Sidekick's second birthday was about a week ago, and I'll confess that I dragged my feet severely when it came to getting a plan put together. Both of the boys have been a little clingy lately as I've been preparing for the birth of the new baby. I didn't want to pick a theme that would leave either one of them feeling left out. It finally dawned on me as they were watching TV one day. Disney! The boys both equally love all things Mickey and Mater and sometimes even exclaim, “Aw, coconuts” when something doesn't go their way. So a Jake and the Neverland Pirates party seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
The timing was perfect, as Disney actually hosted our whole family at Disneyland and California Adventure for Disney Holidays just a few days ago. The Jake and the Neverland Pirates party helped the boys get excited to see all of their favorite characters!
It was an easy theme to customize for their age group, especially with pirates being all the rage nowadays and everyone in preschool wanting to be part of Jake's little band.
We actually discovered Jake and the Neverland Pirates streaming on Netflix awhile back as part of our work with the Netflix Stream Team. Not having cable or traditional TV of any sort, our boys are exposed to a very limited amount of pop culture. Sometimes I feel a bit out of the loop when it comes to themed events, so I love that Netflix lets me pick and choose popular shows to screen for them.
Disney sent over a bunch of supplies to help us show our Disney Side in our Jake and the Neverland Pirates party. In the past I've agonized over every detail of the boys' birthdays, staying up late to craft rubber ducky party displays and hand-writing invites. Honestly? I was way less stressed out with pre-made stuff and a “come as you are” atmosphere. And most importantly, the boys had a blast!
A Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party with Simple Supplies
For a fun little prize hunt, I buried treasure in a box of Kinetic Sand. I use the term “buried” loosely because, really, how challenging should I make it for 2- and 3-year-olds? They had fun uncovering gold doubloons, pirate-themed bouncy balls and mini telescopes. This Kinetic Sand stuff is amazing because it makes a cool display but it sticks to itself and doesn't get all over the place when they play.
A tablescape of Jake and the Neverland Pirates party supplies set the backdrop, and I threw out some easy kid-friendly snacks like granola bars and fruit. With the hectic holidays throwing off any sort of planned timeline this month, I've found that it's best to opt for grab-and-go food or appetizers instead of a sit-down meal.
Sidekick was a big fan of most of his Jake and the Neverland Pirates party decor. Except for the hats.
So the new baby made use of those.
Big brother also helped to blow out the candles. Sidekick was more than happy to eat the cake once it was cut into, but he wasn't digging the whole “put your face near these flames” thing. Also note the use of a storebought cake this time around. Delicious. $5.99. Saved me a ton of hassle. I'm totally doing this every year.
Check back later this week for the inside scoop on what to see during Disney Holidays!