My two littles have birthdays about 2.5 weeks apart from each other. Family lives about 4 hours away in different directions. Rather than have everyone travel here and back 3 weeks apart and rather than set up and clean up for 2 parties, I usually try to combine them. I try to come up with ideas that compliment each other…this year, we did a pirate and princess theme.
I’m sharing my ideas for DIY party decor that you can do yourself. I made almost every single thing! You can, too! Come on in! 😉
For the red “x” I painted 2 paint stirrers and hot glued them together. I hot glued some twine to hang it. The pirate on the door is just drawn on poster board and I used black electrical tape to make a trail from the driveway to the front door for the pirates to enter! The princesses went through the side door. 🙂
Below is how the living room side looked as the pirates came in. I draped red streamers throughout, hung some fish net in a couple of areas, strategically placed some doubloons, and used some of our own decorations and some halloween decorations. I set the pirate loot near the door so as the pirates arrived, they could dress up.
The map is brown paper wrapping that I drew a pirate map on and then crumpled it up and even burned the edges slightly! It looked pretty cool in person. 🙂
I got our pirate decor, like the balloons, tablecloth, plates, and pail from Party City. I made a tube to hold the balloons up for the centerpiece.
Surprisingly, the decor you see here is from Dollar Tree! I got the netting from there, the banner, and the inflatable parrot! Score. 🙂 The map on the wall is just a google image I printed…I hung a few of those in random places. The “wood” on the netting is cardboard that I painted and cut the edges jagged to look like real, broken wood.
This room has no curtains! You couldn’t tell by looking at it now. I shredded some black plastic trash bags and taped them on the blind rods. The flag is from Party City.
As with all the parties I throw, I use duct tape and stickers to match the water bottles to the theme. The stickers were from Dollar Tree.
I used construction paper to cover juice boxes and found free printables online for the labels. This happened in 2012, so unfortunately, I don’t recall where I got them.
Here is the cake pop pirate ship! I used a styrofoam bottom that came in something I ordered and that’s when I got the idea. I used a box as my foundation. Added more boxes to build up the shape. Wrapped some parts in the brown paper and then painted over it with acrylic paint. I broke popsicle sticks for the wood and hot glued them on. I painted fake wood on the inside upper portion. I used a paper towel tube for the lookout tower with a styrofoam cup cut down for the hold. I had some scrap linen I used, and made the rope by cutting the tiny pieces and glueing them. The pirate skull is a wooden decoration from Michaels.
I used toothpicks, cardboard, and stickers to make this!
More popsicle sticks…
Decor for the entry:
Decor that I placed on the mantle:
This is just construction paper and a printable!
Eye patches and moustaches for the little pirates! They got to take home a map on the way out.
Crafts for the pirates to do. There were pirate hats, pirate magnets, and pirate tattoos.
After getting dressed up and doing some crafts, we all headed out for the scavenger dig. I passed out baggies and let them dig in!
A great way to rinse off all that sand? Letting them have a balloon fight and cannon ball fight (splash balls).
They got to head outdoor and take cover in the pirate ship. The pirates in the ship got the cannon balls. The pirates running around got the water balloons. See the gator in the water guarding the ship? 😉 I made the ship with refrigerator cardboard (3 boxes) and the anchor was made with leftover cardboard. The chain is construction paper.
Our lunch menu was a hot dog bar! It was so great because I didn’t have to do a bunch of cooking and everyone made it the way they wanted. 🙂
Some pirate cupcakes should be really dark. 🙂 Mmmm, chocolate!
The fairy princesses entered the Fairy Glen side! I drew on a large chalkboard and placed it on an easel on the side porch.
The dining room for the fairy princesses…
I cut tableclothes into large strips, taped one side to a small hula hoop and hung it up in the center. The other ends get taped up to the ceiling and then hang balloons from the light fixture. I put balloons across the doorways and draped a butterfly/flower garland in the doorway for the fairies to walk through. The topiary was one I made the year before for the Sweet Shoppe party.
I have this cute soji screen that I painted white, so I wanted to add some items that would go with the fairy princess theme for the littles to take some photos after they got all dressed up.
The large hanging flowers are from Hobby Lobby. The banner is from Dollar Tree.
The decor here is mostly from Dollar Tree and some from Michaels. I used construction paper folded over for the labels. I printed some cute backgrounds and added stickers to match our theme. For crafts, the fairy princesses decorated fairy wands (almost seen here- foam wands from Dollar Tree that they decorated with foam stickers and glitter pens).
The fairy princesses also got their hair and make-up done.
Next, they moved on to fairy swirls…cute tattoos I found at Dollar Tree!
And of course, nails…fast dry! 😉
The birthday princess’ pinata
Individual pinatas for the fairy princesses. I made these with toilet paper tubes and tissue paper. The fairies are images from Google that I liked, glued on.
Centerpieces were flowers and pipe cleaners. You can get that swirl by wrapping them around a pencil. 🙂 Tissue paper in the bottom, wrapped with a ribbon, and a puffy sticker hot glued on. The bird house is from Michaels and I painted it.
I wrapped the silverware in napkins, tied off with a ribbon, and put a sticker on.
More centerpieces. I made these, so you can, too!
Construction paper covered juice boxes with images from google for the labels
Duct tape and stickers!
The girls got sprinkled with pixie dust after their makeup and nails were done and then got their wings!