This is Charynn, owner of Two Sugar Babies, and Assistant Editor of The Party Dress Magazine. I am excited for you to finally see my son’s birthday party! In keeping with tradition at my house (my kids NEVER pick a birthday theme that is easy to find accessories for), Keaton chose “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” I used to tremble when they would pick a “hard” theme, but now I realize that it’s the best kind of party to have! Kelly of The Party Dress and WHHostess assisted me in planning this party and I think we stayed true to our concept of throwing a stylized character party.
We carried a modern pirate theme throughout the party, using graphic patterns of aqua blue waves, red and white skull and crossbones, blue and white stripes (from Jake’s ship sail) and also a red pirate ship silhouette. Then we added elements of Neverland with pirate hooks (Captain Hook is Keaton’s favorite character), red feathers, and a couple of character silhouettes.
We came up with a few distinct displays for the party: the dessert table, a buffet table centerpiece, a drink table, and a Kid’s area, including a Neverland Pirates dress-up station, games and personalized favors.
For the buffet table centerpiece, I originally wanted to use “ship in a bottle” pieces in some way, but Kelly and I came up with a modern interpretation: I spray painted a toy ship, pirate hook and a green Peter Pan sword solid, bold colors and placed them inside large jars with sand on the bottom. I stacked them on custom stained wooden boxes and scattered bright jewels, gold doubloons, pearls, and necklaces to complete the pirate ship look and feel.
The drink table backdrop was also one of my favorite elements. I made banners using twine and WHHostess patterned papers, and added a lime green “K” to a pirate ship wheel as the focal point. It’s something Keaton can use in his bedroom! I displayed “Tinkerbell Iced Tea” and “Pirate Punch” in large drink dispensers, and filled a pirate chest with loads of “treasure” to finish the display.
For the dessert table, a custom fabric patterned backdrop was made, featuring the aqua wave pattern and the pirate ship. Personalized cupcake toppers, coordinating cupcake wrappers and “sails” for the cake pops from WH Hostess accessorized the desserts, and I updated cupcakes from our favorite bakery with sprinkles to match the party, and added character elements by making fondant Tinkerbell wings, a red feather, a pirate hook, and a pirate flag.
The 3 tier cake I created using patterns from the party, and red feather and pirate hook cake toppers, which I personalized with Keaton’s name and a “4” was a hit!
The Kid’s Area was the highlight of the party. I used the character silhouettes I made, a custom sign saying “Dress like a Neverland Pirate” to frame the dress up area. The kids used pirate hooks, eye patches, pirate hats, red sashes, compasses, toy telescopes and treasure maps to transform themselves into Neverland Pirates. I also built two different games to entertain the kids: a treasure dig sandbox and Captain Hook’s ring toss.
The kids were sent home with gift bags filled with gold doubloons, pixie dust, pirates coloring pages.
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