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Kids Party Pirate Theme


Our daughter is obsessed with pirates. She was a pirate at Halloween when all the other little girls we passed were princesses. Another year for her birthday she wanted a pirate-themed birthday party.

If your kid likes pirates, you probably already know that most of the pirate party stuff is mean or scary–skull and crossbones or mean looking guys with swords. This was a preschool pirate party, so I had to come up with some, um, gentler decorations for our pirate party.

Kids Party Pirate Theme

Kids Party Pirate Theme

1. Pirate Food

The first thing to do is come up with some pirate food. I just used my imagination and renamed some party food favorites–I made a fruit salad to look like jewels and called it “Pirate Treasure,” some chocolate covered brownie bites and called them “Pirate Cannonballs,” chicken tenders became “Walk the (Chicken) Plank” and more. I made them more festive by sticking some pirate flag toothpicks around in the food. I also put the names of the dishes on cream-colored paper and burned the paper around the edges to give it an old map kind of feel.

2. Pirate Theme Decorations

My daughter actually wanted a “Hello Kitty Pirate Princess Party.” (I.KNOW.) As you can imagine, you can’t readily find this theme, so I printed off some Hello Kitty pirates, cut them into triangle flags and taped them onto a pirate pennant string.We strung the pennant from each side of our chandelier onto the dining room table covered with a black tablecloth to make it appear like a pirate ship. I scattered pirate coins,pirate treasure rings,and pirate beads all around the table in between the food. I also used some party fishing nets around the room and hung plastic spiders and crabs from them.

3. Pirate Party Favors

For favors, I provided pirate party hats,and pirate treasure chest,filled with things like pirate eye patches,pirate treasure maps,pirate coin necklacesand treats.

4. Pirate Party Games

We did a couple of games that the kids of all ages (and even the adults) really had fun playing. Instead of pin the tale on the donkey, we did a pirate version of pin the treasure on the map. The biggest hit of the party, though, was the pirate scavenger hunt game. You can easily make your own make your own treasure scavenger hunt.


Do you have great tips from your own pirate party? Share them in the comments!

Along with being a contributor to, Jacqueline Wilson is: Appalachia Advocate~Supporter of Women~Writer~Accidental Pit Bull Advocate.

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