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  • THEME: Pirate Party on the Beach
  • SUBMITTED BY: Laura Aguirre of LAURA’S little PARTY
  • Occasion: First Birthday (for Laura’s son)
  • Location: Orange County, California
  • Type of Submission: Real Party

(selected & edited by HWTM | explained by Laura)

1. Modern Pirate Birthday Cake

My little guy’s 3-tiered pirate cake by Oh For Cake’s Sake was nothing less than spectacular! The detail and love that was put into it was just amazing… not to mention, DELICIOUS!

2. Painted Treasure Map Globe

I found this black globe at HomeGoods, and gave it a little pirate party makeover. To match the treasure map bucket seats, I painted a white map trail, and added a red X.

3. Pick Yer Poison Drink Station

Decorative pirate skulls were the key to making this drink station EYE-catching. ;) The “Pick Yer Poison” banner is from TomKat Studio, and the skulls and chains were pulled from my own Halloween decor storage. I served Yo Ho Ho Punch (Fruit Punch) and Hornswoggle Lemonade from plastic drink dispensers.

4. Treasure Map Bucket Chairs

I got a crazy idea in my head to use buckets for seating! I found some car wash buckets at Walmart, but they were blue. Easy fix! I used black Krylon spray paint for plastic, and sprayed each bucket. Once they dried, I painted a white dotted map trail, made red X’s with mini popsicle sticks, and hot glued them to each bucket.

5. Pirate Skull Sucker Party Favors

I found these cool skull suckers at Oriental Trading Company… isn’t the detail on them great?! The best part though is that arrived were wrapped and ready to go! I used a cool black and white mason jar from Just Add Glitter by Marla to display them.

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My little guy’s 1st year went by so quickly! I’ve always wanted to do a pirate themed party. With the help of some sweet friends, we planned a fun gathering for my little Pirate. Dylan’s pirate themed party took place on the beach, while vacationing at our time share, in San Clemente, CA.

I created a few DIY projects for the party. The projects included a pirate teepee, a ship’s mast, a sword shack, and painted car wash buckets, that served as seating, for the little party guests.

Menu & Desserts:

We served the kids gold coin nuggets, sweet corn on the cob, and mini cups of fruit. The adults feasted on chicken & veggie kabobs, kale salad, and beans.

We also had yummy mini oreo cookies that had the most detailed treasure maps, swords, and hooks that I’ve ever seen! We also served cupcakes that I bought from the grocery store. I added some fabulous ship cupcake toppers, and printable circles to them, and they so perfectly completed our dessert bar.

Kids Table:

I added a few fun elements here. I took little wooden spoons, and stamped them with pirate lingo. I embellished plastic milk bottles with twine, pieces of burlap, and pirate printables. I then added some cool paper straws that had skulls on them. The kids ate on pirate ship shaped plates. The table scape included pirate hooks, and paper crowns for each guest, embellished Ikea lanterns, and a mini pirate ship, on top of a burlap runner.


The guests got to take home black flip flops {perfect for the little beach-goers}, swords, eye patches, goody bags that were filled with bubbles, ring pops, along with a few other “treasures”. And to help contain all their pirate’s booty, they carried everything home in their bucket seats!


I painted a wooden high chair for the birthday boy, and added the most beautiful, personalized, handmade garland. It was made from burlap, skull fabric, and pompoms. This is something we’ll treasure & use for years to come. Another fun element were the hand painted Mason jars! Decorated with stripes, and twine, they held our pirate skull lollipops, oh-so-perfectly.

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