Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Landon's Birthday and Pirate Party

Landon's birthday was on August 7th. Since his birthday party wasn't until the next day as a family we had a little celebration for him. We went to Wendy's and got dinner and also rented "The Tale of Desperoux from the Redbox. We came home and set out a blanket in the living room and watched the movie and ate dinner. It was fun and low key. Landon also opened his presents from us. We gave him a V-tech Digital Camera and a "Phineas and Ferb" DVD.

The next day we had his birthday party. He chose a Pirate theme this year and I ordered 2 party kits from Stampin' Up! They came with invitations, banner, food toppers, pirate eye patches and treasure chests. It made party prep really easy. We started out the party by letting the kids swim for a little bit. Then we ate dinner. We had Submarine sandwiches, potato salad, chips, and fruit. After dinner we had a craft. The kids all made Pirate hats and eye patches. The eye patches came from the party kit and the Pirate hats came from a pattern that my mom has at her school. The kids all had fun making them.
After the craft Landon opened his presents. We of course set out the tape line that the other kids couldn't cross. I can't say that it works perfectly, but it is a lot better than it used to be! Landon got some really good gifts. Like all boys he doesn't care much for the clothes that he open, but he did get some cowboy boots and he loves those!!

After he opened presents we went on a treasure hunt. I had made up some clues and we hid them in the backyard at different places. The clues were typed up on paper, the edges were burned to look like pirate maps and rolled up and tied with string. The kids had fun listening to the clues and then running to the correct place to find the next clues. These are the clues I had:

  1. I can roast hot dogs and marshmellows here (firepit)
  2. I'm the shape of a rainbow but a little more bumpy (arch Jamie made)
  3. I go here to look through the looking glass (telescope on the playset)
  4. I'm pretty and I bloom in the Summer and Spring (Flower Bed)
  5. When I am thirsty I can get a drink here (drinking fountain)
  6. Landon's grandpa grows tomatoes here (garden)
  7. You walk through me to get from the front yard to the back yard (gate)
  8. I'm round and shaped like a ball--but don't try to bounce me! (fountain by the fire pit)
  9. Here you can send or receive mail if you are playing house (play house)
  10. Here I can build castles in the sand and X marks the spot where I can dig (sand box)

At the sandbox the kids had to dig to find the treasure. They each got their own individual treasure box that was filled with chocolate coins. The party ended with cupcakes. I think that everyone had a fun time!!


Steph said...

You are so clever!

Erica said...

Great update Em! I'm sorry I missed it. It looks like it was a ton of fun. Happy 7th Birthday Landon! You're the best buddy!

Erica said...

The above comment is from Monica. I'm at Erica's house. Ooops!

Smiley Family said...

Cute party! So sad we missed it! I can't believe Landon is seven! He is such a cute boy and he looks even cuter in his cowboy boots :)

All About M.E.('s) said...

Fun party as usual! Happy Birthday Landon, we love you!!

whitney said...

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