Finding Neverland ~ Part 2

In Part I of my daughter’s Finding Neverland party post, we began our journey through this magical land! As we flew over, we caught a glimpse of the decor of the Darling nursery, including the food, beverages and dessert. And now our adventure continues…

To aid the children in imagining and navigating through Never Never Land, I hired Ms. Louisa from the fabulous and enchanting Fairytales and Tutus ballet studio my daughter attends to read Peter Pan and transport the kids from the nursery into Neverland. The first step in the transformation was to dress in costumes! I had fairy wings and tutus available for the girls, as well as pirate gear (scarves, eye patches, hooks and inflatable swords) in treasure chests that my father helped to stain.

Ms. Louisa also brought additional costumes, such as mermaids, indians and the lost boys, just to name a few! The children were free to choose their outfits, which was so fun and added to the imaginative play, as my daughter had three costume changes throughout the party… from a mermaid to an indian and a fairy!

I filled little jars with pixie dust and added a little tag with a tiny little bell to symbolize Tinkerbell. The paper I had utilized to make the invitations also had a golden compass, so I took advantage of the “scraps” and made little wooden compasses, which I “Mod-Podged” for all the children to navigate around.

After hearing the story, the children learned to fly by sprinkling the magical dust and jumping on a trampoline!

Ms. Louisa then led them through activities from sinking pirate ships with cannonballs at Skull Rock, jumping over the crocodile, swimming through the Mermaid Lagoon with bubbles and a pow wow at the Indian Camp.

Ms. Louisa’s presence at the party was invaluable, as it allowed the kids to play all together and utilize their imagination, while the parents watched and enjoyed without worry. I cannot thank Fairytales and Tutus enough for helping the children (and adults) to believe.
I added to the combination of the nursery and Neverland décor with a bookcase and additional furnishings, such as clocks, ships and wooden blocks I made with Anabelle’s name (from a DIY tutorial seen on the Martha Stewart website).

I continued to place quotes from the various characters with the décor in small frames and silhouettes cut out with the Disney Classic Cricut cartridge attached to canvases – both purchased from Michaels. Stuffed animals, such as a crocodile and dog to stand for Nana, softened up the decorations and provided additional props for the children!

One of my favorite elements included two tee pees we made from instructions on the site Sew, Mama, Sew!.

Another hit with the kids was a table I set up at the Mermaid Lagoon with plastic bubble bottles they could fill up with colored sand. I used glass jars found at Joann’s with small metal spouts to facilitate the pouring. It provided the children yet another activity that required little supervision and since we were outside, it lessened the concern of leaving a mess!

Since imagination and costumes were already enormous components of the party, we could not do without a photo booth! With the help of my parents and their piping and sewing talents, we created a backdrop, which I embellished with a “Happy Birthday, Anabelle” sign I made. The props were stored in a mini toy box I bought from Hobby Lobby my husband helped to paint, along with another frame and a sign to be held up reading “believe”. The toys in the Darling nursery ranged from a pirate’s hat to feathers to a crocodile hat! I also had another frame that could be utilized in the photos as well.

Lastly, the favors were stored in oversized wooden blocks referring back to the nursery (also from Hobby Lobby and painted) on a beautiful table my father-in-law made. Inside the blocks, the guests would find shadow puppets I cut out from my Cricut and glued on wooden sticks, along with a flashlight to allow the children to play on their own back at their own homes, while still playing on the shadow/silhouette concept. They also received their own copy of the Peter Pan book to read the story over and over again. And, since it was such an inspiration and a movie that touches me and makes me cry every single time I watch it, each family received a “Finding Neverland” DVD with the final quote from the movie: “Just believe.”
I was very happy with how the decor and details of the party came together, but most importantly, what made it all worth it was to be able to watch all the children (and adults!), run around and play and use their imagination! One of my good friends and mother of one of the children who attended the party sent me a note later saying her daughter really liked Anabelle’s party and requested to do it again the next day! She then ended it with, “We read our new story tonight and I am certain my kids believe.” I was beyond thrilled to hear that and felt fulfilled that my daughter and her friends had such a wonderful time! Though no one can escape the inevitability of growing up, I hope they will always believe.


Finding Neverland party ideas ~ Lynlee's

Merci Beaucoup!



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  1. Again…just gorgeous and perfect!

  2. Thank you so, so much, Claudia!!! You’re just TOO sweet! :)

  3. Love love love the details…great going!

  4. Thank you so much again, Melis! So sweet of you! :)

  5. I just found your site, everything is soo amazing, loved all the details!!! 😀

  6. I am SO in love with this party! This has to be the best Peter Pan party inspiration I have seen! I LOVE the shadow puppets and flashlights in the goodie bags! As a teacher, I also LOVE that you read the book and sent each child home with his/her own copy!!! Love the color scheme, too! I can go on and on! :) Beautiful job! Be VERY proud of yourself! :) Can’t wait to check out the rest of your site!

  7. Loved every single detail!!! My daughter is turning 3 and loves Peter Pan, but I always thought it was a boy’s party theme. You just made me change my mind, now I’m sure her bday will be themed Finding Neverland and I’ll be using you as inspiration!
    Just wondering about the pixie juice? I really loved the idea…what kind of juice did you use? I would really appreciate if you could send me an email with the “recipe” (ferrari.danielaoliveira@gmail.com

    Congratulations again!

    BTW I’m from Brazil!

    xoxo

    • Muito obrigada!!! We always try to make the themes unisex to appeal to all her friends and this definitely was perfect! I’m so happy it can be an inspiration to you! The Pixie Juice was simply lemonade with just a tiny bit of food coloring! Boa sorte! ♥

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