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Neverland Pirates Birthday Party (25 photos)


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Charynn of Two Sugar Babies asked me to assist her in designing a modern take on a Neverland Pirates birthday party.....a stylized character party. 

A modern pirate theme was carried 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, Charynn originally wanted to use “ship in a bottle” pieces in some way, but we came up with a modern interpretation: a spray painted toy ship, pirate hook and a green Peter Pan sword solid, in bold colors inside large jars with sand on the bottom. Stacked 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 a favorite element. Banners made from 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 re-use in his bedroom! “Tinkerbell Iced Tea” and “Pirate Punch” were displayed 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 by WH Hostess, 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 cupcakes from our favorite bakery with sprinkles to match the party, and added character elements with fondant Tinkerbell wings, a red feather, a pirate hook, and a pirate flag.

The Kid’s Area was the highlight of the party. The character silhouettes Charynn 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. Charynn 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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