I"m going to go through what I did to do a big, yet low budget, birthday party. My kids get a friend birthday when they turn 5. Knowing the theme WAY ahead of time helps. Everytime I go through a sale or clearance isle, I know what I can look for.
I turned our deck into a ship for the party. Most everything I had on hand, but I did buy a few yards of material-I have another purpose for all of it and it was about $20.
For the signs I downloaded a font that I found on Pinterest-it was free!
#1 made the plank out of boards our church had ripped out during construction. We've collected and repurposed many of them. I got a lot of my ideas from Pinterest.
The mast is a cardboard tube I got at JoAnn Fabrics when I bought some plastic to cover our diningroom table. It was free. The jolly roger we borrowed from a friend, and the sail is a table cloth we have.
Snug was in charge of passing out gear. The bandannas were less than a dollar a piece as were the swords that each came with an eye patch. We had 12 kids at the party so everyone was "outfitted" for less than $2 each. We got them off Amazon and we have Prime so no shipping costs either!
Happy Birthday LMM! We love you!!!!