“Zander be 3″ – A pirate-themed 3rd birthday!

Posted by on January 20, 2012 in crafty, kids, printables | 8 comments

As evidence of how far behind I am on blogging…this party happened in November and I am just getting to blogging about it!

First of all, I love planning Zander’s birthday parties. You can see his first birthday (a Dr. Seuss party) and his second birthday (a car-themed party) in my previous posts.

As I picked the theme for this year’s party, I tried to find something I knew Zander would love. He loves the movie “Peter Pan,” but I’m not the hugest fan of doing a cartoon-themed party, so we went with a general pirate theme.

I didn’t want it to get too dark or scary, so we stuck with really fun colors and cute pirate decorations.We had also just moved back to the States two weeks before his birthday, so I had plan quick and cheap.


We did a mid-morning party because that is when Zander is at his happiest. Because of this, we didn’t need to serve a full meal, so we did brunch-y snacks.

  • Cannonballs (grapes)
  • Chocolate donuts
  • Salty Sea Water (blue punch)
  • Orange Slice Pirate ships (found this awesome idea here)
  • Cupcakes – Pumpkin w/Cream Cheese Frosting and Chocolate Chocolate Chip (Nothing Bundt Cake knockoff – a.k.a. the best cake recipe ever…found here)

Pirate Gear

  • Hats from Meri Meri
  • Hooks & Eye Patches from Dollar Tree
  • Tattoos from Hobby Lobby



The treasure hunt was definitely the highlight of the party – the kids had a blast swinging on the rope, walking the plank and searching for the treasure chest. Luckily, my parents have 4 acres of land for the kids to run around on.

I got the hanging banner and cupcake wrappers/toppers from Meri Meri using a 50% off deal – the quality was awesome and everything was super cute.

I had a whole pinterest board for his party, but with the lack of time, I had to pick and choose what I wanted to do – to check out my inspiration board – click here.

Happy Birthday to Zander!


  1. Your theme car ideas are very creative but best of all sound like lots of fun. I’m getting ready to celebrate my son’s 2nd. birthday he loves cars and the beep,beep sounds. I wasn’t able to see the pictures only the pirates theme. If you still have the printable for the theme cars will you be willing to share. Thank YOur

  2. I love the salty sea water labels!! Where did you get those??? I cannot find them ANYWHERE!

  3. Thanks for Linking up @CountryMommaCooks….Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Such a fun party! You did such a great job! I love all of the pirate-themed details!!

  5. Wow, that looks like the coolest pirate party ever!

  6. It’s looks like all of the kiddos, big and little, arrr having a great time!

    : )

    Julie M.

  7. what a fun party
    for a sweet birthday boy

    i adore those boats in a cup
    and the banners you crafted

    thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  8. Wow, this is the cutest! I love all the great details you added! I am pinning this for sure!

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