Fear not. My son is not full of blood. He is painted in pizza sauce as he indulged in some of his favorite foods – and tried chilli for the first time – on his first birthday. We used his birthday as a cover for his Nonna’s surprise 60th birthday on the Sunday before his big day. To best represent both of the birthday honorees, we had a pirate and princess party. Even though that party was really for nonna, we included some pirate and princess fun for the kids in the family. Here are some highlights –
1. Paper pirate hats, like the one above, put everyone in the right frame of mind for the celebration. Baby Boy already thinks he is a pirate and this – along with the foam swords and pirate beach balls we gave out as favors – only confirmed it.
2. Digging for Treasure had kids searching for rubber ducks dressed like pirates in the sandbox in the backyard. The sandbox was an affordable plastic pool filled with sand, which is much cheaper than purchasing an actual sandbox.
3. At “Capt’n Hook’s Tattoo Parlor,” replete with sign, my aunt put fake pirate tattoos on all the kids.
4. A photo booth for all in attendance had guests using props (made out of paper and including kissable lips, a crown, pirate hat, beard, and mustache) posing like pirates and princesses in front of a black plastic tablecloth that was draped over the railing.
Since that party was really for Nonna, we used the leftovers from it to truly celebrate Enzo’s big day on his actual birthday. See photo above. Along with his American first cousins, two aunts, uncle, grandparents and mommy, Baby Boy played pin the treasure chest on the map, colored a birthday sign, received more fake tattoos, and danced the night away to his favorite Italian songs. He taught his cousins about booty as in treasure, while they taught him about booty as in shake it. And fun was had by all the pirates in our land.