happy birthday CORY

Cory
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Happy birthday to CORY!!!
Eight  years ago… smile… what a great kid he is! and eight years old is a big year! so i wanted to make sure that this year, this party would be one that he would always remember! we started talking about it so long ago it seems like, which is SO out of character for me… we settled on a pirate theme, and all got excited about having a cool treasure hunt and stuff. 
For my ‘a year to remember’ class on big picture scrapbooking, I challenged everyone to throw a party! So this was mine (well, one of them!)
I went a little crazy on this one, but I have to admit, I had a blast!
The party started at 5pm- this worked out great cause the light was perfect for photos and we were planning on dinner and watching a movie outside after it got dark!
When the guests arrived, everyone got a pirate tattoo! And then ‘geared up’ (went a little crazy at oriental traders!) with pirate bandanas, eye patches and most importantly- gold hoop earrings! Eric and I created a pretty authentic looking treasure map and eric did an amazing job of hiding the 4 different ‘finds’: 1. Skull rings that we hid on a skeleton hands… complete with jewels that I glued in the eyes  2. Gold coins 3. Swords 4. And the grand prize… a treasure chest piñata that was full of candy!  So much fun! After they killed the piñata, they jumped in the (freezing cold) pool… I had some games planned, but the energy level was off the charts – so we just let them play. The sun started going down, and we started a fire in the fire place out by the pool, and had dinner. I got all chicken drumsticks from KFC! (arrrrg… pirate food). While the kids warmed up and dried by the fire, we opened presents and then had dessert. Instead of cake, I made brownies and we made a custom skull and cross bones stencil so I could use powdered sugar to create that pirate image! I loved how it turned out… we also had some root beer floats- cory’s fav! By this time, the sun had gone down, and we turned on “HOOK”. All the kids sat on the trampoline and we projected the movie onto the side of the house. It got a little cold, and they had high blood sugar! But all in all, they had a great time! i will admit, I did  too! I thought it was so fun. Luckily, I had a lot of help pulling the whole thing off. The kids did a great job cleaning up the  house and yard, em got the groceries, chanel helped with creating all the last minute decorations and final touches, as well as the treasure maps. And eric’s mom got the kids out of the house long enough for us to get set up, the treasure hunt all ready to go and picked up the KFC!  (whew…..)
I just have to share a few photos… especially for grandma and grandpa K and aunts and uncles that couldn’t be here… COLLIN would have LOVED this!
This one will go down in history! 
Reading_the_mapTreasure_clue

Buried_treasure_1

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Buried_treasure_3Treasure_chest

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SwimmingFireplace

Cake_illum

Eat_cakeMovie

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44 Comments

  1. step Davy 16 April, 2007 at 2:27 am - Reply

    wow how much do i wish you were my mum 🙂

  2. Alison Shearer 16 April, 2007 at 2:41 am - Reply

    I bet every boy would like to have you as his Mum.. What a special party! You really do live ‘in the desert’ don’t you? – I hadn’t really grasped that from previous pictures.
    Alison

  3. paige 16 April, 2007 at 4:15 am - Reply

    well ok , its truly official now….you are indeed THE best party givin mom!!
    too cute!

  4. Angie Nichalson 16 April, 2007 at 5:41 am - Reply

    What a cool party Heidi! The kids looked like that had a blast. The theme and activities are great ideas for when my son gets older. Take care.

  5. Jessica Stoops 16 April, 2007 at 5:42 am - Reply

    How cool!! I bet Cory loved it. I need some of your party creativity. You are such a cool mom.
    I can’t wait to see how you scrapbook this special party. Thanks for sharing! Jessica

  6. Amy 16 April, 2007 at 6:04 am - Reply

    I love parties – looks like a great time was had by all maties.

  7. Karen 16 April, 2007 at 6:17 am - Reply

    What a fun party – bet there were some tired bodies that night.

  8. susan 16 April, 2007 at 6:58 am - Reply

    What lucky kids! This party rocks. I want to go in your pool….the slide looks like alot of fun. I’m sure they all had a terrific time. It really was a “party to remember”!

  9. scrapbookingforothers 16 April, 2007 at 7:15 am - Reply

    It looks like everyone had fun! When my kids were little and having parties I think I always had as much fun as the kids did! And yes, Oriental Trading is awesome, one can spend way too much money there on party goodies!!

  10. Camdog 16 April, 2007 at 7:27 am - Reply

    Looks like soo much fun – wish we could have been there…we’ll be down soon!
    Glad there were no rattlesnake incidences.

  11. Michelle 16 April, 2007 at 7:55 am - Reply

    How COOL! My boys are having a combined pirate party this upcoming weekend. I am going to “borrow” some of your ideas too! Looked like a blast too…thanks for sharing!

  12. Talia 16 April, 2007 at 7:55 am - Reply

    wow!!! this party looked so freakin’ cool!!! it looks like your house was the perfect setting. so much fun….definately a party to remember!!

  13. Shealynn 16 April, 2007 at 8:18 am - Reply

    YOU ROCK, Heidi!! What a FANTASTIC party! Can you plan my daughter’s 5th birthday? LOL. It looks like a hit! Great job! 🙂

  14. Monique 16 April, 2007 at 8:27 am - Reply

    You are such a cool mom. ;)Like the idea about the cake and stencil. 🙂

  15. Rane 16 April, 2007 at 8:38 am - Reply

    What a great DAY…that looks like the party of the year!!! What a good Mom/Dad you guys are!!! Collin will be excited to look at these pictures! Glad it was such a fun day. Sad we were not there to celebrate too.

  16. granmakas 16 April, 2007 at 8:43 am - Reply

    What a fabulous party!!! That must have been Cory’s dream come true… for as long as I can remember he has loved swords!! So wish we could have been there!

  17. Jami 16 April, 2007 at 9:03 am - Reply

    That looks like the coolest party ever! Great ideas! Can’t wait to see the pages you turn out from that! Happy birthday to Cory!
    PS~on a side note I was at my fave scrapbook store yesterday & they got all your new stuff in! I can’t wait to play! I love it all!

  18. Vee 16 April, 2007 at 10:30 am - Reply

    what an awesome party!!
    you are the ultimate party thrower 🙂

  19. Amie 16 April, 2007 at 10:58 am - Reply

    Oh. My. Heck.
    That sounds amazing! Great work, Mom!

  20. Jacquie 16 April, 2007 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Now that looks like a rockin party! Cory’s party I’m guessing will be the talk of the town (or school) in this case.

  21. Rachel Saunders 16 April, 2007 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    such a great party…wish I had a big garden like that. I am doing a pirate party for my son in may so thanks for the inspiration!!!

  22. LenaS 16 April, 2007 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    WELL DONE, CAPTAIN. Looks like a lot of work, but worth it to give a child that one special day. Happy B-day Cory. Boys R so much fun! Wishing you many more happy years. Heidi, we almost bought an acre lot near you one yr…makes me wish we had. Husband wanted an irrigated lot so we could make our own soccer field. I really like the desert! CUfriday

  23. budletsmom 16 April, 2007 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    What fun I bet Cory will remember this for a long time. I can’t wait to see how you scrap this. You look like you had so much fun in all the details – I loved your invitations.

  24. kim Loewen 16 April, 2007 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    What an incredible party! You did such an amazing job and it looks like everyone had such a great time! What a special birthday!

  25. valerie 16 April, 2007 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    daaaang. will you plan a pirate party for my birthday?? what a blast!!!

  26. kristen 16 April, 2007 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Shut Up! This is totally awesome. I bet Cory was in heaven, pirate heaven, argh matey! So so cool! I wish I was invited! JK. I am so gonna copy this (down to the last detail) for my son when he turns 8 (in three years) even if he doesn’t like pirates. I mean who wouldn’t after a night like this?
    Slam Dunk! This party rocks.

  27. Karalynn Tyler 16 April, 2007 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Um, I just want to dive into your pool! That slide looks way cool! The party looks like it was a total hit- such an awesome idea to project the movie outside! My daughter is only 8 months now, but I’ll have to remember that one for a summer birthday idea! So fun!

  28. Leah 16 April, 2007 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    What an awesome idea! Looks like so much fun! The brownie is so so cool!

  29. Kim Griffin 16 April, 2007 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    happy 8th birhtday Cory!
    my DAUGHTER turned 8 last august Cory, and i threw her a pirate’s party as well. it was also a huge hit and still comes up in many conversations in our family! i will have to email your mom some pictures of it to show you…it sure looks like you all had a great time and i bet your party will be a terrific memory for you…of course to be scrapped by your amazing mom! can’t wait to see some layouts…
    happy b-day bud! great birthday heidi!
    kim
    :o)

  30. KJ Miller 16 April, 2007 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Cory! A Pirate theme is sooo much fun to work around. My favorite pic was the skeleton hand reaching up from inside the earth with pirate loot. Two characters missing would have been Grandma & Grandpa K in their pirate gear Halloween 06. See the pic I am emailing to your Mom. Party on, Party Mom. Cory’s cake was very cool too!

  31. terri 16 April, 2007 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Welcome to the pirate party planners, Heidi. I threw a pirate party theme for my son, who’s 10. We had pirate costumes for all of the kiddos to change into…along with a real pirate chest full of gold coins..chocolate, that is! We turned our back yard/swimming pool into a ship wrecked pirate ship complete with water balloon cannons and everything! As night fell and the fire pit was lit, the pool party began and the kids went wild ‘looting’ the food table! We ended with more food, some pirate crafts, and a movie in our in-home theatre! It was TOTALLY AWESOME (wink) and my kids think that I’m the greatest mom!

  32. Ashley 16 April, 2007 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Holy Cow…you put us “mere mortal mothers” to shame! Looks like it was tons of fun!
    BTW~ I’ve been voting!

  33. phyllis 16 April, 2007 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    Okay, little kid in me coming out about now! Cool party and super cool pool slide! Great job, Heidi! You are one cool mom!

  34. Erre54 17 April, 2007 at 2:59 am - Reply

    happy birthday Cory from Italy
    Rita

  35. JodeeS 17 April, 2007 at 6:50 am - Reply

    That looks awesome. Man I bet the other moms hate how high you’ve set the party bar:)

  36. Jolene George 17 April, 2007 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Now that looks like one awesome boy pirate party. My boys would love that! Great job Heidi and Eric…you made an 8 year old very happy! http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  37. Kathy 18 April, 2007 at 4:09 am - Reply

    Heidi, its looks like a perfect party. My kids are older (the youngest is 17) and I do miss these things. My son Eric turns 20 on Thurs. and we are driving the 45 min. to his college to take him to dinner that night. That is the extent of the partying for us. But I know that he is looking forward to it.

  38. Brigitte 18 April, 2007 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Waow ! Aweeeesome party Heidi !! Goshhh ! it must be so much fun to have a Mum like you hey !! (We ourselves love big parties until we had my son’s last year …15 boys in a small house bcos it was raining so heavy !! so this year kept it small (just 4 !) maybe next year will have a pirate party ha !!) H-Birthday Cory !!
    Brigitte G. from Australia !!

  39. annaEdavison 20 April, 2007 at 9:15 am - Reply

    WELL GOSH, the way you described it and then with the photos, Made me Wish for an Invite! 🙂 Sounds like a very MEMORABLE b-day for everyone! Looking forward to the LOs you create for this party! Anna 🙂

  40. patty 20 April, 2007 at 11:42 am - Reply

    very cool party…totally boy!
    cool pictures…tfs
    -p

  41. Shell 20 April, 2007 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Very cool, I have a question about your trampoline…is that “in the ground”?? If so, great idea!

  42. Alice 20 April, 2007 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Heidi,
    How could you?! KFC? You should have gone to Chick-fil-a at Scottsdale Rd. and 101!!! Ask for Michael, my son-in-law, the next time you decide to have chicken. You’ll get the best food and service on the planet!

  43. Shannon Dean 22 April, 2007 at 9:56 am - Reply

    Wow.. can you adopt me???

  44. iralamija 24 April, 2007 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    orale!!!
    Bety 🙂

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