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Photo Book Girl’s Top Tips for Planning a Pirate Birthday Party – Part 2



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Here’s Part 2 of Photo Book Baby’s pirate party. You can catch up on Part 1 of the party planning details here. Part 1 featured photo invitations, photo banners, where to find unique party supplies, and semi-homemade cakes. Even if you aren’t planning a pirate party, a lot of these tips can be translated into other party themes as well.

5) Party Printables and Custom Word Search

Since Jake and the Neverland Pirates was the theme, I found these colorful free party printables on Disney’s site. They have a whole bunch of party activities as well as party recipes you can download including this Pin the Tail on the Croc game, coloring pages and a fun kids activity book.

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Photo Credit: Moonhouse Productions

Pirate Ship

Photo Credit: Moonhouse Productions

The jello ships were a big hit by the way and the kids were so cute playing the pin the tail game.

Since I love custom stuff, I also found a free word search generator and made a list of pirate related words to use in the search such as “treasure”, “ahoy”, “doubloons”. I also added the names of all the kids who were attending the party to the word list too.

6) Pirate Dress Up

What’s a pirate party without pirate costumes? Out of all the fun characters from the show, he’s partial to Captain Hook. Now that he’s met him a few times now during our Disney cruises and our recent trip to Disneyland – he’s hooked (sorry couldn’t resist)! I bought Photo Book Baby’s Hook costume from the Disney store. I was so lucky to snag it while it was on sale in the store considering they were out of stock online. I made sure he would get several wearings out of it – including his birthday party and of course this coming Halloween.

Captain Hook Disney Wonder

“So nice to meet you Captain Hook!”

With Photo Book Baby’s costume all set, I just had to convince Photo Book Hubby to dress up with us as well. Originally I wanted him to dress up as Mr. Smee, but I let him off the hook with an easy on, easy off simple black pirate hat. I went for a pretty-in-pink Izzy (I found a great pink head scarf online that made the costume come together). Here we are as a pirate family! Arrrrrghhhh!


Photo Credit: Moonhouse Productions

I also bought a lot of pirate accessories for the kids (and adults) such as bandanas, eye patches and pirate hats. They doubled as part of the kids’ favors too!

Photo Credit: Moonhouse Productions

Photo Credit: Moonhouse Productions

What was really cool is that many of our friends and their kids came dressed in costume, which I wrote was optional in the invite. It definitely made for some fun photos!

7) Photo Thank You Cards

I took advantage of a free cards offer from Shutterfly and picked up these cute custom photo cards. Just upload your favorite party photo and you’ve got a fun card to send thanks!

Thank you cards from Shutterfly

Thank you cards from Shutterfly

Writing about these cards reminds me, that I have to get these written up and sent out!

I hope you enjoyed this post – it’s a bit off topic, but I hope you found something you might like to try at your next party!





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  1. Gretchen
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 8:36 pm | #

    This party was ARRRRsome! 🙂

    • photobookgirl
      Posted October 15, 2013 at 2:24 am | #

      Thanks! 🙂

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