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Pirate Birthday Party Ideas For Kids

Pirate Party Ideas

Ahoy mateys! X marks the spot for a swashbuckling good time for young scallywags. If someone in your family wants a pirate-themed party, there are a number of ways to throw a pirate-inspired bash regardless of how many gold doubloons you have to spend.

Great Pirate Parties Start With an Invitation

Invitations for your pirate party guests can be sent in various ways, whether it’s email, text, social media, or simply raising your pirate flag to attract local pirate crew! Fun ideas and pirate themes to set the tone are an important part of planning an awesome kid’s birthday party, so be sure to throw in some pirate slang for immersion. For a crafty touch, create a message-in-a-bottle or miniature treasure chest invitations using pirate party supplies from your local party stores. Tuck all the information inside on a scroll to get the kids excited for your awesome pirate party! You can draw one yourself (this may be difficult with pirate hooks), or download some clip art from the internet to get the party theme right. Either way, your future guests will be amazed by your party invitations.



a statue of a man and a woman standing on a sidewalk

Choosing a Pirate Party Venue

Whether it’s a private pirate party or a small crew of mateys, the ultimate pirate birthday party you can throw is on an actual pirate ship. The young lads and lasses will never forget a birthday party where they can search for sunken treasure, go through pirate training, or see a cannon fire. They can experience all of this and more aboard the Buccaneer Pirate Cruise in Destin, FL. For the landlubbers out there, you can plan your pirate birthday party at a party venue and set the theme with your own pirate decorations. Here you can impress your scallywag party guests with all sorts of party games or pirate food and drink. All of which can be found on a budget in your local party aisle.

Set Sail with These Pirate Decoration Ideas

Pirate party decor ranges from child-friendly themes like Jake and The Neverland Pirates to more mature themes like Pirates of the Caribbean. For a kid’s birthday party, we suggest skipping the pirate rum and sticking to these tips. Consider establishing the ambiance of the party by placing a wooden plank at the entrance, perhaps placed over a kiddie pool for a set piece! Transform your venue into a pirate’s haven with Jolly Rogers and an assortment of pirate-themed plates and cups, pirate flag bunting, and a color scheme to match. Treasure chests can be purchased at most craft stores in a variety of sizes. Fill the pirate treasure with “jewels”, chocolate gold coins, pirate stickers, beaded necklaces, and other treasures. You can also use chests as serving dishes or containers for chips, candy, or holders for plates and silverware. Miniature chests filled with candy or chocolate coins, or

a pirate next to an overflowing treasure chest

Pirate Party Games & Events

Pirates of all ages enjoy a treasure hunt adventure! Create a scavenger hunt activity and send the little buccaneers off to find buried treasure (X marks the spot!). For larger groups, you could make this a neighborhood-wide adventure, and little pirates can search the backyard, playground, or park for their loot. Everyone likes a costume party, so consider asking guests to come in costume or provide some photo booth props, like pirate hooks, eye patches, puffy shirts, pirate hats, and temporary tattoos. That way there are many captured memories to go around when the scallywags walk the plank!




Sword fighting onboard the buccaneer

Pirate Party Food and Drink

Your guests will feast like pirates at sea! For kids, turn water bottles, sodas, or juice boxes into pirate drinks with skull and crossbones labels. Serve a refreshing “grog” made from lemonade and lemon-lime soda or ginger ale. Grown-ups can enjoy a rum punch or ale, or they can host their own thrilling pirate party (21+) aboard the Buccaneer on a Scallywags After Sunset Cruise! Snack on goldfish crackers, gummy fish, and watermelon fruit salad boats. For heartier options, indulge in shrimp boils, crab feasts, and fish fries – all perfect for a pirate theme. Of course, you can’t forget the pirate cake adorned with treasure maps, boats, as well as skulls and crossbones.

 Arrrrr you ready for the best pirate party ever? When it’s time to put the party parrot back in the cage, send your pirate crew off with a treasure full of goodies! Whether you choose to buy or make your own pirate-themed treats, they are sure to have a bootyful time. With these fun ideas in tow, you’ll be able to create an unforgettable celebration for all your pirate guests!