Thursday, 11 June 2015

Pirate Party Food Treasure Chest

Last year, we had a pirate party for Baby B's 3rd birthday. I hunted all over for good decoration and food ideas and this treasure chest for party snacks is one that cropped up many a time. At first I thought it was a waste of a loaf of bread but I decided to go for it and the kids loved it! Plus, we used the left over bread to feed the ducks later that week in the local park. Win win.
So here is how to make your very own pirate party centre piece!
A couple of days before the party, pop to your local bakery or bakery counter in the supermarket and purchase a small loaf. I picked a wholemeal one as it was darker in colour and better suited than a white one.
After the loaf has had a couple of days to go a bit stale (don't keep it wrapped!) turn the loaf on its side and make a cut all the way through, just under the 'lid' of the loaf (where the top of the loaf tin would have been). Use your fingers to scoop out the bread from inside the crusty case leaving a wide enough edge to push in some cocktail sticks. Don't forget to keep the bread to one side for the ducks! 
Push cocktail sticks into the rim of the bottom half. I placed three along the back edge (pushing them in about half way) and one 3/4 of the way along the short edge (pushing in around 1/3). I have shown whereabouts you should place them in the picture below. 
Carefully align your lid with the cocktail sticks on the back edge in an 'open' position and push all the way down. The angled part should be just resting on the front cocktail sticks. 
Now fill with your snack. Obviously we went for golden treasure (aka cheesy ball crisps). 
I hope you have fun making your pirate party treasure chest and don't forget to tell me below if you gave it a go or post pictures on the Mrs Crafty B Facebook page.

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8 comments:

  1. Oh this is a great idea. Next year will be little J's first proper birthday party and I can't wait to search for ideas based on the theme. Thanks for linking up to #ToddlersAndTeens via mummy2monkeys

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    1. I will have to share the flags I put in hot dogs to make boats too ;-)

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  2. This is brilliant! Did you see my pirate party invites on the last link up? The party is in a couple of weeks and this is an ideal foodie idea. Thank you! X

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    1. I did and they were so good! We also made hot dog boats by sticking printed out sails on kebab sticks and pushing them into the sausages. Kids love this stuff...but not us much as us I am sure ;-)

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  3. Ah this is such a cute idea! I love it, and I bet it went down really well. I know what you mean about wasting the bread - you could have made it into a topping for macaroni cheese or something another time, but I bed the ducks were grateful! xx #makinghome

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    1. Minimum effort and maximum impact haha. Kids loved it and parents tried it themselves.

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  4. That looks a fun idea for a centrepiece - and if you can feed the ducks as well, it's always going to be a winner ) Thanks for hosting #makinghome

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    1. Well exactly. I love those win win things ;-)

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