Every year J enlists me in helping her with her son’s birthday party. This year the party was to take place at his pre-school and Caleb was very specific about the theme. He wanted not just any old pirate birthday party, but Jake and the Never Land Pirates birthday party. For those of you unfamiliar, it is a new show on Disney channel that just started so it’s still too early to find anything in the party stores with Jake on it. Sooo… we had to get creative.
J sent me examples of the types of things she wanted me to make. Gift tags, banner, CD labels, and we thought it would be cute to also create matching iron-ons for the gift bags. I used images I found online and good old Powerpoint. Here’s what I did for each:
Gift Tags: I created 2 circles in powerpoint — one red and one slightly smaller in white. I chose a dotted border on the white and centered in on the red so it created a red border. I found an image of Jake, cropped it and placed in within the white circle. Then I created a text box for the thank you message. I “grouped” the pieces together then just copied and pasted until I had enough tags. These were then printed out on weighted paper, cut, and pasted on a slightly larger black construction paper circles to create the black border to give it extra weight. J tied the tags to the gift bags with cute straw ties.
Iron-Ons: Basically the same method as the gift tags but in rectangle shapes. I edited the Jake image so that it read “Caleb” instead of “Jake”. These were personalized with the names of the kids in his class. Also note, with iron-ons, you need to flip the image so that you print the mirror image. And if ironing onto gift bags, makes sure the material is cotton or something similar that will not melt with the heat of the iron. We hadn’t considered this and learned the hard way… ick.
CDs: I burned CDs of various Pixar/Disney songs (e.g. stuff from Monsters Inc., Cars, etc.). I used the edited Jake image from the iron-ons for the CD labels. The labels should come with a template and you basically work it the way you would work powerpoint (e.g. text boxes).
Banner: I figured we could cut regular letter sized paper in half (landscape). We alternated between black construction paper and red/white striped paper as the base. In powerpoint, I used the landscape view so I could be sure to fit 2 circles on each page. I chose the dotted border with light yellow for each circle. I also found skull & sword and compass images I liked. I printed on weighted paper, cut, and pasted on the background paper. Then J cut 2 slits on top to weave black ribbon through.
It just goes to show, you can create any cute theme decorations with a little research, time, and DIY-ness. Hope this helps give you some ideas for your next party!