Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hunter's 4th Birthday!! Aaaarrrrghhh

I had a blast planning and preparing for this party. Hunter was really into pirates and wanted to have a pirate birthday party. We had all the guests come dressed in their pirates best and all the activities were a huge hit! We usually bring our jumper out for all of our kid parties. Santa brought this little jewel to Hunter 3 years ago and it has been a huge hit for all kid events we host. I am afraid that it may have to retire for his 5th birthday though. It has a 400 pound weight limit but it got a little crazy in there with 4-5, 4 and 5 year olds...especially boys!
Hunter trying to open his presents surrounded by his shipmates and crew!
It didn't take long for Lucas to realize the pinata was full of candy and exciting little treasures.
Hunter taking a swing. We had a pirate ship piƱata filled with all sorts of goodies. The kids loved this activity and it took way longer than I thought it would to burst it open.
The end of our treasure hunt! Hoooraay for the loot bags. We had a really successful treasure hunt that went all around the house and ended with a treasure chest hidden aboard our cardboard pirate ship. I created a 3 step hunting adventure. I wasn't sure if the group was going to be able to do it, but they loved it and I could have added a couple of extra stops. Uncle Kevin was in charge of getting the loot bags on the ship once the hunt began I don't know who was running faster the kids to find clues, or Kevin to get the bags in the boat!
Clue number one and the kids are off to find clue number 2! I really enjoyed this hunt and watching all the excitement on their faces when they found all the clues.
My 3 favorite pirates!
Love these kids!
My pirate ship. I made a barn out of cardboard for Lucas's birthday so I felt pressure to do the same for Hunter's pirate party. This ship was HUGE!! It took a really long time and lots of begging to find folks to donate the boxes. If you haven't purchased a fridge in awhile, they all come wrapped in plastic, not cardboard. I have to give a big thank you to our local Lowe's Hardware and Holston Furniture for donating the boxes to create my ship. The kids helped paint and decorate it and it was lots of fun to play in before, during and after the party. As fun as it was to make, I don't know if I will tackle a project of this size again!
More views! Even had a captain's quarters with an inside door that opened and closed.
Pirate cake. Food City made this cake and they did a fantastic job!
Getting ready for the birthday song!

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