The ideas, tips and hints here are easy to adapt for children ages 4-8. All
children will enjoy finding buried treasure, walking the plank and making
Two things little pirates of all ages like most is lots of
swashbuckling and lots of loot so read on me intrepid pirate mate and
partake in a swashbuckling pirate adventure that appeals to children of all
ages both girls as well as boys.
Pirate Parties need not all be wild, rough, and children
chasing each other with swords possibly to their injury. Evan the younger
children can relate to Captain Hook, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
Your choice of pirate party will be dictated to a large
extent by the ages of the children and you are in control!
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Parties are really easy to organise. In fact they are actually easier
than traditional parties because the activities are arranged around an
exciting theme which puts children in the right frame of mind for having fun
more so than with an ordinary party. In reality what you are doing is
providing ideas and tips to fuel your child's imagination.
Pirate Costumes and accessories are inexpensive are also easy to obtain.
Home made outfits are great; a striped tee shirt, a scarf or bandana for
head gear, an old pair of trousers frayed at the bottom. Perhaps a
painted moustache and eye patch and the outfit is complete.
Accessories such as a sword, a hook or even a parrot can be added for
authenticity . Pirate Pete is not keen on real eye patches as it
limits a child's vision which may lead to an accident.
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This starts with the party invitations. Use your computer and
make the invitation like an old treasure map
or old scroll. Tear and burn
the edges of the parchment and antigue the paper with either cold tea or a
little brown boot polish.
up the invitations and placing inside an empty bottle that has been washed
overboard. Brown or green beer bottles look really good. You can
hand deliver the bottles or leave them outside guests doors.
Pirate Party Invitation
Ye presence be
Our treasure has been stolen and it must be found.
Be prepared to volunteer
WALK THE GANGPLANK
Captain (BIRTHDAY CHILDS NAME) will be in harbour on
(DATE AND TIME OF PARTY)
of a fresh crew and will find his way to (PARTY VENUE) to meet
Bold buccaneers wishing to set sail for a
swashbuckling adventure party
should come suitably attired for an exciting
No liver-belly cowards or landlubbers need attend.
the Pirate Theme
Transform your home or party venue into a pirate den that
Jolly Rodger would have been
proud of by
decorating the room, hall or back garden with pirate bunting, flags and
cardboard anchors and other nautical items. Even inflatable palm
trees look great!
or off-white bed sheets can be suspended from the ceiling to simulate a
Rough rope adds to the nautical feeling.
Decorate with balloons and pictures of pirate ships.
Get the whole family involved
and build the excitement up each day till the
Decorate your table with chocolate money as treasure. Make
treasure map place mats that
send them looking for treasure that you have
hidden previously. Protect your furniture and
table and make them look special
by draping with a pirate flag. Hang toy sea gulls and
parrots from trees
and ceilings. For inexpensive
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As Pirate Guests Arrive
Further enhance the atmosphere by playing pirate music. Yes
and if Mum and Dad are dressed up as pirates
that would be so cool.
your guests feel that they are being conscripted. Meet them at the
door to the party and force them to "walk the gang plank" at the
to your home or venue beneath your make believe sails etc.
Encourage children to come dressed in costume as pirates or
mermaids. Feel free to add this to your invitations. If you suggest that
the children come in costume you will find that most will do so.
and girls can come as pirates and the girls have an added benefit in that
they can come as “fairies” following the Tinkerbell idea. Pirate Pete has
also seen many girls come as mermaids.
However just in case a child comes without a costume have a
couple of spare pirate hats, eye patches and possibly face paints to add
stubble and scars.
Alternatively consider making the “dressing up” as an
activity. Purchase inexpensive supplies from
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children arrive, give each one a bandana, pirate hat, moustache
and an eye
patch and encourage them to WEAR IT.
Do this by asking them what colour of bandana they would like
etc. Be aware however that not all children
like dressing up so please be
sensitive to each child’s individual wishes and needs.
For that added authenticity add face stubble, scars and
moustaches with face paints. Even eye patches can be put on with
face paints and for younger children would be a safer alternative to a fixed
You only need two colours black for stubble and eye patched
etc and red for scars.
As Pirate Guests Leave
is still customary, at least here in Scotland, for each child to receive a
goody bag when leaving a party. A recent survey (2007) by Tescos revealed
that an average of £7.48 is spent on each party bag in the UK.
parents like to do all the work themselves but there are reputable suppliers
who will take all the hard work out of the process and supply different bags
for different themes.
Pirate Activities - Things to
At its simplest make telescopes with paper towel tubes,
coloured cellophane and a rubber band. Decorate with stickers. For older
children use brightly coloured tape instead of elastic bands and glue and
sticky paper to individualise their telescopes.
You'll need plastic cups, cardboard and tin foil. Cut
the hooks from cardboard and cover with tin foil. Slit the bottom of the cup
and insert the hook. Always keep safety to the fore and the amount of
assistance will be dependant on the age of the children.
Cut out pirate swords from old cardboard boxes using a
template. Let the children decorate their swords blades with foil and
colour the handles with paints or for older children consider winding string
around the handles for that individual look.
NOTE: While very popular at parties
Pirate Pete does not recommend swords for children. As well as being
weapons some children when excited can be a little too boisterous and minor
injuries can occur.
If you must have swords the best to make them yourself out of
modelling balloons or ask Pirate Pete to make balloon swords for the
children to take home after the party has ended.
the Hidden Treasure: Each
guest can be handed a personalised Treasure Map that leads to a small
treasure (sweets, toy etc). The treasure can be hidden outdoors or
indoors depending on your preference and the weather, time of the year etc..
Different maps for each child or pairs of children will lead them to
different treasure enables all guests to experience the thrill of the hunt
and it disperses children in different directions.
Food and Drinks
Pirates were not known for their finesse so include chicken
drum sticks, pizza slices and other food eaten with hands to create a rough
and ready theme.
normal party food to make it more appealing to the shipmates. The more
disgusting the better: eg chicken drumsticks can be seagull legs or
parrot legs; burgers and ketchup is not as appealing as Rat Burgers with
to tell your orrid pirates before they eat to wipe the gun powder
and battle toil from their hands with the skin (hand wipes) of land lubbers
defeated in battle.
Use treasure maps as place mats perhaps with clues as to
where to find treasure you have hidden either in the house or in the garden
when playing the Treasure Hunt mentioned above.
Red Ruby and Crystal Punch:
Little pirates will love the tasty jewels in this drink. The
night before the party fill ice trays with fruit punch coloured red with
food colouring. Use frozen lemonade for crystals. To add
atmosphere why not introduce into your punch bowl a mutineer's floating
hand. Make the hand by filling a latex glove with water or juice. Seal with
a rubber band and freeze.
Serve the red ruby ice and lemonade crystals in clear plastic cups with lemonade. Additional jewels can be made with different colours of food
They look a bit like chicken legs but
trust Pirate Pete they really are Parrot Legs !!!
All children love dark cola and even more
when you call it Grog. Serve out of an interesting shaped bottle with a
label saying "Grog" for maximum effect.
All children love chicken
nuggets. Watch them steal them before the other pirates get a
chance. The ones covered in blood (tomato sauce) are the best.
All the children (except one - The Pirate) sit Cross Legged on the floor in
a circle. The pirate sits blind-folded, cross-legged in the middle of the
circle with a large bunch of keys on the floor in front of him.
A child is nominated to creep up and take the keys and then
return to their place without the pirate hearing them. The
Pirate has three goes to point to where he thinks the raider is.
If he is successful, the raider becomes the Pirate and the
A simple adaptation of musical chairs.
- place mats, cushions on the floor and call them Treasure Islands. Pirates
have to swim around the islands until the music stops. Last one to
reach an island is out etc.
Pass the Booty:
Pass the Booty is a simple adaptation of
pass the parcel. Just use a suitable Booty Bag.
Walk the Plank:
Use a 2x4 board to make the plank or draw a chalk board on the floor.
Children take turns walking across the board without falling off.
If they manage to get to the end they get a gold or silver chocolate coin as
a small prize.
You can make the activity more difficult by lining up the other pirates to
try and push the person taking part of course with balloons or pillow cases.
For older children consider doing it blind fold!
Repeat this activity as many times as you wish.
"X" Marks the Hidden Treasure:
Play like Pin the tail on the donkey. Draw a treasure map
on a large sheet of brown wrapping paper to give the appearance of being
Be imaginative and include mountains, forests, grave yards, sunken
ships, palm trees etc. Colour with crayons and paints and don’t forget
to allow your child to assist with the preparations. This way the party fun
is extended well beyond the time allocated to the actual party.
forget to show an X marking the treasure. This can either be on the front
or the back depending on how you wish to play. If you place it on the back
you can have the map on display as part of the pirate decorations and this
will save time during the party. It also looks great on the wall.
Players take turns with a small paper pirate flag and tape trying to mark
the X while blindfolded (if on the front) but not necessary if on the back.
The player whose "X" lands closest to the treasure wins!
Having found where the treasure is
buried start the...............
The perfect theme for a birthday party - every pirate
party needs hunting for buried treasure!
Present a rolled up old
treasure map to the Party Captain (birthday child), and his dastardly crew
(his guests) or use the place maps as suggested at the beginning under the
heading “Setting the Scene”. This map contains the first clue. For
example, if playing in the garden:
"To avoid Blackbeards revenge and accomplish this feat look under the garden
seat". Under the garden seat will be another clue setting the intrepid
travellers on a new course where they'll find the next clue etc. Leading
finally to the TREASURE!
Pirate Ghost Whispers:
Sit everyone in a circle. Hand a child a card with a long
message written on it. They must not let anyone see the message but
have to whisper the phrase to the next person in line.
They, in turn, whisper what they heard to the next person.
One by one, each person repeats the whispered sentence as they hear it when
it is whispered to them.
When the last person receives the message, he/she repeats it
out loud and when it is compared with the. original message written down it
is usually vastly different than the original statement.
Have a number of cards with different messages written and
play again with a different person.
Divide the children into pairs, one playing the part of the
injured pirate and the other the doctor.
Give each doctor a roll of toilet paper (bandages). On the
word "Go!" have the doctors race to see who can bandage up their pirate
first. The game is not as easy as it sounds for as the doctors go faster the
more they try to bandage, the more the tissue will tear, causing them to
The winners of course is the first finished who has also
bandaged his pirate the best ie with least amount of pirate showing.
Cat o’ nine-Tails:
This is one time Pirates do not mind seeing the cat o’ nine tails. Obtain
long strips of cloth of approximately one yard long by two to three inches
wide to make tails. Have the children insert their tail’s in the back of
their pants so that they still just touch the ground. The children have to
chase after each other trying to step on each other’s tail to remove them.
The children are not allowed any physical contact and any
found cheating are disqualified. Anyone losing their tail are out of the
game and the winner is the last one still with a tail.
Although children are eliminated this is one time when it
will be all right because this is a fast game and can be over quickly. You
might want to play it a couple of times.
Both boys and girls love the speed of this game and it
helps them burn off excess energy but please supervise them carefully to
ensure their safety.
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