Ahoy, Mateys! Greetings, Ladies!

As the quad’s second birthday approached I began to panic as I fell short on party ideas. Instead of choosing a theme and then searching for a coordinating invitation, I reversed the order.  I perused invitations first, and found a simply adorable princesses and pirates birthday invitation for boy girl twins. I contacted the designer and she customized the invitation for us by adding an extra pirate and princess making it the perfect invitation for quadruplets.   Once I had a theme and invitation chosen, I discovered a treasure trove of ideas on Pinterest fit for a princesses and pirates bash.

pirates and princesses birthday party

When we choose a party theme, George and I go all out.  consequently, we both dressed the part. I made good use of an old bridesmaid dress my mom had in storage and accessorized it with my bridal tiara. George wore a few tatty items from his closet with a dew rag to create a pirate look.  As part of their birthday gift, I ordered princess dresses (on clearance) from the Disney store for the girls and Carter’s pirate t-shirts for the boys.

After our guests were welcomed, each tot was given an empty bag personalized with their name, which would later be used to collect game prizes.  Little pirates were to take a hat, sword, and eye patch while princesses were asked to select a dress and tiara.  The pirate gear was all found in Target’s party section and doubled as party favors for the boys.  The dresses were on loan, but  the tiaras were also party favors.  I used a shower curtain rod to display the selection of princess dresses available.

Give party guests an empty bag to fill with game prizes at a party

I used free clip art from Disney Junior to create labels for the loot bags.  Unbeknownst to me, it’s a “Princesses and Pirates” summer on Disney Junior.  This made finding party goods a cinch.Pirates birthday party dress up clothes double as a favorI used more free clip art found online to create signage for directing pirates and princesses about what to get.

Use a shower curtain rod to hang dress up clothes for a party or to store in a play room.

A few weeks before the party, it occurred to me that the quads weren’t familiar with pirates.  To prepare them for the party, we watched The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A Veggie Tales Movie and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  We also read Unexpected Treasures from our own bookshelf.  Since I love literacy based crafts, we created a few pieces that served as party decor.  Pirates don’t generally have the best reputation for being kind and such so I carefully selected books and videos where pirates were portrayed as having desirable virtues.

Pirate and princess crafts to decorate for a party

The quads had fun making their party decorations and still enjoy looking at their masterpieces.

Princess themed birthday

My friend, Jen, kindly served as our party photographer. I have enough trouble being a hostess without also managing the camera. Besides, she’s a far more talented photographer than I! To make sure she’d be IN a picture and not just behind the lens, I snapped this one of her.

My sister and cousin, Brandi were both on board with our princess theme and donned old formal dresses to the party.  Noteworthy…CiCi is wearing my junior prom dress, and I think she looked just like Belle.

Wear old prom or bridesmaid dresses for a princess themed birthday party princesses and the queen

Matt did his best to dress for the pirate theme with his red and white stripes with eye patch.

Matt did his best to dress for the pirate theme with his red and white stripes with eye patch.

Each of our little pirate guests came sporting pirate themed threads, but our quad buddy, Harrison matched Harper.  It was adorable!

Each of our little pirate guests came sporting pirate themed threads, but our quad buddy, Harrison matched Harper. It was adorable!

Since the quads are two and all of their guests were two, I planned a few simple party games to keep everyone occupied.  First, everyone tried their hand at fishing.  My cousin, Ryan, sat behind a black curtain hung by a tension rod while the little ones tossed a fishing pole over the curtain.  He then clipped goldfish crackers or shark fruit snacks to their line for the “big catch”.

Go fishing game for a pirates birthday party.

I also set up a treasure dig in the yard.  I filled a bucket with sand and littered it with gold doubloons (Dollar Tree plastic coins), gems, and rings.  Each guest had a chance to riffle around to find a few treasures of their own.

treasure dig game for pirates birthday party

My friend, Ashley, is talented in the baking department so I sequestered her help for creating cupcakes and cake pops.  Both were a huge hit!  By the end of the party one cake pop remained and I enjoyed savoring it with a glass of vino.

pirates and princess birthday cupcakes

Ashley made cupcakes for each princess and captain, and the liners coordinated with their “assigned colors”.

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pirate and princess cake pops

Ashley hand-made each of the sweet treats served at the party.  Her attention to detail is impeccable. The boys easily made wishes and blew their candles out, but the girls were a bit more hesitant.  Rylin used a straw to finally blow hers out, but Sydney got help from Mason.

The boys easily made wishes and blew their candles out, but the girls were a bit more hesitant. Rylin used a straw to finally blow hers out, but Sydney got help from Mason.

This year the cake smashing was much more tidy.  I love how each of the  quads approached their cupcake their own way.

This year the cake smashing was much more tidy. I love how each of the quads approached their cupcake their own way.

Harper willingly wore his eye patch for just long enough to capture a photo.

Harper willingly wore his eye patch for just long enough to capture a photo.

With four tykes, gift opening was a bit like a Christmas extravaganza.  I was proud of how well the littlest guests as well as our four managed the scene.   No one protested, tried to get into things they shouldn’t, or caused any trouble whatsoever.

The quads worked well together to open packages.

The quads worked well together to open packages.

The quads are all able to tear through paper, but still need a bit of encouragement to realize there's something beneath the pretty paper.

The quads are all able to tear through paper, but still need a bit of encouragement to realize there’s something beneath the pretty paper.  With a little help from Captain Flynn Jen, Mason decorated his arm in Jake temporary tattoos as did his troupe of friends and siblings.

Set up a temporary tattoo station for a pirate themed party.

Little princesses chose from an assortment of princess tattoos. Sydney’s choice was none other than Cinderella.

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What a scene!

What a scene!

The boys immediately made use of the pirate ship riding toy they received.

The boys immediately made use of the pirate ship riding toy they received.  This toy has been among our most popular toys since the party, and is often sought after.

Hugs!

Amber

I missed out on taking pictures of our food spread, but we served toddler favorites (PB & J, goldfish crackers, fruit, chicken nuggets, ect) and paired them with cute labels with fancy names for the Plain Jane fare.  Here are all the printables I created using the free clip art from Disney Junior.  Feel free to edit and use for your own Princesses & Pirates Party!

Treasure Dig

Captain Flynn’s Tattoo Parlor

Go Fishing

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Pirate Food Labels

Pirates Please Take

Princess Food Labels

Princesses Please Choose

Thank You Labels

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