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Explosive Birthday Candles

explosive birthday candles on a cake

explosive birthday candles on a cake

Here are two sets of birthday candles that would be perfect for a pirate party. They add a special touch to your cake. You can mix them (my favorite) or use them separately. The 1″ Kaboom candles are sold in a pack of 6. You get 10 dynamite birthday candles in a box.

kaboom and dynamite birthday candles

+ Da Bomb Candles at What on Earth $7.99 each pack
+ Dynamite Novelty Birthday Candles with Sparkling Wicks at $7.88 [affiliate link]
+ Kaboom Novelty Birthday Candles with Sparkling Wicks at $7.99 [affiliate link]


The Ultimate Pirate Birthday Party Decor

pirate ship for the ultimate kid birthday party

pirate ship for the ultimate kid birthday party

This pirate birthday party for a little boy is second to none thanks to a magnificent kid-size pirate boat. A mom designed the boat along an old square teak table to sit comfortably 24 kids. Around the table she fashioned the heart of the boat structure with benches while the bow and the stern are made from recycled plywood and old packing crates. The result is a place where kids could play and imagine themselves sailing on the sea.

ultimate pirate party decor with a kid-size pirate ship

Kids played several activities including the must-have treasure hunt and potato sack races. It must have been a fantastic birthday party.

+ via Imprintables


Cupcake Topper Kits for Stress-Free Kids Party Planning

meri meri cupcake kits :: cupcake cases and toppers for baby showers and birthdays

meri meri cupcake kits :: cupcake cases and toppers for baby showers and birthdays

There is no need for fancy skills in cupcake decorating with the cupcake sets designed by Meri Meri. Those will be perfect for a kids birthday or a baby shower. Their collections are sophisticated and very affordable. Amongst the favorites, you will find:

+ the Circus Cupcake Kit
+ Oh Baby Baby Cupcake Set
+ the Pirate Cupcake Set
+ the Ready Set Go Cupcake Set

meri meri cupcake toppers and cases for boy birthday themes :: pirate party and racing cars

Each set costs $11.95 USD and includes 24 cupcake cases and 24 cupcake toppers. Therefore it is really an inexpensive solution that will make a statement at your party. Meri Meri also sells coordinated centerpieces, invites, bunting, napkins and more for each theme. Ideally, I would use the design of their cupcake cases and toppers as my starting point and find by myself the rest of the party decor. This way, I would get a custom look. But if you are in a hurry, you could save time by getting more items from the collection.

+ Meri Meri’s Party Shop


Cute Treat Bags and Halloween Costumes for Kids

halloween treat bags and costumes for kids at pottery barn

When I was a kid I used to plan weeks in advance my Halloween costume. One year, I dressed like a poor hunchback and carried a brown paper bag as my treat bag. Otherwise, I always trust my puffy pumpkin treat bag made of plastic to bring home a load of candies. I collected so many sugar treats that I do not recall a year where I ate all of them.

If you are looking for a vast selection of adorable treat bags, Pottery Barn Kids has 15 models in stock. No more plastic. Instead their treat bags are made of soft felt and lined with percale. The regular models cost $12 USD while a few premium treat bag designs cost $19. The Lady Bug tutu costume and the puffy alligator are cute.

pirate costume set

Dressing your boy as a pirate like that can be expensive. You could only buy the 6-piece pirate accessories and try to make the attire or vice versa. If you let go the hook that could be cumbersome to carry around, the rest is fairly easy to find at any store that sell toys. In fact, look around your house, you may have some items in the toy boxes or your drawers.  The 6-piece pirate set includes the sword, the pirate hat, the belt, the hook, the eye patch and the bandana.

+ Treat Bags at Pottery Barn Kids $12 – $19 USD
+ Kids Halloween Costumes $29 -$69 USD
+ Pirate Costume $59 USD
+ Pirate Accessories $59 USD


Kid Pirate Birthday Party | Real-life Party

pirate cupcakes for a  kid party by KiwiGirlSteph

I am happy to announce that the Real-life Party series which will feature actual parties done by you is officially opened.

To be fair, it is the third real-life parties from readers since I showcased the Caveman Theme for a 40th Birthday Party in January 2008 and Yuri Gagarin’s Night Party 2008 in Montreal in April 2008.

Birthday Cake and Party Favors

Steph, a.k.a. KiwiGirlSteph on Flickr made these adorable cupcakes for a boy fourth birthday party. This mom is very talented and she bakes cakes for her friends and family.

The birthday cake was in fact a pirate ship. The cupcakes were the loot. Every cupcake went home in a mini treasure chest along with chocolate coins and pirate stickers.

The Invitations Set the Tone

The invites were homemade with a lot of pirate speak. They selected a treasure map design and aged the paper with tea.

Décor and Costume

The party was a fantastic event organized by the parents. First, they decorated their house with a pirate theme. All the kids and parents were
dressed up.

Activities for the Kids

It is important to plan several activities to amuse the kids. The parents set up a tattoo parlor manned by an Auntie. Other activities include a dress up treasure chest, pin the patch on the pirate game and the usual treasure hunt. To top it up, they hired a pirate Captain Blackboots to perform on his small scaled pirate ship.


The kids had fish and chips for the food along with the usual party food.

That sounds like a fantastic party. Thank you Steph for the insider tips. If you are looking for more fabulous cake inspirations, do not miss KiwiGirlSteph’s Cakes, Cupcakes and Cookies set on Flickr.

Photo credits: KiwiGirlSteph on Flickr – rights reserved

+ Pirate Cupcakes for a Pool Party
+ The pirates take over an outdoor kid birthday party

CAKES + desserts FOOD + DRINK

Pirate Cupcakes for a Pool Party

pirate cupcakes by the sweet tooth fairy

The pirate theme seduces both children and adults. A pirate party is fit to be really creative with the décor and the food. I spot the cutest pirate cake and cupcakes on Cupcakes Take The Cake blog.

The Sweet Tooth Fairy, a cake shop from Salt Lake City made a Jolly Roger pirate cake plus several dozens of pirate cupcakes for a pirate party. I like everything from the blue and red color palette to the execution.

Pirate Kid Party Ideas

If you are looking for decor ideas, check out the pirate party mood board I did last year. The pirate theme was designed for an outdoor kid birthday party. Yo-ho-ho! A Pirate Party! written by The Finer Things provides more cool ideas.

>>> Sourcing:
Learn more: The Sweet Tooth Fairy
Photo credits: The Sweet Tooth Fairy on Flickr – rights reserved
Via: Pirate Cupcakes [Cupcakes Take The Cake]


Boys and Girls birthday party themes by Pottery Barn Kids

Polka dot collection and kid decors by Pottery Barn Kids

If you have ever shop at Pottery Barn Kids, you know that the store is all about creating cute and almost fairytale environments for your children.

With all the fun kid accessories in the store, it is easy to design a theme birthday party if you shop there. Because their staff is fully aware that your kids love to entertain, Tabletop and Birthday Parties are spotlighted in their catalogue.

For play dates and celebrations, why not organize a Carnival event where kids can alternate between the acting roles of a concession seller and a Carnival visitor? Or if you entertain the kid at the beach, go with a friendly Shark luau party.

Pink and green birthday party theme

From table runners, dinnerware, table and chairs to personalized decorative items, this is the place where the kids are kings and queens. I am showing you the Polka Dot collection. The Hibiscus luau party is fun for a summer event.

Make sure to grab a Happy Birthday banner with the classic party hanging décor and a white cake stand. These items represent money well spent since you will be able to reuse them with new accessories. From a few basic elements you will can create many more new party themes for girls.

Personalized gift ideas

One thing for which Pottery barn is strong is the fact that we can put our name or initial in a lot of their exclusive products.

The rustic Thomas step stool and the personalized terry travel bag are two gift ideas that I like a lot for the young children. At this age, kids want to be treated as grownups. They are thrilled when you give them things that look like the grownup stuff.

Lots of other party themes

soccer party, baseball party, pirate party, shark luau party by Pottery Barn Kids

Other themes are the Soccer party, the Baseball party, the Shark Party and the Pirate party. In our modern society, these themes amuse boys and active girls.

The Pirates theme is well executed. It looks classier that the plates and place mats available at Toys R Us or from Disney.

One stop party central for kids

For each theme, you will find tablecloths, place mats, runners, plates, glasses, photo op canvas, hanging pennant flags, activity games and more party supplies.

This is not all. Their Birthday stationery from themed invitations, thank you cards and gift wrapping supplies look original and fun. If you are short on time, I suggest you visit a Pottery Barn Kids near you to find almost everything for your kid celebrations in one place.

A small lesson in marketing history

I assisted to a direct marketing conference in 2000 where the president (I think) of Pottery Barn was a guest speaker. I was impressed by the company approach at that event. They continue to inspire me today.

Did you know that the kid division at Pottery Barn existed because of a group of employees were desperately seeking great furniture to decorate their baby and kid rooms? They worked hard to persuade the direction that there was a market for better and more fun kid furniture. Today it sounds so obvious.

Buy online: Birthday parties and celebrations at Pottery Barn Kids


The pirates take over an outdoor kid birthday party

A pirate theme kid birthday party :: inspiration board

When I did earlier my series on Habitat, the small fishing boat scene cut my eyes. It taught it would be great for pirate theme party for kid.

A few days after, my nephew had his birthday. My sister in law M. made the party around a pirate theme. Then, I started working on my board.

Temporary tattoos are easy to find at toy store. M. got her pirate tattoo kits at Toys R Us. Kids and adults like the idea. Most people put more than one. The tattoo was our entrance ticket if we want to go swimming. All guys grab the skull heads; so make sure to stock well.

Every party starts with the invitations. If you can, try to send the invitations by mail. I found these coaster shape invites at Aliroo, a UK stationary company. Their designs are very cool. The invites are printed on genuine 94mm diameter coaster stock. They are sold in set of 8 invitations with matching envelops. Aliroo carries a vast selection of grown up invitations; check out their entire selection for inspiration.

My board was designed for 2 age groups of small kids. Most of time, kids of different ages will attend the same birthday party so it is best to be prepared for more than one age group.

For the younger kids, I suggest a soft air-filled pirate boat. I select the Pirate Ship Play Center by Little Tikes (only $39.99 CAD at Toys R Us); it is well-priced and it looks fun for kids. The idea is to create a scenario behind your party theme. I decide that the youngest will be the pirates and the rest of the kids will play the shipwrecked people.

For the other kids, creating a realistic wrecked lifeboat required a few easy steps. Start with a little fishing boat. Make sure to include a buoy with a cord. If you can find one or if you do not mind the extra expense, a broken oar seems more realistic. Maybe, you can try a marine boat shop or a marina to see if they do not have a broken one to spare.

Any handyman should be able to secure a pole to the lifeboat. Hang on the pole a bed sheet sail or a white canvas on which you draw a watercolor or better yet, a wash down pattern. Draw something else than a pirate inspired sketch on the lifeboat sail. You can simply write down Help! on the sheet.

For a theatrical effect, try to rest the wrecked lifeboat near the sandbox or create a beach spot with sand. Putting a large rock or a large damp stump creates a dramatic set up.

My lifeboat inspiration was taken from 2007 summer mini-catalogue of the UK store Habitat. They use BEAM kid bed linen, £39 a single set. Instead of a triangular flag, Habitat stylist team hangs FASHION Monster by Christian Lacroix, the fashionista will be impressed.

You can put on the top any stuffed teddy bear or plush monkey that you like. The patched textile of the FASHION Monster reaffirms the idea of a wrecked ship. It is something to keep in mind.

Update: Fabric stuffed animals are the latest trend according to Nesting blog: Inside Cookie. Why not put a stuffed on top of your sail? And your kid will thank for this gift. I like Reddy sold for $29.95 USD or Ollie the dotted owl at $39.95. Both are available at Orange Button. The orange and aqua Zeke the Alien Giraffe from the neverenoughhours shop at etsy is just adorable. You may want to review all her collection before making your choice but be warned that it can complicate the selection process.

The parrot is a must for a pirate theme. This place is a Zoo sells realistic stuff animals, a lot are jungle animals. I select the Realistic Blue Parrot, an affordable option at $24 USD.

FISHING from Habitat and even HELLE, a rubber kid swinging loop, are fun outdoor kid toys. The 12-inch high treasure chest pinata is from Plum Party. I also spot a set of 6 child’s felt pirate hat for $24 USD at Plum Party.

The pirate Bandana and the pirate Telescope come from the Web site. Some pirates can wear a red bandana or a plain black bandana. Give to the wrecked team tropical patterned bandanas but make sure to mix and match the look and style to be more authentic.

Finally, I want to point out this adorable homemade pirate ship cake that I found on flickr. One thing that I particularly like about this cake is the realistic sail. The writing and the burned spot are well executed. I salute the appropriate choice of the character font.

This homemade birthday cake was made by the parents for the third anniversary of a boy named Kade. It shows that with a little bit of imagination and skills, you can make a more interesting kid birthday cake than the typical models from the big chain stores. Kyleroth shares more details about the pirate cake on flickr.

I think you got enough stuff to start thinking about your pirate theme for a kid birthday party.

Buy online: Coaster-style pirate invitation cards and matching envelops at Aliroo
Buy online: Pirate Ship Play Center by Little Tikes at Toys R Us
Buy online: BEAM Kid bed linen, FASHION Monster and FISHING toy at Habitat
Buy online: Treasure chest pinata at Plum Party
Buy online: Child’s felt pirate hat at Plum Party
Buy online: Pirate Bandana and Pirate Telescope at
Buy online: Realistic Blue Parrot at This Place is a Zoo
More cake photos: Pirate ship cake in kyleroth’s photostream on flickr
Read more: Trend Watch: Fabric Stuffed Animals on Nesting blog: Inside Cookie