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A Pandemic Jake and the Neverland Pirates Birthday : By a Not so Pinterest Mom

It is almost a year since Covid 19 has changed our perspective of social gatherings. Our celebrations became intimate indoor family affairs and sometimes we even have restrictions with our closest relatives.

Just a few days ago, when an Arctic blast hit United States, we experienced the coldest temperature of the season accompanied by freezing rain and snow. An unusual 6 inches of mix ice and snow covered most parts of Tennessee over a week preventing us to go outside. Deliveries from online purchases were delayed too.

My eldest’s birthday was caught in the middle of pandemic and winter storm. But there would always be ways to celebrate even in the simplest form. We pulled it off with the available resources that have. 

I am not a Pinterest mom. As the only woman in the house, no one really bugs me to be fancy. It is my only initiative to be resourceful and creative on my standards. That’s what a mom would do, right? 

Who are Jake and the Neverland Pirates?

Jake and the Neverland Pirates are characters from Disney’s musical cartoon series of the same title. It is a new spin to the classic Peter Pan who occasionally appears in the show. Jake is joined by Izzy, Cubby, and their parrot Skully.  Every episode is about Jake and the team’s adventure to get gold doubloons against  Captain Hook and his crew (Mr. Smee, Bones and Sharky).

Early Online Purchases

I always plan ahead of schedule. Thanks to my mom instinct I purchased some party supplies 3 weeks in advance. If i chose to delay it a week prior to the birthday, it would not have arrived and I would have ended up printing banners, which is still okay. 

I never thought that Jake and the Neverland Pirates birthday supplies were a hard find. We just wanted a simple celebration anyway so birthday banner, and balloons would do. Adding the table cover was an extra bonus.

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Jell-O Boats

Jell-O gelatin and pudding snacks were good additions on the table. My kids loved them too. I made sails from colored papers (blue and yellow) and taped it on coffee stirrers. 

Paper Boats

Aside from the Jell-O boats, I made the good old classic paper boats. We always have Goldfish crackers so I’d rather make use of it. I put Goldfish crackers and golden chocolate balls on each paper boat.

Here’s how to make paper boats in case you don’t know.

Birthday Cake

I don’t know how to bake a cake so store-bought is always the best option. We bought a tuxedo cake, a family favorite, from Kroger. It’s a super moist cake with layers of chocolate and vanilla frosting. What is a birthday cake without a theme? I asked my sister-in-law, who’s really good in layout designs, to make a cake topper.  For additional decor, I put paper sail, choco ball and Goldfish crackers.

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Pirate Hat

Pirate Hat is very easy to make provided you have all the materials. Here’s how.

The rest of the menu were the birthday boy’s top picks:

  • Crispy fried chicken
  • Spaghetti in white cream sauce
  • Cheese sticks
  • Fruit platter
  • Buttered corn, carrots and peas
  • Orange soda

The kids ate as many treats they wanted, after all it’s not everyday they get to celebrate a birthday. The simplicity or the fanciness was really not the basis of the best party. I think it’s the way we made him special.

No matter how tired we were, how much dishes were left undone, of how much messy the house got, when I get to hear the “Thank you’s” and “The best birthday ever”, it made me want to do it all over again.

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