Michael is four!
One. Two. Three. Four!
This year he asked for a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party and that’s exactly what he got. For me, the best part of the party wasn’t watching the kids have a crazy amount of fun. This party was different because Michael helped me plan the entire party. Everything from shopping, to filling the bags with silverware, to the menu, and even testing the swords for durability. It was a great time.
JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES PARTY FOOD:
I used my Silhouette Portrait to make the cupcakes look like pirate ships sailing the high seas.
The Puny Pirate Pasta was nothing more than some Suddenly Salad, and our cannonballs were swedish meatballs.
The Popinjay Parfaits surprised me. As in, they were the second most popular item and I made maybe twelve? Who would’ve thunk it? I prepped them the night before with gluten free granola, vanilla yogurt, and strawberries.
We served vegetables in my fancy, new veggies on ice tray.
Our Gold Doubloons came in chicken nugget form.
And I made maps out of hazelnut cookie straws and licorice.
The Blue Lagoon actually turned into a lagoon after being introduced to the swamp-like weather. Which ended up working out because they kids thought it was juice. Win-win, I guess.
We had Izzy Fizzy (Coke) and Smee Tea (Iced Tea) for the grown-ups.
Party tip: If you have the space, put your drinks in the freezer a few hours before the party. The big containers shouldn’t freeze and the drinks will stay cool for quite a while. In addition to the freezer, I made a giant Coke ice cube by freezing a bread pan full of Coke.
And there was a HUGE inflatable pirate ship full of water.
Party tip: Freeze half of your water bottles the night before so you don’t have to worry about keeping the water cool. Depending on the heat, the frozen ones should keep the water chilled for the first half of the party.
JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES PARTY ACTIVITIES:
This party was my first attempt at party activities because details are
sometimes lost on tiny people.
The first stop on the treasure hunt was Tick Tock Croc Ring Toss.
Next, I buried some of the pirate loot in the sandbox.
We brought the pirate ship from the basement for a little Jolly Roger versus Bucky action with cannonballs (water balloons) and squirt toys.
Except… the concept of a water balloon fight was lost on the kids and they chucked them ALL in the first 5 minutes.
And we had our standard monster truck bounce house.
The treasure map ended at the Team Treasure Chest full of tiny treasure chests and chocolate.
JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES PARTY DECORATIONS:
The ship wheel hung from the stand Michael made, and I found some blue and white fabric to hang on the mast made of dowels.
I covered the patio doors with a Jake and the Neverland Pirates themed sign because overboard is my middle name.
Back in the day, I purchased a butt ton of pirate party stuff because it was on clearance.
Thrifty? Yes. Risky? Sure was. Worth it? Absolutely.
So, I wrapped a shoebox in brown paper and filled it with a bunch of favor bags consisting of silverware, a straw, and a napkin. I wanted everything to be grab and go.
Note: By cutting the tablecloth and netting in half, I was able to get two tables out of each.
And because I’m a hoot, I put a poop deck sign on my bathroom door. Seriously. Best idea EVER!