We wanted to keep things pretty simple, so even though Disney has adorable Pirate Invitations available for download online, we decided to just call all of our landlubber family members.
When the lads and lassies came into the house, they were immediately taken into a pirate dressing station and made over pirate style. Which basically means that they all received a pirate bandanna and a skull and cross bones necklace.
We had one crew member that didn't want to participate so we ended up with 4 pirates and a princess.
To kick things off, my husband made his own pin the eye patch on the Pirate Game. After a little hesitation and a lot of peeking, the kids got into the spirit of things.
The Jake and the Never Land Pirate Party Website has a bunch of fun printable games and activities for kids, so we did a few puzzles and played Jake's Jumble Matching Game.
Then it was snack time! We thought about making an elaborate ship or treasure chest cake, but because all of the kids at the party were 5 and under, we decided to keep things simple. We had a bucket of goldfish, a little piece of the ocean (Swedish fish floating in blue jello), and bone brownies.
For the big final activity my husband sent the kids on a treasure hunt. Instead of having them follow one treasure map he sent them to multiple locations with a piece of the map hidden at each one. The kids loved this! They raced all over the house searching for the next clue, and were all so excited to see where they had to go next.
My husband really wanted to dig a hole in our side yard and bury the treasure in the dirt, but because there was a huge rainstorm yesterday I quickly vetoed the idea. Instead the treasure hunt ended in the girls room where they just happen to have a treasure chest dress up box. Inside the treasure chest were goody bags filled with pirate booty (chocolate doubloons, stamps, candy necklaces, and temporary tattoos).
They also had swords waiting for them downstairs so they could fight for their treasure!
The party was a huge hit and the kids spent the rest of the day doing "piratey" things.
For more Pirate Part Ideas and recipes, check out the Jake and the Never Land Party Site online!
To Buy - The Jake and the Never Land Pirates album is set for release on Sept. 20th, and the DVD will be available on Sept. 27th.
The album includes songs that can be heard on episodes of the show - the kooky, comical "Hot Lava," “Aw Coconuts,” "Pirate Password,” and the arrrghhh-rated “Talk Like a Pirate.” Some songs refer to popular characters in the show, such as “What’s Cookin’ Smee,” "Captain Hook (Is A Cranky Crook)," “Tick Tock Croc” and “Bucky’s Shanty.” Others capture the island spirit of Never Land, such as “Castaway on Pirate Island," "Shipwreck Shuffle" and "Never Sky," as well as the "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" theme song.
The Jake and the Never Land Pirates soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on September 20. For more information on Walt Disney Records’ releases, please visit www.Disney.com/music
The Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Yo Ho, Mateys Away! DVD will be available on Sept. 27th and features of 7 episodes of the show. It also contains two bonus features - Yo Ho, You Want To Be A Pirate?, where Jake teaches viewers how to talk like a pirate, and Pirate Party With Pirate-oke, a collection of music videos performed by The Never Land Pirate Band. It will Retail for $19.99 in the U.S. and $24.99 in Canada (SRP). There is also a bonus 7-track CD sampler and a pirate eye patch inside!
Disclosure - I received a party kit containing everything I needed to throw the party from the above company or their pr agency. Opinions expressed in the post are my own and I was not influenced in any way!