Help us create the ultimate pirate-themed birthday party! Please share an idea for a game, recipe, party favor, decoration, etc. that's perfect for a pirate party. Include a link to a photo if you have one!
We like taking themes and scooting them right outside the box. For instance, my daughter was not a pirate but a PI-RETTE for Halloween one year. For food I would serve sweet and savory tartlets (pie-ettes). Or even turn the theme on its head and use lots of references to Pi (π). For games you could have balancing contests to see who could best walk the plank or go on a treasure hunt. What about a peg leg (three legged) race? After they find their treasure, maybe you could have a dance competition to have them shake their "booty". You could use pirate vocabulary as part of charades or pictionary. For younger kiddos maybe play pin the patch or the parrot on the pirate?
My daughter desperately wanted a Madeline-Dora the Explorer-Pirate-Princess-Pink party for her 4th birthday. All of that is a little hard to fit on one cake, but I managed to do the Pirate/Princess part! The cake, which featured a carved cake treasure chest overflowing with edible jewels was a huge hit.
A treasure hunt is a must, and at ours, the kids found the treasures in an antique Korean money chest that lent just the right air of pirate authenticity. If you have something similar or can borrow one, it's worth the look on their faces when they find the aged, elaborately carved, mysterious box!
Play a movie at the party such as Peter Pan or Hook. Sing like pirates (off-key and at the top of your lungs). Draw a treasure map and arrange for your crew to go on a hunt through the backyard for buried treasure.
My son had a blast at a pirate and a princess themed party. Check out some of these pictures and ideas...
My oldest son had a pirate-themed birthday a few years back. We made rice crispie treats out of Cocoa Pebbles and shaped them into cannon balls, put them in a pile and stuck a toothpick with a pirate flag in the top one for his school treat. They were a big hit. :)
At home, we made cupcakes and frosted them I believe with blue icing (my son's favorite color at the time and to make them look like water) and topped them with pirate flags my son made (the toothpick ones). We deorated the table by scattering individually wrapped candies, necklaces, chocolate gold, caramels - anything that could look like jewels and gold pirate treasure - about the table around the cupcakes. Some of it was edible, some of it wasn't, but the effect was still neat. :)
I'm sure there was a lot more we could do, but we were really limited on budget, so that's all we could do at the time. I think we even let him and his brother dress up in their pirate outfits. It was too much fun. :)
Both my sons had pirate parties. I think they are a fabulous idea for boys. We had bandanas with a string of beads (sort of jack sparrowish) and vests (made from undershirts dyed with coffee) and sashes cut from striped fabric for everyone. As well as temporary tattoos.
We did a scavenger hunt leading to buried treasure chest (under the porch) filled with goody bags. Our clues were messages in bottles.
We had inflatable swords which we used to keep balloons in the air.
We borrowed spiders, skeletons, snakes and bats from our friends halloween decorations. And we raided the recycle bins of friends for bottles which we used as candle holders.
I've just blogged about pirate parties today in honour of yesterday being International Pirate Day! My My favourite thing though (and photos are included in the link) - friends created an indoor pirate ship for their daughters' party - amazing! You can have a treasure hunt and make your own 'old' treasure map (a great activity to do beforehand with the party girl or boy), what better excuse to buy lots of chocolate treasure coins!!
If you have a large enough sand box, bury all your extra change in it. Give each kid a plastic shovel and small bucket and let them go for it. Sand will fly as they dig for buried treasure, so do it in shifts. First big ones, [they go through it quick], then add more coins and let smaller kids go at it forever. You'll get tired of supervising before they'll give up. Minna
We are going to be having a Jake in the Never Land Pirates party in a few weeks and we have lots of fun stuff planned including a treasure hunt with a map for each child, swords that we will be making ourselves, bandannas for party favors, pirate punch, gold doubloons, and more!
I just love pirate parties with eyepatches for everyone funny fake teeth ( the gross looking kind) red bandanas really make for fun dressing up at the party or favors. Pirate map cookies or cake is a fun treat and a scavenger hunt is a must. Burrows treasure in a sand box is a fun activity too.
My three kids adore pirates right now! This year we had a pirate-themed party for their birthdays (they all have the same birthday!) and it was SO fun! Mama and Papa MOE dressed up with bandanas on our heads and the kids had felt captain hats I found at an art store. We had a pirate ship cake (SO easy to make! I found the design on the Disney website) and we did a treasure hunt. While I read the kids a pirate story inside, my husband ran around the backyard hiding plastic gold coins. Because the kids were young, I made signs to help them find the treasure. I printed out "Jake and the Neverland Pirates" characters and pasted them on cardboard to hold them upright. Everyone had a great time and my kids loved their party. For more ideas, I wrote a Pirate Day blog post a little while ago.
I styled this party for a little boy turning 1 last year. You can see all the details on my blog here: http://party-tales.blogspot.ca/2011/11/birthday-party-pirates-1t-birthday.html
Everything turned out beautiful! We wanted to have a "cute" rather than "scary" pirate theme,
that's why we chose the color palette to be sky blue, white and red. We wrapped the party favors in white and red stripes paper and decorated with a raffia bow and made to match Thank you tags. I made cupcake toppers and wrap the water bottles with printables from my shop:
I made rice krispie pirate treats: RECIPE Here: http://party-tales.blogspot.ca/2011/11/diy-tutorials-rice-krispie-pops-little.html
"Swab the Deck" - Party Game: Use brooms, mops, etc and beach or soccer balls and "swab" the balls from one end to the other. First person to get their ball to the other side is the WINNING PIRATE!
We made our own tea-stained pirate invitations, built and decorated our own kid-sized pirate ship, and decorated our own treasure chests using styrofoam coolers, paint, glue and "jewels", along with a lot of other fun pirate touches!
Arrrrrr! A pirate party is such a cute idea! It would be cool to put the party favor bags in a "treasure chest" or old trunk (you could probably find this at a thrift store) and it would double as decoration. Instead of cupcake flags, you could make them in to ship mast style flags. I'm thinking a game could be created out of "walk the plank". This is a fun idea!
For older kids and a summer pirate themed party, how about pretending kids have to "walk the plank" off the pool diving board? They could also dive for "buried" treasure in the pool!
Decorate the pool area with pirate themed stuff - parrots, blow up alligators, etc.
I featured this pirate party on my blog last year - http://polkadotprintsstudio.blogspot.ca/2011/09/arrgghhha-pirates-life-for-me.html
It featured my printables with this very popular design to make your own pirate cupcake toppers. Shiver me timbers!
There are a lot of great ones around. Here's one I did a couple of years ago for my son. The boys & girl LOVED doing a treasure hunt with their favor bag tote waiting at the end. See it here:
Here's a pirate birthday I photographed with a lot of great ideas! http://thecolorfullivingproject.blogspot.com/2012/05/squashbuckler-birthday.html