*Note: I don't have all of the pictures I want for this post yet, since this just happened last night, but I'm posting today for the Second Star on the Right Blog Party...I'll update with more/better photos as soon as I have them!
My husband turned 33 years young yesterday.
So, I decided to celebrate by bringing one of his favorite childhood movies to life.
With the help of my friend Tara, I threw a really fun
Swiss Family Robinson Birthday Adventure!
(Oh, yeah, the party was a total surprise to Steve,
and we threw it together in less than a week!)
Here's what we did:
THE INVITES: message in a (used water) bottle
THE VENUE: wooded backyard with awesome tree house...all of the kids loved it!
(I'll have more photos of the tree house in the next post.)
THE CREW: guests came dressed as pirates/castaways/desert-islanders
SEARCHING FOR TREASURE: the pirates searched for buried treasure
...and played capture the flag in teams...using "items that washed up on the beach" to protect their flags!
THE GUEST OF HONOR: was kidnapped by rogue pirates, taken from his home, made up to look more "sea-worthy", blind-folded, and taken captive to his surprise birthday party.
we were all pretty surprised to see his face painted up when they removed the pillowcase from his head! yes, they bagged him before they grabbed him!
COCONUT CANNONBALLS: water balloons doubled as coconut bombs and were used to protect the kids' forts just like in the movie
PIRATE IDENTITIES: everyone took on a pirate persona for the party...I was "one-legged Randy". There was also Twitchy McGee, Lady Killgrew, and Scurvy Legs Jones...
ENDLESS IMAGINATION: as the evening progressed, the princess turned black widow. There was constant sword-fighting, boobie-trapping, and role-playing. So fun!
PLAY, PLAY, PLAY: ...like I said, I only took a few photos, so this doesn't represent all of the guests and fun outfits/play that was happening, but there were pirates, pirates everywhere.
THE FOOD: guests had a nice selection of pirate and islander food to choose from
We made Treasure Map Quesadillas...yum!
Smuggler's Cupcakes that looked like this (found here).
We also served "Cannonball Curry" over rice and ate it pirate-style, with our hands and flatbread.
THE DECOR: items recovered from the shipwreck
...jugs, candles, a grass umbrella, island flowers