21 Aug

{Preppy & Modern} Neverland Pirates Party

pirate party dessert table

It’s a pirate’s life for me… at least if it looks like THIS that is! ;) Fondant queen Charynn of Two Sugar Babies and party guru Kelly from The Party Dress teamed up to create this fabulous Preppy Neverland Pirate Party for Charynn’s son, who requested a Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme for his birthday. The contemporary skull-and-crossbone and “wavy stripe” patterns were such a great choice for this modern spin on pirate parties!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “X” marks the spot… on the fondant “treasure map” brownie toppers!
– Playful treats like Tinkerbell Iced Tea & shimmery fondant gold skulls
– Activities like Captain Hook’s ring toss + a treasure hunt dig!
– “Ship in a bottle” inspired buffet decorations featuring toy hooks, pirate ships & more

pirate Neverland ship wall decor

gold coin skull cake pops

pirate party decorations

pirate cupcakes

pirate skull cake

pirate party drinks

tinkerbell juice

brownie map toppers

pirate party ship cake pops

ship in a bottle

pirate party treasure hunt

pirate party favors


PARTY DETAILS, as told by Charynn…

This is Charynn, owner of  Two Sugar Babies, and Assistant Editor of The Party Dress Magazine. I am excited for you to finally see my son’s birthday party! In keeping with the tradition at my house (my kids NEVER pick a birthday theme that is easy to find accessories for), Keaton chose “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” I used to think that them picking a “hard” theme, but now I realize that it’s the best kind of party to have! Kelly of The Party Dress and WHHostess assisted me in planning this party and I think we stayed true to our theme of throwing a stylized character party. We carried a modern pirate theme throughout the party, using graphic patterns of aqua blue waves, red and white skull and bones, blue and white stripes (from Jake’s ship sail) and also a red pirate ship silhouette. Then we added elements of Neverland with pirate hooks (Captain Hook is Keaton’s favorite character), red feathers, and a couple of character silhouettes.

We came up with a few distinct displays for the party: the dessert table, a buffet table centerpiece, a drink table, and a Kid’s area, including a Neverland Pirates dress-up station, games and personalized favors.


For the dessert table, Kelly had a custom piece of fabric made to use as the backdrop featuring the aqua wave pattern and the pirate ship. She also made personalized cupcake toppers, coordinating cupcake wrappers and “sails” for the cake pops. I updated cupcakes from our favorite bakery with sprinkles to match the party, and added character elements by making fondant Tinkerbell wings, a red feather, a pirate hook, and a pirate flag. I also created edible image cookie toppers in the party patterns, fondant treasure maps for brownies, and fondant gold doubloons to cover the front of chocolate covered oreos. One of my favorite elements of the party was the 3 tier cake I created using the patterns from the party, and red feather and pirate hook cake toppers, which I personalized with Keaton’s name and a “4”.


For the buffet table centerpiece, I originally wanted to use “ship in a bottle” pieces in some way, but Kelly and I came up with a modern interpretation: I spray painted a toy ship, pirate hook and a green Peter Pan sword solid, bold colors and placed them inside large jars with sand on the bottom. I stacked them on custom stained wooden boxes and scattered bright jewels, gold doubloons, pearls, and necklaces to complete the pirate ship look and feel. The drink table backdrop was also one of my favorite elements. I made banners using twine and WHHostess patterned papers, and added a lime green “K” to a pirate ship wheel as the focal point. It’s something Keaton can use in his bedroom! I displayed “Tinkerbell Iced Tea” and “Pirate Punch” in large drink dispensers, and filled a pirate chest with loads of “treasure” to finish the display.


The Kid’s Area was the highlight of the party. I used character silhouettes I made and a custom “Dress like a Neverland Pirate” sign made by Kelly to frame the dress up area, where the kids used to pirate hooks, eye patches, pirate hats, red sashes, compasses, toy telescopes and treasure maps to transform themselves into Neverland Pirates and go on a treasure hunt. I also built two different games to entertain the kids: a treasure dig sandbox and Captain Hook’s ring toss. The kids were sent home with personalized gift bags filled with gold doubloons, small bottles filled with pixie dust, Neverland Pirates coloring pages, and the costume pieces in white gift bags with personalized “Thank You” stickers.



– Party, Cake and Other Sweets, Party Games: Two Sugar Babies
– Personalized Stationery and Paper Goods: WHHostess
– Wooden Boxes: Michaels
– Glass Jars: Target
– Pirate Chests: Home Goods
– Pirate Accessories: Party City and Oriental Trading
– Pirate Ship Wheel and Glass Bottles: Save-On-Crafts
– Wooden Dessert Displays: Williams Sonoma


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Valencia C SAYS:

This is toooooo awesome

August 22, 2012 at 9:13 am

charynn @twosugarbabies SAYS:

thank you so much for sharing keaton’s party! i’m so excited to see it on here!!

August 22, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Sharymar Morales Reyes SAYS:

Muero x un cumpleaños para mi niño asi,es un sueño….todo esta bello,mágicoooooooo! Dios bendiga tanto talento!

August 23, 2012 at 2:03 am

Kelly @ WH Hostess SAYS:

What a fabulous party to work on with Two Sugar Babies…..and thank you so much for your sweet words and lovely feature!!

August 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Gayle SAYS:

Stunningly done! I love how this party isn’t consumed by the usual black and really focuses more on the fun aspect. It’s just gorgeous!

August 23, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Cindy SAYS:

What amazing attention to detail, as well as the cool games!!!

September 6, 2012 at 12:39 am

Lacey SAYS:

Where did you find the bright colored pirate ships on glass containers! I cannot find anywhere!

January 2, 2013 at 10:03 am


Party Stuff 4u does all the Jake and the Neverland Pirates party stuff, including loot bags and bumper favour packs.
And they ship to USA, Canada and Australia at cost!

February 22, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Deanna SAYS:

Love the ideas! Everything looks fantastic! How did you attach the hooks to the ring toss board? I’m afraid mine may fall off after the first successful toss.

March 23, 2013 at 6:55 am

shannon SAYS:

so cute!!! Love everything! I’m dying over the wave backdrop and boat silhouette. Any chance you would sale the backdrop??? Pretty please or even tell me how to get one. I am doing a Jake and the Neverland’s Pirate party for my boy this Nov.

October 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Jamie Lynn SAYS:

Where did u find the framed jake and hook art for the wall? I would like it for my daughters playroom.

March 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

danyette jones SAYS:

I am also wanting to know more where I could get the framed jake and hook and the dress like a pirate framed prints

June 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Belle Ramos Pinder SAYS:

how did you attach the hook to the board???

July 31, 2014 at 4:26 am

Hope SAYS:

Hi, Where did you get the ship from?

September 28, 2014 at 3:30 am

Hope SAYS:

Hi, I know you painted that ship blue, but where did you get the ship from?

September 28, 2014 at 3:31 am
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