Looking to throw a pirate theme party but not sure how to get started? What sort of invitation, food to feed your guests, games to play, or favors to give? Look no further! Below you’ll find all your pirate party ideas, including activities, themed favors, buccaneer games, and menus that everyone will be sure to enjoy!
Pirate Party Ideas: Invitations
Online Invitations Ideas
If you are planning a virtual party, or just want to save paper while keeping up with the times, send a fun online invitation. When you send evites, you can easily customize them and most of them are animated to add an extra element of surprise and fun. Check these out. Many are available on Etsy.
1. Arghh! Invitations
This fun invitation will really capture the attention of your fellow pirate guests. Everyone who opens this invitation knows that this means an awesome pirate party lurks in the future.
2. Pirate Booty Invitation
What do pirates like more than treasure? Not much. This invitation shows off a pirate’s dream with gold coins that sparkle with animation. The font perfectly matches the pirate theme, and you can fit all your information with plenty of space.
Pre-Printed Mailable Invitations
If you’d prefer the tried and true invitation method of mailing them out to your guests, here are some great invitations that are preprinted for your convenience. Simply order and write the details of your party on the cards, and send them off to your guests.
3. Rolled Map Invitations
These rolled map invitations are creative and authentic looking. The color variation resembles an old and stained map. This card is made of recycled paper as well. Stamped on the outside is the word “Invitation”, and features a skull and sword logo to give your guests a clue about what is inside. When you’ve written your party details on the inside, roll it up, secure it with a red seal, and send it to your mates.
4. Pirates of the Caribbean Invitations
If you want your pirate party to be based around the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean films, look no further for the perfect invitation. When your guests see the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow on the cover of this card, they will definitely get excited. This cool invitation features a greeting that follows pirate lingo and says “It’s Parrrty Time”!
5. Jake and The Never Land Pirates
If you’d prefer to base your pirate party on Jake and The Never Land Pirates, then this is the invitation for you! This card features a colorful graphic of Jack and his pirate ship. You can also spot Captain Hook and plenty of pirate’s treasure. There’s no way your guests will miss the theme of your party with this invitation.
Custom Mailable Invitations
For the most creative and unique invitations, here are some custom card invitations to check out. These are awesome and you can easily customize them with your personalized names, dates, and even pictures. These are sure to impress your guests.
6. Treasure Map Invitations
This authentic-looking treasure map has all the details you could need for your party embedded on a map! It features a pirate ship, a red dotted path, a compass, and a legend where you can write your RSVP information. This is so detailed and is a great way to make sure your guests find the treasure and arrive right at your party!
7. Message in a Bottle
For an especially unique invitation, you could also place the invitation/message inside a clear glass bottle. This sea-inspired form of communication will leave such a memorable impression that your guests will not be able to turn down the invitation!
Pirate Party Ideas: Food and Drinks
8. Seashell Shaped Food
Whether it’s macaroni and cheese or just regular pasta, try to find seashell shaped food to go for an ocean theme. Additionally, you could decorate some cookies to match the theme. If you’d like to make it into an activity all your guests can enjoy, set out plenty of colored icing and let the kiddos go wild! It could even serve as a fun contest, with a small prize for the best ocean themed cookie. Of course, everyone gets to eat their entry cookie, so it’s a win-win!
9. Turkey Legs
Pirates are known for their lack of table manners, so serve some messy finger food at your party like ribs or turkey and chicken legs. A friendly reminder that pirate diets, while exciting, were a little lacking in the nutritional area. Don’t forget to include some tasty and healthy finger foods, like fruit cups and veggie trays.
No party is complete without cake! Try to decorate your cake with a pirate theme in mind. You might include blue icing, a boat cake topper and a saying such as “aye matey.” You can decorate the cake yourself or go to your local bakery and find out if they do any pirate themed cakes.
Who doesn’t love yummy Goldfish crackers? These fishy treats are perfect pirate food! You could also offer some Swedish fish, and any other fish or mermaid-themed food.
12. Sharks Blood
Make red ice cubes by freezing red Kool-Aid, punch, or colored water. Your guests will love to see their drinks slowly turn red when they add the ice cubes to their clear drinks (Sprite, water, etc.). This beverage can also be called Crocodile blood.
Pirate Party Ideas: Favors
13. Pirate Gear
Go to your local party store and try to find an assortment of party hats and eye patches to give to your guests! If you’re trying to save some money, you might be able to make them into an activity during the party! You could use them as prizes to the victors of your pirate games, or create a fun treasure hunt with these accessories as the “booty”.
14. Pirate Booty
Give your guests a bag of pirate “booty” to take home. To do this, grab small bags and put in plenty of chocolate and candy. A great in-theme addition to the pirate “booty” is the popular chocolate wrapped to look like a gold coin! To add to the theme, consider decorating the bag with pirate themed stickers.
15. Temporary Tattoos
Most party stores will have a section of pirate themed favors, stickers, or tattoos. Go to your local party store and see what sort of pirate themed favors they have that you can give to your guests. Of course, party stores can be a bit expensive. You might have better luck finding budget-friendly party favors in the party aisle of a local grocery store or general store.
16. Plush Parrot
Parrots are an iconic part of pirate lore! A stuffed toy parrot, parrot keychain, or parrot-decorated cookie would make for an excellent take-home gift. Plush parrots make great decorations around the venue, too!
17. Pirate Name Tags
Hand out creative pirate name tags to your guests as a fun party favor. You could allow each guest to choose their own name at the party or pre-make the name tags with your own ideas. There are even a few online pirate name generators you can use to facilitate name suggestions.
Pirate Party Ideas: Games & Activities
18. Face Painting
Hire a face painter for your party! Have the painter make all your guests into pirates by drawing eye patches on them and/or other pirate accessories! If you’d like to save some money on entertainers, this is a great way to get a talented older sibling involved.
19. Treasure Hunt
Create a scavenger or “treasure” hunt for your buccaneers by hiding small prizes around the party. Give them clues in pirate talk! For a more challenging hunt, give them only the first clue and sprinkle the rest of the clues at the checkpoints along the way. Nothing is more exciting and rewarding than solving a challenge and seeing a pile of goodies at the end!
20. Plank Walk
To set up a plank walk, simply draw a “plank” on the sidewalk in chalk and have the children all try to walk or hop along it without stepping outside of the lines. To make it even more difficult, put certain “obstacles” in their way like blow up alligators and ships.
21. Coloring Pages
To entertain your guests, you could set up a small section for coloring. Print out some pirate coloring pages or buy a pirate coloring book from a bookstore. Be sure to provide coloring utensils, and this activity is sure to be a hit!
22. Pirate Telescopes
Another fun activity to entertain your guests is a telescope-making competition. Provide all the creation essentials like toilet paper rolls, decorating tools (feathers, glitter, etc.), and glue. You can cover the ends with cellophane paper to add to the experience. Competition is optional, this activity is just as fun in a relaxed setting.
23. Beach Party
If you’d like to go the extra mile, consider hosting the party at a nearby lake or beach! The scenery will really immerse guests in the pirate theme, and the venue allows for plenty more fun pirate games. Challenge your guests to create paper boats and hold contests for things like “biggest boat to float”, “boat that floated for the longest”, “boat that made it the furthest”, and more! If you don’t live close to a large body of water, there’s still ways to add to your venue. A sandbox is a perfect touch, and the paper boat races will work just as well in a large kiddie pool.
Pirates weren’t exactly remembered for their great hygiene, but they did manage to create some fashionable and timeless looks! Let guests know they can dress up as a pirate for the day. Play pirate music in the background or show a kid-friendly pirate TV show or movie during downtime. Don’t forget to offer plastic swords to complete their ensemble!
We hope these ideas spark your creativity and inspire you to create the best pirate party for your loved one! If your pirate party is for young kiddos, trust us, you’ll want as many games and activities planned as you can. Having several games going on at once will be extra helpful as well, so that kids don’t have to wait to join an activity. Invite parents or ask some sitters to help chaperone for the day, depending on the size of your party. Happy sailing and best of luck!