Our five year old Birthday Boy!
A pirate ship cake, with cannon candles, because why not? This cake was very nearly a shipwreck disaster. As we finished up decorating it we noticed a small crack... that then got bigger and bigger and then 'CRAP HOLD IT UP!" See that box in the back? Yeah, it's totally holding the cake together. Stack 4 layers of cake only on one side at your own risk... But still, pretty cool, right?
Here is the cannon... it shot 2-liter bottles....
And the fine ship, The Salty Owl. (Our neighbors happen to cut down their old privacy fence last week and Nick saw nothing but opportunity in that old pile of wood)
If you are curious if it actually worked, here is a video, including the taking down of the ship where the crows nest drops and spills treasure. Seriously, sometimes Nick amazes me.
Other games included walking the plank... (I drew those signs! I mean, they might not be as impressive as a working cannon, but still. PROUD)
That is an actual pit full of water that Nick dug... just in case you were curious. The kids had to walk out on the plank and grab their pirate bandanna in order to move on to the next pirate map obstacle on the way to the treasure
I am happy to report the plank was able to hold an adult as well...
Bandannas were quickly put to good use
Next up, in order to win a sword they had to toss a ring on the hook!
I am happy to report every pirate was successful
Oh, they got eye patches too...
Next up was firing the cannon
Which I am sure you are shocked to hear they were VERY EXCITED ABOUT
Just after taking down the left side of the sail (Nick has everything rigged so that when it was hit it would drop... I can't even...)
The dropping of the crows nest...
The mad dash for treasure.. (Henry wins!)
It's a madhouse!
Our pirates and the ship builder with the now defeated Salty Owl
Then there was sword fighting...
And birthday cake
nun chuck practice (SAFE!)
All in all, a perfect pirate party!
And now for lots (and lots) more pictures!
Mama and Papa with the birthday boy
What party is complete without special bottle labels? Most, actually. But not this one!
The kids table!
Adorable Thank Ye Matey suckers made by Nanny!
Charing and Carter
Nana and Henry
Cory, Wes and Liz
Aunt Boo and Uncle Chris
Ryan and Arielle
Me, stealing some baby Freddy time!
Aunt Candice and Lucas
Grandaddy and GrandVal
Nanny and Papaw
Great Grandma stealing a quick hug
James with his treasure
Aunt Nicole, Uncle Chris and Nieem
Grayson and his Mama
Charing with Freddy
Henry and Hawk
A proud Mama and Papa