Ahoy Matey! Step Aboard for a Pirate Birthday Party

Ahoy, matey! For a fun, fabulous birthday bash, consider throwing your little one a pirate birthday party. From decorations to activities, you can plan an awesome event that the little pirates will love. Our party experts have some great ideas to help you create an unforgettable pirate birthday party.

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations

You can let the guests know the birthday party theme by sending pirate party invitations. PurpleTrail has a diverse collection of pirate party invites for you to choose from.

PurpleTrail pirate party invitationTo create an authentic feel to your invites, use pirate lingo in your invitation. For instance, “Ahoy Hearties! Ye be invited fer birthday spirits at Capn (child’s name) Buccaneer merrymaking. Map yer course on the (date) fer (address). We be a meeting at (time) fer some swashbuckling fun and grub, so come suitably attired. Say “Aye” if ye be attending or send a message to (phone number). Those ye dare, shalt be there… (If not, then walk the plank!)”. Check out more pirate speak ideas. 

Pirate Birthday Party Decorations

pirate party table

photo courtesy of catchmyparty.com

To make the place fit for real Buccaneers try some of these ideas:

  • Make a sign on the door that says “Enter at yer own risk” and hang old treasure maps on the walls.
  • Hang fishing nets, flags and anchors all around your house or yard (nets can also be used over any kind of tablecloth). For the real look you can stick crabs, lobsters, plastic oyster shells, rubber fish and seahorses in the net.
  • A treasure chest is a must. To make one take a Styrofoam cooler and paint it brown or black. Use gold ribbon to trim the lid and the base of the chest. Glue some small rectangle shapes of yellow craft foam on to the center of the lid in the front and the other directly below to make the lock. For an authentic look, cut out and glue different colored circles around the base. Fill it with gold chocolate coins, gummy fish, starburst candies, colored beaded necklaces etc.
  • Make a pirate ship from a large appliance box. Cut it so that one of the corners is the bow of the ship. Paint it brown with blue waves at the bottom and add the mast and flag. You could put your child’s name on the ship.
  • Decorate the dining room table with pirate hats, gold coins and pirate flags.

These are just a few decoration ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Get inventive and make your child’s pirate birthday party swashbuckling fun!

Pirate Birthday Party Food

cheese cubes with pirate flags

photo courtesy of mummysmiles.com

The kids will enjoy simple, tasty finger foods they can snack on. Here are a few ideas for pirate party food:

  • Pirate dogs: mini hot dogs with pirate flags in them
  • “Blocks of gold”: cheese cubes
  • Mixed fruit in small paper cups
  • Goldfish crackers
  • Mini sandwiches
  • Pirate’s booty from Trader Joe’s
Here’s a recipe for Pirate Punch:
1/4 cup sugar
6 cups pineapple juice, chilled
1 cup key lime juice
2 liters lime-flavored sparkling water, chilled
Maraschino cherries, if desiredStep One: Mix sugar and juices in large plastic or glass pitcher. Pour half of mixture into another pitcher.

Step Two: Just before serving, stir sparkling water into juice mixture. Serve over ice. Garnish each glass with some maraschino cherries skewered on small plastic beverage swords.

For more food ideas for your pirate birthday party, check out this post.

Pirate Birthday Party Games & Activities

  • If you haven’t instructed your little crew to come dressed as pirates, consider a Pirate Station complete with eye patches, temporary tattoos, hats, swords, clothing and fake mustaches. As the kids arrive, they can transform themselves into pirates right away.
  • A treasure hunt is a must! Divide your party guests into two teams, or if it’s a small party, let each child compete individually. Leave a trail of clues leading up to a chest full of treasure. The treasure can be gold coin chocolates, jewelry or the party favors they’ll be taking home, but make sure there’s enough treasure to share with everyone.
  • If your pirates are very young, get a kiddie pool and fill it with sand. Bury the treasure in the sand, give each child a bucket and plastic shovel, and let them dig for treasure.
  • Get a pirate ship pinata and watch them swing their way to candy and other treats.
  • Instead of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey,” play “Pin the Treasure on the Map.”

For more game ideas for your pirate birthday party, click here. 

Pirate Birthday Party Favors

Every little pirate loves party favors. Here are some ideas:

  • Pirate’s booty bags full of gold coins, temporary tattoos, stickers and seashells
  • Bags of candy
  • Treasure maps
  • Pirate-themed cake pops
  • Pirate flags
  • Coloring books and crayons
We hope your pirate birthday party is a blast!


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