Same theme, different party: Pirates!

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No stranger to birthday parties, with four kids aged 12 and under, Erica offers some tips, tricks and how-tos for hosting budget-friendly bashes. She'll even show you her cakes and share her cake pop (mis)adventures.
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Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com

Ahoy, Mateys!

Between my family and Laura’s, seven kids in the same age ranges means duplicate party themes. Sometimes for the same kid!

I’ve made a Lightning McQueen cake twice, repurposed Blue’s Clues decorations, done two variations of Monster Jam cakes and had all manner of princess parties.

Arr! Pirates!

Today we’ll be talkin’ swashbucklers, mateys! And how I made the Pirate Theme work for boys of different ages.

This birthday theme is sooo much fun for kids. I’ve done it twice, once with Aidan when he turned seven and again when Xavier turned four. Fortunately for me, Laura is incredibly adept at handling props and reinventing decorations while I cover all aspects of the noshing.

Here are some great ideas that you can execute on a low budget, especially if you do your own baking. Otherwise, your splurge item might be your cake.

Invitations and Parting Gifts

Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Each invitation was a piece of the treasure map, delivered rolled up with a ‘seal’.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Loot bag goodies from the dollar store! Yes, even the books.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Laura made a fun Hidden Object game.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Go ahead and make some fiercely adorable pirate cake pops for the loot bag!

Games

Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
I made a treasure map and we set up rhyming clues around the house for a fun treasure hunt!
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
A few pieces of wood and some paint make a great balancing game of Walk the Plank!

Food and Cakes

Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
When Aidan turned 6 he actually got two cakes — this simple one was for the day of his birthday.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
With some handy shaped cutters, you can make these fun cookies to serve up at the party or to give your guests to take home.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
This was Aidan’s actual pirate treasure chest birthday cake homemade using loaf pans and lots of fondant.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
For Xavier’s 4th birthday, which was celebrated with his princessy twin sister, these mini cupcakes were a hit in vanilla and red velvet.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
I could not figure out my camera settings on Xavier’s birthday so a lot of the photos are grainy. This cake had so much fondant it started to droop! The pirate hat was made of gumpaste.
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
A look at the main table for Aidan’s pirate-themed birthday party. Laura painted the treasure boxes (from Dollarama!)

Pirate Birthdays Arrrr Awesome!

Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
Turning 6 years old (back in 2012) — he actually reached to try to pry the lid of the treasure chest not realizing it was cake!
Pirate parties! Check out how Erica makes the pirate theme work for two different ages. http://sevenlittlemonkeys.com
X marks the spot! This 4-year old face has, thankfully, not changed much in the past three years.

Have you hosted a pirate-themed party or attended one? I’d love to hear your ideas or if you saw something that really stood out to you. Feel free to share in the comments below.

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About @ericablogs

Erica kicked off her party-planning adventures when her eldest turned one and even had a home cake business for a short time. Now, four kiddos later, she shares the cakes she has made over the past 12 years as well as ideas and tutorials for hosting budget-friendly birthday parties. And if you're looking for the ins and outs of how to make (or break) cake pops, you've come to the right place!

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