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Cap’n Jax Turns 3!

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 What a fun couple of days!  Our little pirate has had one heck of a birthday weekend.  It is late and I am tired, so I will keep it brief for now.  I am sure I’ll come back in a couple of days and clean up some pictures and tell you more about the festivities.  In the mean time, I know there are far flung friends and family who want to know how little man’s birthday went.

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    It’s tradition that we go get a donut before daycare for his birthday.  You can’t break a two for two streak, so we made it three for three!  We go so infrequently that he asked where donuts lived when we were talking about it the night before.  The mom in me was proud that he didn’t know as he hadn’t been there since his last birthday, the sweet tooth in me died a little bit! 😉

The cupcakes were banana, of course. (Recipe here.)
With chocolate sweetened condensed milk frosting. (Recipe and instructions here.)
    We took monkey cupcakes to share with his friends at daycare.  He said they were so cool when he saw them and was very happy to report back that his friends loved them!  He is at such a fun age for this stuff!

     He also thought his treasure chest cake was very cool.  It didn’t quite turn out how I had envisioned, but I was glad that it made him so happy.  Besides, a cake with plenty of extra frosting to keep it together and stuffed with candy has to be good, right?!

     After talking about pirate pizza for weeks, we finally got to make it!  This little guy sure knows how to party.

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    Matt was in charge of outdoor decorations.  As these things tend to go, I made suggestions and he executed.  X marks the spot, so we must be in the right place!  There were a few paths to get to the treasure, so you were sure to find your way no matter where you parked. 

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     The Jolly Roger flag is normally in Matt’s man cave, but today it warned all who came near that this place is inhabited by pirates!

     Some dads say they’d move mountains for their kids.  Matt moved the ocean for his and put it in the back yard. That way we could have any scallywags who wandered by walk the plank!  The sharks made the walk all the more treacherous! 

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     All this pirating makes a crew hungry, so sausage and cheese boats kept hunger at bay while we got ready for the main course. 

     A treasure of many colors!  Making a pineapple treasure chest for the fruit was a fun way to tie it in to the pirate theme. 
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     We had plenty of scurvy dogs to go around.  Sausages and hot dogs are so much better when done on the roller.  I bought it on a whim after borrowing one for my sister-in-law’s sports themed baby shower and not being able to re-borrow it for Jax’s first birthday.  I decided we might as well just buy one and it has been worth the money.  We only use it a few times a year, but love it every time we do!
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     Fish and chips seemed like a good salty side for our Pirate Pizza and Scurvy Dogs. 

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     This was one of the parts of the party that Jax was looking most forward to.  For at least a week he was looking forward to his party because everyone was going to come over and sing happy birthday to him. 

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     He picked out his candles and arranged them artfully.

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    He had two cakes, so he made everyone sing to him twice!  They were all happy to oblige.  As I put him to bed, he was telling me all about it again.  Everyone sang to him, except baby Benjamin.  But that is just because he doesn’t know how to sing yet.  He will sing too when he gets older.  I just love that after all of the presents and candy and running around that getting sung to was one of his highlights!

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 Getting his present from MiMi and Pops.

     Nanas makes and excellent first mate!  

     The little captain and his parents. 
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   Baby Daxton had a great time watching the cap’n run around!

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Two of Jax’s great-grandmas had to walk the plank!  

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Luckily neither was eaten by sharks!

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His betrothed thought she was a mermaid and had more fun in the water than on the plank!

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The lil’ cap’n scoffed in the face of walking the plank and ran it instead (about a hundred times!)

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Thursday 26th of May 2016

What a fun party! You had every detail covered! Love the "walk the plank" and the fish 'n chips! To fun!


Thursday 26th of May 2016

Thank you! We had the best time! It was so much fun to watch him get so excited too!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 24th of May 2016

What a fun party! Imagine - a hot dog roller! I don't eat many hot dogs but I always thought they tasted better when done this way!


Tuesday 24th of May 2016

We really don't eat that many hot dogs either, but it is so much fun to have for parties! We did half dogs and half polish sausages on it this time. It gives the casings a really nice bite. We probably only get it out three times a year, but I still think it was worth every penny ;-)


Monday 23rd of May 2016

What a great party idea! I can't say what I love the most...the pizza, walking the plank, the costumes, or the monkey cupcakes! You are such a fun creative mom, I'm sure that Jax had a wonderful time! And he is such a caring boy! You've taught him well!


Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Thanks, Nikki! We had the best time. It's a shame his birthday only comes once a year ;-) He is very sweet, thank you!


Saturday 21st of May 2016

What a cute party! I love all of your food ideas! Happy Birthday, Jax!!


Sunday 22nd of May 2016

Thank you!

Syncopated Mama

Friday 20th of May 2016

SO Cute! This looks like just our kind of party! Love it!


Saturday 21st of May 2016

Thank you! We had fun planning it and even more fun watching him enjoy it!