Pirate Party Ideas

Pirate Party Ideas

"Thar be a huge treasure chest of Pirate Party Ideas and fearsome FREE Pirate Party Printable's here fer yer young party scalliwags to be plunderin', so what are yer waitin' fer?..."

"Ahoy ther me pirate harties!"...so it’s a pirate birthday party adventure yee be seeking is it? Are yer ready to turn yer home into the most feared pirate ship on the seven seas? Are yer ready to fill yer backyard with fearsome young buccaneers and scallywags?"

You'll find tons of cool pirate party ideas, games and FREE pirate birthday party 'treasures' below for your young party scallywags to have fun and to help get your pirate party adventure underway....

FREE Pirate Party Ideas & 'Treasures'

To help turn your pirate birthday party into pirate party gold, here's all the free pirate 'treasures' and Pirate party ideas you'll find by exploring further down the page...

Pirate Birthday Party Ideas

Pirate Party Ideas for Invitations

"Ye been invited so ye better be there or ye be facing a long walk off a short plank to a long drop!"

If you've been shipwrecked on a deserted Island and need help in finding some great pirate invitations for your forthcoming kid's pirate birthday party, then take a look at these swashbuckling free printable pirate birthday invitations that we've created especially for our Pirate's party theme - just go ahead and click the images or link below to take a look at all the free pirate invitations available...

FREE Pirate Birthday Party Invitations



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Creating Your Own Pirate Invitations

If you’re feeling a little creative and would like to make your own fearsome pirate party invitations, then here are some pirate party ideas for invitations...

(just remember to include the following information on each of your pirate invites) :


  • A fearsome ‘Pirate’ name for each of the party guests - Names like 'Wild One-eyed Willy', 'Hangman’ Harry Morgan', 'Pitiless Pegleg Pete', 'Bootstrap Bill Turner', 'Fearless Jack Lashes'' and so on.
  • The pirate party address - Give the party location a pirate-sounding name, like "Dead Man's Cove" or "Buccaneer Bay".
  • Your contact telephone number (R.S.V.P to 'The Captain' ;-)
  • The party date, start and end time (time for the parents to 'recapture' their kids).
  • A map with directions to the party – mark the party location with an ‘X’.
  • Pirate Party costume requirements (e.g. "best pirate togs", "pirate casual" and so on).

Creating Old Pirate Writing Paper

The more crumpled, wrinkled, stained, smudged, rough and rotten the paper is, the older and more ‘authentic pirate’ it will look (and it’s also great fun doing it!).

Use cream or beige colored paper which has been torn at the edges and tea-stained. You may even want to soak the paper in coffee or tea or drag a wet tea bag over the paper for a really good look! Once it is dried, crumple it up completely before opening it out and flattening it again. This will make it look very old and worn.

For some added authenticity you can glue some sand, broken sea-shells or ‘sea-weed’ to the paper or add a couple of ‘rum rings’ with the bottom of a wet coffee mug and glue on a large chocolate calling to make it look like the captain placed his tankard of rum on the page and is paying you a gold coin because you're part of his crew or as a hint at some future treasure to be discovered.

Writing in 'Pirate' Font

There are lots of printable fonts and handwritten styles that can be used to make your pirate party invitations look like they were written by Long John Silver himself! If you have a 'pirate' font  on your computer, use that for typing and printing out your invitations otherwise there are lots you can download and use for free on the internet - just Google "pirate fonts" for example and you'll find literally dozens to choose from.

Alternatively, try handwriting them in black or red ink (blood!) using calligraphy (if you know how) and a few drops of spilt ink and smudges for effect.

Write your invitations using “pirate language” (You’ll find a pirate glossary and lots of pirate sayings below).

Pirate Party Ideas for Invitations...

Making your own unique pirate birthday party invitations can be very rewarding and great fun. Here are lots of pirate party ideas for homemade pirate invitations that you may wat to make yourself or that may help to inspire your own ideas...

Pirate Scroll Invitation

Paper invitations look really amazing if they are rolled up like a scroll and tied around the middle with some old string or torn material.

Pirate Skull and Cross Bones Invitation

Cut a 'skull and cross bones' shape from white or black card then write your pirate invitation words on the back. These look great and truly fearsome!

Here's some free printable pirate skull card invites you can use for your invitations or to give you some pirate party ideas for skulls to help with drawing your own pirate skull invites...

Creating Your Own Pirate Invitations

If you’re feeling a little creative and would like to make your own fearsome pirate party invitations, then here are some pirate party ideas for invitations...

(just remember to include the following information on each of your pirate invites) :


  • A fearsome ‘Pirate’ name for each of the party guests - Names like 'Wild One-eyed Willy', 'Hangman’ Harry Morgan', 'Pitiless Pegleg Pete', 'Bootstrap Bill Turner', 'Fearless Jack Lashes'' and so on.
  • The pirate party address - Give the party location a pirate-sounding name, like "Dead Man's Cove" or "Buccaneer Bay".
  • Your contact telephone number (R.S.V.P to 'The Captain' ;-)
  • The party date, start and end time (time for the parents to 'recapture' their kids).
  • A map with directions to the party – mark the party location with an ‘X’.
  • Pirate Party costume requirements (e.g. "best pirate togs", "pirate casual" and so on).

Creating Old Pirate Writing Paper:

The more crumpled, wrinkled, stained, smudged, rough and rotten the paper is, the older and more ‘authentic pirate’ it will look (and it’s also great fun doing it!).

Use cream or beige colored paper which has been torn at the edges and tea-stained. You may even want to soak the paper in coffee or tea or drag a wet tea bag over the paper for a really good look! Once it is dried, crumple it up completely before opening it out and flattening it again. This will make it look very old and worn.

For some added authenticity you can glue some sand, broken sea-shells or ‘sea-weed’ to the paper or add a couple of ‘rum rings’ with the bottom of a wet coffee mug and glue on a large chocolate calling to make it look like the captain placed his tankard of rum on the page and is paying you a gold coin because you're part of his crew or as a hint at some future treasure to be discovered.

Writing in 'Pirate' Font

There are lots of printable fonts and handwritten styles that can be used to make your pirate party invitations look like they were written by Long John Silver himself! If you have a 'pirate' font  on your computer, use that for typing and printing out your invitations otherwise there are lots you can download and use for free on the internet - just Google "pirate fonts" for example and you'll find literally dozens to choose from.

Alternatively, try handwriting them in black or red ink (blood!) using calligraphy (if you know how) and a few drops of spilt ink and smudges for effect.

Write your invitations using “pirate language”.

Pirate Party Ideas for Invitations...

Making your own unique pirate birthday party invitations can be very rewarding and great fun. Here are lots of pirate party ideas for homemade pirate invitations that you may want to make yourself or that may help to inspire your own ideas...

Pirate Scroll Invitation

Paper invitations look really amazing if they are rolled up like a scroll and tied around the middle with some old string or torn material.

Pirate Skull and Cross Bones Invitation

Cut a 'skull and cross bones' shape from white or black card then write your pirate invitation words on the back. These look great and truly fearsome!

Here's some free printable pirate skull card invites you can use for your invitations or to give you some pirate party ideas for skulls to help with drawing your own pirate skull invites...

Treasure Chest Invitation

Draw a simple picture of a pirate's treasure chest onto paper or card. Write your pirate party invitation message inside the chest (or write the invitation wording on separate pieces of paper and put it inside the treasure chest) together with a gold or silver chocolate coin.

Fold the lid of the chest down and secure it with a pirate sticker or some black tape. Write the guest's name on the front (on top of the lid).

Alternatively, here are some free blank pirate treasure chest invitation cards you could use for your pirate invites or to base your own treasure chest designs on...

Jolly Roger Invitation

Draw or print our one of our skull and cross bone's image onto white paper, cut it out and glue it to a piece of black card which you have cut into the shape of a black pirate flag. Print or write your pirate invitation wording on a separate piece of paper, then glue it inside your 'black flag' card. You'll have your very own unique 'Jolly Roger' party invitations!

Pirate's Eye-Patch Invitation

Cut out eye-patches from black card, punch a small hole on each side of the eye-patch and tie a length of sting or elastic cord through the holes to make your very own eye patch.

Make one for each of your party buccaneers and send one as the invitation itself (with the invitation written on the back of the eye-path) or pop the eye-patch in an envelope together with your party invitation.

You could add something in their invitation like...

“Arrrgh...only fearsome pirates that be wearing eye-patches like this here one are allowed to sail with the Captain. Make sure yer be wearing it when yer arrive at the Captain's Party or you’ll be walking the plank for sure!"

Pirate Message-in-a-Bottle Invite

To add some extra fun, roll the invitation up so the writing can be seen then slide it into a clear plastic bottle (e.g. Coke bottle). You can soak off the bottle label and stick your own label on with each of the Pirates names on.

The kids will have great fun at home watching their floating bottle pirate invitation bobbing around in the bath (on the high seas!).

Wax-sealed Document Invitation

The invitation is folded (horizontal folds) into three sections like a letter and sealed with a with red candle wax or a skull and cross bones sticker. Alternatively, stick the end of the letter down with a small drop of PVA craft glue or tape and draw a ‘red wax seal’ over it with red crayon or stick some red play-putty there.

Treasure Map-style invitation

This is one of the most popular and fun pirate party ideas for an invitation - Create a treasure map of your garden, house or backyard on a large sheet of paper. Divide (tear) the map into the same number of pieces as the number of invitations you want to send out, roughen up and stain the edges of the treasure map then put a X on each of the pieces to highlight the location of some 'buried treasure' or a treasure hunt clue.

Make a copy of the map (in case somebody forgets to bring their piece!), then place a piece of the torn treasure map in each invitation that you send out. When the kids arrive for the party, they can put the pieces together like a jigsaw puzzle and start the treasure hunt by looking for each of the clues on the treasure map. As well as creating a great-looking party invitation, this treasure hunt game can be a great icebreaker at the beginning of the party.

Pirate Map Invitation

Draw a pirate-style map of the main routes to the party venue (e.g. your home). Create fun pirate names for the roads, buildings and points of interest around your area to help the young buccaneers find a way to your house (party venue).

For example if you lived on ‘Willowhane Drive’ and your house was 200 yards past ‘Grenfell Park’ then you could put on your map that you live on ‘Wild Willowhane Cove’,  200 leagues north of ‘The Grim Grenfell Marshes’. You could also include directions for 'landlubbers' (parents ;-) on a normal map on the reverse.

Pirate Birthday Ideas for Invitation Wording

Once you've got your hands on some mean-looking pirate party invitations, it's time to get scribbling your party invitation message inside them. But what should you write?...

If you're like me and often get stuck for what to write inside cards, here's a few pirate party message ideas that might help...

“Avast me shipmates! ye be invited to celebrate Captain ...... (child's name) fearsome pirate birthday party, aboard his mighty pirate ship ...... (Party venue name).

So grab yer cutlass, parrot and eye-patch and come aboard the Captain's ship which is anchored in a secret pirate cove located at ...... (party address).

We’ll be meeting to raise the Jolly Roger on ...... (party date) and setting sail at ...... (party start time) for some buccaneering fun, hearty grub, grog and lots of buried treasure!

We'll be returning back to port at ...... (party end time) so the landlubbers can pick ye up then if they dare!

The Cap’n will need all his fearsome party buccaneer’s on deck to help weigh anchor, hoist the mainsail, batten down the hatches, and search for that buried treasure. So signal the captain if ye be joining the birthday party voyage or get yer mom to call the Captain’s mom by phone, on ...... (phone number) by ...... (R.S.V.P. deadline).

Make sure ye be wearing yer fiercest pirate uniform and be talkin’ like a pirate!

We be seeing ye there or ye be walking the plank at the end of me cutlass, Arrrgh!


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Pirate Party Ideas for Thank You Cards & Notes

Here are some free pirate party ideas for thank you cards you can print and pop inside each of your guest's party favor bags before the end of the party (if you have time), or you can use to send a big "thank you' to your shipmates after the party is over - you'll find a selection of free pirate party thank you cards to choose from by clicking on the cards below:


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Pirate Party Ideas - Talk Like A Pirate!

Here's some fun pirate party ideas for sayings to help your party scallywags learn how to talk like real party buccaneer's ;-)...

  • Ahoy thar! - "Hello there!"
  • Aye - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you said" 
  • Aye aye captain!” - "I'll get right on that Captain." 
  • Avast me shipmates! – “Hey shipmates!"
  • Arr! / Argh / Arrgh! / Yarr! / Harr! etc. useful pirate terms which can be used with anything, such as  "Yes," or "I agree," or "I'm happy and having fun" or "I'm enjoying this party and my team is going to win!" etc.
  • Blow me down!– an expression of surprise
  • Buccaneer - a pirate term for Caribbean Pirates. 
  • Booty – Loot or treasure! - seized by force by piracy. 
  • Belay - Used as an order to stop - “Belay there!” 
  • Black Spotted – to get a black spot means the pirate is marked for death.
  • Bucko - A pirate’s buddy
  • Crow’s Nest – A look- out point near the top of the main mast. “He’s up in the crow’s nest
  • Cat O'Nine Tails – a whip with nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle and used to flog offenders on their bare backs. “They’ll give him the Cat O’nine tails for stealing the Captains monkey”
  • Cutlass - A short heavy sword with a curved blade used by pirates.
    Clap of Thunder - A strong drink. “Who be wanting a clap of thunder then?”
  • Deadlights - Yer eyes, lad! “Have ye looked into his deadlights?”
  • “Dead men tell no tales” - Phrase to indicate why pirates leave no survivors
  • Doubloons - Gold coins used by the early Spanish
  • Fair winds! – farewell, goodbye, good luck
  • Grog– Pirate drink 
  • “Gangway!”– shouted out to clear a passage through a crowded area
  • Hang the jib - To look cross or annoyed
  • Hornswaggle- To cheat. “He be hornswagglin’ us” 
  • He's gone to Davy Jones's locker – He’s dead (Davy Jones's locker is the bottom of the sea) 
  • Keelhaul - To drag someone under the keel of a ship while sailing along (ouch!) as a punishment
  • Lubber – (or land lubber) someone who lives on land – i.e. not a Pirate! 
  • Jack Ketch - The executioner or hangman. To dance with Jack Ketch, is to hang! 
  • Jolly Roger - A black flag bearing a white skull and crossbones indicating the ship is a pirate ship
  • Lass - A girl or young woman
  • Lookout – someone posted up in the crow’s nest to keep a watch for ship and land on the horizon
  • Matey Sociable friendly. A way to address another pirate you are familiar with
  • Me hearties - My fellow pirate buddies. Captains often refer to their entire crew this way
  • Me – My. “Me grog”, “me boots”, “me eye-patch”, “Me ship is the biggest brig in the port!”
  • Marooned – To deliberately abandon someone on a deserted island
    On the Account - Living the life of a pirate. If you are ‘going on the account’ then you are becoming a pirate
  • Pieces of Eight - An old Spanish silver coin
  • Savvy – “You understand? you agree?
  • Salty Sea-Dog – An experience sailor - “Ye old, salty, sea-dog”
  • Sail-ho! – “I see a ship on the horizon!”
  • Sea Shanty (or chanty) - A song sung by sailors in the rhythm of their movements while working
  • Shark bait! – food for the sharks. “we be making them scurvy dogs walk the plank and they be turning into shark bait” 
  • Shiver me timbers! - An expression of shock or surprise “shiver me timbers me harties”
  • Sink me! - An expression of surprise “Sink me, that’s be strong flagon of grog!”
  • Shipshape – Well organized, tidy, under control. “She’s shipshape Cap’n”
  • Scallywag - A deceitful and unreliable scoundrel. “He be a young scallywag”
  • Scurvy – Vile, mean, vulgar, like “Ye scurvy dogs!“
  • Sprogs - Raw, untrained recruits or children. “ Fetch some grub for them there sprogs”
  • Six-Pounders – Ship’s cannons. “Give ’em a taste of our six-pounders Jim-lad”
  • Smartly - Quickly.  “Go about it smartly”
  • Splice the Mainbrace! - To have a drink, or perhaps several
  • “Thar she blows!” – said when spotting a whale at sea
  • To Be “Three Sheets in the Wind" - Setting all three sails to the sides of the ship causing it to shudder and stagger like a drunken sailor! 
  • Walk the plank - To be forced by pirates to walk off a wooden plank extended over the side of a ship and into the sea!
  • Weigh anchor – lift up the anchor in preparation to sail
  • Ye  - You.  “Ye be walking the plank!” 
  • "Yo-ho-ho" - Completely meaningless, but fun to say.

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Pirate Party Ideas for Decorations

"Aye, she's a beauty Cap'n and she shines like the gold of Cortez"

Awesome decorations together with colorful pirate costumes, fearsome fun pirate games, great party music, creative pirate activities and tasty pirate party grub, will help bring all the elements of the party together and create "Pirate party magic"...

A great way to start thinking about your Pirate decorations is to decide on the color scheme that you want for your Pirate party - favorite colors for kid's pirate parties are black & white, red and purple, although you can also use just about any nautical colors (white, blue, red, orange, yellow and so on).

It's best to try and stick to two or a maximum of three colors for your pirate party decorations... just watch out for black and orange together, unless you're going for a 'Halloween' pirate party decorations theme.


Pirate Party Decorations Checklist

Pirate Flags

Black flags with the white skull and crossbones (Jolly Roger) are one of the 'must have' pirate party decorations items. They can be hung from string or streamers (ships rigging) or taped to bamboo sticks and 'stuck' in the ground (or waved about). Plain black, red or purple material also creates a great pirate effect, depending on your color theme.

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Treasure Chests

These can be made very easily from cardboard or Styrofoam boxes which can be painted brown or black with gold or yellow (brass) bands around, a gold or yellow lock and a matching lid. These make great props and can be used to hold everything from candies and treats to 'clues' for your pirate games, prizes, party drinks, party gifts and so on.

Ship's Rigging and Sails

The rigging can be made using brown streamers or long strips of paper cut from a cheap roll of plain lining wallpaper and taped to the ceiling so that they hang down over the Captain's party table. The sails can be made by hanging or draping white sheets around the party area (it's perfect if you have some old sheets that the kids can draw the skull and cross bones on!).

Natural colored rope makes an excellent decoration prop to when woven around banisters, draped over furniture, railings and walls (together with the 'sails') and when coiled up just like onboard a pirate ship.

Pirate Balloons

Black balloons with white skull and cross bones look amazing and plain black, gold, silver, orange and red balloons also look great to. Take a look at these Pirate Balloons.

Pirate Theme Pictures

Sticking or hanging up pirate pictures around the party venue - pirate ships, parrots, treasure islands, gold coins, pirate hats, palm trees and so on - will create a great pirate atmosphere and give the young buccaneers the feeling that they are on their own treasure Island or pirate ship and on the high seas!

Make sure you also take a look at our Pirate Coloring Pages where you'll find lots more free pirate pictures...

Pirate Treasure

Gold and silver chocolate coins, starburst candies, gummy fish, beaded necklaces and any other sea-themed candy will make great pirate treasure. You could also add marbles, plastic coins, sea shells, costume jewelry or gold and silver spray-painted Styrofoam shapes to make the treasure chest look full.

Palm Trees and Deserted Islands

Cut-out and decorated shapes of palm trees on desert islands add a touch of 'exotic Caribbean adventure' to the party and are reminiscent of the pirate images of "Blackbeard" (who sailed and plundered around the Caribbean) as well as the well known Disney "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

Cannons and Cannonballs

These can be pictures, shapes or models made out of Styrofoam and cardboard which is being painted black. Styrofoam balls make great cannon ball decorations as well as safe objects to use during some of the pirate games.

Parrots!

Cuddly toy parrots add a dash of fun and color to the party and look great hang up around the party area or perched on a pary guests shoulder! If you're thinking about having a pirate pinata then a parrot pinata is a great ideas as it's a favorite pirate pinata.

Setting out your Pirate Party Decorations

Arriving at the ‘Pirate Party Ship’

Take some strong card or cardboard and draw, cut out and decorate a large picture of a fearsome pirate. Tie the pirate onto your front gate or front door by the wrists or neck to show your pirate party guests that they've come to the right 'Pirate's Den' or Pirate Ship.

Paint the name of your pirate's 'den' or pirate ship onto a piece of old wood or brown cardboard (made to look like an old wooden sign) and attach it over the front gate or your front door and write some 'warning' message like “This ship is protected by a ruthless band of fearsome pirates...come aboard at your peril!”.

If you really want to go to town, why not create an arch over your gate, front path or front door from which you can hang your pirate (he's from a rival band of pirate's ;-) and attach your "Welcome/Warning" sign above your arch. If you don't want to hang a pirate, you could always hang a skeleton (made from cardboard or strong cardstock) with a sign around his neck saying something like "Traitor".

To add the 'finishing touch' place an old plank of wood (or length of brown cardboard) on the floor in front of your gate or front door, to make guests feel like they've arrived at your pirate party ship and have to "walk the gangplank" to get ‘onboard’.

Onboard the ‘Pirate Party Ship’

Hang a large skull and cross bones (Jolly Roger) flag either just outside the front door or just inside so that when the kids arrive they'll need to pass underneath it. Decorate the whole party area with lots of pirate flags, pictures, pirate posters, ship's rigging, cannon balls and so on and hang up lots of black (skull and cross bones), red, gold and silver balloons and some toy or inflatable parrots!

Another fun pirate party decorations idea is to make lots of small 'signs' and paint or write fun pirate sayings on like ”Shiver Me Timbers”, “Ahoy Thar Me Hearties!” - check out our "Pirate Sayings" section - and stick them up around the party area.

Make sure you also add signs to the different points of interest 'onboard' your pirate ship - so the kitchen becomes "The Galley", the WC becomes "The Head", the play area can be "The Ship's Deck", the party table "The Captain's Table" and so on, with "The Hold", "The Brigg", etc.

The Captains Party Table

There are lots of fun pirate party decorations that can be made for the Captain's table - here's just a few fun pirate party ideas for decorations:

Cover the Captain's party table with either:

  • A black tablecloth (or paper - wallpaper rolls are great for this, particularly if it's a long table and it's very cheap). Cut out a large image of a skull and crossbones from white paper or card and place it in the middle of the black table to make your very own "Jolly Roger flag".
  • A white or pale blue (the Sea) tablecloth or paper and draw a large map of the surrounding sea and pirate islands on it and set out some coloring pens for the kids. The kids will have great fun drawing their own pirate ships, mermaids, sea monsters and so on, while they are eating their tasty pirate party grub.

As a centerpiece, place:

  • A Styrofoam or cardboard ‘Treasure Chest’ in the middle of the table and fill it with ‘party treasure’ (candies and fun pirate treasure props) which overflows out onto the table - you might want to put a pillow or padding under the loot so that you only have to fill the top part of the chest). 
  • The Pirate Birthday Cake - this can take 'pride of place' on the Captain's table and it will no doubt have the young pirates hungering for a slice of its tasty treasure! Cool pirate birthday cake designs include making the cake in the shape of a skull and crossbones, a pirate ship, a pirate treasure chest or even a treasure island!

Decorate the Captain's table with:

  • Fishing net draped over the tablecloth and place plastic fish, starfish, sea shells, toy compasses, rope and so on around the table and between the place settings and the party food.
  • Scatter gold and silver (chocolate) coins, pirate toys, costume jewelry (pirate treasure) and so on around the table.
  • Set out the pirate's place setting's with placemat, napkin rings, drink (grog) coaster and place handwritten pirate name tags for each of the pirate party-goers, with their pirate party names on, a funny message and a piece of 'treasure' such as a gold chocolate coin attached.

Fun Pirate Decorations

If you're able to have your party outside, then why not create your own Treasure Island? - a few bags of play sand from a local DIY or toy store laid out in the back yard in the shape of a small Island and you'll be set! Finish off your Treasure Island with a card or inflatable palm tree and the kids will love it.

All Pirate's love digging for buried treasure so if you have a sandbox outside in the yard, why not bury some little prizes or treats in the sandbox for the young scallywags to dig for with a bucket and spade!

To dig for treasure indoors, fill some 'pirate treasure chests' (decorated cardboard boxes lined with a plastic bin liner) with sand or foam/card packing pellets and hide some 'treasure' in them too. These make great party decorations and can be part of your organized Treasure Hunt pirate games.



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Pirate Party Ideas for Activities

"Having fun together with yer shipmates"

Pitting their wits against some challenging party activities always goes down well with brave young buccaneer's. Here's a few pirate party ideas for activites that should keep them happy and out of trouble... at least for a while ;-)

Pirate Party Coloring Pages

These are a great ice-breakers for parties of all ages! We've put together a whole section of free printable pirate coloring pages for you to download. Why not print them, set them out on a suitable table together with some colored crayons, pencils or paints and let the young pirates get to work coloring in until all the guests arrive.

The Making Of A Pirate

This is one of those pirate party ideas that's always really popluare with the kids...

Challenge the pirate's by telling them that they must first look like a real pirate to be worthy of sailing on the Captain's ship and go hunting for a long-lost treasure. Get them to paint on beards, moustaches, scars, stitches and sideburns with face paint or draw on with eyeliner.

Dress the pirates up with bandanas, clip on gold hoop earrings, black eye-patches, temporary tattoos, and foam swords. You can also make sashes from black and red cloth or pick up or make pirate hats for them to wear.

Pirate Party Names

Come up with some fun 'pirate names' for each of the guests using their real names or personality traits as inspiration. Use these names to make name tags and table place cards and make sure the pirates use their pirate names throughout the whole party.

Pirate Party ‘Action’ Photos

Use a digital camera to take 'action' photos of the kids posing in their pirate costumes with each other and individually. Print the pictures before the end of the party (if you have time) and let the kids take a picture home with them in their pirate favor bag as a keepsake.

If you don't have time to print the pictures before the end of the party, print them out later and pop them inside each of your pirate party thank you cards.

Pirate ‘Spyglass

The kids can make fantastic pirate spyglass’s from paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls which can be stuck or taped together. For a real authentic pirate, the kids can paint or color a yellow band at each end and cover the ends with cellophane paper and a rubber band for the glass.

If they want, they can also decorate their pirate telescopes with jewels, stickers, glitter and so on and make a shoulder-strap by tying or taping a length of string to each end of the telescope.

Cannonball Barrage

The object of this activity is for the pirates to keep the ‘cannonballs‘ (balloons) from hitting the ‘ship's deck’(floor) and to keep playing until the last cannonball hits the ship's deck.

At the start of the game each pirate gets an inflated cannonball’ and on the mark of "GO", all the Pirates hit their ‘cannonballs‘ up into the air. Everyone has to try to keep all of the cannonballs up in the air by hitting them again and again.

This is a fun way to start the party and keep the kids that arrived first, busy and having fun while waiting for all the others to arrive.

The "High Seas" In-A-Bottle

This is great fun to make, particularly for the younger pirates and makes a great take-home memento or gift.

What each part will need to make their ‘ocean in a bottle’:

  • A clean, empty soda or water bottle or a clean clear jar with the label removed
  • Vinegar (enough to fill 1/2 each bottle or jar; for example, for 14 ounce bottle you would need seven ounces of vinegar for each child)
  • Vegetable or baby oil (enough to fill 1/2 of each bottle)
  • Pouring funnels (for example, one for every three kids)
  • Glue or hot glue gun
  • Blue food coloring (only a few drops is needed to color all the vinegar)
  • Glitter,  small shells and small plastic sea-life beads that are small enough to fit through the bottle opening.
  1. Measure out and half fill each bottle with the oil and position them at the table in front of the place where each of the young buccaneers will sit.
  2. Tint the vinegar with the blue food coloring, measure out the correct amount for each child and place it in a paper cup in front of each buccaneer
  3. The buccaneers then get to pour the vinegar in and watch with fascination as the oil rises through it to the top of the bottle or jar.
  4. They then can add whatever seashells, beads or glitter etc. they want
  5. When they finished adding the ocean ‘stuff’, have them take the bottles/jars over to a glue station where an adult can glue the caps on (so that you don't end up with the ocean or of your carpet!).
  6. Finish by sticking a label on the cap or around the bottle with the buccaneers name on it.

Party Favor Treasure Chests

Use small recycled cardboard boxes from the mall or grocery store to make mini treasure chests for the party favors. You can get the young buccaneers to paint the boxes brown, gold, silver or whatever they'd like, and then decorate them with ’jewels’.

The jewels can be from costume jewelry, colored plastic shapes or can be made by painting shapes have been cut-out from cardboard or Styrofoam. These mini treasure chests will make great party favor boxes to be filled with pirate party favors later on.

Pirate Party Flags

Lay out felt tip pens, fabric paint, crayons, pencils, etc. on a table and give it each Pirate a rectangular or triangular piece of material or paper as a flag. Let them design and color their own Pirate flags.

You can also lay out Pirate stickers, cut-outs pictures, drawings and anything else that the young buccaneers can glue on their flags. These flags can then be hung up around the party area for added decoration.


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Pirate Party Ideas for Coloring Pages

If you can get your young pirate's to swop their cutlasses for some coloring pens and crayons, then there's tons of fun they can have creating and coloring in their favorite pirate scenes.

Coloring pages are an excellent pirate party icebreaker activity to get the kids involved in, especially while they are waiting for the rest of their pirate shipmates to arrive. They also make a particularly good pirate party activity if the kids have been 'charging around' for a while and need to 'calm down' for a while ;-).

Here are some free pirate party coloring sheets that we've 'shackled' for your young pirates to have fun with...

(You can also have some fun too! - they also make great pirate party decorations, can be used during some of your pirate games as 'clues'  for example, and are great for creating your own pirate invitations and party favor gifts!)



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Pirate Party Ideas for Games

"Can ye find where that treasure is hidden Cap'n?

What pirate party is complete without some exciting and adventurous pirate party games like ‘Walk the plank’, ‘Cannonballs Away!’ or even an exhilarating Pirate Treasure Hunt?

We've put together a colossal page of the very best Pirate party games around. You'll find swashbuckling pirate party ideas for games like..

  • Attack on deck!
  • Cannon Ball Toss
  • Cannonballs Away!
  • Find the Crocodile
  • Hook the Treasure
  • Musical Treasure Islands
  • Panning for gold
  • Pass the Captain's Parrot!
  • Treasure Hunt
  • X Marks the Spot!
  • and many, many more..!

So why not sail on over to our pirate games page now and 'take yer chances!'...


Sail on over to our fearsome "Pirate Party Games" if you dare! Sail on over to our fearsome Pirate Party Games lagoon...if you dare!


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Pirate Party Ideas for Party Food & Drink

"Pirate belly-fillers that are fit for the Captain's table"

It's important to get busy in the ship's galley and rustle-up some hearty pirate party grub for your hungry band of buccaneers (particularly if you want to avoid a mutiny on your hands!) - Tasty grub that prevents scurvy is always a good choice but don't forget to also include some favorite snacks and drinks for all of your fearless buccaneers.

Pirate Party Ideas for Food

"Arrr!..Tasty Pirate Grub"

Here are some great pirate party ideas for food that are fit for the Captain's table.

Don't forget to run the buccaneers food through with a Jolly Roger flag connected to a toothpick, so that each pirate knows for sure that their hearty meal is genuine pirate grub:

  • Booty Burger - Hamburgers filled with salad, slices of cheese and tomato ketchup.
  • Conch Shells - Shell pasta with cheese sauce.
  • Dead Man's Chest - Chunky sliced brown bread or Hamburger bun filled with diced hamburger meat or ham, diced green salad, yellow cheese chunks and a blob of red tomato sauce.
  • Golden Nuggets - Fried chicken nuggets, serve with Ruby (tomato ketchup) sauce.
  • Golden Treasure - Macaroni and cheese.
  • Kebab Cutlass - Thread fruit or meat on kebab skewers or plastic sword shaped picks.
  • Long John Silver’s - Fish cakes.
  • Mermaid’s hair - Spaghetti.
  • Neptune's Fingers - Fish sticks.
  • Ocean in a Cup - Fill small clear plastic cups with blue Jell-O - add gummy fish candies.
  • Octopus Dogs - Cut hotdogs long ways into 8 strips being sure to leave 1” of one end of the hot dog uncut. Place in the microwave to heat - the 8 “legs” will curl up while cooking and will look like an octopus.
  • Parrots Legs - Chicken drumsticks.
  • Peg Legs - Chicken Drumsticks.
  • Pirate's Gold Teeth - Corn.
  • Pirates on a Raft - Celery sticks filled in the center with peanut butter or cream cheese with raisins added as 'Pirates'.
  • Scurvy Dogs - Hot Dogs.
  • Sea Dogs - Serve hot-dogs skewered with a paper Jolly Roger flag.
  • Sea-Dog Ships - Hot dogs with sails (the sails are made by running a small skewer through a small piece of square white paper). The sails can be decorated if required!
  • Sea Snakes and Shark Blood - Long spaghetti with tomato sauce.
  • Six-Pounders (cannons) - Hot Dogs.
  • Slimy Seaweed - Green linguine pasta.
  • Shark Burger - Hamburgers filled with salad and a little yellow mustard or slices of cheese.
  • Starfish Sandwiches - Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut into starfish shapes with a cookie cutter.
  • Treasure Island Jewels - Chopped strawberries, pineapples and bananas skewered on a ‘cutlass’.
  • Treasure Salad - Chopped green salad with red (dried) cranberries, golden raisins and pecans in the salad.
  • Veggie Palm Trees - Sliced vegetable platter with dips. Decorate the platter with palm trees (carrots dressed with the top fourths of a red pepper and secured with a toothpick)

Pirate Party Ideas for Drinks

"Pirate Grog..Yarr! Harr!"

Plundering ships and tracking down long-lost hidden treasure, is thirsty work for young pirates, so here are some thirst-quenching pirate party ideas for drinks, to keep your party guests from mutinying and making you walk the plank...


  • Buccaneers Brew  - Chocolate milk served in tin mugs.
  • Cannonball Ale - Cola or Dr Pepper served in tin mugs.
  • Galleon Grog - Fruit juice served in tin mugs.
  • Treasure Island Floaters - Milk shakes or lemonade topped with a scoop of ice cream.
  • Mermaid's Kiss - Pineapple Juice 'on the rocks'.
  • Pirate's Grog - Fruit shake made by blending a healthy mix of colorful fruits like kiwis, oranges, blueberries, bananas, strawberries, etc.
  • Sharks Blood Punch - Make a punch bowl filled with red Kool-Aid and add small pieces of fruit to ‘float’ about the punch like body-parts!
  • Shark bite! - Fill several ice cube trays with red Kool-Aid and freeze them.  Give the young buccaneers a glass of Sprite and get them to drop a Kool-aid ice cube into their Sprite. Kids love watching the Sprite slowly turn pink and then red, just like the sea after a shark-bite!
  • Watery Grave - Ice water (with crushed ice)

Pirate Party Ideas for Snacks & Treats

"By Blackbeard's whiskers!..these be precious snacks for sure..."

What pirate birthday party would be complete without the young pirate's discovering some bowls of tasty 'treasures'? Here are some fun pirate party ideas for snacks to satisfy their hunger for treasure and treats...


  • Pieces of eight - Round Cookies covered with yellow frosting.
  • Barnacled knee caps - Chocolate chip cookies.
  • Cannonballs - Grapes.
  • The Crows Nest - Chocolate cupcake.
  • Dead Men's Skulls - Scooped vanilla Ice cream.
  • Doubloons - Gold chocolate coins.
  • The "Plank" - Milk chocolate bar.
  • Golden nuggets - Cheese puffs.
  • Golden rocks -  Butterscotch candies
  • Musket balls - All kinds of jelly beans
  • Ocean of Sunken Treasures - Blue Jell-O with diced pineapple, peaches and grapes at the bottom. You can add little gummy sea-creature or gummy sharks as well.
  • Octopus legs - Gummy worms.
  • Peg legs - Cucumber, carrot and celery sticks.
  • Pieces of eight - Silver chocolate coins.
  • Pirate Swords - Breadsticks or pretzel sticks.
  • Precious Gems - Wine gums.
  •  Ruby "Booty" - Strawberries, cranberries and cherries.
  • Shark-fins - Nacho chips.
  • The Captain’s Moustache - Black liquorice.
  • The Cat O’Nine Tails - String liquorice.

FREE Pirate Birthday Party Decorations

If you're in need of some fearless pirate party ideas for table decorations that are fit for 'Blackbeard' himself, then here are some free pirate birthday table decorations you can use - just click on the image below to take a look at all the free pirate party table decorations available...


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Pirate Party Ideas for Party Favors

"Arrr!...priceless pirate 'booty' to be taking home"

When the pirate party adventure has come to an end, it's time to say a big "Thank You" to all your pirate buddies for coming along and making your birthday such a treasured one.

Since pirate 'booty' is loved by all party pirates, it's a great way to thank your best pirate shipmates. With that in mind, why not use some of our free pirate party favor bags below to hold all that party booty - just save the bags you like best, print, cut and glue the flaps to make the perfect pirate favor gifts. Why not pop one of our free pirate thank you cards or notes inside your pirate bags too ;-)

Alternatively, you could use some inexpensive paper bags sealed with a fearsome pirate sticker or decorated with one of our free printable pirate party designs...

FREE Pirate 'Booty' Bags


If you're wondering what pirate 'booty' to pop inside each of your pirate party favor bags or even what to give out as pirate party game 'prizes', then here are some fun pirate party ideas for items you could include:

  • Ring candies
  • Candy necklaces
  • Skull candies
  • Eye-patch
  • Pirate hat or cap
  • Gold and Silver chocolate coins (Pieces of eight and doubloons)
  • Pirate toy figures
  • Pirate 'tattoos'
  • Toy compass
  • Pirate stickers
  • Toy telescope
  • Skull key chain
  • Pirate Coloring sheets
  • Coloring pens and pencils
  • Fish-shaped candies
  • Goldfish crackers
  • 'Action' photo of each guest dressed in their Pirate costume
  • Inflatable parrot
  • Bandannas
  • Fun pirate socks
  • Anything else that's suitable for the age group, fun and has a pirate picture or sticker on!


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Pirate Party Ideas for Birthday Cards

"Wishing yee the happiest of plundering' days, me old harty!"

Are you looking for a fearsome pirate birthday card to give to your young scallywag on his or her special day?...then here are some free printable pirate birthday greeting cards we've created especially for you to use:

FREE Pirate Birthday Cards   

Just go ahead and choose the card you like, save, print and send those special "Happy Plundering Birthday" wishes to your little birthday pirate...

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Pirate Party Ideas for Gift Tags

If you're looking to turn your 'Land Lubber' birthday gifts into the most feared pirate birthday gifts, fit for only the fiercest of Pirate Captain's, then here are some free pirate party ideas for gift tags and gift cards you can use...

FREE Pirate Birthday Gift Tags

Just go ahead and print as many as you need, then secure them to your birthday gifts with a black or blue ribbon, pop a pirate's "Happy Birthday" message in them and your pirate birthday gifts will be ready to set sail!


Homemade Pirate Gift Tag Ideas

Making your own pirate birthday gifts tags and gift cards is simple and fun especially if you have a delicious cup of coffee to keep you company and few spare moments to do some drawing, cutting and coloring ;-)

Here are some simple pirate party ideas for shapes that would make great pirate gift tags...

  • Pirate Hat
  • Skull
  • Pirate Flag
  • Pirate Ship
  • Gold Coin
  • Any shape 'Jewel'
  • Pirate's eye-patch
  • Canon Ball
  • Canon

Simply cut the shape from card or paper, decorate and attach to your special birthday gifts to make them extra special! :-)

Why not attach your 'beautifully crafted homemade gift tags' with some natural colored string or twine - it looks like rope...which all pirates fear!


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Your Pirate Party Ideas

Sharing your own Pirate party ideas is a fun way to help other parents make their Pirate birthday parties even more memorable and special. It's also a great way to encourage them to share their own ideas...which in turn, may help you with your next birthday party! ;-)

Maybe you've got a great idea for a Pirate birthday cake or party invitation? Or a fun Pirate party activity or game idea? Maybe you've created some special Pirate party costumes or decorations that'll help inspire others.

If so, we'd ALL love to hear from you. Please take a moment to share your own Pirate birthday party ideas.

Thanks for sharing! :-)


Thanks for visiting our fearsome Pirate Party page and we hope you had a Jolly-Roger good time!

"May the blessin's of old 'Blackbeard' himself go with yerr young birthday Pirate on their very special Pirate birthday party adventure! " (/:-)




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