How to Make Your Pirate Birthday Party the Most Awesome Ever – Part 1

Pirate parties only come once in a lifetime so you want to make it really memorable. There is no doubt that the pirate party could be a lot of fun with the many exiting things it usually involves – dress-up, decoration, treasure maps and treasure-hunting…

Are you ready to transform your home into a pirate ship?  If your answer is positive, then here is a step-by-step guide on how to get your “Yo ho ho!” party ready to go.

Invitations:
Get the pirate spirit rolling right from the start by coming up with original idea for your invitations. Buy little plastic bottles and send out “message-in-a-bottle invitations.” Cute, isn’t it? You can print the invitations on a paper with a treasure map on it written with a fancy pirate font. Don’t forget to mention the start time, end time, date and location of your pirate adventure, just to make sure that everyone will appear.

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Then roll the papers up and put it in the bottles. Seal the bottles with their cork and find a way to deliver the bottles to your friends.

Dress – costumes and props
You will agree that a party isn’t a party without costumes and props!

A piece of advice: don’t stress out the parents of your kid’s friends by asking them to come in costume. Upon arrival bring the kids into the theme, by giving them a pirate patch, draw a beard with eye liner and tie a bandana around their heads or give them a pirate hat.

Purchase some of these pirate-themed props at a local party store or online and hand them over to each guest:

Eye patches
Skull-beaded necklaces
Pirate tattoos
Skull rings
Paper pirate hats
Head scarves with fake hoop earrings

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Set the Stage with Decorations
Décor is always important, and you can set the mood for your party with great decorations like a Jolly Roger flag flying on a ship’s mast, old wooden signs pointing to the Caribbean and etc. If you are really enthusiastic you can create a pirate ship out of some large appliance boxes and have the birthday boy or girl help you paint and decorate the box a few days before the party.

Make a poster for the door that says  “AHOY – WELCOME ABOARD!”

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Decorate the party table: Cover the party table in black or red and add some streamers, balloons and confetti.  Use rope netting and shells to create a seafaring look.

Make a Pirate-themed Cake
Of course the culmination of every birthday party is the birthday cake! If you’re into cupcakes, top them with chocolate gold coins, small plastic swords or mini-pirate hats, gummy fish, candy necklaces- the ideas are endless.

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In the second installment, you will discover some really fun activities and games for pirate parties. So stay tuned!

 

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