Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party
So, this year Bryan turned 4 last month. A Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme was at the top of his list. I thought…no problem. Until I had to get the party supplies. While they are available, I wasn’t able to get everything in one convenient place. Thank goodness for the internet. I designed his invitation with help from downloads and printed them as 4″ x 6″ photos from Walgreens.
I got Jake and the Pirates table cloths and balloons. I also bought two lunch boxes that had Jake and the Neverland Pirates on them and filled them with plastic bead necklaces, rings, gems and coins. I also buried the rings, necklaces, coins, and gems in the sandbox so the little pirates could dig for treasure.
As always, a bounce house was required 🙂 The company, Let’s Jump, was generous enough to order a Jake and the Neverland Pirates banner to attach to the front which was much appreciated.
Punch, meatballs, chips/queso and hot dogs were on the menu. Something for everyone.
I had planned on making booty bags filled with goodies for favors. Then Disney.com sent me an email. A 9″ plush talking Skully for $5.
Now, the booty bags were going to cost me that, plus my time making them. This couldn’t have come at a better time. What a cool party favor!!! Of course Bryan insisted that everyone still get a pirate eye patch.
I purchased gold bar boxes and filled them with Bryan’s favorite candy, M&Ms, and made address labels with a thank you message on them as favors for all our adult guests.
About a week before the party…after the invites had gone out by the way…Bryan informs me that he wants his friends to dress up as Izzy and Jake. Oh my! I could not call everyone and tell them to dress up. So, to the net I went…again. There was a ton of great ideas. For Jake, I opted for headbands made from red bandanas…using a Jake headband Bryan already had as a pattern. Blow up Jake and the Neverland Pirate swords completed the Jake ensemble. For Izzy, I simply purchased pinkbandanas and folded/tied them around the girls heads upon arrival. Pixie dust pouches were made out of gold glitter, organize pouches and ribbon. The “costumes” were arranged on a table by the front door with simple instructions.
Luckily, my little pirate was totally impressed and pleased with the dress up options. Whew!!! Can’t let my little man down. However, I did have to draw the line when he asked if we could build pirate island in the backyard. Enough is enough!!! Oh the imagination of a 4 year old…it sure is fun.
I always make my kiddos cakes. It was no surprise when Bryan asked for a Bucky cake. Oh wow…this would be my cake test of all time. So, I got to building a mast with sails and crows nest…I was not making that edible 🙂 When I finished it, I showed it to Bryan for approval. Being very detail oriented, he promptly told me that Bucky’s mast has a ladder and that I needed to make one. So, back I went…adding a ladder. Although there was some disagreement that the one I mad was white and the one Bucky has is black…oh well…I won that one 🙂 I spent the night before the party creating…BUCKY! The picture says it all.
I am totally caked out! Thank goodness there were no more parties for a little bit…my niece’s party would be in 3 weeks though…just enough time to recupe.
After all the preparation, it was great that everyone had a blast. Our Jake and the Neverland Pirates party went off without a hitch! Now to start planning Emma’s for October!