Neverland kids party theme

Another year passes by and kids party season is once again taking over our home.  Pippa this year decided on a Neverland party theme and unlike last year where I completely forgot it was her birthday until a week before, this year I was on top of it – or so I thought.  It never ceases to amaze me just how many trips to the same shops I need to do when planning a kids party.  Spotlight almost welcome me on a first name basis and the people at Art Friend must be totally confused as to why I need one more timber round, fake moss, glitter spray and little timber boxes.  Like seriously…what is that woman making?  Well…I was making Neverland of course!

Neverland kids party theme

Neverland kids party theme

My starting point for any party planning is of course the theme – which is generally chosen by the kids.  I use my usual go-to references like Pinterest to source ideas and then before I go any further I decide on the colour palette for the theming.  I know that sounds quite specific but it makes a huge difference in anchoring your ideas and giving you a clear sense of how it will look and what you need to buy.  The colour palette I chose for this party was emerald green, yellow, gold, candy pink, blush and ballet pink.

Neverland kids party theme

Neverland kids party theme

As you know I’m a fan of easy and impactful decorating when it comes to kids parties and I want to be able to achieve it on my own so nothing can be too complicated.  For this party I opted to thread lengths of ribbon along the backs of the chairs and then replicate this look with hanging wreaths above the table – which I made using lightweight embroidery hoops threaded with ripped strips of fabric.  For a little extra Neverland magic I made glittery star garlands (there is a tutorial here if you want to make your own too) to hang down with the fabric and cut out pictures of the Neverland characters to hang down the centre of the wreath.

Neverland kids party theme

Neverland kids party theme

I am also a huge fan of picnic boxes for the food.  It is a super easy way to add to the table decorations and it is a much more convenient way to serve food to little ones – and they love opening up the boxes to see what is inside.  You can imagine that these mini treasure chests filled with candy jewellery were also a huge hit and the gold striped straws with feathers were also much loved by the girls.

Neverland kids party theme

At the entrance I made a Neverland sign and created a dotted map line leading to a glittery red ‘X’ marks the spot with some treasure.  And then it was on to fun and games.  I have to say, no matter how hard you plan, a 5 year olds party kind of has a life of it’s own so rather than worrying too much I just largely let the activities unfold.  To kick start, the kids went on a treasure hunt to find the list of activities.  Along the way they found glittery treasure boxes with a clue and some chocolate gold.

Neverland kids party theme

Neverland kids party theme

I created a couple of different areas for the party activities.  Pixie Hollow for face painting…

Neverland kids party theme

…Mermaid Lagoon where the girls had to fish for treasure in a little bubble floating on the water…

Neverland kids party theme

Pirate Cove where party guests walked the plank and dug for treasure…

Pirate Cove fun

Indian Camp where the girls made feather head dresses…

Neverland kids party theme

and finally a good old fashioned ‘pin the tail’ game with a Neverland twist – pin Tinkerbell to Pixie Hollow…

Neverland kids party theme

I was also going to do Lost Boys Hideout with a shadow game but I seriously lost the will to live by the time I got around to that so I ditched it!  There is only so much Neverland planning one woman can take!

And of course, no party is complete without cake and party bags.  I won’t bother to offer any kind of advice or professional opinion on cake decorating because as you can see I am a complete amateur.  For the party bags I made pink striped treasure bags complete with beads and feathers.

Neverland kids party theme

Birthday cake Indian princess

I want to say here that no party planning would be possible without my right hand lady Sheila.  She is truly amazing and the task of planning and making a party is made so enjoyable alongside her. Together we work – one of us at the sewing machine while the other cuts out Tinkerbell, one of us up a ladder while the other is picking flowers to go in the moss.  It is a team effort and I am forever grateful for her support and love.

I would also like to make a special mention of Happier who I used for the face painting.  As you know I only like to make recommendations if I really believe in the product or service as no recommendations on this blog are paid for – but they were amazing.  The face painting was truly beautiful.  I only wished I’d captured more of it (try and host a 5 year old party and be the photographer…it’s quite a task).

Finally, if there is enough interest, I am happy to do a second post on this party showing you how to make everything, where I sourced all the props, which fonts I used etc.  Drop me a line in the comments section if it’s something you would like to see.

Lottie 2

P.S.  Vics my lovely friend – thanks as always but especially for manning walk the plank and wading into Mermaid Lagoon to retrieve treasure filled bubbles!  x