Ahoy, Mateys! Pirate parties can be so much fun - with eye patches, hidden treasure and pirate antics. You can start planning the perfect hassle-free Pirate Party right here with Party Lady. Scroll down to view some décor, menu and party game inspiration!
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Party Food Ideas at a Pirate Party
- A fun main dish to serve to your sea-faring travellers is chicken drumsticks - without utensils! Let them eat like real pirates!
- Place a few jelly beans in the bottom of a clear plastic cup. Make blue jelly to pour into the cup. The end result will look like a bit of ocean and sunken treasures.
- Make "Sea Water" by colouring jugs of apple juice with blue food colouring, and serve with our black and white striped or chevron paper straws.
- Cook seashell-shaped pasta and red and green pasta and serve chilled with a little butter. Call it "Seaweed & Shells Pasta."
- Serve ginger beer in camping mugs or cups.
- Make a pirate cake by baking a 22.5cm x 32.5cm cake and icing it in grey icing. With decorative icing, draw a treasure map, complete with a compass, a dotted line trail, and an X that marks the spot.
- View our Pinterest page for more inspiration
Here are some exciting décor tips for your Pirate Party
- Fill a box or bucket with sand and mix in some costume jewellery or plastic items safe for small children and tell them to dig for treasure.
- As guests arrive, give them each a black bandanna and eye patch to wear during the party. You can even dot on rough beards with face paint and clip gold hoop earrings to their ears.
- Make a treasure chest to place in one corner of the party area. Cover a large shoebox with brown paper and strips of aluminium foil that can be spray painted gold, for that real treasure effect. Fill it with shells, costume jewels, and chocolate gold coins.
- Hang fishing nets from the walls and ceiling, and if you can find any, put a buoy or two in the fish net, otherwise use red and black balloons.
- Cover the tables in the party area with blue tablecloths. Sprinkle sand, seashells, and costume pearls on top.
- Make a skull and crossbones out of white cardboard and black markers, and hang it on one wall of the party area.
- Balloons are a must at every party! Fill the party area with bunches of red and black balloons! Add pirate-themed balloons to a few of the bunches.
- Put a stuffed parrot on a table, chair, or shelf in the party area.
- Use chocolate hazelnuts or chocolate coated peanuts in a cup as Cannon Balls
- Label popcorn as Pirates Booty
- Use striped paper cut into squares or triangles and pin a toothpick through, as the sails of a ship or use washi tape and cut out flag shapes
- Label the bottles of water with "Sea Water - Drink if you dare" and use with striped paper straws
- Place red and black twisted liquorice as "Rescue Ropes"
Treasure Hunts and Pirate Chronicles - Here's some Games for a Pirate Party
- Treasure Cake Hunt - Send your little pirates on a quest to find the hidden cake with this exciting treasure hunt. Give them clues, incorporate a few obstacles in the hunt and make it fun for the kids.
- Walk the Plank - Have the children work together to see who can walk the plank to the finish line first.
- Message in a Bottle - Create a unique and imaginative story with the children in this fun message game.
- Pirate Hat Craft - Have the children create pirate hats to wear during the party and take home as favours.
- Blind Man's Bluff - Get the children singing and laughing as they dance around the "blind man."
- Balloon Sword fights - Engage your guests in an exciting - yet safe - battle with a balloon sword fight game.
- X Marks the Spot- Here's a pirate twist on the traditional "Pin the Tail on the Donkey" party game. Draw a large map and add an "X" to mark the treasure spot. Blindfold your pirates, spin them around, and have them attempt to place a treasure chest sticker on the X. The closest treasure chest wins a prize.
- Capture the Pirate Flag- Divide your pirates into two teams, each with their own flag (kids can make their own team flag) and own "island." Pirates then hide their pirate flag somewhere on their island. The Goal is to find the opposing teams flag and bring it to your teams island. If the pirate carrying the flag is tagged by an opposing pirate, he is sent to a third island, known as ''The Deserted Island'' where a friendly tag from a pirate of his team rescues him. First team to get the opposing team's flag onto their own island wins.