Last September was my son’s second birthday party. Unlike with his first, I spent a long time considering what theme to go with; at two he was certainly old enough to have an interest in his own things, but not yet old enough to choose his own party theme. I eventually picked a pirate theme for two reasons: firstly, he was enjoying the Disney Junior show Jake and the Neverland Pirates a lot and secondly, it seemed fairly easy for me to do. Here then are my tips and ideas for hosting a pirate party for little ones:
I wanted to keep my costs down as much as possible. I try not to be a Scrooge over these things but it’s not like my little boy understood what was happening. Even so my guest lists expanded past what I was happy with because of village politics (you can’t invite kid A without inviting kid B) and at age two, parents have to accompany their charges to the party meaning every kid invited is actually at least two extra people – often more. We decided right from the beginning to book the village hall for sheer practicality. My house feels crowded with just two or three extra people inside – the thirty or so on my guest list would have been inconceivable.
The invitation is the first piece of your party puzzle and sets the theme for the event. I designed mine on Photoshop using digital scrapbooking supplies and had them printed as postcards by a photo printing company. A bonus of doing this is that it saves the cost of envelopes. If you wanted to avoid standard store-bought invitations you could also shop on Etsy where you can find thousands of sellers making fantastic themed invitations that can often be fully customized. If you want to design your own as I did there are hundreds of websites offering free fonts and digital scrapbooking supplies. Check out my favorite designer Britt-ish Designs who often has small freebies that accompany her kits and who makes a lot of Disney themed designs.