Monday, February 25, 2013

Jack and the Neverland Pirates {2 year old Birthday}

For Jack's 2nd birthday, I took a cue from his very most favorite tv show, "Jake and the Neverland Pirates", and turned our home into the Jolly Roger.  

Being a Photographer, I have learned the hard way that if you want to enjoy and remember your children's special parties you need to hand the camera over.  I am soooooooo thankful that my friend Kim Boyd (zoë wedding art) for coming over and spending her day doing what I wouldn't have done.  So I encourage all you moms to hire someone, it's worth every penny to not have to worry about it!

I wish I had taken a picture of the invites (Target) and the RSVP insert (zoë photographic group: design by annie), because the were stinking adorable!!!  

The Dessert Table.

The RSVP card had a place for each child's shirt size.  I painted and customized them so when the kiddos were doing crafts their own clothes wouldn't be at risk.  It also came with an eye patch.

The guest book was a painting my mom did of Bucky, from Jack and the Neverland Pirates.  I had flesh-colored paints and they put a thumbprint and signed their name above.  I went back later and drew on faces.

The front of our house was the front of the boat.

Each child got a mustache, if desired, a tattoo.

This was the sword decorating station.  My wonderful sister helped by cutting out the swords from cardboard.  Such a simple and wonderful craft.   

The next station was the "Skull and Bones Stomp" (Jake reference).  I rolled out bubble wrap and let the kids jump like crazy.

Capt. Jack Ingle got to go for a ride.

The back porch was the back of the ship and the dinner setting. 
I didn't want to have to find enough little chairs so I used hay bails and covered them with fabric.

The menu:  Orange Ships on Water.  Sea Dogs.  Cannon Balls.
I am paranoid, so they are Hebrew National Hot Dogs.

He had a chair like Captain Hook.

I tried to find a fake such luck, so I made a slingshot station, which flopped, but was fun to watch the Granpas try to get working. :)  

So instead, I had the kids line up and see who could throw their potato the furthest.

The Capt. enjoying a snack.

Some kiddos collected the treasure.

To finish off the evening, I made the Lost Boys Hideout (Peter Pan reference) where they got to watch an episode of Jake.

Happy Birthday Little Pirate!

Beard Bash {30th Birthday Part 2}

Here is Part 2 of the big event!  The Beard Bash.

If anyone knows my husband, he is so extremely proud of his beard.  I have to say he does grow some nice facial hair.  So for his surprise party with family and friends I made it a celebration of just that...his beard.

The Invitation.

I made the kiddos shirts.

Hanging from our light fixture...I spent at least an hour to make sure they were hair-free.

Do you see the beard?

The man loves Dublin Dr. Pepper.

Chocolate Dunkers from Pizza Hut

I made felt beards for everyone to wear.

You can see the art work I made on the wall...forgot to snap a pic of it.

I'm not sure how it was a surprise since there were so many cars in our front yard, but he was still shocked. :)

Enjoying a cookie