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Pirate Party Games
Fun Ideas for a Pirate Birthday Party
Pirate Treasure Hunt Game
Set up a treasure hunt for the Pirate party guests. Create a pirate map that looks like the floorplan of your house or party venue and have them start at one end of the map and with dotted lines lead them from one place to the next. At each stop you can make the kids answer a question (pirate trivia), accomplish a task (build a 4 foot tower from blocks - see below for more ideas) or have pirate items waiting for them that they can put on like eye patches, vests, hats, etc. At the end of the treasure hunt place a treasure chest filled with pirate treasure ... or their goody bags that they get to take home from the party. Things to do along the treasure hunt that will make the game more fun and last longer: Walk the Pirate Plank - You will need a large flat board and a blindfold. Put the board on the floor and line up the party guests behind it. The player who is first puts on the blindfold and they must walk from one end of the board to the other and then back again backwards without turning around. If the step off the plank they have to start again.
Pirate Face Painting
Make the party guests into pirates by painting on mustaches, sideburns, and beards with eye liner or face paint.
Parrot Pirate Piñata
Fill a parrot piñata with prizes and small wrapped candy and also a clue for the next stop on the Pirate Treasure Hunt. The stop before this could be a station where they decorate white or brown lunch sacks with pirate stickers so they will have something to collect the goodies in the piñata.
Give the pirates items to make them look the part. Set out lots of doo rags, clip on earrings, temporary tattoos, eye patches, vests, beards, pirate hats, and foam swords.
As the pirates are arriving have them choose a pirate name for themselves and write it on a name tag. Then during the party refer to them by that name.
Pirate Party Favors
Pirate Hats - find the at the party store or ask
Long John Silvers for some paper hats
Temporary washable tattoos
Plastic eye patches
Plastic telescope or compass
Chocolate gold coins
Pirate Goody / Loot Bag Ideas
Wooden treasure chests
Pirate theme or plain black bandanas - tie party favors inside the bandana and tie with a red ribbon or twine.
Brown lunch bags - draw a treasure map on the bags and then mash them in a ball and flatten so it looks like an old treasure map.
Pirate Party Food Ideas
Fish and fries
Shell pasta and cheese
Bread Sticks (swords)
Scurvy Dogs in a ship - (hot dogs in white hot dog containers)
Land Lubbers Pizza - have the kids make their own pizzas to look like a pirate treasure map. Cut out pirate, parrot or "x's" from mozzarella cheese slices with cookie cutters.
A treasure map is a great Pirate themed
invitation idea. Draw a treasure map
that looks like an island on brown paper. You could even
draw a map of your neighborhood or city that looks like its on
an island and make a large red "X" that marks the spot of the
birthday party. Below the treasure map print out the
party details. Leave room around the edges of the
invitations and after they are printed out burn around the edges
to make them look old. Brown paper grocery sacks also work
well for the invitations. Roll up the treasure map
invitation like a scroll, wrap twine around it and secure with a
Use Pirate language on the invitations such as:
Eeyyyye ye Maties!
Pirate Theme Birthday Party Decorations
Decorate the Pirate party with parrots, pirate flags, treasure chests (an easy treasure chest is to use boxes painted like crates or wooden crates painted with the pirate symbol) , gold coins, and brown streamers.
Decorate the outside of the party entrance to look like a beach with some sand and a pirate chest or flag at the door.
To make the party entrance look like a treasure map tape down 10" strips of black tape going in a broken line from the sidewalk to the front door.
On the front door (or party entrance) hang a large red X made from poster board. The party table can be decorated in white and black (like the pirate flag) with red flatware or napkins.
Sprinkle chocolate gold coins on top of the party table. Set out a large treasure chest for the party or food table and fill it with jewelry, coins and pirate loot. Let some of the pirate loot hang down from the treasure chest and spill onto the table. You don't have to fill it completely full of treasure ... simply place a gold or white pillow inside the chest and then the pirate loot on top. Or use the treasure chest to hold goody bags or prizes for the party games.
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