Monday, July 27, 2009

MTM ~ PIRATE DAY!!!

Ahoy matey!!

So last week, I got a wild hair and decided that I was going to do a pirate themed Muffin Tin Monday this week. I pulled out my pirate tin liners, pirate flag picks, and sword picks and started to think about what pirates ate. First thing I thought of was cheese and bread or biscuits (crackers). Then I started to think about what pirates needed to eat... and the idea of them living on ships and getting scurvy kept getting to me... so I added some very not in season, and not at all local, oranges to our lunch. Then it kept evolving... soon I had orange boats with pirate flags, star fish crackers, and left over chicken meat...

My friend called the other day and asked if she could bring her slip and slide over. PERFECT for pirate day! They all came dressed to jump over board and Cyan followed suit. (Pun completely intended.) Dressed in bandannas and swimsuits along with a token pirate hat from her son we were all ready to get wet and have a pirate day!


Top row: almond butter cookie... (I swear, it looked like a pirate hat in the store), chipped roasted chicken, orange boats with pirate flag picks.

Bottom row: Starfish goldfish cookies, cheese cubes, and crackers.

I guess the theme could have been orange too. lol! Becuase that is the only color there was (and not a vegetable in sight... just like true pirates!):



They all loved their lunches! Everything was eaten except one little one didn't like his oranges. They were playing with their pirate orange boats for quite a while... singing pirate songs and shooting each other with pretend pirate cannons.

After lunch came two more hours of slip and slide fun, followed up by an awesome craft idea (turned Pirate and Ocean themed) from my friend Valerie over at the Frugal Family Fun Blog.

Soon after, our pirate friends went home, but the theme went on. We watched Oceanography with Bill Nye the Science Guy (always a hit and he has TONS of DVDs at our local library)...

Even our nature table got into theme. We have tons more stuff still in the car from our beach trip to go on there so I left it open for the kids to cover in beach rocks, shells, and sand as they please.

All in all it was a great Pirate Day!

13 comments:

Holly said...

Great idea! It looks like such a fun day.

Susana said...

WOW!! This looks like so much fun! You went all out! My 4 year old Joe would LOVE this theme and all you did for it--so fun!

Alicia said...

You muffin tins look great too! Everytime I see other people's I stare in awe and think "Is that really ALL their kid eats?!?!?!?" You see in mine how much food Blu had, and I had to feed him again right after! He'll eat 3 pancakes, eggs, bacon, AND milk for breakfast! lol

The cookbook- I doubt your library will have it. It's a more independently published thing. It's very similar to the ones that churches do as fundraisers, only about 2 inches thick! It is worth every single penny and bit of shelf space! It is the first book we go to for ANY recipe. If I cleared my cookbook stash this would be one of the first three I'd keep (second and third would be the vintage Joy of Cooking I stole from my mom, and the realllly vintage Better Homes and Gardens book I bought at a estate sale recently) This cookbook is THAT good!

Sadie said...

What fun!! You did such a great job on that one...looks like the kids had a blast too.

I have to agree with the above comment though- when I see others' muffin tins I always wonder if that is just a first serving? or do my kids just have hearty appetites??

Jenny in Utah said...

That tin was so cute, and then the stamps - how much fun can ya'll have??? LOVE IT!

Jen said...

The 5 year old boy that I babysit who is usually w/ us on MTM would have loved that! He is a big fan of anything pirates! Great creativity.

Little Nut Tree said...

Wow that is fun. Good thinking with the oranges.

Myztic@FunWithMama said...

great job the muffin tin looks great and the kids look like they loved it!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

What a fun day! I love theme days like this, and Emily is so into dressing up as a pirate right now. I love the nature table, and I'm so happy you liked the stamped letterhead!

Tiffany said...

I love it! The tins looked like so much fun. The stamps are a great idea too...we will have to try that out!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

Love the theme, and the pirate sticks! TOO cute. They look really happy and like everyone had a blast!

Michelle Sybert said...

yay for the pirate theme! so cute!

Mama Mel said...

Cute! Love the pirate theme! :)