Pirate party success

Tips for hosting your very own pirate party!

The pirate themed party for my son’s 4th birthday was a resounding success, I’m pleased to report! In this post I’ll share all the details for anyone who is interested. If you need more information please do feel free to ask in the comments below.

My husband craftily made this pirate treasure chest out of a cardboard box. This was a huge hit with the kids. We filled it with plastic balls (the kind you get in ball pools at soft play, ours are from mothercare), but shredded newspaper would have worked equally well. The chest then functioned as a lucky dip box. We bought mini pirate telescopes (they don’t really function but are fun as a bit of pirate kit) which were from amazon, and each one was wrapped up and put into the chest. At the start of the party each child had a go at rummaging in the chest for their prize.

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I bought party boxes for the party food. The party time was 1.30-3.30pm, as I didn’t want my son to be too tired for the party, but I needed the morning for preparation! Having it after lunch also avoided having to give the kids a full meal, though they still had plenty to eat!

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Each party box contained a bear to-yo fruit roll, a chocolate mini-roll and a pack of Pom-bear. Each child also got a fruit shoot which once chosen was labelled with their name (I pre-wrote the labels and my daughter helped with the process of sticking labels on during the party). We had labels for the party food boxes as well so each child could just grab any one box and it could be labelled afterward.

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This is a picture of the pass the parcel while it was being wrapped. The central prize was a light up yo-yo and each layer contained a stretchy dinosaur (25p from a shop called Fun Learning).

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And last but not least the pirate ship cake! I made this myself using box mixes for speed (Betty Crocker devil’s food cake) and a YouTube tutorial by the icing artist (icingartist.com) without which I could never have managed it. The pirates themselves I fashioned from fondant, just using pictures of pirates I found from a google search.

I’ll update shortly on all the other games the kids played which my husband (dressed as a pirate!) led.

Please check out my next post to read about the Ever after high/My little pony madness of my daughter’s 8th birthday.

Triple birthday madness

You might be interested to read this post, about taking my son to drive a miniature Mercedes car!
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A “driving lesson” for a car mad birthday boy – great indoor activity for a wintry day

This week on my just turned 4-year old’s birthday, although he had enjoyed his fabulous pirate party on the weekend we were looking for a little something to do after I picked him up from nursery to celebrate his special day.

After some lunch I suddenly remembered that I had been hoping to find an opportunity to take him to ride a toy Mercedes car at Mercedes Benz world, which I had previously noticed when I visited the spa located next door.  So we set off on a spontaneous trip to do this.

We arrived after a short drive, at Mercedes-Benz world in Weybridge, Surrey.  There’s ample room for parking, on a Tuesday afternoon anyway.  Both parking and admission to the museum are free.  At reception I signed a consent form for my son to participate, and paid £6 for a ticket for “Little Learners”.  I was told that he could do a session in 20 minutes’ time, so we spent a little time wandering around and getting a pack of crisps and a drink at the cafe which is right next to the Little Learners indoor track.

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A friendly and enthusiastic lady then came over to lead the session.  As there were no other little learners there at that time, my son was lucky enough to get a one-to-one lesson!  The lady spent a few minutes talking to him about different traffic signs, and then he was off on his way in a little Mercedes, following traffic signs and learning to stop at zebra crossings and traffic lights.

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The whole session lasted approximately 15 minutes, and at the end my son received his “Driver’s Licence” which was a proper plastic card with his name and date written on it.  He was ultra-pleased with this!

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One of the things which impressed me the most was the lady running the session.  Even though there was only one child, she still gave him 100% of her attention and made the experience very special for him.

I’m told that on weekends it is busier and to ensure the best chance of getting a driving session for your child, arrive in the morning (Little Learners is open from 10am-4pm, check the website for up to date information).  The area can be hired for children’s parties as well.

Little Learners is for ages 3-5, but for over 5’s there are simulators upstairs in Mercedes World, which looked like fun.  And there is a multitude of outdoor driving experiences available for under 17’s and adults too.

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There are some interesting things to check out like this racecar that reveals its inner mechanics…and many, many cars!

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Next door is Brooklands Spa and Hotel, which we have visited and can also recommend.  There is a good restaurant, bar and grill at the hotel, called 1907 (1907restaurant.co.uk) which does some tasty food in a stylish modern setting.  You can visit the restaurant without staying at the hotel.  There’s also a great family-friendly gastropub just a few minutes drive away, in Weybridge, called The Hand and Spear, which we’ve dined at a couple of times (www.handandspear.co.uk), so you can easily have a whole little day out with the kids in this area.

More info about Mercedes Benz World is on their website – http://www.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mpc_unitedkingdom_website/en/home_mpc/homepage/mbworld/whats-on/little-learners.html

Check out this gorgeous Christmas elf video, it will get you feeling Christmassy in no time!

Elfin the Christmas elf has landed

To read about another great day out with the kids on the outskirts of London, click below:

Bocketts Farm

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