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Sunday, March 27

Ahoy! A "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" Birthday Party!

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)
Cannonballs (grapes)
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!

(If you're planning a trip, book through Get Away Today- I've used them several times and it has been awesome every time- no bumps or goof-ups, and we always save a little money with their hard-to-find ticket discounts!  Use code OCRAFTY to save an  extra $10 off any 2-night or longer Southern California package (hotel and 2 ticket minimum).

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: 

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  1. Very cute. My son is also 4 and is also in love with Jake and the Neverland Pirates. Small world.

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Mar 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. My little guy is turning 4 the end of May and would love a pirate party! He's also diggin' Jake and the Neverland Pirates right now. Great job on making homemade goodies! Love your goodie sacks :)

  4. Love this comment!
    "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."

    Thanks for some great ideas too. I wish Disney had thought to push product at the release of the show. My son is turning 4 and he can't just have a pirate party...it has to be Jake. Thanks so very much!

  5. Cool party!! My son had his 2nd birthday party yesterday! We did a Monster Truck bash...but next year, I might do this theme!! Thanks for sharing!
    I am a new follower now!

  6. Totally cute, loe the cake, love the invites, and the goody bags, everyone looked like they had a BLAST,, good job girl!!!

    Come link up girl, I'd love to have you. Stop by anytime to say hello!!!
    Bella :)**AMAZE ME AUGUST** @ Bella Before and After

  7. That looks like it was so much fun! Found you on tip junkie's link party. :)

  8. I bet he had a blast! Everything turned out so cute! I am getting together a cowgirl party for my daughter's 6th b-day next month.

  9. Awesome party! My little girl is getting into "Jake" lately, too :-)
    Thanks for your nice comments on my blog today!
    Following you now!

  10. My goodness!!! My soon to be 5 yr old insisted on Jake and Neverland pirates b'day and I'm still using my negotiation skill to convince him plain pirates are just fine....I google Jake and Neverland pirates party and found this.
    Great job on your son's party, love the goody bags!

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  12. I'm trying to plan my twin sons' "Jake party" as they call it. I can't find Jake stuff anywhere, so we'll also be using generic pirate items. I love your food ideas and will be borrowing a few. Also doing the treasure hunt to find their goody bags. We'll be making telescopes from celephane(and rubber bands), paper towel rolls, and some pirate stickers as our craft. Good idea with pin the hook on Captain Hook! We'll also "walk the plank" into our kiddie pool since it's a summer party. I'll make the pirate hat for one son and the treasure map cupcake cake for the other (both from Disney's Family Fun Magazine). Disney's "Jake" site now has free downloadable invitations. I hope they have thank you notes soon.

  13. Thank you thank you thank you I can not say it enough! My daughter is insistent that we have a "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" party... NOT just a Pirate party. She is also turning four! I had already made the hunt for the goodie bags, but was running dry on ideas to make it a "Jake" party. This is great! Thank you again!

  14. Thank you so much for the ideas. My 4-year-old boy LOVES Jake and the Neverland Pirates. But I have NO time. I have newborn twin girls at home, but needed some quick ideas. I really appreciate all of your advice! Thank you thank you!

  15. Thank you for posting. My son turns 4 next month and wants a Jake party. This is very helpful

  16. @Anonymous

    Anonymous, could you please put a link to where you found the "Jake" free downloadable invitations. I've looked everywhere and can't find it.


  17. Thank you! My boy is turning 4 in 2 weeks and wants a Jake and the neverland Pirates Bday Party,
    I love the idea of the treasure hunt, the map, the goodie bags...

    We are joining BDay celebration with 2 other friends and we will do it at the Baby beach here in Dana Point, so I think the place will be perfect for the theme!

    Thanks for the ideas!!

  18. @anamarie

    I'm not "anonymous", but I found these when I was originally planning the party. These are from Disney Jr

    Good luck!

  19. My daughter has requested a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party for her fifth coming up in a few weeks. I googled that and found your blog. Great ideas! I'll be stealing most of them! Thanks for sharing!!

  20. My son is turning 5 and we are doing a Jake Pirate party. From oriental trading I got "message in a bottle" invitations, but printed my own Jake invites to include, got pirate stickers & plastic food-pick swords, filled the plastic bottles with our rolled Jake (sealed w/ jolly roger sticker) invite, a tiny sand, the swords & a pirate ring & eye-patch (included w/ the bottle purchase) and mailed them out today (note, even though they were light, they were $1.71 each to mail since considered a "package", but too cute not to). Also, from oriental trading (.com) got make your own foam pirate hats complete with stickers to decorate them.

    Love your ideas, especially the gold nuggets, the loot bags & all the food ideas. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Great ideas!! Thank you so much! I am incorporating some into my 3-year olds party this weekend!

  22. Thank you so much for your great ideas! My daughter (turning 4) has requested a Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday party. This is fabulous, thanks for sharing!

  23. I found your blog through google searching for Jake party ideas and I just wanted to ask you how you made the cake? I've only seen the cakes laying flat and I love it up like you did it! If you wouldn't mind posting a comment on my blog telling me that would be awesome! Thanks for all these great ideas!

  24. I'm having a Jake party in a few weeks for my 7 yo daughter and 5 yo son. They love Jake and Izzy. Thanks so much for the ideas. I'll let you know what I come up with.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

  25. My daughter is turning 6 in a couple of weeks and we are having a Neverland Pirates theme party for her too! There is now a really nice party pack on the Disney Jr. website where they give you lots of ideas for games, food and even printable invitations. I really like your ideas for the loot bags though and may borrow some of them.

  26. I came across this looking for ideas for a homemade Jake costume for my 4YO son for Halloween. I love your party pics! What great details you managed!!

  27. I am trying to score tee tee points and I am throwing a just because pirate party for my 3 yr old nephew... I was looking for some inexpensive things to do to make it totally fun for him!!! Thanks for the ideas... I am making a treasure box and we are going to do a treasure map that takes us to different places in the neighborhood (since it will be just him and his brothers) then back home to find the "buried treasure" in the laundry room under a bunch of towels (clean of course)!!! I love just because parties...

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  29. Great post! Great Idea! I just love the way you made it big with small things. My son Arnav is turning five in August and we were planning 'Jake and the Wonderland pirate' theme for his birthday party. Your post definitely will help. Thanks!

    Sandeep J.

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  32. Thank you so much for sharing all these. My son's birthday party was a lot of fun:) I never baked a cake before so I couldn't possibly do the one you had on the picture but I want to share the one I made for the very 1st time:) I'm just too happy and I want to share it:)


  33. A classic theme! It's fun watching kids runing through the house to find each clue for the treasure hunt game - a great way to burn off some extra energy!
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