My oldest son turned 4 on Saturday. To celebrate, we threw a pirate party. But it couldn't be just a pirate party- it had to be a "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" pirate party. If you don't know, this is a brand-new show from Disney Jr. It's so new there is no merchandise out for it yet. So, I did my best to combine "basic" pirate stuff with some homemade "Jake" stuff. My son even insisted on dressing like Smee- so he wore his blue and white striped shirt and I made him a red stocking cap out of a dollar store t-shirt.
All "Jake" images are copyrights of Walt Disney. I'm sure they'll have their own stuff out soon, but until then, I'd like to think that old Walt would understand a parent trying to please their child.
To begin with, I downloaded the "Jake" image from Disney Jr. and made my own invitations. I used a free skull background, then put the Jake image in the header.
For decorations, we had "basic" pirate stuff- a treasure map tablecloth, black, blue, and red balloons, some skull and crossbones signs, etc.
When the kids got there, we gave them bandannas, eyepatches, and earrings, and they decorated a "Jake" spyglass, found here:
Then we played a few games, jumped on our new trampoline, ate lunch, opened presents, ate cake, went on a treasure hunt, and jumped on the trampoline some more. Who knew pirates had trampolines :)
For food I served pirate themed food.
Fish n Chips- (goldfish crackers and potato chips)
Swords (pretzel sticks)
Golden Nuggets (chicken nuggets)
X Marks the Spot breadsticks (pizza dough shaped into x's)
Crocodile Blood (Red Kool-Aid)
For activities I tried to incorporate some "Jake"-style games-
Pin the Hook on the Captain (I sketched this from a clipart image I found online)
Search for gold Doubloons (Jake and his friends earn these through their adventures)
A treasure hunt for their goody bags (not pictured)
The cake was from FamilyFun magazine and can be found here:
For the goody bags, I made my own labels, filled brown paper lunch sacks and tied them with jute rope to make them look like loot sacks.
Inside I put a pirate compass and pirate paddleball from the dollar store, bubbles that I wrapped with a "Jake" logo I printed out, pirate stickers, a "Jake" coloring page (found here) and a bag of Hershey's nuggets and individual Rolos. They also got to keep all their pirate gear and gold doubloons.
P.S. If you have a "Jake" fan and are headed to Disneyland anytime soon, make sure you check out the Disney Jr. show in California Adventure! It truly was a magical experience for my kids!
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The kids had a great time, and I had fun being a pirate! Maybe these ideas will help someone else until Disney gets its Jake party gear out, so I'm linking up to some of these parties: