This remarkable PETER PAN THEMED FOURTH BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom Event Planning.
There are so many incredible ideas in this Peter Pan party! A few of my favorites are:
Both the ice cream cone and the fabric teepees
The embellished Tinkerbell, Indian, Captain Hook and Peter Pan favor bags hanging from twine on clothespins
The desert table that was set up as the children’s bedroom complete with the window backdrop, the bed, Nana, and of course Peter Pan and his shadow
This is what Kenna said about planning the party- “I threw this party for my son after a year of him talking about his “Peter Pan 4th Birthday Party” (he’s definitely the son of a party planner!). He pitched me a lot of ideas, including the cake with flying characters! I love how much he is in to Peter Pan so I really wanted to try and turn our backyard in to a Never Land the best I could. We had a wood cut Scull Rock, turned our play structure in to Captain Hook’s ship, had a water table as our Mermaid Lagoon, an official tee pee Indian Camp, a tarped out Crocodile Creek (with a blow up croc!) and improvised with “Peter Pan and the Lost Boy’s Pub” (the kids eating area). I hand made my kids costumes, (Peter Pan and Tinkerbell) and my son loved yielding his sword!
Some of my favorite decorations were the mini favor bottles, Pixie Dust for the girls and a Never Land Treasure Map for the boys…the kids really loved them and they were the first to go. I hand made all of the character favor bags- which were another favorite.
We had a treasure hunt where kids took the maps from their place settings at their food tables and set out to hunt down X’s, which they then turned in for pirate treasure! We also had a treasure chest pinata full of candy and jewels!
I wanted the entrance in to the backyard to be the Darling Nursery so I designed the dessert table to look like you could be right in their nursery! This was fun. I had a striped backdrop from another party so we hung this up on a PVC frame as the wall and went from there. Our Darling bed had a “cupcake quilt” on it, and vases full of Tinkerbell Wand Cake Pops” and “Peter Pan Oreo Pops” The table focused on the window scene in Peter Pan and I used my son’s Peter Pan plush dolls for this- which he loved.
The sign pointing to each “land” was a combined effort between my husband- who built it, my friend Hannah who did the illustrations and I did all of the lettering. It cost us nothing as we used scrap wood and already had the paints!
“Peter Pan & The Lost Boys Pub” was a large piece of wood set upon some palettes and draped with burlap. My husband cut up a tree stump and seating for 14 was born!
The cellophane rainbow was a friend’s idea and wasn’t as hard as I imagined it would be to make. We put some batting for clouds at the bottom and our ‘Welcome to Never Never Land’ scroll sign in the middle to welcome everyone in.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Burlap Nut / Candy Cups Popcorn Boxes Favor Bags Glass Spice Jar Striped Paper Straws Jolly Roger Partyware RicRac Ribbon
A few of my favorite ideas in this vintage train party are:
The train shaped cake
The muslin favor bags stamped with “coal” and filled with wooden train whistles
The food lined up in containers and displayed as a train car
This is what Jamie said about planning the party- “My oldest turned 4 on St Patty’s Day. I usually start the birthday party planning process after Christmas, and this year he picked trains. This is actually the second time we have done trains (we did choo choo I’m 2, in 2011). I wanted to go for a big boy train party this year so I used ‘Vintage Trains’ as the theme.”
Here’s what Erin said about planning the party- “When our first son was born, a really funny thing happened in the delivery room. My husband turned to me, holding our sweet Luke, and whispered, ‘Luke, I am your Father.’ Mind you, we did not name our son after any of the Star Wars movies, but my hubby knew I’d need a quick laugh, and boy did he get one.
While in the hospital, I dreamed up this birthday party for my then newborn son. I’ve waited 4 years to pull off his “May the Fourth be with You” party and what fun we had!
I wanted to have a party where the kids didn’t just sit around and do typical birthday stuff like open gifts and eat cake. So, we made a Jedi Training Course out of hula hoops, soccer cones, a mini slide and fabric tunnels.
Once the kids made it through the obstacle course, they were awarded with their very own, hand sewn, Jedi or Princess robe and Light Saber. The Jedi’s wore brown hooded robes and the princess’ wore white gowns with metallic gold belts and buns made out of yarn and a headband. They looked adorable!
We then played pin the “saber” on Yoda and awarded the kids with a Star Wars sticker. We made a Pez Toss out of antique Star Wars character Pez dispensers. (Think of those games at the county fair…) The kids loved this game because they got to try to rope the characters with their glow in the dark bracelets (another prize!).
We had a lunch break, where we served Jedi Fuel Packs, which were silver cupcake boxes filled with a Darth Dog (hot dog), Princess Lays (potato chips), and Light Sabers (green grapes on a long toothpick on the end of a foil covered wine cork). Jedi Juice was served in individual R2D2 and Darth Vader sippy cups and for the adults, we provided Yoda Soda (Sprite) and Wookie Water.
Once the Jedi’s were fueled up, we served cupcakes, dusted with edible glitter and sugar Yoda’s and Darth Vaders and of course, Sabers.
To end the party, we had the children take a whack at the Darth Vader pinata. Each kiddo got to take home their robe and saber, along with a Star Wars puzzle and their Jedi Juice cup.”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Cupcake Liners Sparkler Candles Cupcake Boxes
This is what Michelle said about planning the party- “Avery’s 4th birthday was so fun to plan! It centered around a round orange stuffed cat from IKEA known in our household as ‘catball’. Avery has had a brood of catballs since she was one that she plays with, sleeps with, etc. Basically, they’re her favorite creatures amongst her entire menagerie of stuffed animals. The party colors were mostly oranges with various shades of blue worked in here and there. On the menu were mini vanilla cupcakes from Susiecakes, mini orange-glazed donuts from a local shop called Fill in the Hole Donuts and lollies made with kettle-cooked jellies from Trader Joe’s (these were a clear winner at Avery’s 2nd birthday party).
The orange circle garland is from one of our favorite children’s retailers, Land of Nod. It’s made of felt and can definitely be used over and over again. Avery’s beloved catballs are wearing party hats made with Paper Source prints using an easy template thanks to Lavender’s Blue. Avery also has a deep love of balloons, so I ordered a 36″ round citrus orange balloon from Shop Sweet Lulu and had it blown up at our local Party City. We had a candy necklace-making station with gummy Lifesavers and Cheerios, inspired by an idea in the book “Candy Making for Kids“.
Last but not least, little pom poms were tucked away in tiny orange chevron little bitty bags, made by Whisker Graphics and purchased from Shop Sweet Lulu. Avery is really into pom poms and little things that she can collect and carry around at the moment. It was a wonderful celebration that marked an important birthday. Happy birthday, Avery!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Balloons Lollipop / Treat Sticks Ribbon Decorative Paper Shred Cupcake Liners Chevron Paper Bags
This is what Dona said about planning the party- “I had so much fun planning my son’s 4th birthday party. It was a basketball themed party for the biggest little basketball fan that I know. From the tablescape and sweets, to the decorations and favors, to the ultimate Basketball Junior World Sports Games jumper, the party was truly a SLAM DUNK! In planning the party, I started with my email invitation from RedCappi that I designed myself with our event details in the party scheme colors. On the party day-of, I adorned the table with a Party City NBA Spaulding tablecloth, and draped a second tablecloth on the back wall of my kitchen to create a backdrop and an awesome photo opportunity. The dessert table featured delicious handmade goodies by KK’s Bakeshop, including cupcakes, cookies and chocolate covered Oreos. All the sweets and desserts were featured on cake stands and serving plates onto which I had glued coordinating basketball-language for a really cute overall display. I even found basketball themed Arizona Kidz Iced Tea at Dollar Tree. I kept it simple and placed the party favors right on top of the table and invited all to help themselves to their choice of mini plastic basketballs from Target, wooden basketball peg games from Dollar Tree and Basketball Nightlights from the 99 Cent Only Store. I added matching colorful balloons arranged in clusters up top of the photo backdrop to give us a home win. Outside, we held a slam dunk contest. The kids and adults alike had a blast with the Junior World Sports Jumper I ordered from Party On Rentals, which featured five popular sports activities (including basketball) all under one inflatable play structure. It was so much fun! Oh, and of course no party would be complete without the right attire, so the birthday boy wore a $5 Basketball long sleeve T-shirt from Target, with neon green jeans from The Gap. For my daughter, I just purchased a smaller size of the same shirt from Target, with a coordinating neon green tutu from The Gap. It was totally perfect!”