Neverland Birthday Party

Nonsense. Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older, and then before you know it, they’re grown.
— J.M. Barrie
 Color copies from the beloved Disney version of Peter Pan fly over Chocolate Neverland Cake, with a sprinkling of pixie dust and stars.  A chalkboard map of Neverland adds color in the background.

Color copies from the beloved Disney version of Peter Pan fly over Chocolate Neverland Cake, with a sprinkling of pixie dust and stars.  A chalkboard map of Neverland adds color in the background.

What's the best way to celebrate a little boy that you wish you could whisk off to Neverland, so he'll stay small forever?  A Peter Pan birthday party, of course!  My little Will just turned four years old and for some reason FOUR seems so much bigger than THREE.  Three is next to two, which is still nearly a baby ... but four ... four is next to five, which means school and growing up.  He is my youngest and it definitely pulls on my heartstrings to watch him grow up so quickly!  So a Neverland party it was, with pirates and Indians and just a little bit of pixie dust.

 Cousins make the best mateys!

Cousins make the best mateys!

We invited all the Lost Boys and Girls to join us at the second star to the right, where everyone could grab a pirate bandana or a feather headband.  Some kids showed up in their own pirate costumes, and one little friend came dressed as Peter Pan, complete with a hat signed by Peter himself (from Disneyland)!  We played "Pin the Clock on the Croc," rubbed soap on our feet so our shadows wouldn't run away, sailed the Jolly Roger, walked the plank, and dug for hidden treasure.

We marched up to Indian Camp and fished for prizes at Mermaid Lagoon. Then we flew over London where Tinkerbell was waiting for us with cake and ice cream!

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 I drew silhouettes of the Darling children and Peter Pan onto black butcher paper, then cut them out and laminated them.  My favorite part of the decorations!

I drew silhouettes of the Darling children and Peter Pan onto black butcher paper, then cut them out and laminated them.  My favorite part of the decorations!

 Here we go!  Off to Neverland!  Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning!

Here we go!  Off to Neverland!  Second star to the right, and straight on 'til morning!

 Our little Tinkerbell doll looking cute in a "lantern."  She was suspended with clear thread which was then taped to the inside of the lid.  Don't forget a sprinkling of pixie dust!

Our little Tinkerbell doll looking cute in a "lantern."  She was suspended with clear thread which was then taped to the inside of the lid.  Don't forget a sprinkling of pixie dust!

 Lanterns, tick-tock-clocks, thread for sewing on shadows, and a "kiss" (thimble) for our Neverland party table.

Lanterns, tick-tock-clocks, thread for sewing on shadows, and a "kiss" (thimble) for our Neverland party table.

 Every Neverland party needs a flying ship!  (Even if it is made of paper, wooden skewers, and scraps of fabric.)

Every Neverland party needs a flying ship!  (Even if it is made of paper, wooden skewers, and scraps of fabric.)

 "Poke me in the eye!  It doesn't even hurt!"

"Poke me in the eye!  It doesn't even hurt!"