Our little pixie turned 4!
If your kid is still at the fun age where they are friends with any kid, no matter boy or girl, come birthday time it can be a blessing or a curse. Just kidding! But when talking to our kiddo about her birthday wishes we had a tough time at first. Hello Kitty was at the top of the list, but we really couldn't picture her little boy friends enjoying that so much. So we started thinking ok, well you are going through a Disney phase (for her 3 year we took her to Disneyland for the first time). Then followed that thought to, well your room is Disney Princesses & Fairies sooo that lead us to the pixie part. At the same time we were brainstorming she was getting more an more into pirates, so one day it just clicked! Pirates & Pixies!!! Or Pixies & Pirates, say it how you want.
We wanted it to be a fun for adults and kids, told anyone and everyone to dress up. Though we had a special treat for each little one. All the boys got a hat, eye patch, mustache, and of course a hook. Most of the boys' stuff was easy to find, but the hook, oh that was a challenge. Knowing our group of little ones a sword just spell danger and hard plastic just as scary. Lots of searching and I found these foam hooks, the only thing is on Amazon the shops that had them would charge only cents for the item but a ridiculous amount for shipping. Well I found it again, but on Joann Fabrics' website! 1- the price balanced out even cheaper and 2- I found coupon codes all over the internet! Score!
As for the girls, I had a ton of fun! Halo Heaven was my shopping base. I recommend you like them on Halo Heaven's Facebook. Make sure you keep it in your feed because all the time there are specials! Let them know I sent ya. ;) From the site I ordered each girl their own wings to chose from, not 1 the same. I also ordered a ton of her flower hair things. My daughter opted to use it as a bracelet, but others added them in their hair. Bounce around the site because there are a lot of items! Even for Pirates. I ordered Riley her very own pirate hat, I mean it was her birthday after all. I found wands at Target already, but let me tell you I wasted time adding glitter glue to them thinking it would make them more sparkle, but it didn't. If I hadn't ran out of time I probably would had added tulle and ribbon to each.
Decorations were fun! A big toss up of Tinkerbell and her friends with lots of pirates. We had some items that she already owned an just brought them into the party for extra touches. She had a tiny wooden treasure chest, a Tinkerbell tent, a pirate telescope from Disneyland, and Disney Fairies Rescue Lantern. One of my cousins was awesome and gave me some pirate stuff she had ordered off of Oriental Trading.
Although I had some stuff, of course I got more an we made more.
There is never a reason not to tie your appliances in on the ambiance, so on the fridge in our room I added a photo magnet. We had the magnet already made but it was perfect! Riley was dressed as a fairy (photo by Natalya Fiore Photography)! We used that magnet to add a few quotes from the old Disney Peter Pan and some clip art, nothing fancy.
"If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I'll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me!"
Check out your Dollar Stores and 99cents Stores, there we found some butterflies that were added around. I also noticed they had a lot of pirate themed party decorations there.
Much like previous post, Vintage Theme Bridal Shower I made a banner. Click the link, find where I made the "Soon To be Mrs" banner, because this was the same. This time I used "2nd Star to the Right" (from Peter Pan). Once again Dafont gave me the text, same 6x6 scrapbook paper pieces, but this time used fishing wire instead of yarn.
On the television we had playing Peter Pan on mute so speakers on top could play a mix of soundtracks, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, an Jake and the Never Land Pirates. I found a few random additional pirate songs that I threw into the playlist. Above all that a project that the whole family got involved in. One of my worries was that the pixie and pirate tie in wouldn't work so I printed out a bunch of coloring pages. Disney Junior and some from googling. Try looking up coloring pages Hook and Tinkerbell. I got some older images to work with doing that. After all done, one by one cut off the extra white and glue sticked each to it's on color construction paper.
I made a couple of puff balls following directions All Things Mamma. There are lots of "How To's" out there but I wanted a no wire needed way and her's was closest to my idea of how to make it work. I used fishing wire again, and since I was worried about it slipping off the middle of my folded tissue paper I secured it with a little masking tape strip on each. Follow her blog, she knows what she's doing.
After a bit of image searching I made these two collages that I printed and framed. The frames I used were a rustic gold look to them so it matched fairy and pirate, though wood may work just as well. Originally I was thinking to put each with the corresponding dress up items, but they ended up on the mantel above the gift area.
If you are lucky enough to live by a Swap Meet, go! You never know what you'll find. Riley has some great people in her life and one of them found these ceramic banks at a meet and they served as easy table centerpieces.
What's a party without fun and games!?! So we had a little plank walking and treasure dig.
We bought a child pool which worked for both games, start with the plank. In the pool we had a skeleton, some plastic snakes and bugs, but you can always opt for water. On each end was a plastic crate turned upside down. Our board of wood was secured by some rope and just in case we had parents all around to grab any little one that felt like walking zig zag instead of straight. I was surprised that all the kids from ages 2 thru 8 loved it and wanted to do it again and again.
On the first time across we gave each child a loot bag. Bags were just old fashion paper bags. Drew on each like a pirate treasure map, a big red X after a dotted line trail. On back each kid's name since boys and girls got a little different of a bag. Each was preloaded with chocolate gold coins, tattoos, stickers and random fairy or pirate items I could get my hands on. Each kid also got a coloring book, prints from Jake and the Never Land Pirates and this Treasure Map. It worked like a prize for making it across and that way they had their bag ready for the activity.
Eventually we made them stop "walking the plank." We moved the crates still attached to board aside and dumped a huge amount of fake jewels, bead necklaces (like Mardi Gras beads), pirate coins, and jewel rings. Check out Ebay store 4angels4us2u.partiesrus, lots of stuff and one of the best deals I could find. I got stuff for treasure dig and goodie bags from there. Dump a bag of sand (from Home Depot/Dixieline) on top of goodies, throw show beach shovels on top and done. We gave each kid 30 seconds on their own then let them have a free for all. Yes, the skeleton, bugs, snakes were all still there an up for grabs.
Didn't take pictures of our fabulous b.b.q. or fruit salad, but the sweets always steal the spotlight. So you know, to keep with the theme there were goldfish and if I had more time I would had made "canon balls." My idea for canon balls was chocolate cake balls from my Babycakes Cake Pop Maker. Also there were lots of cool turn your watermelon into a pirate ship ideas I didn't get to use. As for the cake and cupcake decorations, once again internet shopping. Halo Heaven with BEST DEAL on pirate flags, Ebay was my Captain Hook and Disney's Fairies place.
As for the fabulous Tinkerbell Candies, my guest blogger Yajaira made those! She found a mold and used candy melts (the ones we use for cake pop coating). Melt and pour. While wet laid a cake pop stick then let dry. Once dry she put each in it's own clear bag an tied shut with cute ribbon.
Another tiny detail was water bottles. Search online there is a lot of templates to make your own. All you need is printer, scissors/cutter and glue. The first time I attempted this I used craft glue, yeah not good. When it got cold and the bottle sweated the glue undried and made a mess. This time around a tiny bit of hot glue to each and no issues.
There is sooo much you can do with this theme! Have a blast, decide if you wanna try to throw some pixie dust in there. It was a great party for us and I am sure yours will be to!