We threw this birthday party for my son who is a big fan of Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Scully, and Bucky. It was very simple, but after all, a five year old doesn't care as long as he gets to eat cake and open presents!
What pirate party would be complete without a treasure hunt? The kids swung through jungle vines, conquered the Never-Peak, slid down the Never-Falls, and collected coconuts, following instructions "from Jake himself!" I printed up some treasure maps from the Handmade Home and placed them before each activity. Notice the low-key "coconuts" and the buckets we threw them in. If you wanted to dress things up, you could cover the buckets with wrapping or butcher paper. Make sure you say "Oh coconuts!" Cubby-style if you miss the buckets!!
I thought the final treasure was rather clever: the kids got to decorate their own treasure chests and fill them with gold (chocolate) coins and ring pops!! They had a blast gluing jewels on and covering everything with markers.
They did turn out rather marvelously, don't you think?
If you'd like to play along at home, I've uploaded the Silhouette files:
Simply cut them out attach the top pieces with gold or silver brads--very piratey indeed!
We ate "X Marks the Spot Rice Crispy Treats, Pirates Treasure (popcorn, chocolate and M&Ms), "Scully Want Some Cheese and Crackers" and Jello and orange slice sailboats.
And of course, the exquisite Jake cake! Perfect it is not, all I cared about as a kid were the plastic characters on top. Check and check, my friends! Add to that the delicious chocolate frosting covered rice crispy ship and island? This was quite tasty! I have to shout out to my friend who shared her Jake cake on Facebook--she was actually the inspiration for this whole party!
I've made you a Bucky sail, if you would like to build your own Jake cake. It is slightly different than what I have--it has a Happy Birthday medallion on it!
Bucky Sail Download
What other games or food would you have at a Pirate Party? Do tell!