Sunday, 24 February 2008

Pirate Party Pictures

My mother-in-law is a wonder woman! On Saturday we drove two-and-a-half hours south and Granny and Gramps drove two-and-a-half hours north from Albany and we me half way roughly between our homes at a small county townlet called Williams. Our motive? Some family together time at a birthday party organised by Granny.
It was amazing! When we arrived Granny had up a pirate banner but things just kept getting more piratey from there on. Joshua's presents from his grandies included a pirate dress up set complete with cutlass, flintlock pistol and hook, a wood and copper treasurebox with jewels and pieces of eight, as well as a Jolly Roger (a skull and crossbones flag) to hoist.
At the table we had a choice of pirate party hats and the kids wore pirate vest bibs. Then out came the food: mini chicken drumsticks attacjed with string to toothpicks to make "wooden legs", meatball "canonballs", half hard-boiled egg "ships" with sliced cheese "sails" hoisted on toothpick "masts", sandwich soldiers made from brown bread for "planks", smoked salmon treats for the pirate staple fish, and a little bit of salad and fruit to keep the scurvy at bay. For desert there were gingerbread biscuits iced to form "compasses", cupcakes iced with pirate faces, mini cupcakes with those silver and gold balls on them for "treasure chests". After all that, no-one had room for the amazing treasure chest cake, replete with pirate candles that unfortunately it was too windy to light.
After lunch, the kids climbed trees and rolled around on the grass with Dad and Granny.Samuel was tottering everywhere at once, and Gramps was pretty impressed at how he's improved since Christmas. It was an amazing day, and we were exhausted heading off for the long drive home. The only thing I regret is that we were so excited from the moment we got out of the car that we forgot to put on any sunburn cream, and the wind kept us from noticing how sunburnt we were all getting.

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