My little guy turned 3 in December – and I realise that was a couple of months back now (where IS this year going to?) – but it’s been on my to-do-list to feature his birthday party before my very eagerly awaited baby number 3 arrives – in THREE MORE SLEEPS!!!!! Can I get a ‘what what’?!!!
Because I lost a baby in January of last year, it feels like this has been the longest pregnancy in the history of forever and we are SO VERY READY to meet our new bundle of joy.
Onwards and upwards, this blog post is actually all about a fun-filled Jake & The Neverland Pirates Party which we held a couple weeks before Christmas for our wee guy. He is a big fan of the show and insisted on this theme. Originally he wanted a Hairy Maclary Party, which I was struggling with matching food concepts with to be honest, so although I am not generally a fan of Disney-themed kids affairs, I found myself agreeing quite quickly to this suggestion.
As well as being around 20-something weeks pregnant at the time of said party, the proximity of his birthday to my own birthday, extended family birthdays (mother, grandmother, father, father in law to name a few) and Christmas preparation, meant I was happy to take the ‘easy route’ on this occasion. But most importantly, at the end of the day, it was what he wanted and he love, love, loved it!
Instead of making invitations from scratch this year which is what I ordinarily do, I decided to outsource and found a great deal on Etsy using this store and for a few dollars I scored personalised invitations, favour bag toppers and food labels which took care of a few bits and bobs making my overall job a lot simpler. They came as printable PDF’s and were a lifesaver at short notice.
I made my mini-Jake’s costume using existing items in his closet, and a few supplies from the Look Sharp Store (my all time favourite go to for party prep!). I also bought all the party hats, plates, favours and blowers from here. We were lucky enough to receive some fantastic Pirate Party supplies from the exquisite Pop Roc Parties including the banner, cupcake cases, balloons and napkins which tied our theme together nicely.
We requested guests dress up if they wished and it was great seeing all the little ones turning up in costume. Upon arrival, both my kids eagerly applied Pirate themed tattoos to each guest, ensuring that even if they were lacking a costume, they were somehow keeping in theme!
I saw this great table design idea on Pinterest and with the help of my Mr, we rigged up our table to replicate a pirate ship.
We served sliders and kranskys for our lunchtime party which kept bellies full and happy. Shark’s Bait Cupcakes, Jelly Boats, Fruit Swords and Jake’s Juice all combined to satisfy little and big eaters, followed by Izzy’s Icecream Station complete with three different icecream flavours, wafers, all manner of candy, several varieties of sprinkles topped with strawberry, caramel and chocolate sauces. We rounded out the menu with Blueberry & White Chocolate cake which was delicious (albeit very plain in appearance!)
Following lunch, Captain Hook (who to be honest looked more like Captain Jack Sparrow with his black eye make up) led the littles on a Treasure Hunt which was a lot of fun. They ran around the back yard following riddles he’d written and finally landed upon the treasure chest containing a little goody bag of Pirate’s Booty for each of them.
A great day in the Summer sun celebrating turning yet another year older (and of course wiser my little cutie). I love you little man. Can’t believe you’re 3!