Theme Party Ideas
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Pirate Party Ideas
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Presented by Event & Wedding Planners
Shiver me timbers…it’s
time to sail the seven seas looking for adventure! We’ve gathered
everything you’ll need to decorate and celebrate in swashbuckling
Pirate Party Ideas & Tips
The key to pulling off a coordinated
event: Evoke your theme throughout the affair, it should be the subtle thread that ties
everything together. Your location, invitations, flowers, menu,
cake, and favors should all cleverly reflect one common concept.
Then, get as creative as you can!
Give everyone a pirate name as they arrive
e.g.. Long John Silver, Captain Hook, Blackbeard, Calico Jack, Long Ben, Captain Bartholomew Roberts, the Black Monk, Barbarossa (Red
beard). All except the first two were real pirates. Two real women pirates were Anne Bonny and Mary Read. You can think of funny names with the children according to what they are wearing.
Treat guests to a
seaside meal with a
Treasure Bay Table Setting.
Attach a bouquet of helium
PIRATE 12" BALLOONS to a light post or mailbox so there will be no mistaking where the fun
will be that day!
Hang tissue paper lanterns around the party
area. Line a walkway with tiki torches.
Cover a floor or party area with dark
blue water gossamer and clear balloons (water bubbles), for an authentic high seas
||Create an island oasis.
coverings, and sand. Place a Pirates Cove Ship Silhouette
in the background.
Fill a treasure chest with
bounty like: Jewel Rings,
silver & gold plastic trays, silver plastic flatware, candle sticks and pieces of fabrics
(silk, velvet, damask) and any other items that might have been taken in
bounty by your pirates.
Do-It-Yourself balloon palm trees
around the island.
Bring color to the table
via napkins. Give each person two napkins slipped
into one napkin ring. Use two different colors, two
coordinating patterns or one patterned and one
solid-colored napkin. A colorful setting can be
achieved with little effort this way.
PIRATE 12" BALLOONS can economically transform any room, backyard or park into a festive
space in a matter of minutes by using some of the following ideas:
- Tie a bunch of helium
to the birthday child’s chair, or tie one to the back of each chair.
- If you choose not to use helium, tie balloons to varying lengths of
curling ribbon, and hang balloons from the ceiling, or from a light
fixture over the party table.
Draw treasure maps on construction paper for place mats.
Make parchment paper scrolls with the lyrics for pirate songs and a quiz about sailing and the history of pirates.
Yo, Ho! Yo, Ho! A pirate’s life for me! Engage the kids in some swashbuckling fun with the activities that follow:
Treasure Chest Pinata with goodies and let them pillage and plunder. Give the kids a treasure map to follow, having them wind over, under and around a good distance before finding the piņata on the spot marked with an “X”.
Pirate Scavenger Hunt
Have a treasure hunt by hiding
Gold Coins around your party area. To begin the game, announce that another group of Pirates snuck onto the ship and have
stolen all of the treasure. We must all look for and rescue our treasure. Hide
coins in the party area beforehand. Give the kids an allotted time to find as many
coins as they can. Give a prize to the child who finds the most coins.
Face Painting -
After all the guests have arrived, get the buccaneers ready to plunder and party. First, they will all need to have their faces painted. Add blood, scars, and some facial hair with
face paint. Next, add
Pirates Eye Patches,
Black Paisley Bandana, & a self-adhesive mustache. Now they can head out for some high jinks on the open sea as they move to the
Cannonball Pop -
The ship is sinking…so let the cannonballs fly with a water
Give each child a water balloon and attach the balloon around each child's ankle with curling ribbon. At the sound of go each child will try to pop the other guests balloon without having his/hers popped. The one left with the unpopped balloon wins.
Caution: Have children remove their shoes to keep anyone from getting hurt.
Peg Leg Race (3 legged race)
Listen to squeals of delight when the kids are running peg leg (three-legged) races! Divide your guests into two equal teams. Form two lines and stand two children side by side tying together their legs. After everyone is tied together have them race to a specified mark and back again.
The team that finishes first wins.
Wave Jars -
Let each of the children fill a baby food jars halfway with water and add two or three drops of blue food coloring. Then fill each child's jar to the top with the vegetable oil. Screw the lid on tightly and seal the lid with hot glue and allow it to cool. Let the children shake their wave jars back and forth to create waves.
Visit Treasure Island to search for buried treasure
– Blindfold the children one at a time, then let them dig deep into a
Treasure Chest filled with a pirate’s bounty of loot.
If the kids race through the activities you have planned, play:
- Tick Tock Find the Crock (hide and seek)
- Black Beard Says (Simon Says)
- Pin the X on the Treasure Map
Reward the buccaneers with some Pirate
favors for their timber shiverin' effort.
Grub & Cake Ideas:
Aaaaargh you ready for cake and ice
cream? All the little peg leg pirates will come running when you signal
that it’s time for the grub!
For a perfect
pirate meal, serve fish 'n' chips! Be sure beforehand that no children
have allergies to seafood. This could be fatal to a child who is
allergic to fish.
Offer plates of chicken legs, & sunken treasure nuggets (chicken
Serve Hot dogs- Spear a
wooden skewer through a small piece of paper to make a schooner sail and
set it in the middle of a hot dog. Add a few Goldfish crackers.
Serve bowls of hot soup to warm up the pirates, and call it Blackbeard's
Sea Wolf Sandwiches (canned tuna and mayo) or submarine sandwiches
served with tater tots, and cheese or fruit sword kabobs.
Let the pirates quench their thirst with apple cider or fruit juice with
coconut milk added.
Centerpiece and place on a solid blue table cover, set a
small toy ship or a ship cake a short distance from the Island. Place some
figures on the Island.
Pirate cake template by Betty Crocker (PDF file)
How To Make a Pirate Birthday Cake Video
Place the pirate hat template on a 9-inch cake, and cut around
it to make the hat.
The other half will form the body. You can print out the pirate
hat template from ...
Pirate Ship Cake Recipe From FamilyFun Magazine -See photo
Pirate Hat Cake Recipe | FamilyFun
Ask any birthday buccaneer if he wants a piece of this
swashbuckling cake, and
you'll get a resounding, 'Aye, matey!'
Pirate Hat Cake and a Treasure Map - The Family Fun Blog
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