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
This is what Bethany said about planning the party- “My daughter, Abby, is in loooooove with Merida from Disney’s Brave…..she loves the movie as a whole, but is particularly enchanted with Merida herself. I think it’s the hair, since my daughter also has wild red hair. So, we went with that and made the wild Merida hair one of our design focal points.
Once Jessica Flynn of Capture Photography nailed the design down, I was off and rolling. I had a particularly fun time planning the party activities. We had a Crafty Carver beading station, a archery contest, and a willo the wisp hunt — all very in keeping with Merida’s story. My daughter was thrilled to be included in the painting of both the Crafty Carver bead box and archery target (which also served as a dessert table backdrop), and also helped assemble the “willo the wisp” candies. By far, the biggest hit of the day was the willo the wisp hunt — the girls went wild for it!
Regarding food, I was thrilled to find a local baker who used the invitation as the inspiration for the cake design. And it tasted even better than it looked, which was quite a feat! I also hired Posh Desserts to provide the bear cub cake pops to represent Merida’s triplet brothers in the film — they were cute, perfect, delicious little bites of goodness. The “Merida hair” licorice and willo the wisp cotton candy cups were random strokes of genius while strolling through the aisles at Smart n’ Final . . . and I was pretty darn excited about how they turned out. :) Lastly, the bear paw cookies were actually a gluten free option based on a delicious recipe from Elana’s Pantry since several members of my family and friends are allergic to wheat.
This was definitely one of the most fun parties I have EVER put together — and my daughter’s sheer glee at the event made every ounce of sweat and money spent worth it. It was a joy to do and a complete success!”
Items used in this party available in Kara’s Party Ideas Shop: Jute Twine Wooden Utensils Clear Cellophane Bags Paper Plates and Napkins