I would like to share with you my pirate party ideas and how I pulled off my daughter’s pirate party. She was very much into Jack Sparrow at the time, and loved the Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I was pretty excited about this theme, because there are tons of pirate decorating ideas out there, as well as games!
I was familiar with how fun this theme can be. Every year we are invited to a “Talk Like a Pirate” party on the International Talk Like a Pirate Day in September. Everyone is encouraged to come dressed up as a pirate, and the hosts do a wonderful job decorating their house!Perhaps you are here to gather some of your own ideas! Feel free to use my ideas here, and share your pirate ideas using the link at the bottom of the page.
As I thought of pirate party ideas, I came up with two different activities. The first was a timed pretzel hunt. The next was a treasure hunt!
Each child got a “hook” hand, and used it to fish out pretzels from a large bowl. The child to collect the most pretzels in the time allotted won!
To make a Captain Hook hand: Cut a small “X” on the bottom of a red or black plastic Solo cup, using an Exacto blade. Next, thread a candy cane through the X. The hook part should be on the outside of the cup, and the child can put their hand inside the cup and hold on to it using the stem of the candy cane, inside.
This was a really fun activity. Be forewarned: Buy the largest pretzels you can find, and make sure you test things out first. Be sure the pretzels have holes big enough for the candy cane hooks to go through. I found out that Dandee Midgets are too small.
The second activity was a Treasure Hunt. I made it pretty involved, so I’ll share what I did but you may find this is too much work. I will say though, the kids just loved this. I think it was well worth my time and it was so fun to watch them work together to figure it out! This treasure hunt was very similar to the one I did for the Scooby Doo birthday party.
All the clues were printed on cream colored paper. The paper was then ripped to have torn edges, and I stamped the edges with brown Distress Ink to make them look old. There were then rolled up like a scroll and secured with a bit a twine tied around them. They looked very authentic!
The treasure hunt began with an individual clue that each child had to solve by themselves.
This clue was found in a brown colored bottle (beer bottle that I cleaned out and removed the label) which was decorated with a label with the child’s name, and a skull.
To get the paper out easily, I taped one edge of the clue to a wooden skewer before rolling it. To remove the clue, you simply had to pull out the wooden skewer.
I tried to make the question related to something only the child would know, or something they were really into, for instance:
“What is last name of your school teacher?” Answer: Guy
“What is the color of the fruit on the cover of the book Twilight”? Answer: Red
“You hid behind this during our last game of hide and go seek” Answer: Tree
“Inkhoo, Polly Pockets, and Brave were some of your birthday _________ this year” Answer: gifts
On the back of each paper clue, was part of a sentence. Each child had to put their answer to the clues above in the blanks of the sentence, to create a new clue, which they all worked together to achieve.
For this game, the sentence (with blanks filled in) was:
The guy in red comes on Christmas and delivers gifts under the tree.
That’s it. That was the clue. The kids got it immediately, I was surprised, and ran to our Christmas tree (by the way, this pirate party took place on New Year’s Day, so our tree was still up).
Under the tree lies another scroll, this time with just one clue they all worked on together. I tried to make each clue rhyme. Each clue led them to another location, where they found another clue.
(Answer: The next clue was inside our grill!)
The treasure chest was made from a shoebox. I taped a piece of cardstock on the top of the lid and bowed it out to create a simple, curved dome. My mother in law is so artistic, and she decorated it for me with markers to look like a treasure chest.
Inside I placed small wrapped gifts (labeled with each child’s name so there would not be any fighting!), candy, more chocolate coins, and small toys.
It seemed natural when coming up with pirate party ideas to have some guest participation, which is why I suggested on the invitation to dress in character. Some of the guests did dress up, and it really added to the party (and made for great pictures!). Some did not dress up, but then wanted to when they saw everyone else. Turns out, it isn’t very hard to dress like a pirate. Use a bandana, or a scarf, and tie it around your hair. If you have an eye patch, even better. I ended up making some by gluing a ribbon to a black piece of felt, and tying it around the children’s heads.
Here’s other easy ways to get in the pirate spirit: Wear a flannel, or since a shirt with a big belt at your waist line. Ladies, wear one large earring (a dangly one or a big hoop). Then, add on the eye makeup. My mother in law even used black eyeliner and black eye shadow to create a beard. She was hilarious, since she went as a man pirate!My daugther and all the kids really had fun at this party. I hope that you enjoyed these pirate party ideas! Good luck planning your party!