It’s hard to believe it’s been 2 months since Audrey’s Neverland birthday party and I’m just now writing about it. I’ve been missing this space, but it’s getting harder and harder to find time to spend here. I actually have four parties I haven’t shared, so I will do my best to get those up!
Audrey randomly told me at some point last year that she wanted a Peter Pan party, so I pulled up Pinterest and showed her some things I had pinned in the past. A Neverland party has been on my bucket list for a long time. Peter Pan is one of my favorite movies and there are so many different ways you can go with a Neverland theme – Pan, fairies, pirates, mermaids, Indians, crocodiles – so much fun! I think what sealed the deal for her was a “walk the plank” game that she saw on Pinterest. After that, any time her party would be brought up, all she could talk about was her plans to walk the plank!
Neverland Birthday Party
I went with a more neutral color palate for this party. I used greens, light browns, white, and some gold here and there. For the backdrop I got a roll of bulletin board paper from Hobby Lobby and I ordered a wall decal of silhouettes of Peter Pan and friends flying over London. Around the border I did some strands of greenery.
I’m not a huge fan of characters, so you’ll find lots of silhouettes and other nods toward the characters from the movie in different ways throughout the party. I loved the framed silhouettes of Peter Pan and Wendy and the cupcake toppers from Little Quine on Etsy
I think one of my favorite parts of the party were these little terrariums. They featured the different areas of Neverland such as Skull Rock, Crocodile Creek, Mermaid Lagoon, and Pixie Hollow. You can see a glimpse of the Indian Camp in the back. Audrey’s presents went inside the tent. I decided to paint some of the elements gold, and Audrey made sure that the crocodile decided whether or not he wanted to be gold. He went back and forth a few times, but ultimately decided he wanted to be gold, and I think he turned out pretty cute 😉
I actually used fish tank plants to fill these terrariums. My original idea was to get stuff that would go in a fairy garden at a craft store, but I couldn’t find anything! Maybe that kind of thing was just out of season in January. I ended up finding what I needed at a pet supply store. My original plan was to paint the skull gold, but it was Audrey’s idea to paint it grey. I think it turned out so much better that way. Maybe I should consult with her on all party plans from now on.
I glued the moss onto cardboard and placed that on top of the palates of wood (found at Hobby Lobby). This way it didn’t make as much of a mess and it stayed in place.
Scattered throughout the food table you’ll find more classic elements of the movie – pirate sword, gold hook, gold coins, silhouette of Tinker Bell in a vase, little vials of pixie dust, an Indian teepee, Pan’s hat, and books. I kept the flowers super simple – I did eucalyptus and baby’s breath in mason jars.
On the menu was:
– Little sandwiches
– Macarons from Sweet Pieces Bakery
– Decorated sugar cookies by Pup and People Treats
A couple other table centerpieces – I love this pirate ship
We had her party at the Hogan Family YMCA in Madison. She asked for a pool party, and this was the perfect option for a January birthday. We had the party room for an hour and then swam in the indoor pool/splash pad for an hour. I found a Tinker Bell bathing suit on Etsy and it was perfect for this party. Her Tinker Bell shirt is also from Etsy. Skirt is from Party City, and was actually the same one Raley wore at her Tinker Bell Garden Tea Party a few years ago.
My dad came through at the last minute and created a plank for the kids to walk on. They played on it in the party room and the staff even let them use it to jump into the pool!
If you enjoyed this party, then you’ll love Raley’s Tinker Bell Garden Tea Party. I love that I got to plan two completely different, yet equally dreamy parties based on one of my favorite movies.