Sunday, June 14, 2015

Neverland Pirates Party

Thursday was the kids' birthday, so we had our second party.  This one had the theme of Jake and the Neverland Pirates, which is one of their favorite shows.

We invited the children in their Sunday School class, plus their friend from next door.  When they arrived, each child was offered a bandana, an eyepatch, an earring, and a hook so they could dress as pirates.  The adults dressed up, but the kids didn't want to.  Except mine.  Weeks ago, I made Tommy a Jake outfit.  He immediately rejected it, and has been declaring himself to be Captain Hook lately.  So finally I caved and bought a Captain Hook costume.  Of course, on the day of the party, with most of the Jake costume lost, he decided that's what he wanted to be!

Tommy dressed as Jake, and Ellie came as the Pirate Princess.  Of course. :)

Papa got in on the act, dressing as my favorite pirate, Sharky.
I couldn't ask for a better dad for my kiddos!

And Grandpa was a good sport, wearing a pirate cap, a hook, and even an earring.
What we won't do for love!
 Several of the kids were hungry, so we started our party with lunch.

Although they can't be seen easily, our lunch menu included Skull Sandwiches,
cannonballs (cheese balls), Cubby's treasure maps (string cheese), pretzels to hook
with your hook, Skully's crackers (Skully is a parrot on the show),
and the Pirate Princesses rainbow wands (fruit skewers).
After lunch, we started our treasure hunt.  We had the back yard set up as a treasure map, and the kids went from place to place, with a challenge at each location.

Our first stop was Pirate Cove, where Captain Hook told  the kids they had to walk the plank.  We had some cautious walkers, and they all made it safely across the pool.

Next, they went past the Tiki tree forest and climbed Neverpeak Mountain.
There, they were blindfolded, spun around, and sent through
the trampoline to place their stickers on a treasure map.
All but one child got their marker pretty close to the X on the map.

On to Crocodile Creek.  Our back yard is fairly level, so instead of slipping and sliding, we actually saw a few army crawling to the finish!  Even though it was a difficult challenge to get to the end, this was a big favorite spot, and several came back to play there again later.
Walking on from the creek to our next stop, Skull Rock.  I forgot to take a picture of that spot.

Skull Rock became the starting place for the seahorse race.
We re-purposed our horses from the princess party, and the trusty
 steeds became seahorses for our maritime theme.

This spot was Mermaid Lagoon.
No challenge here, the path, which was spray painted on the grass, just passed nearby.
There were mermaids swimming though, so the kids stopped by for a visit.

Finally, behind a nearby tree, the treasure chest was located.  Lots of prizes inside to play with.

Now that all the kids had some treasure in hand, we went back to the patio for the birthday kids to open gifts.

LOTS of new toys to play with, each more fun than the rest!
Here, Tommy has found Bucky, the ship he has been talking about for weeks.
We can never have too much princess gear!

When you're a kid, watching someone else open gifts is never too much fun.
A few slipped off to more interesting pursuits.  The seahorses got dragged
over to Crocodile Creek for a bit of play!  
Time for cake!
This year, I attempted Bucky, the ship that our puny pirates run around
in on the show.  Unfortunately, my Bucky melted in the heat!  Even full
of dowels for support, Bucky sank under the weight of the fondant.
Still, it tasted good, and that's what mattered.

Our Pirate Crew

Sister Lane, the beloved Sunday School teacher, came!
What better way to end a pirate party, than by smashing a pirate ship 
It didn't hold up well, but the only thing that would break was
the hanging part.  After a few attempts at re-hanging,
I put it on the ground and let the kids hit it there.
It still didn't break, so finally we had them tear into it with their hands!

Papa helps Ellie get on her first 2-wheeler bike.
Well, 4 wheels if we count the training set.  Which we'd better!

What a fun day, mateys!   Arrrrrr!


  1. I wondered why Tom was in a pirates suit on Facebook. It all makes sense now. Oh to see the world through the eyes of small children. It looks like you are enjoying the minutes. Nice party mom!

  2. I can't believe I missed this post! You are a great party giver! The days of pin the tail on the donkey are really over! That cake was amazing! Glad everyone had a good time. Those cuties are getting so big. I enjoyed watching them at the concert tonight. Now how are you going to top all this for the next birthday? Tom looks great as a pirate too!

  3. Wonderful party! I'm sorry we missed all the fun!


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