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Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Pirate Birthday Party

“Ahoy matey!” My son started to become a huge fan of the classic Disney’s Peter Pan movie.  He especially loved Captain Hook and his cunning ways.  He asked for a Captain Hook party and I jumped up to the challenge.  This should be fun!  I started to think about the old world, treasures, the ocean and more.  This was one of my favorite parties to plan and decorate to date.

DECOR
First, I had to try to figure out a tone for the party decor.  This was Captain Hook that we were talking about, and not so much Peter Pan or meager pirates.  So I had to up my game for this one.

I first incorporated a lot of red and white striped fabrics to carry over the pirate theme.  I did this by using the concept on the invite, then I also purchased this fabric to use on the cupcake SHIP, yes SHIP that I made out of a large cardboard box.  I also carried over the stripes for the table runners and more.

I also used my Cricut machine to cut out letters and treasure map routes that you see on the wall.  I actually covered some of the entrance walls with this map marker routes just to make it a bit more fun and whimsical.  You could probably achieve the same mapped look by cutting these out by hand as well as it would only

Homemade banners were also a nice and fun addition.  I designed these, cut and strung them up used cardstock paper, a hole punch and ribbon.  Super easy!  Notice, more red stripes!

Jewels, gold and treasures!  I needed to include this without breaking the bank.  Strings of pearls are so expensive and managed to find some inexpensive loose decorated pearl-like looking beads in red, black and white.  I strung them myself using fishing line that I already had.  The big bold look helped to make this big impact.

Treasure chests were a must for this one!  I had to have a few.  I found a super cute treasure chest pinata at the store and doubled it as a centerpiece.  I then surrounded it with some chocolate coins as well as ones that I purchased from a party store.  I also found a perfect sized trunk at Hobby Lobby and embellished it with party favors, jewels and even a faux wood looking sign on the inside.  How did I do that??  I used my computer to create a calligraphy font and then set the background for a matching brown colored background.  Then I printed and cut so that it looked like a wood cut out.  (What is really great about this wooden treasure box is that it’s reusable!  Years later, my boys still have this box filled with pirate accessories so that they can play dress-up.  As a bonus, closed-up it fits right in to store in my living room undetected.)

I was able to find a really cool Captain Hook and Mr. Smee stand-up.  Not only did this add to the decor, but also was a great addition for photo opps.  After the party, my son had this posted on the wall of his room as decoration.  There are a handful out there on the web, more than before!

A party like this would not be complete with pirate patches and hats which you can get at any party store!  I made sure to offer these to the kids as they joined the party in lieu of party hats.

FOOD
I forgot to take photos, but offered up a feast of BBQ food.  Pulled pork sandwiches and all of the fixings for a “hearttttyyy meal.”

Root beer bottle seemed like a perfect addition for decoration and for the older kids/adults.  I created personalized Captain Hook root beer brew labels which made it pretty fun and cute.

I did a little spin on the s’mores as you can see below.  I dipped the large marshmallows in chocolate and then topped them with a graham cracker.  Then I also adding a small dusting of gold colored sugar crystals to make these look a bit like treasures.  Then when I plated them, I added MORE gold crystals to the plate.

Jell-O boats were also another fun addition to the party.  Just added blue Jell-O to some clear cups, orange wedges and a pirate sail.  Although I got these pirate sails from a cupcake topper, you could easily create these with either a black or white sail, or even with scrap booking red and white paper.

Pirate Booty!  A must!

FAVORS
For the favors, I knew that I wanted to give each kid a treasure pouch.  I really couldn’t find anything out there that really spoke to me.  So I semi-homemade my own.  I purchased some inexpensive canvas pouches.  I then had a really hard time trying to figure out how to decorate the outside.  I really didn’t want to add skull and bones, plus I wanted to carry on the treasure theme.  I looked all over Etsy and craft stores and really came up short on finding a stamp, stencil or anything else that didn’t break the bank.  Soooo… I made my own potato stamp!  Yes, I sure did.  I used my pumpkin carving kit and started to whittle away this cool design.  Then, I just used black fabric paint and started to stamp away.  After I let it dry, I was really super pleased with the result.  It look really vintage and authentic to the time period.  PLUS, the stamp made it easy to be consistent.  So cool!!!  I also filled the favor bags with more chocolate coins, pirate tattoos, Pirate Booty and more!

 

Posted on 7.6.17

Toy Story Birthday Party

It’s Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Mr. Potato Head and the rest of their friends here for another birthday celebration!  My son had watched all three Disney Pixar Toy Story movies as if it were a movie marathon every day.  Needless to say, I got to know all of the characters pretty well and to be able to incorporate this into a fun birthday party for him.

DECOR
I used the colors of cobalt blue and lime green as the main basis of the party.  I used these for the balloons and where I had paper products as well.

Fortunately, my son had a ton of actual toys that I was able to use as decor.  That in itself saved me a lot of money.

For the cake table, I used a cupcake tier stand that I had.  I surrounded the stand with all of his favorite Toy Story characters.  I didn’t have the infamous Toy Story ball, so I found an image online and cut it out to use as part of the display.  I also found a bucket of aliens which they only sell at the Disney themed parks, usually at the Toy Story attractions.  They are called, “Toy Story Big Bucket O Little Green Alien Men” and cost about $19.95.  I used these figures to whimsically surround the tower of cupcake.  That was a bit challenging to do as it felt a bit like dominoes at times.  “Oooooohhh the cakes!!”  🙂

For the backdrop, I used my Cricut “Old West” cartridge to cut out “Happy Birthday Tyler” in black.  I also designed a string of pendants that you see on top.

The kids also had fun with a photo booth that I created.  I didn’t have a photo booth contraption, but encourage everyone to take a selfie.  I hand designed cutouts which can be glued onto sticks.  You can feel free to download my creation here: Toy Story Photo Booth

Here is a sample of one of my fun designs.

We had to add Woody and Buzz to the party and invited them over as well.  We found these cutouts online and my son was able to mount this as decor for his room.  We got some mileage out of this investment for sure!

We also found a Buzz Lightyear pinata as well.  Score!

FOOD
For the main food, we featured our version of “Woody’s BBQ.”  I used my Cricut machine to be able to print these cutouts using their “Old West” cartridge  and add them to the serving area.  They even had “Woody” which was a bonus!

I was able to use his bucket of green army men and sprinkled them around a food station.  I was lucky to be able to find GUMMY green army men online.  Let me just tell you, these were super hard to find, but found them on Amazon.  Albanese is a company that produces a lot of various gummy candies, so you can start your search there.

Vintage type cupcakes were features for this party, topped with Toy story printouts that I found on Etsy.  The hardest part about this was actually having to cut around some of the small details of the toppers.  Once cut, I used non-toxic Elmer’s glue to affix to the back of lollipop sticks.

FAVORS
Ok, I think that I had a little too much fun with this.  I purchased these alien looking bags through Etsy.  I probably could have made these myself, but didn’t have much time and the cost to purchase GREEN sandwich bags was another thing.  I knew that I wanted to have fun with these bags and constructed a faux claw out of a cardboard box, silver paint and a lightweight metal chain from the hardware store.  I mounted the claw from the ceiling using a 3M Command Strip Hook.  Then I attached an EMPTY alien favor bag to complete the look!  I thought that this came out pretty funny and cute.  The kids all thought that this was the best thing ever!

Posted on 2/3/17