Shiver me timbers! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day. Which is a great excuse for a post about all things Pirate. Pirates is a fantastic party theme for children of all ages. These are our top tips for a brilliant buccaneer bash. Invite a host of little sea dogs home and let them revel in pirate pranks, rum punch, treasure hunts and gory grub.
|Pirate Party Invitations: If you’ve got enough time why not make authentic scroll invites yourself. Making them with your little pirate is a lovely way to keep them involved with the party planning and a fun way to spend an afternoon. Draw a treasure map with your house marked by a cross on some thick paper (you could even rip around the edges first for an extra-authentic feel), then stain it with a tea bag and leave it to dry. Remember to fill in all the details such as date, time, location, and what to wear. Then roll each initiation into a scroll and tie it up with some red ribbon or pop in a small water bottle before you give them out. Alternatively the quick option is to buy some. We love these Pirate Fun Invitations.|
Pirate Fancy Dress: Outfits for pirates are essential to make sure they feel part of the ship. A complete pirate fancy dress outfit includes a ruffled-neck shirt or stripy top along with a felt hat, bandana, cutlass or hook and eye patch. Eye patches can easily be made at home with some black card and elastic. If you’ve got a parrot stuffed toy then this looks great attached to a pirates shoulder. You can even add some manly stubble to the little rascals by using black eyeliner. If girls want to wear a party dress then a fun red one teamed with a pirate party hat will be perfect. Party pieces sell full costumes as well as accessories here.
|Pirate Party Decorations: Wave the skull and crossbones flag, hoist the sails and put up a ‘Beware of pirates’ lawn sign to entice the other pirates on board the party boat. This will really set the scene and let all your guests know where to join the fun.Look out for other fun decorations such as skull & cross bone balloons and inflatable palm trees. Alternatively you could opt for plain blue or black and decorate the table with shells, pearls and sand (crushed digestive biscuits). In the background play a pirate music CD and put on a pirate DVD such as ‘Hook’ or ‘Treasure Island’ (muted). This Ahoy There Pirate Party Ship centrepiece will make an eye-catching display.|
Pirate Party Food: Meat cannonballs, chicken peg legs, spare ribs and walk the plank sandwiches are great nibbles for fearless rogues and can even be popped in a party galleon for a picnic. Serve these with gory red tomato ketchup for dipping.
Other fun themed treats such as McVities Gold chocolate bars, Bassetts Liquorice Allsorts, black jacks, jelly bones and fizzy fish sweets will also go down well. You could even make your own jelly pirate boats (filling half an empty orange peel with jelly, letting it set then cut into wedges). Also serve with an ice cream sandcastle (cut packaging away from a carton of ice cream and sprinkle with crushed digestive biscuits).
Rum punch is essential nectar for any buccaneer using a mix of orange and pineapple juice or just plain ginger beer. For a more gory drink, make blood juice using red cranberry and raspberry juice and serve this in jugs or out of a large punch bowl with a soup ladle.
Pirate Cake: Every pirate needs a treasure chest cake so make sure you decorate it with shimmering gold chocolate coins, sweet necklaces and colourful smarties so the birthday pirate feels smugly rich! But if you’re running out of time just add some pirate shaped candles to any cake.
|Pirate Games & Activities: Unleash the energy of the little scallywags with some fun filled pirate games. A pirate ship or treasure chest piñata filled with little surprises is great fun as each pirate has a go at hitting the ship until it sinks. Other boisterous games such as ‘crocodile steps’ (variation on Grandmothers’ footsteps) and a pirate treasure hunt are all great for letting off steam. Walk the Plank over the paddling pool is also a brilliant game – if you’re having an indoor party then the paddling pool could be filled with blue plastic balls rather than rough seas. For something quieter ‘pin the eye patch on the pirate’ is a great indoor game as is the treasure island game – where pirates have to mark a golden star on a map where they think the treasure is buried.|
Pirate Party Bags: Sea dogs need treasure to go home with so fill their party bags with lots of delightful valuables or for a quick option choose the ready to fill pirate party bags like these Jake Yo Ho ones. A treasure chest party box or gift cup is quite a fun alternative to party bags and can be filled with pirate bubbles, stationery and other treasures from the seas such as fizzy fish and iced gems. Just make sure every pirate leaves clutching a bag of gold coins and an eye patch.
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