Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Food

I love trying to come up with themed food for parties. I kept this food really simple since I was trying to appeal to 3 and 4 year olds, but I’ll include other things I thought of that you can use as well. 

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Keeping with the characters from the show, I did a food item based around each of them.


Here are SCULLY’S CRACKERS and CUBBY’S CHEESE MAPS. I just used a sharpie pen to draw the map details on each string cheese.  

Jake and the Neverland Pirates - Scullys Crackers and Cubbys Cheese Maps

I ordered these Plastic Sword Picks to make JAKE’S FRUIT SWORDS, and just added a small bite of cantaloupe, apple and a grape to each one.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Fruit Swords

 IZZY’S FIZZY SEA WATER is some sprite with a small amount of blue food coloring added. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates - Izzys Fizzy Sea Water

For dessert we let the kids pick out a YO HO HO (Hostess Ho Ho’s) or AHOY THAR MATEYS (Chips Ahoy cookies) to go along with their cupcake. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Desserts

Are you dying at how cute these JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES CUPCAKE WRAPS are? I know, right?! They are just a few dollars from Laura at Party Games Plus. They came as a printable set, then I just cut them out and added them to the cupcakes! It really made a box of cake mix and a jar of frosting look incredible! 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Cupcakes

See? Simple but fun and themed! 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Food

 Other food items I came up with that would be fun to use:
ARRRG-tichoke Dip: Artichoke Dip
Canon Balls: Whoppers/Grapes/Gumballs
Catch of the Day: Goldfish crackers/gummy fish
Pirates Brew: Bottled Root beer
Peg Legs: Pretzel sticks or Corn Dogs
Bones: Candy Shaped Bones
Pirate Ships: Hot Dogs (with a sail added)

For the details on the DECORATIONS – click here.

For details on all the fun GAMES AND CRAFTS  we did – click here.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Activities

For my daughters Jake and the Neverland Pirates themed 3rd Birthday party it was a lot of fun thinking of the activities she and her guests could do. She kept saying she wanted to be Izzy and so I knew all the girls would too!

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DRESS LIKE A MATEY: Each guest got to wear a bandanna, waist sash (for holding their swords), name tag, some Mini Bubbles in a pink organza gift bag that we called Pixie Dust and a Pink Eye Patch . For the name tags I printed their first name on a gold dabloon and then they got to pick out of a bag the other part (the landlubber, the scalawag, the treasure hunter, etc.). For the bandanna’s I cut 22″ squares of pink chevron print cotton fabric into triangles. 

Pirate Party Dress Ups

COLOR A PICTURE: While we waited for guests to arrive, the girls were invited to color a free printable coloring page of Jake, Izzy and Cubby. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Coloring Page

JAKE’S SWORD: On the show Izzy always has pixie dust and Jake always has his sword. I purchased these plastic Pirate Sword and Adhesive Back Jewels and let the girls make their swords pretty. The jewels were perfect because they came on a clear plastic backing sheet and were easy for the girls to peel off. 

Pirate Party Jeweled Swords Jake and the Neverland Pirates Jeweled Swords

PIN THE TAIL ON TICK-TOCK-CROC: This free printable pin the tail game saved the day! It was easy to put together and the girls loved it!

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pin The Tail Game

CAPTAIN HOOKS HOOK: I gave each girl a black paper cup with a small X slit in the bottom and a 12″ piece of tin foil. We rolled up the tin foil and curved it and then stuck it through the X on the cup. They then held onto the tin foil inside the cup to wear it. It was simple enough for these little ones and they thought it was so fun!

Pirate Party Hooks Craft Jake and the Neverland Pirates Hooks

CUBBY’S TREASURE MAP: On the show, Cubby always has the treasure map, so we had to send these girls on a treasure hunt! I made a little treasure map using my Microsoft Publisher program just using clip art and let them each color one and roll it up. Then we set off to find hidden bags of gold dabloons and a treasure for each of them at the end!

Pirate Party Treasure Map Coloring Page Jake and the Neverland Pirates Treasure Hunt

 I filled each Treasure Chest Treat Boxes with an assortment of candy and plastic jewelry. The tag says “We ARRRGGG so glad you came!”

Pirate Party Treasure Hunt

TICK-TOCK-WHERE’S-THE-CROC?: I didn’t get a picture of this game, but all we did was hide a kitchen timer that had a bell set to 1-2 minutes. Then the girls had to find it before the bell rang! We played a few rounds and they had a great time searching behind couch pillows, under chairs, etc.!

DANCING WITH BUBBLES: Our last activity was to turn on the Bubble Machine and dance to the Jake and the Neverland Pirates music (found on the Disney Junior DJ Shuffle album). They danced and fought the bubbles with their swords until it was time to go!

Pirate Party Bubble Dance

 For the post all about the Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Decorations, go here!

Here is a post all about the fun food ideas: go here!

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Decorations

I had so much fun doing the decorations for my daughters 3rd birthday. She loves Jake and the Neverland Pirates, so we had that as our theme. I turned to Amazon for most of the items because I love that I can shop from my computer and get free two day shipping with their Prime Membership. It saved me a lot of time and money. I’ll link to the items, just in case you are looking to duplicate these ideas. I’ll also link to any printables I used. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Invitations:

I printed the free invitations from here. I used themed wording on the invite to send the theme home. Then to elevate them I used my Silhouette Cameo paper cutting machine to cut the 3Dimensional boats. I used hot glue and a small square of floral foam to secure a bamboo skewer that I punched through the invites. Last, I added a small blue cardstock flag at the top. 

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Invitations

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Decorations:

- The Ship Mast: My sister boast an impressive collection of random items. When I was explaining to her how I was going to make a ship mast, she said, “I’ve got one! It will be perfect!” And it was! I believe it originally from Pottery Barn Kids and it really helped bring it all together! It mounted flush with the wall and I just used Command Mounting Strips to mount it to the wall.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Decorations

- Character Banner: I printed the character images from this website and cut around them. After mounting them on coordinating cardstock I cut around them again and strung them together with some jute twine.  

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Character Banner

 - Fishing Net: I purchased just one Fish Netting from Amazon and cut it into multiple pieces to use throughout the party space. 

- Happy Birthday Banner: I purchased this Birthday Banner from Amazon and all the letters were connected. I just cut the connections and used packing tape to put them closer together on the ship mast.  

Pirate Party Decorations

 - Treasure Chests: I filled the bottom of some containers I have with grocery bags to bring up the bottom. Then after adding a sheet of gold tissue paper I filled it with gold foil wrapped candy: twix, rolos, snickers and chocolate gold coins (that were in the bulk section at my grocery store for $7 per lb). Last, I added a few necklaces to for some “jewels”.  

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Decor

Pirate Party Treasure Chest

 - Balloons & Streamers: I accented an archway in our home with some balloons and streamers. 

Pirate Birthday Party Decorations

 - Map Walkway: I used some red cardstock and some black streamers to create a map-like decoration for our walkway. It greeted the guests and added the perfect touch to welcome them to the party!

Pirate Party Map Decoration

For details on all the fun Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party Activities we did – go here!

For all the fun food ideas – go here!

Butterfly Footprint Art

The butterfly has special meaning in our family and I knew I wanted to incorporate it into a Father’s Day gift somehow. I searched pinterest for Butterfly Footprint Art and came across this blog and loved her idea. But she didn’t have a tutorial, so I decided to help others along in the process by providing one here. 

Butterfly Footprint Art

Supplies Needed:
Washable Poster Paints 
Kids Paint Brushes
Paper Plates
Baby Wipes
A garbage bag (or some other disposable plastic covering)
Canvas – we bought 4 for about $7 at WalMart

Here is what our set-up looked like. I had my daughter sit on a step in the front yard with the garbage bag spread out. Then for each canvas I had a paper plate and paint brushes. I also had baby wipes at the ready so as we were finished with one foot, she would immediately put her foot down onto a baby wipe while I pressed her other foot into the paint.

Butterfly Footprint Art

Step 1:

Using a disposable plate, paint the combination of colors you want to use. I wanted to do a rainbow effect with the four canvases we bought so I divided the 12 paints up among them. 


Step 2: 

Press the foot firmly into the paint and smoosh around a little bit so the colors blend. Then immediately press the foot onto the canvas and wipe clean. Do the same thing with the other foot. 

Butterfly Feet Painting


Step 3:

I didn’t really get a picture of – sorry about that, but you can see it in the final photo. I used black paint to then add a butterfly body and two antennae to each canvas. I’ve also seen some where they used the fingerprint of the child to create the body – that would be really adorable! 

Butterfly Footprint Art

 My daughter was SO excited to give these to her Daddy that at 6:30 am on Father’s Day she came in toting the big gift bag for him. She couldn’t wait another minute! So much for sleeping in! :)


Slumber Party Activities

Last week I hosted the 7th Annual Roskelley Girls Sleepover! All of my sisters, sister-in-laws, and nieces are invited. It is one of the things I look forward to most all year! I love that it brings together all the women in my family and gives the girls time to build friendships and memories with their cousins. 

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I’ve learned a few things in my years of planning it, that I want to pass on to you:

1- Keep it simple. The years that I over plan, I am running around getting the next activity ready and am not able to enjoy it myself. The girls are happy playing night games or watching a movie and don’t need a ton of planned out acitivities. I even keep the food simple. I ordered pizza and made a huge salad. Then I provide tons of soda (and even dirty diet cokes for the big girls). Each family brings a treat to share. 

2- That said, do have a general plan. I try to have an outline and things prepared ahead of time so when they come and say, “what’s next” I’ve got an answer.

3- Set the rules. We only have 3 – no crying, no Mom’s allowed (they can eat as much candy as they want) and when its time for bed, it is time for bed (something that didn’t work this year).

Here are the Slumber Party Activities we did this year!



My niece, Amanda, has a box of about 25 nail polish colors and these amazing Nail Polish Pens
that you can use to make fun designs. They have a really fine tip for making polka dots, stripes, flowers and more. The girls LOVED getting a little mani-pedi. 

Slumber Party Activities - Nail Painting


I put all the girls names into a bag and the name they draw out is the person who will do their make-up. I let them use a case of make up I’ve had for years (similar to this Makeup Case you can purchase). To keep it “pretty” I had them pick their favorite Disney Princess and have their make-up done in those colors. It is so fun to see one of the little girls get super excited when they get to do the make-up of one of the older girls. We also french braid their hair. 

Slumber Party Activities - Make Overs 


Each year we’ve done different relay races, but this one is a favorite of mine. The girls are split into two teams and handed a brown paper bag with a food item inside it. They sit across from the girl with the corresponding number and we have a relay race. The #1′s have to open their bag, eat their item and then move onto #2, and on down the line until we have a winning team. the bags with the same number are filled with the same treats. I did licorice in #1, a Dum Dum sucker in #2, a small Laffy Taffy in #3 and a large marshmallow in #4. 

Slumber Party Activities - Relay Races 


This is my favorite activity of the entire night. We split the girls into groups of about 3-4 girls and each group has to draw 5 or 6 dance moves out of a bag. Then, they take a song and have to choreograph a dance using those moves. I have an adult help each group and they take about 20 – 30 minutes to choreograph and then we have a performance. It is so funny and so much fun! Then at the very end we all join in and dance together. Here is the list of dance moves I use to put in the bag: Dance Moves

Slumber Party Activities - Dance Choreography


What is a sleepover without Truth or Dare?! I let them all pile onto my trampoline and they play until everyone has had a turn (this is also my chance to go inside and pop the popcorn for the movie). I give them a bag filled with cut up pieces of paper with DARES they can use if they can’t come up with one on their own. Here are the list of dares: Truth or Dare

Slumber Party Activities - Truth or Dare


At 9:00 pm we set up the beds and start a movie. We pop lots of popcorn and send bowls of treats around during the movie. This year we watched RV with Robin Williams – hilarious!! Then it is lights out as soon as the movie is over.

Slumber Party Activities - Movie


It’s lights out – normally – but this year we had a group of girls that stayed up drawing sharpie mustaches on sleepers until 2 am!! I was totally asleep upstairs the whole time and didn’t even know until the next morning when I woke to find lots of silly faces!

Slumber Party Activities - Pranks

We serve pancakes and bacon (and more soda) in the morning and then the girls are off! I cleaned up my house and as I sat down, my daughter told me how much fun she had and asked if we could have another sleepover that night. :) It is one of the funnest nights of the whole year, but I need a day or two to recover – and a nap! :) Until next year, my beautiful nieces – I LOVE YOU!!



Want more slumber party fun? Check out what we did the last two years: Here & Here

Mother’s Day Brunch 2014

I hosted a Mother’s Day Brunch on Saturday for my Mom. We have come to the point in our lives where its much more fun to have an experience together rather than just giving a gift, so this brunch was my gift to her (along with the flowers on the table).  

Spring Tablescape Details:

- I really wanted to highlight the lilacs in bloom in my yard and the beautiful colors of Spring so I went for a floral centerpiece on the table. I used simple vases and mason jars and tied a ribbon around each.

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- After I got the table set, it really lacked some pink so I tied the pink ribbon around the vase and added pink cardstock to the base of the flowers and to the napkin wraps (that previously just had navy cardstock).

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- My awesome sister had the navy and white stripe fabric (that I’m going to turn into curtains for my nursery) and that was the perfect thing to really anchor the table.

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 - I think once I added the pink smoothie with pink straws, the whole thing came together (sorry for the picture quality – it was cloudy and rainy and the lighting was hard to get just right)

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Mother’s Day Brunch Menu:

I kept things simple because I was out of town the entire week leading up to the brunch and didn’t have a lot of prep time, but the food was fabulous!

We had:

- Pineapple, Strawberry, Banana and Coconut Milk Smoothie (I was going to keep track and share the recipe but I ended up adding a little more of this, a little more of that and a dash of that, until it tasted right and by then I couldn’t remember my ratios). The truth about this smoothie is that I’m allergic to pineapple – but I know my Mom LOVES it, so in the process of tasting the smoothie to make sure it was perfect, my mouth went completely numb and I had a hard time tasting the actual food at the brunch. Luckily there were leftovers and I can truly attest that everything tasted great! :)

- Raspberry and Orange sweet rolls with cream cheese frosting from Shirley’s Bakery (in Provo, UT)

- Strawberries, Raspberries, Pinneapple and fruit dip (1/2 tub of whipped topping mixed with an 8 oz Raspberry yogurt)

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 - Then I followed this recipe and this recipe to create my own version of Sausage, Egg & Cheese Hashbrown Cups. They were delicious – especially with a little dash of hot sauce. I’ll post the recipe I came up with at the bottom.

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- Here we are, the three generations: Me, my daughter (who got all dressed up for the party) and my Mother. 


Sausage, Egg & Cheese Hashbrown Cups:

20 oz bag frozen Hashbrowns (thawed) – I used about 3/4 of the bag
10 Eggs beaten
1/2 lb Mild Italian Sausage cooked and crumbled
1 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese
4 Tbsp Butter (melted)
Salt & Pepper


Mix hashbrowns, Butter and Salt and Pepper in a bowl (I used about 1/2 tsp of salt and a good amount of pepper). Press a scoop into the bottom and up the sides of a greased muffin tin. Try to make a complete layer without any holes. Bake in a 375 oven for 30 minutes. 

Beat eggs with an additional 1/2 tsp salt and a good dash of pepper in a bowl. Once you remove the hashbrowns from the oven, pour the eggs into each muffin tin just below the top of the rim. Divide and add the crumbled sausage to each tin and top with the shredded cheese. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 – 12 minutes until the eggs are set in the center. 

Makes 12 hashbrown cups. 

Brunch Recipes

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I was searching for some brunch recipes to use this weekend and decided I’d share with you some of my favorites. I’ve used a few in the past and plan to use a couple of these this weekend. I’m hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch this Saturday for my Mom (here’s how last year’s brunch turned out) and can’t wait to share this years details with you next week! Stay tuned!

Another HUGE reason I’m on the hunt for recipes is because if I don’t prepare something that can be baked in the oven or put together really easily, I’ll be getting a bowl of cold cereal for my own Mother’s Day breakfast in bed. My husband, bless his heart, is not good in the kitchen – but he mows our lawn like a baseball field grounds keeper. :) Isn’t it great that we all have our talents that we contribute to a marriage?

Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes:

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1 – Breakfast Pizza by Cooking with Curls (I’m on board with pizza anything)

2- Bacon Egg Cups by Sugar & Spice Gals (I’m doing a version of these this weekend)

3 – Dole Pineapple Mango Smoothie by Super Healthy Kids (I’m making this with coconut milk rather than regular milk this weekend)

4 – Cinnamon Roll Casserole/Breakfast Casserole by Marci Coombs (this is the one I made last year – YUM!)

5 – Blueberry Croissant Puff by The Girl Who Ate Everything (I seriously need this in my life each week!)

6 – Cheesy Frittata by One Creative Mommy (I love loading in veggies with my eggs and cheese!)

7 – Oatmeal Pancakes by Simplistically Sassy (I want this entire stack of pancakes please!)

8 – Homemade Granola Parfait  by Yummy Healthy Easy (I think this is something my husband could actually assemble on Mother’s Day for me)

9 – Omelette in a Bag by Favorite Family Recipes (kids would LOVE this and you can make several at a time – win, win!)

10 – Bacon Cheddar Breakfast Pie by Coffee With Us 3 (the danger with this one is that I might eat the entire pan)

Difference Between Appetizers and Hors d’Oeuvres

I’ve been asked several times over the years, “what is the difference between appetizers and hors d’oeuvres?” So I thought I’d do a little quiz to give you the answer.Test yourself and see how well you know the difference:

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Scenario 1:

You’re invited to a party or wedding reception and arrive to find stations around the room with small bite size offerings. There is a cheese and fruit platter over here, an antipasto platter over there and a display of two – three bite desserts. There is music playing and everyone is mingling around the room enjoying the food offerings with no formal dinner being served.

Appetizers or Hors d’Oeuvres?

Scenario 2:

You arrive at the closing banquet for a conference. You are seated and as the music is playing and guests are arriving you are served three skewers of chicken satay with a peanut dipping sauce. As dinner continues you are then served a menu of other Asian inspired items that complete the theme of the meal.

Appetizers or Hors d’Oeuvres?

Scenario 3:

After a wedding ceremony you are escorted to a cocktail hour where they have waiters passing around items that may or may not all be themed together, but can be held and eaten in 1-2 bites. 

Appetizers or Hors d’Oeuvres?


An appetizer is something you eat before a meal after you have been seated. They are larger than hors d’oeuvres and compliment the menu being served for dinner.  A hors d’oeuvres is more of a finger food and is typically served totally separate from a meal or well in advance of a meal. They are either passed or stationary but are supposed to be eaten in one to two bites. 

How did you do?

It’s so common, especially around the holidays, to be invited to an “appetizer party” (as they are often called), but now you know that is a misuse of the word. Appetizers connote that a dinner will follow, whereas hors d’oeuvres are commonly found at parties with lots of bite sized offerings with no dinner to follow. So from now on, you’ll host or attend an hors d’oeuvres party and serve or eat an appetizer while seated at a dinner party. 

Here is one of my all time favorite hors d’oeuvres recipes that I shared last Fall ! This Bacon Cream Cheese Bread Dip will set you up as host of the year! Bon appetit! 20 Game Day Recipes - events to CELEBRATE!

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