158 weeks | A pirate birthday party {Siblings March}

A pirate birthday party

As quick as a flash, the not so ‘terrible twos’ are over and my sons are into another year of their lives.

Lots of folk have said to me recently:

‘Ooh, I bet you’ll be glad when the two’s are over won’t you?’

But I can honestly say — hand on heart — no, I’m not glad it’s over.

I’m delighted to have seen my two little boys safely into another year of their lives but time seems to be gobbled up so quickly these days. They’re speeding, ever faster, away from the babies I once knew. I love the fact that they’re growing up into such amazing little people but I wish it wasn’t happening quite so fast.

Their birthday dawned misty, with the promise of sunshine — a far cry from the day that I met my babies for the first time. There was snow on the ground that day and the sky was the colour of iron. It was bitterly cold and I remember feeling so fearful, wondering if I was going to be able to keep them warm enough — they were so tiny and fragile.

Three years on and the babygrows have been replaced by jeans and hoodies, the booties have given way to cute little sneakers and the tiny, mewling little scraps of skin and bone are now mop-headed, rambunctious little boys.

We celebrated with a pirate birthday party — a little gathering of friends and family — and more chocolate and cake than you can shake a (piñata) stick at.

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A pirate birthday party

The table all laid and ready for our shipmates

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Little Pirate design tableware from Party Delights — perfect for a pirate birthday party

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A pirate birthday party | I’d made pirate themed cupcakes and a birthday cake

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The two birthday boys

It was so much fun decorating the house, ready for the party! I can totally see how party planners get hooked into doing that for a living.

I found some amazing pirate themed tableware and decorations from a website called Party Delights. They’ve got SO much stuff to choose from that it was really difficult to make a decision — balloons, party favours, a fantastic range of tableware — and not just for little pirates either; I bet whatever theme you can think of, they will have some decorations to suit.

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This guy looks like he could do with feeding up ;)

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A pirate birthday party | I sprayed Oreo cookies with edible gold from Dr Oetker to look like Doubloons

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A little pirate planning on what cake to eat next

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Lemon cupcakes with pirate decorations

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Bags of loot — perfect for a pirate birthday party

The boys wore sweet little striped tops by Bob & Blossom from a fab little site called Little Chickie that has so many lovely clothes and gifts for little people.

I’d decided against getting them dressed up head to toe in pirate fancy dress but a little nod to the theme, by way of a nautical stripe, was perfect.

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Bertie getting a bit confused how old he is!

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Recreating the bubble shot from their first birthday!

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Mesmerised by bubbles

We played Piñata — this was the first time that the boys had done this and they took great delight in belting a giant treasure chest, which we’d filled with chocolate coins.

I’m so thankful it was such a beautiful afternoon too, being able to get outside in the fresh air made me feel as thought we’ve finally said goodbye to the winter.

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A pirate birthday party | One of the birthdays boys wearing his gorgeous striped tee from Little Chickie

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Pirate themed Piñata

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Cake and Champagne — a lovely combo!

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The birthday boys with my sister — their Auntie Jingle

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The perfect cake for a pirate birthday party

All in all the most amazing day — a pirate birthday party for my two favourite little people — and a fitting celebration to mark them turning three.

They are the absolute light of our lives; more precious than I can put into words. Their daddy and I were happy before they arrived — he’s my best friend in the whole world and we love each other’s company — but the arrival of our sons shifted everything, in a way that I couldn’t really have imagined and made everything complete.

They altered our relationship in the best way possible; changed our label as ‘a couple’ into that of ‘parents’.

I love these little faces more than I can say! Here’s to them and to a magical, brilliant fourth year — Happy Birthday Twinkles xx


PS — I am making no apologies for the number of photos in this diary entry!! I took almost 400 pictures on Sunday so I think I’ve managed to narrow them down as well as I could.

This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.


Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 16th Mar 2016 / 5:31 pm

    Love this! What a beautiful party! The boys looked blooming adorable too. Nice one poppet xx

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 6:16 pm

      Aah thanks lovely! It was SUCH an awesome day!! I blooming love kids’ birthday parties!! :)

  2. 16th Mar 2016 / 7:18 pm

    Oh what a wonderful party! Happy Birthday boys, I really can’t believe you’re three either but I love that you celebrated in style!!

    • 16th Mar 2016 / 9:46 pm

      Aah Carie — it really WAS a wonderful day!! We weren’t going to do anything in particular until a couple of week’s ago! I’m SO glad we did!! :)

  3. Dean of Little Steps
    17th Mar 2016 / 10:01 am

    Arrrrr! Oh I do love all the details in your child’s pirate themed party. Love the loot bags and decorations :)

  4. 17th Mar 2016 / 12:00 pm

    We had this pirate themed party for my eldest last year and he loved it. There are so many different pirate things out there that you can buy for parties. This year luckly there is no theme as we have hired a play bus so the kids can go in there and play.

  5. Fi Ni neachtain
    17th Mar 2016 / 1:30 pm

    What an amazing looking party! Every last detail is done to perfection and O bet my little boy would live the pirate theme. The cake is fab!

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 2:07 pm

      Thanks so much lovely! The cake was so easy to make!! Stick a load of gold coins on the top and Bob’s your uncle!! ;)

  6. Ally Mother Under Measure
    17th Mar 2016 / 2:18 pm

    This looks amazing, happy birthday to them! I LOVE the golden oreos!

  7. 17th Mar 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Aww cute boys! My boy turns 4 next month. I love theme birthday parties we did a pumpkin patch theme for our 1 year old whose birthday is beginning of nov. She loved it and so did we. :) enjoy the year of 3 year old. They definatly grow way to fast!

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 2:06 pm

      It goes SO fast doesn’t it? Before I know it we’ll be preparing for their FOURTH birthday — arrgh!!

  8. 17th Mar 2016 / 5:13 pm

    Aw happy birthday boys hope you had a good one. Judging by these photos it looks like you had fun and the picture at the end is so cute!

  9. 17th Mar 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Aahhh so lovely! It looks like the most amazing party – the food, the decor, everything – all tied together beautifully! Happy Birthday kiddos! H x

  10. 17th Mar 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Love this party theme looks like lots of fun. Happy 3rd birthday to ur boys.

  11. 17th Mar 2016 / 7:51 pm

    I’m planning my son’s 5th birthday in May. Though we will be hiring a hall as I will not be having 20+ 4 and 5 year old boys running our house!! I may steal some of your ideas though- especially the gold Oreo’s- love that! xx

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 2:04 pm

      Aah it’s SUCH a lovely theme for a party! And the golden Oreo doubloons were so easy to make!! :)

  12. 17th Mar 2016 / 11:11 pm

    What a fab party! well done mummy! We had a pirate party theme for my son’s third party it’s so great how they all get so excited it. x

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 2:03 pm

      Thanks so much Lori — it was such an awesome day! My boys are obsessed with pirates!! I think it must be a three year old boy thing!!! :)

  13. 18th Mar 2016 / 7:36 am

    What a beautiful post and such an amazing party! It’s my 30th in September, do you reckon I could get away with the same theme?! Hehe xx

    • 19th Mar 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Thanks lovely and YES!! You could DEFINITELY get away with the same theme! They do amazing ‘grown up’ party fancy dress too!! Do it — it would be amazing!!

  14. 18th Mar 2016 / 2:15 pm

    What a great idea for a party, the kids look like they had a blast!

    • 19th Mar 2016 / 1:56 pm

      Aah they loved it Kara!!! So sweet to see them having such a good day! :)

  15. 18th Mar 2016 / 9:29 pm

    Ah brilliant theme, my little girl loves pirates this would be a great idea for her next one. The cake is by far my favourite!!

    • 19th Mar 2016 / 1:55 pm

      The cake was SO easy to make Kellie!!! Amazing how a load of chocolate coins can make something look extra special!! ;)

  16. 19th Mar 2016 / 2:29 pm

    What a fantastic party and you did take some amazing photos x

  17. 19th Mar 2016 / 6:14 pm

    WOW!! It looks like you threw the BEST pirate party ever – the gold dubloon Oreo cookies are a stroke of genius, and I love the golden coins on the cake too! I’m sure your boys had the most wonderful of days, something I hope they always remember! Magical.

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 2:01 pm

      Aah thanks lovely — the dubloons were SO easy to make! :) It was a fab day — I hope that the boys remember it too :)

  18. emma white
    19th Mar 2016 / 10:07 pm

    oh wow what an amazing day and love the theme the pictures are just adorable

  19. 20th Mar 2016 / 7:23 pm

    You have pit so much effort into everything! It all looks amazing. Love the cake

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 1:58 pm

      Thanks so much Anosa! The cake was the easiest part — honestly — a basic chocolate cake covered in gold coins! ;)

  20. 20th Mar 2016 / 8:09 pm

    Aah looks like such a fun party :) My youngest is about to turn three and I just can’t believe it. I’m not glad to see the back of two either. I desperately want time to slow down. Where have three years gone!?? Hope your boys enjoyed their birthday x

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 1:58 pm

      It goes SO fast doesn’t it? I’m desperately trying to make time slow down but it just seems to be flying by faster than ever!

  21. 20th Mar 2016 / 10:13 pm

    So, so cool, Caro! I adore the pirate theme and the gold Oreos are inspired!! My littlest turned three in Jan and it seems to have come with a grasp of so many words. One of my favourite things is simply to sit and listen to him make sense of the world. And you’ll have double that!!! It’s an amazing age x

    • 23rd Mar 2016 / 1:57 pm

      It IS amazing isn’t it? They’re proper little people now aren’t they? With amazing brains — like SPONGES!! So much for them to learn and new things to experience!

  22. Steph Oakes
    21st Mar 2016 / 11:40 am

    Ah Happy Birthday boys!! Don’t you just wish time would slow down!! This looks like a fab party and brilliantly designed, those Oreo’s look fab!! I hope you all had a magical day x

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