|The invitation - I did this in Photoshop.
|Balloons! I made a balloon column with a pirate ship on top (Toby is standing in front of it), and then a tabletop base to hold the Jake balloon which sat on the table. I wanted to make that one float but my helium tank ran out on the ship! Boo! He loved them both though. I realize everyone out there isn't also a professional balloon twister, but if you live near me you can certainly hire me to make you a balloon centerpiece, too! ;-) Here you can see he is wearing his Jake Halloween costume I made him!
check out my Snapguide!
|See the steps to make this cake, here!
Rather than spend a ton of money on decorations, I usually try to work with what I have. Since we gave him a couple Jake toys earlier in the day, I cut the pictures of the characters out of the boxes and used them in various places as decoration during the party, too. I also took this white bowl and made it into a pirate-y skull with some black construction paper and tape:
|We have this "FurReal" parrot that my parents gave us, and he made a fun decoration with an eye patch added!
Doing projects rather than coloring sheets was such a huge hit at our last Angry Bird party, I decided to go that route again for this party. I put out supplies for the kids to make three things...a telescope, a treasure map, and a pirate flag!
|Supplies in a divided food dish
The pinata was fun to make! This one felt easy to me compared to others I've done because I didn't have to make any paper mache paste. No mess, and no waiting for stuff to dry! Just cardboard and tape, covered with paint. Click here to see my Snapguide that shows all of the steps I took to make this pinata.
|I drew a few skulls and "4's" on the window with some window paint...a fun and quick way to add decorations without spending a lot of money or storing a lot of "stuff!" Our dollar store sells these window paints!