Monday, October 25, 2010

A swashbucklin' jolly good time

Ahoy! A family who we are good friends with here invited us to celebrate a birthday with them at a children’s party. The theme, ‘Pirates’, beckoned a jolly good time.

Mateys were to fix a map and set sights on a swashbuckling adventure, in full costume.
We careened upon their plank with birthday booty and feasted on mighty treasure. Shiver me timbers there were games, décor, scurvy dogs, and scallywags running all about. Here are a few of the photos from this hornswaggling crew.

The actual party occurred several weeks ago, but I post it now because several people have asked about Halloween costumes. In Belgium, Halloween is not celebrated in the grand fashion we’re accustomed to in the States. There are parties here and there, trick or treating is kept to a bare minimum, and occasionally there are jack o’ lanterns or decorations perched upon doorsteps, or draped in windows. Overall, it’s simply not the same. There is enough celebration however, that parents seem to scurry to come up with some sort of outfit for their children to attend in costume at random seasonal festivities.

Hence, my new favorite easy costume must be the pirate.  

(Argh! That's  how a pirate downs a cookie eh? Rrrrrrr!)

We needed very little to transform our full crew into scallywags and buccaneers. For the boys, a little paint on the face made a beard that went a long way. Add a vest, bandana hat or a pirate hat fashion from felt, a belt, and some jeans, perhaps a hook made of cardboard and foil and, matey, you have yourself a regular pirate. The girls wore dress up that they had from their dress up bin, but a red or black dress would have worked just as well. We tied scarves over their heads and used scrap fabric to tie around arms here and there. We made eye patches from ribbon and felt with a dab of hot glue. A project that took all of 10 minutes.

Really easy and lots of fun. This has to be one of the most fun, cheap, and quick family costumes we’ve created for a jolly good time.

1 comment:

elizabem said...

Those photos are great. I really like Captain Matt with his toothpick flag. Looks like everyone had a great time.