worked on the art project. I had bought small treasure boxes for each child, and the kids spent about 30 minutes painting the boxes, attaching gems and stickers, and generally making a huge mess. It was a lot of fun.
The first clue can be found in a book,
So run to Tate’s room and have a look,
It’s a story you’ve read again and again,
Of Captain Pirate Hook and his foe Peter ___
The next clue will make quite a splash,
So off to the bathroom you ought to dash,
Pull back the curtain, its where you rub-a-dub-dub
The clue's in a bottle floating in the bath___
“X” marks the spot, so says pirate lore,
So look for the “X” above a bedroom door,
Once you find it, enter to see,
That which you need, the treasure chest ___
The kids had a great time rushing through the house, and ultimately found the key to unlock the chest.
Once they unlocked the treasure chest, they discovered their "treasure". Personalized canvas bags filled with chocolate coins, rootbeer barrels, and a few piratey items to take home.
time capsule idea? It was so much fun seeing how creative people were. A few of our favorite time capsule items included a Rolling Stones Top 100 Artists magazine, a 2011 Sports Illustrated Issue (so creative, right?!), a poster that shows common text message shortcuts (lol), a favorite book and a "Heart Oregon" bumper sticker for his first car, sports gear from favorite sports teams, a keychain (suddenly, Zach and I are feeling a lot of pressure to get this kid a car when he is 16!), and more. I also love that grandparents, cousins, and of course, Zach and I, wrote letters to include. Already when I look in the time capsule I am reminded of the special day and all the people that love and care about our birthday boy.
And so, just over 2 hours after it began, Tate's pirate party came to an end. I was a tired and happy mama.
P.S. The day after Tate's party he started saying "mama". So it turns out the best birthday gift was for me.