I will admit that my cake didn't turn out exactly how I planned. The cake was just too moist to carve the treasure chest. Luckily candy can hide a multitude of mistake's., and still tastes great.
Everything was set up for the pirate invasion. The table in the middle of the yard is where lunch would be served. It also doubled as a tattoo shop for our pirate guests.
Once everyone arrived it was time for the first activity. The search for gold coins that the pirates lost on the beach. Even the littlest guest was able to participate in this game.
Then it was time to walk the plank. We set up a balance beam over a blue tablecloth so that the kids had to walk over the water without falling in. It is much harder than it looks when you have an eye patch on!
Then they needed to swab the deck. We purchased cheap string mops at the dollar store and painted Styrofoam balls black to look like cannon balls. We divided all the pirates into two teams and had relay races.
Then our Captain was delivered a special message from Grandpa the Pirate. His treasure had been taken and hidden! They unrolled the map and began their treasure hunt.
After their treasure had been found (and a mess of gold foil littered the beach) it was time for the piñata. I am not sure where this HUGE wooden stick came from that the birthday pirate used, but it was quickly swapped out for a regular bat for the rest of the pirates.
The pirates then sat down for some lunch and cake before we opened presents and said goodbye. All the kids went hope with their treasure bags full of gold coins, pirate bandanas, eye patches, tatoos and LOTS of candy!