Friday, May 30, 2008

Ahoy Matee!

WARNING: Long post.

I was sitting here with blogger's block when my son said, "Mom, I want an Indiana Jones party!". Then it hit me. Birthday season is coming. My kids birthdays are in July and August, which means I start planning in December. Well, maybe not quite that early. Last year, my son had a Pirate's of the Caribbean party. So...the planning began.

I would like to say I easily ordered the cake, but this is NOT what it looked like when I picked it up. It literally had two spots on the top--one for water and one for sand. I had to crumble graham cracker crumbs all over for the sand, cut cereal boxes for the shark fins, add chocolate chips for the treasure spot, and dig through my son's toys for all the other embellishments. I don't know that there's a word to describe my anger at the bakery that day.
After decorating the cake, I then decorated the children. Swords, patches, and head gear, of course. Don't the little girls just look savage? My daughter, of course, has her very practical "clicky" shoes on as she calls them. ;-)

Well, what's a pirate party without a treasure hunt? I wish I would have taken a picture, but I composed some rhyming clues for the kids and nearly burnt the house down trying to "antique" the edges of them. Note to self: make sure the match is out before you throw it in the trash can.

I had my in-laws stay with the little girls on their hunt because it would be easier. Doesn't it look like my father-in-law is on an easy run UP hill? What a good grandpa!

I'm sure you can't tell from this picture, but my husband was rather proud of their treasure finding moment! Good ol' hubby buried it nice and deep so the boys would have to actually dig for it.

They open the treasure box...

And everyone get's their booty! (My immaturity made me giggle at that word.)

A good time was had by all, and mom slept REALLY well that night. A word of advice: treasure hunt parties are a LOT of work!

P.S. This is the only picture I have to prove that I actually existed on that day. I took it of myself by accident. How. sad.


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

That is an awesome party. You went all out! I can believe you start back in November. I'm a pathetic kids' party planner. My son's 8th birthday is on June 21st and all I have decided is that the kids can see Wallee (or whatever the new disney movie is called that will be released the next week) and then they will come over afterwards.

That is where things get a little fuzzy. You see, now you've got me thinking I should tie in the movie to the "at home" part. It honestly didn't even occur to me until just now. I need to stick with moms like you, creative party geniuses.

Thank you for the kick in the booty. LOL!!!

And that photo of your foot is a classic. Moms are rarely seen in photos, so a foot sighting is a real keeper.


Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

What a fun party!

I sure hope you didn't pay for the cake!

Caren said...

That looks like it was so much fun! I can't wait to see what you do for Indiana Jones... that seems oh so much more challenging than pirates, at least as far as activities go.

Stephanie said...

Wow! You are one creative momma! I'm excited for my daughter to have themed birthday parties like this. I want to go all out for them too. I may have to call you for some tips though!

Kristen said...

What a cool party! That looked so great (and I hear you on the cake thing that has happened to me before too)

I love doing the birthday parties, what fun memories for the kiddos!

And your toes look time get both feet in or at least the whole shoe! lol

Unknown said...

Awesome party and lovely pictures. I love the flipflop in the bottom photo, by the way! :)

Kimba said...

Very nice party! I'll bet your son loved it.

Nice picture of you too. Have you lost weight? ;-) That's about all you usually see of me in pictures too. It never occurs to anyone else to pick up the camera.

Barbara said...

Nice party idea from Jackson. You are such a great got more of yourself in the picture than I usually get. No one bothers taking the photographer's picture. How sad, seeing's how you were the brain of the whole thing.
I'm sure your ideas will be wonderful.

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