Our story begins with a rising 3 year old with a penchant for Peter Pan and pirates. No princesses, flowers or Dora for this little girl...we needed a pirate party (with a sprinkling of fairies and pixie dust because...after all...Peter Pan does need his right hand girl and pixie dust is "sparkly like Mickey's castle).
To begin our journey to Neverland we invited our pixies and pirates with a treasure map, showing them the precise directions to Neverland. For those Peter Pan novices among us, the directions are those given to Hook by Tinkerbell in the movie and the footprints are those of Tink as she hopped across the map showing Hook the way. We burned the edges of the pages to make them look old and worn.
We mailed a few invites but most were tied and hand delivered like this:
After lots of planning, it was PARTY DAY! Our pixies and pirates were directed to the house by a few key markers:
A few key scenes of London as they "flew over"...
A gateway to Neverland sign and, of course, by following the second star to the right!
Upon entering Neverland, our guests were captured by the scurviest of the scurvy, Captain Hook!! They were taken to skull rock aboard the Jolly Roger and forced to sign up to be on Hook's crew! Hook himself was awaiting them to sign his pirate enlistment book...
Here is the demand from the Captain...
Here is his table of goodies awaiting his new pirates: the enlistment book to sign, hooks for all, tattoos (afterall, "those who sign without delay...get a free tattoo"), treasure maps of Neverland to find Pan and swords to fight him!
Here is a close up of the Neverland maps (really maps of our house and where all the games and goodies were located)...excuse my feet in the picture...photography is not my strong suit!
Here are the swords awaiting their new pirate owners!
Once you had signed in, gotten hooks, swords and tattoos, you were ready to enter (sadly enough the skull on the door and above the door are permanent fixtures in our garage from the Halloween party and were not added for just the birthday)!
The first land you encounter is the Neverland Jungle complete with jungle vines and flowers.
Next our pirates headed to the Indian Camp where they were greeted by the Big Chief and could make headresses (on the table in the center) and tribal artwork (pirate and pixie coloring pages on the easel).
Even the Indian Camp held a reminder that danger lurked around every corner (no pun intended...not really at least)!
Deeper into the Neverland Jungle you could review your treasure map and try to pinpoint where Hook's treasure was!
At the edge of the jungle lurks Crocodile Creek where Tic Toc Croc lives! It is also here that our pirates could try to keep that sneaky croc's mouth shut by tossing rings around his snout...the sign behind the crocodiles reminded them of what happened to Hook when he didn't succeed!
After you successfully defeated the Croc a quick stop by Birthday Cake Cape showed you what to look forward to later, a replica of the Jolly Roger complete with Hook and Pan in battle and a Tic Toc Croc awaiting his lunch! The top boat is made of Rice Krispies while the ocean was white cake.
Once you made your way past the Cape, you ended up in Mermaid Lagoon where the Jolly Roger was docked awaiting the new sailors to play on it! Made out of Madelyn's slide, a few refrigerator boxes, a scene setter of a pirate ship deck, a board, an old sheet and nets it included a ships wheel, a hold below decks and a plank to slide down!
Our littlest pirates who couldn't play on the Jolly Roger got to cool off with Madelyn's pirate water table (a birthday gift from Grandma and Grandpa Barry).
Once you were initiated in the art of sailing, our pirates decided to stage a mutiny against Hook and his scurvy ways! In "Hit-a-Hook", water cannonballs were thrown at the Captain to defeat the one-handed villain!
Here are the awaiting cannonballs (and some blue ones since Madelyn HAD to have blue water balloons). It was so hot that they were exploding so they got cooled down in a nice cool water bath in their holding tank!
Here is Captain Madelyn, herself, fighting that evil pirate who is trying to capture Peter Pan. A direct hit and a victory for the pirates!
Once Hook had been defeated by our band of courageous cannonballers, they all made their way to the Lost Boys hideout at the Hangin' Tree (thanks to Daddy, Grandpa and Uncle Davey for the awesome swingset, clubhouse, tree fort!).
Here is Captain Madelyn and her right hand Piggy playing at the hideout in victory!
Since Hook was no longer a threat, the pirates could also successfully hunt for all of the treasure that Hook had hidden around Neverland. Here is our Dig for Doubloons game...a big hit!
A treasure chest with some sand, shovels and 144 doubloons hidden in the sand were all it took for the kids to pick their favorite game...maybe because it was also in the shade???
Even though Hook had been defeated, our pirates had to watch out for other scurvy bandits hiding in the forest behind the clubhouse hideout...
Here is a view from the hideout...
A small treasure chest cooler held juice boxes and mini water bottles for the small handed.
Here is a view of the food tables before food was set out.
The main entree was Tic Toc Croc ribs from that nasty lizard!
More food and, sadly enough, the only shot we got of the pirate ship carved watermelon....it even had sails and licorice cannons sticking out of its sides courtesy of my mom!
Here is the Pieces of Eight (chicken nuggets), Seaweed Slaw (cole slaw), Peg Leg Potato Salad (hot german potato salad) and Ships Wheel Salad (pasta salad made with wagon wheel noodles)
Patrick and Grandpa getting 9 racks of ribs off the grill...yum!
After food, fun and lots of cake and rice krispie treats our guests could take home Pirate Pops (red velvet cake pops shaped like pirates) or Pixie Pops (vanilla cake pops shaped like star or circle wands that glittered in gold sanding sugar)
You could also fill a bag from our candy bar featuring sour cherry cannon balls (sour cherry balls), cod fish (swedish fish), pixie dust (pixie stix) or chocolate doubloon coins...I think the candy is always my favorite!
Finally, our biggest buccaneers took home chocolate doubloons, pixie dust, compasses, bouncy cannon balls and pirate paddle ball for the boys and glittery pirate key chains for the girls. Our toddler pirates had the candies, compasses, balls and spy glasses and our baby buccaneers took home Peter Pan books. Everyone got Jake and the Neverland Pirates guides to being a pirate with activities, games and crafts in it!
"Punkin Face" Grammy (cake baker, crafter, decorator) and Captain Madelyn (Birthday Pirate)
(Note: Here is a close up of her party t-shirt design that I made in Photoshop since I couldn't get her to stand still long enough to photograph it!)
Grammy Barry (chief crafter, artwork painter, decorator, water balloon filler, assistant baker and sous chef)
1st Mate Daddy "Peg Leg Patrick the Plunderer" (decorator, BBQ master, woodworker) - like the Photoshop-made Pirate Crew t-shirts for the guys (the girls did NOT want to be deck hands so we went sans-pirate shirts)??
Great Grandma Geig (head sous chef and chief Madelyn movie watcher)
Quarter Master Great Grandpa Geig "Scruvy Frank the Fearless"(electrician, assistant BBQ master, sous chef, decorator and chief rum master)
Boatswain Grandpa "Scurvy Steve the Scalawag" (decorator, errand runner, carpenter)
Firemaster Uncle Jeffrey (supervising fireman..only a few incidents while burning invitations and the pirate enlistment book... errand runner and heavy stuff hauler)
Me - (supervisor, chief planner, decorating supervisor, head baker, head chef, craft supervisor and one tired mom!)
Thank you for reading, we hope you enjoyed looking at the pictures as much as we enjoyed the party!
Aye Aye Mateys!
Kristin, Captain Madelyn and Peg Leg Patrick