Thursday, March 20, 2014

Ahoy, Birthday Boy

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Avast, ye matey! It's time to hoist ye sails and jump into a fun-filled recap of Captain Owen's Jake and the Neverland Pirates party.

{Too much? Just the perfect amount? Yeah, I thought so.}

Owen has been three for a little over a week now, and three has been good to him thus far. An entire week of birthday celebrations was capped off with his big shindig, where a whole herd of little buccaneers came to sing him a song, eat some jello, and play as long as his heart desired. When Owen first announced he wanted a party themed after his favorite cartoon, skulls, crossbones, and gold doubloons danced in my head. We went with a color scheme of red and blue to brighten up the pirate decor, and it turned out great. I would be lying if I told you the streamer backdrop was no big deal. My husband referred to it as "the best use of birthday streamers to date." I'd also be lying if I told you that didn't make me grin.

The food for this party was so fun! It should go without saying the credit is owed to Pinterest, but isn't that what Pinterest is for? To take other moms' amazing ideas and make them your own? Right? {I hope so, because that is how I roll.} Owen's guests chowed down on a wide variety of swashbuckling treats. We had potato chips sharing the same bowl as goldfish crackers, aptly named Fish 'N' Chips, there was a tasty pasta salad disguised as Mr. Smee's Seaweed Salad, orange slice boats sailed on blue jello seas, and party-goers chomped on pretzels named after Jake's trusty sword. Pirate Punch and Gold Doubloon Lemonade washed it all down, and of course, the Silly Squids were the stars of the show. I was surprised by how many kids chose to partake in this ridiculous form of sea creature hot dog, but whatever floats your boat. Kids are weird.

Silly Squid How-To: Cut bun-length hot dogs in half {two squids per weenie} and make three scissor snips about halfway up each of those lengthwise. This should leave six, dangling, cold hot dog legs. Yum! Place in boiling water for a few minutes and you'll see the legs start to curl to adorable proportions. Perhaps you could add sesame seeds or peppercorns for eyes if you're more adventurous than me. Serve with ketchup and mustard {or don't. It's a kid's party for Pete's sake}.

We can't forget about Owen's beloved Jake Cake! From the time he decided he wanted a Jake party until about five seconds before my mother walked in with the cake, he asked about it constantly. You'll be glad to know the anticipation was not wasted. It was decorated exactly as requested and tasted incredible, but the best thing about this cake was when my baby boy stood beside it and let everyone sing to him. Attention is not something Owen Bauer minds at all. Also, before he blew out his three candles, he asked for the "fast one," which is a clapping version of the birthday song our family adopted from a Mexican restaurant that's been closed for years. Some families have normal traditions, and then we have ours.

Games were also a big part of party prep with this kid. Once the guests arrived, Owen immediately asked to take a crack at his pirate ship pinata. There was about a 60% chance of rain all day, so I was happy to oblige. Candy and doubloons filled the air after Jonathan took his turn at bat {don't worry, this was after about four rounds of kid attempts}. We also played Pin the Patch on the Pirate, Captain Hook Toss, and Doubloon Dig. We all had such a fun time watching the kids play, and it's exciting that both boys' age groups are now old enough to stand in a somewhat-orderly line and participate in organized games.

Although the streamers, banners, and doubloons still accent my kitchen, Owen's birthday week has come to a close. He had such an awesome time, and I want to thank everyone who made that possible. Thank you for coming to his party and making him feel like a super star. The downside to all this merriment, however, came on Monday morning, at day care. During pickup his teacher told me he got a little bummed when she asked him if he was three now. He hung his head and told her he was only two, because "it's not my bursday anymore." Live and learn, Owen, four will be here before you know it!

Happy Thursday, y'all!

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Jamie said...

How fun is that!?? Can I have a pirate party for my 37th birthday?

Unknown said...

Wow! You rocked that party. Everything looks great and looks like they had so much fun.