The day finally came and Niev was ecstatic! In our house we have a Birthday Pirate that comes and decorates for everyone's birthday. Niev woke up and was very excited about the streamers the BP had used.
Niev of course, chose to wear her pjs to her birthday party and you can't argue with the birthday girl so...Dinosaur jammies it is! While we were waiting for all her friends to come, I put on a CD that I had made for her with all of her favorite songs and boy, did they dance!
We read to them from David Shannon's "The Day I Became a Pirate" and then had them don eyepatches. None of the girls were huge fans of the half-blindness so they only lasted for a picture.
We then had a sword fight. The girls were surprisingly timid and not very aggressive. I had made a rule that when the music stopped they had to freeze. I had made that rule to ensure that if they got out of control that I had a chance to break the chaos up. They enjoyed the freezes more than the fighting. I guess I need to have a boy.
They had a coloring activity and a scavenger hunt (candy necklaces were the prizes) and then it was time to eat some pizza and cake. Overall it was a succesful party and I think Ian and I had just as much fun as the kids. Niev's favorite part of the party was that I had a bowl of gumballs on the table and as soon as they wanted a new piece of gum, they spit out their old piece in the garbage and then they were allowed to get a new piece. We quickly got rid of all the extra gumballs. Rowan also enjoyed being in on the action. She loved dancing and trying to keep up with the big girls.
The Pirate Gumball cake!