If you follow my Instagram account, you know I have spent the last few weeks preparing for Caleb's second birthday. Last year, we didn't do a birthday party and instead took a trip to Disney with family. This year, when Eddie mentioned that he would love to throw a party for Caleb, I started my Pinterest board right away (Of course).
I decided on a Neverland theme, with the idea that I could incorporate elements of Peter Pan (a classic) and Jake and the Neverland Pirates (which Caleb loves and recognizes - as a matter of fact, every pirate is either "Jake" or "Hook"). Pinterest is a dangerous place, and my ideas quickly spun out of control. Thankfully, my parents are amazing at executing ideas and were able to let me borrow a LOT of things they already had. I took most of the photos myself, and in doing so while also trying to enjoy the party, I did miss a few details, but for the most part, they're included! Read on for party details...
First off, I decided I needed photos to display and I wanted them to go with the theme, so a few days before I stripped him down to loose fitting pants and put a Peter Pan cap on him (that I got off Amazon). I handed him a couple of props and let him run around the front yard looking for "Hook" while I chased him around with the camera. I printed a few of these and displayed them on the cake table.
Food was a big concern for me (we had over 100 people invited - I know, I'm nuts). We gave most of the food items fun names that went with the theme. At the end of the post I have included my menu and what I named each item.
The dessert table was something else I paid a lot of attention to. The cake was spectacular and was done by my friend Anais over at Sugar Me Not Cakes. She did an incredible job, and the cake tasted amazing.
I borrowed apothecary jars from my parents and filled them with red and black lollipops and rock candies that I purchased at Party City, Swedish Fish, and Oreos that I sprayed gold with Wilton Color Mist (I labeled those Gold Doubloons, which is what they earn in Jake and the Neverland Pirates when they accomplish a mission).
So that the party wouldn't feel crammed, I set up food and tables in the front yard, then had the side of the house set up as a walkway to the kids' activities. We had a couple of areas and activities for them. Nothing was really structured and they could come and go as they pleased. We had a Lost Boys Camp which included teepees with some dress up items like fairy wings and wands, pirate gear, trapper hat, and Peter Pan hat. There was a pirate ship that the kids loved climbing in and out of but was also a great photo opportunity. A Hook Toss, which is basically a ring toss but with hooks. There was also a "Walk the Plank." We set up a blue tarp and cut shark fins out of foam and attached them to the tarp. The "plank" was a kids' balance beam I borrowed, and underneath the tarp there was a tumbling mat, so there was little chance of kids getting hurt.
Instead of a piñata or goodie bags, we did a "Dig for Buried Treasure." We used a plastic kiddie pool and filled it with all the things I would have put in goodie bags (and then some). We used packing peanuts as filler (I wanted to avoid the kids getting too dirty), and I affixed goodie bags to the post along with a sign that told them to raid Captain Hook's buried treasure before they left. Not sure how many of them took home goodie bags, but I know they enjoyed pulling out the treats!
We also hired a Pirate Jake from Party Princess Productions. He painted faces, and he came prepared to read to the kids, but because of their age they weren't really into it, so he ended up playing with the kids but giving most of his attention to Caleb. Caleb loved it, and even started a sword fight with him. Party Princess Productions has several locations around the US, so if you are in need of a character, look them up!
It was an amazing party. Caleb enjoyed every single moment of his day, and there's nothing more that I could ask for than that!
Pirate Jewels (Fruit)
Croc Crunch (Veggies)
Pirate Gold (Cheese cubes)
Fish & Chips (Goldfish & Potato chips)
Shipwreck Sandwiches (Ham & Cheese on King's Hawaiian Bread)
Puny Pirate Fingers (Mini Pigs in a Blanket)
Chicken Tenders (sorry, I didn't come up with a fun name for this)
Chicken and Pork BBQ
Scallywag Sangria (Pinot Grigio, frozen fruit, Sprite)
Mermaid Lagoon (Lemonade with blue food coloring)
Extra special thanks to my hubby for getting everything together while still holding it down at work, my parents for never complaining and indulging all my fantasies, my bestie Maritza for her help and hard work, my in-laws for letting us borrow supplies and helping us out, and my cousin Olga and her husband Duke for all their help!
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