Princess/Pirate Tea Party and Treasure Hunt | Sienna, Jovie, and Rowan turn 4!

I’m sure some people think that birthday parties for young kids are over the top and not worth the stress, but for us, its more like a “Yeah!  We made it another year with each other without going crazy!”  I feel like the birth of a human(s) is definitely something to celebrate.  And while it is uber stressful to put together, I love to plan and make things just to see the little surprised look on their faces.  Throw in the factors that I have been on a leave of absence from teaching for two years with a bunch of built-up creativity, and being cooped up for a nasty, long winter… we needed a party.

The girls were finally old enough to have opinions on what type of birthday party they wanted this year and they made a list of their little preschool/play date friends they wanted to invite.  We settled on a Princess and Pirate Tea Party and Treasure Hunt.  While we won’t be doing a big party like this every year, it was super fun to see a bunch of dressed up little kids just having a good time together.

I made them decide on a theme in January so that I could shop sales for decorations as they popped up, and Pinterest my life away.  If you are ever looking to create a fun, not too expensive “homemade” birthday party, hit up Hobby Lobby.  I think I only spent a total of $60 on all of the decorations, costume props, favors, paper products, and games.  Plus a $12 punch bowl set from Goodwill, which is glass, and will probably only last a few tea parties before all the cups are broken… but thats why I got it at Goodwill.

They painted treasure boxes, had a tea party etiquette book lesson followed by a tea party lunch, played many games including “Pin the Tiara on the Princess”, “Captain Hook’s Ring Toss”, and dug for buried treasure in the sand; devoured cupcakes, opened very generous and very special gifts, and ended the day with a pirate treasure hunt!  It took MANY hours of prep and a little stress here and there… but add in some yummy food, cupcakes, and pink “tea” (read: Lemonade), some perfect weather, sweet friends, and a lot of excitement, and you have yourself a party.

Cue sweetness picture roll.

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A hat was the only thing I could find to use as a blindfold... HA!

A hat was the only thing I could find to use as a blindfold… HA!

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Such a great memory to cherish.

The days may be long, but the years are short.

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5 thoughts on “Princess/Pirate Tea Party and Treasure Hunt | Sienna, Jovie, and Rowan turn 4!

  1. A fairytale memory and nothing but broad smiles, bright colors and the perfect day! You guys are the best ever!

  2. It looks like everyone had the most wonderful time! Btw, what size are all the girls wearing this time of year? Please let me know…

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