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April Pirate Party

April Pirate Parties


Ahoy mateys! Blimey! We had an absolute blast at our pirate parties. The kids loved going on treasure hunts and trying to talk like a pirate. April flew by faster than normal for the Beverly’s Birthdays team and ended bitter sweetly.

The sad news:

Josh Whiteside, one of our fearless leaders for the past six years, left us to become the new Executive Director of The Education Partnership. As sad as we are to see him go, we are so proud of him and excited for his new opportunity! (It certainly helps ease the pain, that we still get to work with him through our classroom cheer kit program!)


The great news:

Josh went out with a birthday bang, executing our most successful fundraiser yet, as the cherry on top of his birthday cheer champion legacy! We celebrated our own “birthday” as an organization at our sixth annual Evening of Birthday Cheer. We partied at PNC Park and raised over $100,000 to continue fulfilling our mission of spreading birthday cheer 365 days a year in Pittsburgh! We cannot thank the attendees, sponsors, and all of you for your continued support!!

Here’s a peek at another one of our cheer champions:

17308867_1420713654647426_1487603102695349862_nName: Alyssa Rapelje

Title: Agency Relations Program Manager

Office Spirit Animal: Bee

An Ohio native, upon graduating from Allegheny College, Alyssa began working with Bev’s as a Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience (PULSE) Fellow. Outside of birthday partying, she is a youth lacrosse coach, intramural sports participant, and travel aficionado.


Birthday Party Activities

Pirate Hat

We started all of our pirate parties getting into character, by designing our own pirate hats!


This activity is a great option for all ages. The kit includes everything you need, the decorations are stickers that help young kids develop their fine motor sills and older children express their own personal style.

Pirate Eye Patch


Pirate hat: check. Next we decorated our eye patches to complete our look.


After completing their eye patches, the kids felt officially like pirates. Every pirate hopes to find their own special treasure.

Treasure Hunt


Scavenger hunts are not only fun but have many different benefits!


  • Treasure: chocolate coins, candy, small trinkets, etc.
  • Adventure space: area with lots of hiding spots
  • Optional: pirate themed clues

This activity was a hit for kids and moms alike! It got the kids up and moving, working together and practicing their teamwork, and was customizable based on the age and ability of the different groups.

Other Pirate Activities:


In other news, we are hiring! Check out the job description here, and please forward it along to anyone who might be interested! Also, if you or anyone you know likes to golf, consider playing in the Rocker Classic Golf Outing benefitting us. Check out next month’s blog to hear about out DreamWorks Trolls parties! Have a great June, and don’t forget #smilesmatter.

Birthday cheer,

Beverly’s Birthdays staff