Joshua’s Pirate Birthday Party

I can’t believe our little man is two years old already! Time certainly flies! We are so grateful to God for Joshua David. Our sweet little baby is now a full-on toddler complete with bursts of energy and craziness but above all a sweet and kind heart. A good friend of mine calls this age the Terrific Twos and I can’t agree more with him. God is good and children are his biggest blessing.

Last year we celebrated Joshua’s birthday with a nautical themed party. This year we kept it oceanic and organized a pirate party, pirate ship and all. I have come to realize that the older the kids get, the less pictures I am able to take since I have to make sure everyone is kept alive and bruise free so please bear with me as I am only able to post a few pics of the party. I totally forgot to take a picture of the food spread and by the time I wanted to take pics of the tables they were all hmm semi-destroyed.

I am happy to announce the party was a success as evidenced by the destroyed pirate ship, the depleted cupcakes and cake and the beautiful smile on my Joshua’s face. I was quite surprised he actually played long and hard until the end of the party. Even after there were only a few friends left, he kept enjoying himself and having a fantastic time.
I will try to share with you the most I can from the party. I am disappointed I didn’t take more pics but I am not disappointed that the kiddos had a great time and I actually got to sit down and chat with my friends for a few minutes. We had a wonderful time.

Hey there

Ahoy Mateys!

Captain Josh

Captain Josh

The Decoration

My favorite type of decor is home-made. I love buying printable party packages from etsy and putting them together. This time I got the pirate ship package from Mimi’s Dollhouse. I looooved all the details and really enjoyed putting the decor together. As always I visited Pasar Mayestic to get fabric and ribbon to put the decor together.

Watter Bottles

Watter Bottles

Goodie bags and presents, Thanks!

Goodie bags and presents, Thanks!

Some of the table decor, post-chaos.

Some of the table decor, post-chaos.

The rest of the decor I got from Oriental Trading. I love throwing “character-less” parties and being able to choose a theme without a specific character in mind. Oriental is the best place to get this kind of stuff. I just typed in the word pirate and a world of options opened before my eyes. I think the favorite piece of decor from Oriental was the inflatable pirate which of course later became a wrestling buddy. The gold coins were also very popular and the kids loved searching for them throughout the function room.

The ship and the pirate

The ship and the pirate

Collecting gold doubloons

Collecting gold doubloons

Wrestling with the giant pirate

Wrestling with the giant pirate

Our cousin Kymberly had just had a pirate themed birthday party for her cute son’s first birthday and she was very kind to send a bunch of decorations all the way to Jakarta. They were the perfect finishing touches to the party.

Comme d’habitude my amazing hubby was able to make a structure for the kids to play in. This time he made a pirate ship, complete with a steering wheel (from last year’s party) and a sail. By the end of the party we had a short of shipwreck as the sail capsized but the boat is still holding on and is now in the playroom.

Making progress on the pirate ship.

Making progress on the pirate ship.

Captain Evan

Captain Evan

The second home-made structure was a treasure chest where we placed the goodie bags. The kids were excited to see it and were trying to get their loot as soon as they got there.

Goddie Bags

Goodie Bags

The Food

Nothing too fancy, everything was very kid-friendly except for the Sangria which was mommy-and-daddy-friendly. We made home-made mini pizzas and baked mac and cheese. We had chips and dips, hummus and veggies and a big fruit platter.

Joshua enjoying the pretzel sticks

Joshua enjoying the pretzel sticks

Kids having fun!

Kids having fun!

For the dessert table we had my old faithful chocolate fountain which was saved by my friend Michele as I burned ran out of chocolate and she was kind enough to bring extra chocolate along. Marshmallows and Strawberries were covered in chocolate and devoured by me all. I love having a candy buffet but I always end up with tons of candy left so this year I only had Hershey’s kisses on all the tables.

Desserts

Desserts

The piece de resistance was a fondant cake that I was able to make at home and not destroy in the process. Again, may awesome hubby took over most of the creative process and helped me decorate it. Apparently stripes need to be measured and placed symmetrically on the cake…. Thank God for my engineer hubby.

The cake. Yay for toy pirates!

The cake. Yay for toy pirates!

Activities

It seems like kids are still at an age where they can pretty much entertain themselves. We just scattered around several thing toys and things for them to play with and the squeals of joy were evidence enough that they had a blast.

The biggest hit was of course the pirate ship. Up to 10 kids sailed away at the same time. They really enjoyed pretending to be pirates in a far a way land.

How many kids can you fit in a pirate ship?

How many kids can you fit in a pirate ship?

Ohh so many...

Ohh so many…

We also had an activity table complete with coloring pages and activities from the printable package. This is the first time I find a printable party package that includes activities and I absolutely loved them! There was a crossword puzzle, a map and a word find sheet.

Activity Table

Activity Table

Creative Table

Creative Table

Another big hit were the decorate-yourself pirate hats from Oriental. The kids loved putting stickers on them and wearing their creations.

Evan with his pirate hat

Evan with his pirate hat

Overall…

We celebrated Joshua’s Second Birthday with good friends and were once again reminded of how faithful God has been all these years. We love our kiddos and are so grateful every day, even the tantrum filled ones.

Happy Birthday Josh!

Happy Birthday Josh!

Evan singing

Evan singing

Joshua after a minor altercation with the wall... Yeah, he literally hit the wall.

Joshua after a minor altercation with the wall… Yeah, he literally hit the wall.

Blow your candles!

Blow your candles!

Good job!

Good job!

Eating the fondant off the pirate's feet.

Eating the fondant off the pirate’s feet.

This was a fabulous day for us as a family. We enjoyed every single minute of it and loved sharing this special occasion with our baby who isn’t a baby anymore.

It's not a party unless you get to hit your big brother in the head with a balloon

It’s not a party unless you get to hit your big brother in the head with a balloon

Josh had a blast and Stella was just looking gorgeus as usual!

Josh had a blast and Stella was just looking gorgeous as usual!

Josh was super excited he even bit my leg!

Josh was super excited he even bit my leg!

Opening the presents.

Opening the presents.

Again we are so grateful to have the opportunity to celebrate with friends who have become family even while overseas. Now let the Christmas preparations begin and in a few weeks we will see you again for Evan’s Super Hero Birthday Bash.

6 thoughts on “Joshua’s Pirate Birthday Party

  1. Nice party Ana and Thanks for sharing the info. It’s amazing that you can pull this off while working and managing 2 kids. I need to learn from the expert :-). just wondering, does Oriental Trading deliver to Jakarta?

    • Thanks, Wanda! I just started working on it little by little and about a month ahead of the party. Oriental doesn’t deliver to Jakarta at this time…. But you can find lots of great party supplies in Glodok.

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