Birthday boy or girl in pirate dress ups
Invitation in a bottle with sand etc
Send some pirate coins or jewels and invite the guests to come and find the rest of the treasure!
Caramel (gold) popcorn
Seaweed linguine (green pasta)
Pirate ships (hot dogs with sails)
Add a pirate gummy onto a pirate for a very easy and inexpensive cupcake topper
Convert all the guests’ names to pirate names, and make place cards or name tags for them to wear
Try http://gangstaname.com/names/pirate to get your pirate names
Maps and charts on the wall
Lots of pirate flags!
Red and black flag buntings
Use some old boxes and make a pirate ship! Get the kids to decorate it with you for lots of pre-party fine. Add some telescopes, pirate flags and skull and crossbones for full effect!
Red and Black crepe paper and balloons
Black pirate balloons
Sheet hung like a pirate sail
Beware of pirates tape draped around the walls and doors.
Pirate coins scattered around
Games and crafts
Make some treasure chests and ask the kids to decorate – you could either purchase some wooden plain ones, or make some yourself out of card. Put out stickers, glitter, shapes, Popsicle sticks, and let them go crazy!
Walk the plank. Balance a plank of wood across two structures, add some shark and fish toys underneath and get the kids to cross – Perhaps with obstacles, like rival pirates with water pistols
Balloon sword fights.
Do a pirate themed craft. Click here to see the range of craft activities available.
Hire a bouncy castle – You can even get pirate themed ones!
Treasure hunt – A MUST! So many different ways to do it, but here are some ideas:
Hide a clue in a pirate themed piñata for the kids to find once they have discovered the treasure!
For younger kids make the clues colour based (i.e. find the yellow circle) to make it easier for them to understand.
Have a grown up dress up as a bad pirate and steal the treasure from the party guests (this could be the loot bags) and then announce he has buried it – The kids need to capture the pirate and take his treasure map and solve the clues to find where it’s hidden
Use pirate language where ever you can in the clues.
Pin the eye patch on the Pirate game
Pass the Parrot (like hot potato) but with a plush parrot.
Cannonball Toss – Use water balloons, the kids will have a blast. A fun game is to draw chalk drawings on the pavement and the kids need to smash the water balloons on the drawings to erase them (or defeat the enemy!)
Pirate Bandannas, earrings, swords, Pirate hats, eye patches – So many great pirate accessories!
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Cut out some burlap and sew up some money sacks – fill with choc coins for treasure.
Fill a treasure box with jewels, beads, coins and other loot – The kids could take some treasure from here as their party favours.
Fill a pirate themed cup with sweets and wrap in a cellophane bag.
Top off your party favours with a personalised sticker to thank your guests for coming!
Have a wonderful Pirate Party! If you have any other ideas that you don't mind sharing on this page, please contact me!