How to Have a Pirate-Themed Party

by C.K. Wren
Having a pirate-themed party is fun for the whole crew.

Having a pirate-themed party is fun for the whole crew.

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A pirate party is versatile for all ages and an easy theme to incorporate into everything from the invitations to the games to the cake. A pirate theme lends itself well to both boys and girls and allows your little sailors to leave their landlubber selves at the door and be buccaneers for the day. A pirate-themed party is one that will allow your creative abilities to shine and your child's imagination to grow. It will be a party to remember.

Items you will need

  • Cream-colored card stock
  • Ribbon
  • Streamers
  • Balloons
  • Poster paper
  • White sheets
  • Butcher paper
  • Markers
  • Bandannas
  • Red material (for pirate sashes)
  • Rectangle sheet cake
  • Frosting
  • Candy "treasure" (chocolate gold coins, candy rings, candy necklaces)
  • Pirate-themed party favors
Step 1

Draw an old-fashioned treasure map with your house as the destination for "X marks the spot." Include the party invitation details scattered on the map, or placed in the map key. Scan and print these invitations on cream-colored heavy paper; tear the edges to make invitations look old. Roll them up and tie them with a ribbon to hand deliver to friends.

Step 2

Decorate the house in a black, white and red theme with streamers and balloons. Transform your main party areas into a pirate ship by making a captain's wheel out of poster paper. White sheets become sails if you hang them from the ceiling and loop them back slightly to attach to a wall. Hang large sheets of butcher paper over the walls and draw sides of the ship as well as the "view" from on deck. Complete the look by hanging a traditional skull and crossbones pirate flag. You can make your own by cutting a square of black cloth and drawing the skull and crossbones on it with white chalk.

Step 3

Give guests a bandanna and a sash to put on as they arrive or invite them to come in costume. Make sure the host child is made captain for the day. If you have the budget, hire someone who makes balloon animals to make a balloon parrot for each pirate's shoulder. Allow the hosting child to get into the spirit by assigning each guest a new pirate name.

Step 4

Serve a treasure chest cake. Make a rectangular cake with two layers. Lift the top layer and add "treasure" to the inside, such as candy rings, chocolate gold coins, candy necklaces and gold foil-wrapped candies. Frost the cake in chocolate and decorate the top with yellow piping to make it look like an iron-bound treasure chest.

Step 5

Send the children on a treasure hunt for a game. Start them out with a treasure map that gives the first clue. With each clue they find, give them a task to perform (such as dance the hokey pokey, or do 10 somersaults across the grass) before they can follow the next clue. Have the "treasure" be pirate-themed party favors such as plastic compasses, eye patches or telescopes.

About the Author

C.K. Wren graduated in 2001 from Utah State University with dual degrees in history and technical writing. She has written extensively for Demand Studios as well as several magazine publications.

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