Coolest Kids Pirate Birthday Party Ideas
Set sail on exciting high seas with these pirate party ideas. You won't miss the boat when you put these plans into action!
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Pirate Birthday Party Invitations
Gather your skeleton crew with these pirate birthday party ideas for invitations.
- Cut out five gold coins from yellow construction paper for each invitation. Have your child draw a design on one side. On the other side, write one message per coin: "Set sail at (name)'s birthday!", "(date)", "(time)", "(location)", and "(age) lashes if you're late!" Guest will have to put the coins in order to get the message.
- Use black cardstock for a base, and then cut out the familiar skull and crossbones from a coloring page. Glue the skull onto the flag. On the other side, use a silver marker to write the invitation. "Danger! Miss this pirate birthday party for (name) and you'll lose your booty! Pillaging to take place at (location) on (date) at (time). It's sure to be a rowdy good time!"
- The captain is sure to get his crew on board when he sends the message in a Pirate kids costume! Be creative with wording, or use this suggestion: "A' vast, me hardies! Me thinks you'd better be joinin' me for birthday plunderin' and pillagin' on the docks at (location). The treasure comes out at (time) on (date). Be late and yer be sorry!"
Check out these creative and printable invitations for Pirate birthday party ideas:
Pirate Party Invitations (8 count)
Pirate Party Invitations
The Backyardigans: Pirate Adventure: Stream
Pirate : Pool
Pirate Birthday Party Decorations
Drop a trail of gold coins up the sidewalk to the house, with a sign that reads "ARRRR! The pillagin' has begun!" Use sidewalk chalk to draw skull and crossbones art on the drive.
Inside, hang ghastly black and blood red balloons for a festive atmosphere that only a pirate could love. Black streamers across the ceiling and doorways finish the picture.
My kids always ask me to do these pirate birthday party ideas for them. Make sure all of the roughnecks know who the captain of the ship is when you display a Pirate personalized birthday banner. He won't need a hook to make them remember his name with this impressive piece in the room!
Use a large sheet of butcher's paper or brown bulletin board paper to create a big treasure map for one wall. Include a treasure chest (or two!), a ship, and small islands with a dotted line to mark the path. Add a clever touch by mapping out the party room on this large display.
This is probably the most entertaining of all pirate birthday party ideas! Use cardboard boxes to create two dueling ships on opposite sides of the room. Use the natural brown of the boxes as the background color and draw detail in with a heavy black marker. Hoist a pirate flag (made from poster board) over each ship.
When the ships have been decorated to the satisfaction of each team, let the battle begin! Warring pirates can toss pirate-themed Eyes bounce balls at one another until one team surrenders. (If you are able to do this activity outside, water balloon cannons make a great substitute for bouncy balls!) Before embarking on this adventure, be sure that food, drinks, and fragile items are well out of harm's way.
Set the table with the Pirates party supplies. It has a place setting for each of eight sea bandits, and you can purchase additional supplies for more guests. Additionally, it has a table cloth, pirate centerpiece, activity placemats, balloons, napkins, plus more of what you need to make sure every detail is dastardly perfect.
I recommend these super creative decoration kits for Pirate birthday party ideas:
Pirate Party Mylar Balloon
Pirate Party Stickers(Each)
Pirate Skeleton Peel 'N Place Wall Decoration
Pirate Wall Decorations
Pirate Treasure Peel 'N Place Wall Decoration
Pirate Party Costumes
Your pirate birthday party ideas are not complete without a bevy of bad men, so dress them for the part! Load down the looters with a selection of Pirate accessories. No respectable – or otherwise – pirate would be caught without his hook arm, eye patch, sword, or pirate hat. One look at this crew and you'll beat a hasty retreat!
Aarrrggghhh matey—be that pirate that you've always dreamed of being! If you want one of the simplest and most fun homemade costume ideas for kids then search no further than a pirate. Wrap their head in a big long scarf for some authenticity and then throw a long coat over the outfit. Give them a toy bird to carry on their shoulder and of course some long round gold earrings for their ears. They absolutely must carry a toy sword or something that lets them get ready for battle. The beauty of this type of costume is that you have everything you need at home or have easy access to and you will be able to see them transform into a pirate right before your very eyes much to their delight!
Here are some cool costumes for Pirate birthday party ideas:
Lil' Pirate Cutie Child Costume
Pirate Scoundrel Elite Collection Child Costume
Pirate Birthday Party Icebreaker Activities
Walk the Plank
The one thing that kids remember about pirates usually is that they walk the plank. This is not only a great way to capture the theme, but works well as a pirate party icebreaker as well. This fun activity will get the kids into a pirate state of mind and happens to be a great way to carry out one of the most creative pirate birthday party ideas. This can work out in the backyard, but happens to work particularly well over a swimming pool. You can use the diving board as the plank and then shout out "commands" to the kids as they each take a turn on the fun plank. Then in the water they go as you shout out to walk the plank until they safely fall into the water below. This can also work on a platform or slide over some safe grass and it has the same fun effect!
Learn to Talk Like a Pirate
The way that pirates talk has been a fun and entertaining thing to follow for kids for years now. In this fun pirate party icebreaker you have somebody come in, dressed in their full pirate gear of course, and have them teach the kids the "right way" to talk like a pirate. You might not think that this can turn into a fun activity, but the kids have such fun and so many laughs as they learn to talk in this rather unusual way. It's fun to have somebody dress up like a pirate and bring some sort of prop with them to make it feel more authentic. Then have them come in talking only in pirate talk with plenty of "arrgghhs" for the kids to capture for their own. You will be amazed at how long the kids can have fun learning and practicing, and they will be sure to talk like this the rest of the party!
Dress for a Pirate Battle
The battles that pirates go though are part of the epic tales about this theme, and this works tremendously as a pirate party icebreaker too. If you want to let the kids capture their inner pirate then they certainly have to dress the part. Put out plenty of fun items like long coats, play swords, hats, scarves, and everything that a pirate would need to feel like a warrior. Then let the kids have fun dressing themselves up, dressing up their friends, and checking themselves out in the mirror. Once this fun is done, send them into "battle" but a toy type of course. Let them use toy swords and the appropriate pirate talk to feel like they are a real live part of a pirate crew!
Oh the tales that they will tell from this pirate party icebreaker! You set up the likes of a pirate ship right in the backyard that immediately transforms them to the likes of Pirates of the Caribbean. Then you give them the toy swords, the bird on the shoulder, and plenty of room to run about. Whether they come dressed in costume or not, they can have fun setting out on their own adventure. You can even make it more authentic by giving them their own pirate map to find the buried treasure. This can be something simple that you put together such as a treasure chest of candy that they must work together with their pirate crew to uncover. This can be fun for everyone and is not too hard to put together! Swashbuckling fun is so easy to recreate and will make them feel like a pirate instantly!
Pirate Party Foods
Let the pirates have a taste of this swill when thirst strikes.
- Storm at Sea – blue punch topped served over crushed ice and topped with whipped cream will mimic a frothy ocean.
- Dead Man's Grog – Green flavored drink teeming with gummy worms will turn all but the mightiest of pirate tummies.
- Shiver Me Timbers – Mix vanilla ice cream with fruit punch for frosty, fierce pirate fare.
The appetites are sure to be ravenous, so serve up some of these pirate birthday party ideas to keep fierce hunger pangs out to sea.
- Serve up a hearty meal of fish sticks (or chicken tenders for the land lubbers)!
- Fries are the perfect companion to fish or chicken strips, so have plenty of them on hand. Don't forget the ketchup!
- Burgers take on a bit of "gold coin" appeal when topped with golden slices of cheese! Serve with all the fixings.
- You'll have to remind them not to play with their food when you serve sword-swinging corn dogs!
- Bring the glittering treasure from the chest to the table with a jewel-filled tray of fruits and cheeses. Ruby red strawberries, emerald green kiwi, and crisp apple pearls are the perfect compliment to gold coin cheeses.
- Simple Goldfish crackers are straight from the seas!
It's a fool's mistake to stop at the Gold Mine gum on the top of these tasty cupcakes! Ice cupcakes in black before topping with these pieces of fool's candy.
- Here is one of my favoriest pirate birthday party ideas. Bake a two layer square or rectangular cake, and decorate the sides to look like a treasure chest. One easy way to make a wood grain is to lightly swirl brown icing with a touch of white, black, or yellow, taking care not to blend the streaks out. Once you've created the treasure chest, add the treasure. Mound golden cookies, jewel-toned gummies, or any other treats of your choice on top for a colorful booty that is good enough to eat.
- If you're artistic, ice a sheet or layer cake in black and draw the skull and crossbones symbol on top for a wickedly dangerous dessert that only the hardiest pirates would dare take on.
Pirate Birthday Party Favors
Send them back to port with Pirates favor box. Each box comes with a 9" toy telescope, eye patch, jelly lollipop, glow in the dark skull ring, a sticker sheet, and ten gold coins.
Here are some wonderful kids Pirate party favors:
Pirate Party Favor Bag
Pirate Party Favor Set
(For 1 Guest)
Pirate Party Favor Kit
Pirate Birthday Party Games
Here's an excellent selection of printable kids birthday party games you can buy and print out right away:
- Printable Birthday Games Ages 3-5
- Printable Birthday Games Ages 6-7
- Printable Birthday Games Ages 8-9
- Printable Birthday Games Tweens & Teens
How can you have a pirate party without pinatas? It's always the "hit" to any boy birthday party!
Here are some creative pinata for your Pirate birthday party ideas:
Pirate Birthday Party Thank You Notes
Capture a lot of full action shots of the crew in full pirate gear. Catch them on the high seas, waging war, or wrestling with their food. Include photos and a few spare gold coins with thank you notes as thanks for joining you on this swash-buckling sea-faring adventure.
Also check out these wonderful Pirate birthday party thank you notes:
Pirate Party Thank You Notes
Pirates Personalized Thank You Note(Each)
Your Pirate Birthday Party Ideas
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