We have some French friends who have a tradition that for their hens/stags party they would get all their friends over with a bottle of wine and bury it somewhere in a large box/coffin. It was to symbolise the death of their single lives.
Then when their first child was born they would dig up the wine filled box and have a big party to celebrate the new life!
We did this when we had our house warming and what with being so tired from a new baby - (and it being the middle of winter) we decided to dig up our "treasure" a little later on his first birthday.
So for the pirate party, a pirate ship cake it was.....
This one from Annabel Langbein is awesome and very easy.
It does make a huge cake!
Then I cut it in half and then cut two squares shape for the front and back of the ship.
I then shaped the front 2 levels to make a pointy bowsprit.
I used a recipe similar to this one.
I used chocolate filled raspberry and black liquorice cut to make the cannons.
Then chocolate fingers for floor boards and bowsprit.
To make it more colourful I used M&Ms to edge the top and then made the masts out of BBQ skewers.
The Sails were just plain A4 paper cut to shape with skull and cross bones on the back.
I would have used black paper but I ran out of time.
My Friend luckily had some Little People Pirates to add the finishing touch.
Not that you can really tell from this photo!