For Jack's 2nd birthday, I took a cue from his very most favorite tv show, "Jake and the Neverland Pirates", and turned our home into the Jolly Roger.
Being a Photographer, I have learned the hard way that if you want to enjoy and remember your children's special parties you need to hand the camera over. I am soooooooo thankful that my friend Kim Boyd (zoë wedding art) for coming over and spending her day doing what I wouldn't have done. So I encourage all you moms to hire someone, it's worth every penny to not have to worry about it!
I wish I had taken a picture of the invites (Target) and the RSVP insert (zoë photographic group: design by annie), because the were stinking adorable!!!
The Dessert Table.
The RSVP card had a place for each child's shirt size. I painted and customized them so when the kiddos were doing crafts their own clothes wouldn't be at risk. It also came with an eye patch.
The guest book was a painting my mom did of Bucky, from Jack and the Neverland Pirates. I had flesh-colored paints and they put a thumbprint and signed their name above. I went back later and drew on faces.
The front of our house was the front of the boat.
Each child got a mustache, if desired, a tattoo.
This was the sword decorating station. My wonderful sister helped by cutting out the swords from cardboard. Such a simple and wonderful craft.
The next station was the "Skull and Bones Stomp" (Jake reference). I rolled out bubble wrap and let the kids jump like crazy.
Capt. Jack Ingle got to go for a ride.
The back porch was the back of the ship and the dinner setting.
I didn't want to have to find enough little chairs so I used hay bails and covered them with fabric.
The menu: Orange Ships on Water. Sea Dogs. Cannon Balls.
I am paranoid, so they are Hebrew National Hot Dogs.
He had a chair like Captain Hook.
I tried to find a fake cannon...no such luck, so I made a slingshot station, which flopped, but was fun to watch the Granpas try to get working. :)
So instead, I had the kids line up and see who could throw their potato the furthest.
The Capt. enjoying a snack.
Some kiddos collected the treasure.
To finish off the evening, I made the Lost Boys Hideout (Peter Pan reference) where they got to watch an episode of Jake.
Happy Birthday Little Pirate!