03 Apr

Magical “Neverland-Inspired” Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

A Pirate Birthday Party…. with a Neverland twist! As a huge fan of Jackie Culmer‘s style already, it’s not the least bit surprising that the latest party she dreamed up is wonderfully creative and full of imagination! {Check out some of her other work here and here.}

As Jackie explains below, “The feeling of the party was to be vintage, classic storybook, with the feeling that we were going away to Neverland.Mission accomplished! I love how each table was named for a place in Neverland, and how guests were greeted with a “pathway” of glittered stars – or “pixie dust“. And from framed modern silhouettes of fairies and crocodiles to fabulous personalized Root Beer labels, custom straw flags, and more – there’s some serious style in these paper details! Speaking of paper details… you can download a free printable of the cute pirate sail cupcake toppers right here. :)

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

Magical Neverland Inspired Pirate Birthday Party

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Jackie

My client wanted a pirate themed first birthday, and I had been watching Disney’s Peter Pan and Jake and the Neverland Pirates lately with my own daughter and decided to put a Neverland twist to the pirate theme. The feeling of the party was to be vintage, classic storybook, with the feeling that we were going away to Neverland.

The invitation was designed to look like an old book , and the inside included a vintage map of London as a background to the text inviting guests to fly away to Neverland with the birthday boy who had decided he did not want to grow up on his first birthday!

Welcoming the guests to the party was a pathway of glittered stars (an idea taken from Martha Stewart.com) mimicking a trail of pixie dust. I designed a custom welcome poster and changed up one of the lines from the book, “To die is an awfully big adventure.” to “To turn one is an awfully big adventure. Each table was covered in a rustic linen cloth and named for a places in Neverland: The Jolly Roger, Pixie Hollow, Skull Rock, Mermaid Lagoon, Indian Mountain, and Crocodile Creek. I designed each table sign to look like the beginning of a chapter in the book.

The cake/cupcake favor table was to be “Captain Hook’s desk”…we had an old lantern with some pixie dust trails where Hook had locked Tinkerbell up, the map of Neverland with Tinkerbell’s footprints leading to Peter Pan’s hideout, and Treasure Chest, and various other pirate objects strewn about. The backdrop was also inspired by a backdrop BLHDN, but I instructed my client to make her own with a tutorial from the Ruffled Blog. Guests were served amazing food from the gourmet Kogi Food truck (as the family is Korean), and younger guests had fun playing in a pirate ship from ShinDigz, dressing up in pirate hats and eye patches, fairy wings, and wands, and visiting the balloon and face paint artist. Along with DVD’s of the live actions Peter Pan film, guests were treated to “Jolly Roger cupcakes.” In order to fly home with your cupcake, we provided guests with their own “pixie dust” (sanding sugars) to sprinkle.

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VENDOR CREDITS & RESOURCES:

– Event Design and Photography: Jackie Culmer Photography and Design 
– Invitation, Welcome Poster, Table Signs, Straw Flags, Custom Map of Neverland: Jackie Culmer Photography and Design 
– Cupcake Skull and Cross Bone Favor Stickers, Custom Root Beer Bottle Labels: Loralee Lewis
– Cupcakes: Itty Bitty Sweets
– Catering: Kogi Food truck
– Pirate Ship: ShinDigz
– “Aaron is One” Banner: Sheri Sew Sweet
– Idea for pixie dust sprinkled on cupcakes, and using silhouettes as decor: Swoon Blog
– Glass Vials: Amazon, Factory Direct Craft, Save On Crafts *they look a bit bigger, you might have to buy more sugar to fill them, but they are cuter!
– Birch Place Card Holders: BHLDN.com

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12Comments

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Trish SAYS:

I am in LOVE with this party! Froo-froo parties are great, but it’s a nice change when one is a little less pink and ruffly and little more boy-ish :)

Reply April 4, 2012 at 7:19 am

jenn s. SAYS:

I agree on every account! ;)

April 4, 2012 at 7:22 am

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Jackie Culmer Photography and Design SAYS:

Thank you for the post Jenn! I had so much fun designing this one and big thanks to my client who was so amazing to let me run free with the designs and followed my vision beautifully. Always so proud to be featured by Hostess with the Mostess!!!

Reply April 4, 2012 at 8:21 am

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RM, Home Confetti SAYS:

Beautiful party! The subtle use of Tinkerbell and the flower backdrop is just enough to make it perfect for a joint girl-boy birthday party, too.

Reply April 4, 2012 at 8:29 am

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Leila | Be Inspired PR SAYS:

I adore this idea for a birthday party! It seems like there were fun activities and yummy treats for the kids and fabulous design touches for adults to enjoy! I’m sold!

Reply April 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

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Danielle-Cutie Putti Paperie SAYS:

I’m in love with this party!!!! What a great job, all the creative details are so inspiring!!!

Reply April 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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Deliene Alvarenga SAYS:

OMG!!!
First of all, this boy is so, so cute!!
And it´s so beautiful, I love that flowers, … everything is wonderful!

Kisses,
Deliene Alvarenga
http://www.belopapel.com
Brazil

Reply April 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

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June SAYS:

Reminds me of an earlier HWTM post, Finding Neverland inspired birthday party.

Reply April 8, 2012 at 10:31 pm

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Amy Lynn SAYS:

Where did you get the straw flags? I’m throwing a grown-up pirate themed party for my husband’s 30th birthday (long story, but hey! what adult doesn’t love an excuse to wear an eye-patch and a mustache).

Reply May 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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Savannah SAYS:

My son is turning 3 in a few months and has been OBSESSED with Disney’s Peter Pan since he was a baby! (More so, Cptn. Hook & his pirates!) I wish I had the means to recreate this party for him. What a wonderful job you have done.

Reply July 24, 2012 at 12:31 am

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Wyleshia Joseph SAYS:

hello I throwing my son a birthday party and his theme is Jake and the neverland pirates. I was try to see where you got your ship from? You can email me at wyleshia_d_joseph@yahoo.com Thank you.

Reply January 10, 2013 at 5:38 am

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Hannah Nguyen SAYS:

hi there. my niece's pirates and fairies party is on Feb 9, but we still don't know how to get the paper/printed goods. would you be willing to share your printed/printables? :) and how much do you think it would be? thanks so much for your help in advance! – hannah (huong630@gmail.com).

Reply January 27, 2013 at 6:00 am

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