Last weekend we celebrated Andres Sebastian’s first birthday. It was a very intimate party with close friends and family. We decided to go with a Jake and the Neverland Pirate theme, which ended up being so much fun to create. It originally was suppose to be at a park, but it ended up pouring that day (thank you Miami weather). But luckily we had a “Plan B,” so we ended up hosting the party at our house.
It turned out exactly how we had imagined. Although Sebastian won’t remember his first birthday, it was nice to have this time with family and celebrate our first year as parents. In case you might be planning a pirate themed party, I thought I’d share some of my favorite pictures from his birthday along with some tips for hosting your own pirate party.
PS. I also created some pirate themed labels,which you can download for FREE!
Jake and the Neverland Pirate Cake 1 of 11
For the cake, I knew I wanted something in red and white stripes to go along with our theme, so I ended up designing this cake from Ana Paz. I also bought this Jake figurine from Toys R' Us to top it off. I love that's it's simple, yet very detailed. Everything else on the cake, such as the treasure chest was edible.
Jake and the Neverland Pirate Decor 2 of 11
We found all of our decorations from Party City. They had everything from Jake and the Neverland Pirates plates, party favors, eye patches, you name it. It made the planning so much easier!
Ms. Cheezious 3 of 11
I wanted to have food that I knew kids would love, and what's more kid-friendly than grilled cheese sandwiches. To add fun twist, we had Ms. Cheezious (a food truck in Miami) cater his party. The kids (and parent's alike) went crazy when the food truck arrived at our doorsteps. The sandwiches were uh-mazing!
Themed Food 4 of 11
To go along with a pirate theme, I love the idea of serving Gold Fish. We labeled it as "Catch of the Day," to make it fun and quirky. You can also consider serving meatballs or olives and calling them "Cannon Balls."
Jake and the Neverland Pirate Invitation 5 of 11
For the invitation, I followed the instructions from Parker and Ty on how to make them. It's so easy! It's made from brown paper bags from Whole Foods. I then used a lighter to burn the edges to make it a little more authentic.
Pirate Boat 6 of 11
This inflatable pirate boat is meant to be used as a cooler, but since our party got rained out, we just ended up putting it in our living room. The kids loved it and decided to jump in.
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Party Favors 7 of 11
For the party favors, I gave out Jake and the Neverland Pirate lunch boxes, which I filled with things like pirate maps, puzzles, coins and Jake and the Neverland Pirate tattoos. The kids were going crazy over it.
Labeled Food 8 of 11
Here are some of the yummy grilled cheese sandwiches from Ms. Cheezious. We ended up serving a Classic Cheese Melt, BBQ Pulled Pork and Provolone Pesto.
Label it with a "Pirate" 9 of 11
And of course, as a good Latina, I also had some pastelitos de guayaba and croquetas. I simply added the word "Pirate" to the food name and it instantly becomes pirate food--ha!
Jake and the Neverland Pirate Food Labels 10 of 11
I also designed these food labels on photoshop. You can click here to download my labels for FREE.
Quick tip: An easy way to edit the food labels, is to go to picmonkey.com (I used the font "Bleeding Cowboys")
Pirate Themed Attire 11 of 11
No themed party would be complete without a little costume right? We dressed up Andres Sebastian as Jake and I also played along wearing a pirate hat. We also encouraged his cousins to come dressed up. One of them came as Izzy the pirate...it was too cute.
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