Last summer, as my son was getting ready to turn four, whenever asked about what kind of party he might want for his birthday it was always some variation of Mickey Mouse or Mickey's Clubhouse. Having seen so many great Mickey
Mouse Clubhouse parties, I wanted to do something a little different. He's a huge fan of Jake and the Pirates so I thought, why not mix the two together.
The first item I found for the party ended up becoming the centerpiece of the dessert table and the theme itself - the Pirate Mickey Mouse Big Fig from the Disney Store.
My son asked for cupcakes instead of a cake and I knew I had to have pirate Mickey ears for the fondant toppers. Satoko from Like Butter https://www.etsy.com/shop/likebutter did such an amazing job with the fondant toppers. She really surpassed any expectations that I had for them. Half of the cupcakes had the fondant Mickey ears and the other half had gilded dark chocolate compasses from The Frosted Petticoat http://thefrostedpetticoat.com/. The detail in the chocolate was
amazing. They were just perfect.
Rounding out the sweets on the table were custom "gold doubloon" lollipops made by Vintage Confections
http://www.vintageconfections.com/ that tasted like marshmallows. Chocolate "pearls", "gold" gumballs, Pirouline "maps", truffles and a treasure chest filled with Ring Pops and chocolate "coins".
What kind of pirate doesn't like a little pirate bling? Glitter Wishes by Kara https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterWishesbyKara made the most perfect blinged-out birthday candle for my little pirate's cupcake.
The decor was pretty simple and low key, and I used a lot of items that I had on hand. Some old curtains and fishing net made the perfect backdrop. I found a treasure map fabric online that I mixed in with my black tablecloth and more fishing net for the table. Lots of gold and pearl necklaces scattered throughout the table and the wood crates and treasure chest brought it all together. I designed the birthday banner
and the food labels to have that old world Pirates of the Caribbean feel.
Some of the DIY touches were the rum bottles with burlap and a wax seal, and I carried the burlap and pirate seal through to the
chocolate "pearls" packaging and even the invitations.
The big highlight of the party was the Notorious Captain Jack! He was absolutely amazing with the kids and kept them engaged throughout the party. Each little pirate got a pirate bandana, sword, compass and bag of pirate loot and were ready and waiting for Captain Jack to lead the crew in fun and games. He also made sure to take the time to pose with everyone in attendance, including all the moms. I think the mom's may
have enjoyed him more. He was so perfect as Captain Jack, you'd never know it wasn't him.
We had an absolute blast that day. My little pirate will never forget this party.
- Styling & Printables - Squared Party Printables -
- Fondant Mickey ears - Like Butter -
- Gilded chocolate compasses - The Frosted Petticoat -
- Custom lollipops - Vintage Confections -
- Custom birthday candle - Glitter Wishes by Kara -
- Various pirate party favors and jewelry - Amazon.com
- Treasure map fabric - fabric.com
Squared Party Printables
Printables and Styling
The Frosted Petticoat
Glitter Wishes by Kara