Saturday, March 15, 2014

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party - Part 2

As I mentioned yesterday, my son wanted a Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party. I posted pics and descriptions of the food table here in Part 1. The food was an important part of the party (of course), but here are all of the other fun details:

As soon as the kids walked through the door, they picked up a Jake party bag that contained a pirate bandanatattoos, and an eye patch. I also had extra bandanas and eye patches for the moms so they could dress up too. The kids thought it was hilarious!

Then all the kids headed to the tattoo water station. For the kids that were waiting, I had a coloring table set up with Jake coloring books and crayons. We also had a crocodile ring toss game set up. This kept the kids busy during the final food prep. 

After everyone ate, it was time for the treasure hunt...complete with maps. I bought the paper maps, decorated them, and placed them in a treasure chest. Each kid got their own treasure map. The kids had to figure out where to go next. 

The first stop was the front yard. They had to "walk the plank" and "bowl for buccaneers." We had half of the kids go to one station and half to the other, and then switch after everyone was done. 

While the kids were walking the plank, they had to hold a hook in one hand and a pirate sword in the other. Everyone else cheered them on. If they fell off, everyone yelled "shark bait!" The kids all got a laugh out of this.

We used a kids bowling set for "bowling for buccaneers." I taped a picture of Captain Hook, Mr. Smee, Sharky, and Bones to the pins. Sorry I didn't get a picture of this, but you get the idea. 

Next, the treasure map sent the kids to the backyard. We had a dozen pirate beach balls for the kids to kick, play volleyball with, throw at each other, etc. The games were "sink the pirate ship" bean bag toss and "cannonball toss." Yes, we actually painted wood boards to look like pirate flags. And yes, my husband wanted to kill me by the end of it. 

For "cannonball toss," three buckets were set up at different distances. The buckets were covered in cheap ($1) table clothes in black, red, and white. Softballs were painted black to look like cannonballs. The kids had to toss the balls into the buckets. The closest bucket was 25 points, the middle bucket was 50 points, and the farthest bucket was 100 points. The kids got to keep the pirate beach balls as prizes. 

The next stop was back to the front yard (my husband scrambled around setting everything up while the kids were in the backyard). The kids had to "dig for treasure" and play "pirate basketball." Unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of the kids digging. We had a plastic tub of sand with treasure (beads, bouncy balls, small pirate figurines, plastic gems, and seashells). 

For "pirate basketball," we used a toddler basketball hoop

And the final game was a "gold doubloon hunt" inside in our house. The gold doubloons were hidden throughout the playroom like an Easter egg hunt. It was a little chaotic with kids running everywhere, but the kids loved it. 

The party favor gifts were treasure boxes filled with Hershey's nuggets (treasure), bubbles, Jake stickers, candy necklaces, ring pops, pixy stix (pixie dust), and beads

Overall, this party was a huge success! It did take some (ok, a lot) of energy and time to plan and put everything together, but I love throwing parties like this and everyone had fun. As far as cost goes, I spent the most money on party favors and candy, but I made up for it on the food and games. The food was simple and cheap (hot dogs, goldfish, popcorn, etc) and we had most of the items we needed for the games in our garage. 

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