Ahoy mateys! Today’s homemade party is a treasure trove of memories, thanks to the DIY skills of Noah’s mommy Roberta and daddy Dennis. Armed with their glues and scissors, some photoshopping skills and inspirations and photos from the internet, the mom and dad duo pulled off one amazing party, with a theme that the celebrant surely enjoyed! If you have a toddler, you probably know of Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Disney Junior’s award-winning show based on the classic book and play, Peter Pan. And if your kid is a fan, you’re likely to get this as a party theme request! So stick around and yo ho, let’s go me hearties and see how these creative parents celebrated their little pirate’s first birthday.
Not only is mommy Roberta a certified crafter, she bakes too! She shares: “I think the most challenging task was the birthday cakes and cupcakes. I do bake, but this was different, this was for my son, so the pressure! The details were all done the evening before. It was tiring but so rewarding.” Check out more of her cakes and cupcakes in Bite Me.
Arrrr you ready for all the pirate elements in this party? (1) “Walk the Plank” station – Captain Hook’s usual punishment for his pirates (2) Marina’s Mermaid Potion: ice candy in a treasure chest cooler (treasure chest cooler? talk about being in theme!) (3) Izzy’s DIY pixie dust pouch (4) Pirate maps, eye patch and pirate-themed necklace!
Two pre-school teachers were hired to host and play parlour games for the kids. All of the games were in theme (example, the usual Trip to Jerusalem became Trip to Neverland) and there was a lot of singing and dancing! Very piratey indeed!
Roberta shares: “The party had geeky touches to it too. My husband, who is a computer programmer, did a ‘time-zone’ kind of execution to the carnival games. We hired a supplier of carnival games such as ring toss, fish and hook etc. So each child gets a card as they arrive and later they get to claim they’re ‘gold doubloon’ points for prizes – from Peter Pan’s Treasure.”
More from mommy Roberta:
My son, Noah, was fond of Disney’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates”- and as a parent I enjoy the cartoon myself. It was about imagination, adventure and friendship. The characters stayed true to the original Peter Pan but with creative additional characters which made it more “current” and fun! Thanks to Pinterest and our passion for crafting, my husband and I decided to do this on our own as much as we can. It was a surprise what people charge and spend on these birthdays, don’t get me wrong, they’re definitely beautiful, and even sometimes extravagant but budget wise it forces you to get creative and resourceful, and the best thing is it’s personal. I had my mind set, and 2-3 months ahead I was already conceptualizing and putting things together. I wanted a holistic themed party – down to the prizes and giveaways it had to be thematic! We were proud parents, and we are so blessed to have been able to pull it off. No events coordinator…just us hauling everything in – so I am extremely grateful for a successful 1st Birthday party for our son, Noah.