Throw a Swashbuckling Pirate Party!
If your kids are into Pirates then here are some tips and ideas to help you throw a fun and stylish Pirate Party to remember!
PIRATE PARTY FOOD:
Serve fish’n’chips: wrapped in newspaper or in paper cups.
Pirate Shapes: cut your sandwiches, biscuits or fruit (like watermelon) with pirate shaped biscuit cutters
Fruit or Veggie Swords: skewer fruit like berries or veg like peppers, olives or tomatoes to make a sword good enough to eat!
Edible Cannonballs: melon, grape or black olives
Cupcake Boats: cut out little paper rectangles and make them into sails with toothpicks. Or you could use K&C’s free printable cupcake toppers for Pirate Cupcakes!
Pieces of 8: chocolate gold coins scattered on the table would look fab!
The Cake: Kit & Caboodle have a Stars Cake Decorating Kit to make decorating the cake a breeze.
PIRATE PARTY ACTIVITIES
Aim to have a mix of active and calmer games. Here are some ideas… you can do most of them using items you already have around the house.
Active Party Games:
Treasure Hunt: Hide pieces of 8 (chocolate coins) for the kids to find or make a map or write clues for older kids.
Cannonball Race: children line up in two teams and have a black balloon for each line. The children race to pass the cannonball balloon down their line, keeping it in the air! (Make it harder for older kids by only allowing them to use their elbows!) If the balloon goes on the floor it has to go back to the start. The team who finishes first wins.
Treasure Islands: Scatter cushions on the flooor and when the music stops the children have to jump on an island! Take one island away each round until you are left with a winner!
Cannonball Pop: Children sit or stomp on black cannon ball balloons to explode them! You could fill them with small prizes or confetti for added fun! Or you could do a version with black water balloons on a hot day!
Pass the Balloon: Children line up in two teams with a balloon for each line. They race to pass the balloon along the line, first over their heads and then through their legs! The team who finishes first wins.
Pirate Piñata: These are available to buy on amazon and come in a variety of designs such as Treasure Chest and Pirate Ship. Simply fill with sweets and treats such as stickers, tattoos etc and confetti or torn up tissue paper. Then hang the piñata up and let the children whack it with a soft bat to break into the treats!
The Doughnut Eating Game: string some doughnuts on a string and see who can be first to eat their doughnut with hands held behind backs!
Walk the Plank: have an old plank of wood or cut one out of brown paper for the children to walk along. Invent challenges like with eye patches on, hands behind back, on one leg etc until there is only one pirate left!
Quieter Party Games:
Egg Carton Treasure Chests: Have the children paint or decorate egg cartons and fill with treasure (plastic or chocolate coins, treasure stones, plastic jewellery etc.)
Sift for Treasure: If you have a sand pit hide treasure stones or plastic gems in sand and give the children sieves or spoons to find the treasure!Pass the Flamingo: Like hot potato but pass your inflatable flamingo around the circle and the one holding the flamingo when the music stops is out!
Sleeping Pirates: This is a variation on Sleeping Lions. The children must lie down and not move or make a sound. Anyone who does is out. (This is a good one if you want to calm them down!)
Flour Treasure Island: fill a pudding bowl with flour and then turn over to create a Flour Island. Place a jelly baby on top and children take turns to remove a spoonful of flour without toppling the jelly baby. The one who knocks the jelly baby off the island must eat it with hands behind their back and gets a face full of flour! Top tip: watch out for children getting flour in their eyes and tidy up quickly or it might descend into a flour fight! You could use a chocolate coin instead of a jelly baby.
Captain Says: just like Simon Says but the children do what the captain says, unless he doesn’t say “Captain Says!”
Pass the Orange: sit in a circle and pass the orange around under the chin or with the feet! There is a forfeit for the one that drops the orange. Or an alternative way to play is have two teams and race to see who can get their orange around the circle first!
Pass the Parcel: an old favourite! Kit & Caboodle have handmade themed and coloured pass the parcels to save you the hassle of wrapping your own
PIRATE PARTY DECORATIONS AND SET UP
Balloons in pirate colours filled with helium or scattered on the floor will create wow factor. Giant and tiny balloons are also a lot of fun. Try drawing your own skulls on white balloons with a sharpie pen (or make this an activity for the children!) Scatter confetti on the party table if you have it.
Make your life easy on Party day by doing as much set up as possible the day before. Sort any food that can be done in advance. Inflate your balloons the night before (unless you are using helium).
For a shortcut to a fun and stylish Pirate party Kit & Caboodle have a Pirate Party Kit, complete with balloons and decorations, treasure map party game, water beads and cannonball pass the parcel, stylish tableware, pirate eye patches, and the all important party bags with goodies!