Pirate-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Ahoy, matey! Here's how to throw a pirate or treasure-hunt party that's sure to bring out the swashbuckler in all of your guests.
 
Decorations
Create a nautical theme with navy-blue decorations, and hang a net from your ceiling for added ocean flair. For a dramatic touch, nothing screams "pirate" like a black pirate flag. Buy a giant one to hang outside your windows or beside your front door. You can also make your own using black and white construction paper.

Once your room is shipshape, decorate with gold-wrapped coins and gaudy costume jewelry—beads left over from a Mardi Gras party would be perfect. A treasure chest can be easily fashioned out of a cardboard box. Paint it or cover it with paper, adorn it with jewels, and line it with richly colored fabric before filling it with your stolen booty. Bring some Caribbean flavor to your space by adding lush greenery like palms, tropical flowers and coconuts.

Party favor bags should look like bags of loot. Use small burlap sacks or brown paper bags, and tie them shut with twine. Fill them with chocolate coins, candy necklaces and fake jewelry.

Costume Ideas
The films Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribbean can be terrific starting points for finding an ensemble.

Black pants, an untucked white shirt, clip-on hoop earrings and a colorful scarf tied around the waist will instantly transform you and your guests into pirates. A toy parrot tied to your shoulder will look great, as will a hook or an eye patch from a costume supply shop. No pirate is complete without a fancy moustache or an intricate beard. Both can be easily painted on with black or brown eyeliner.
 
Be sure you have extra accessories for guests who want to add on to their own costumes.

Clothing and accessories to have on hand for guests:

  • Black hats
  • Scarves (to use as sashes)
  • Big, black belts
  • Long socks
  • Flashy jewels
  • Bandanas
  • Eye patches
  • Eyeliner for drawing facial hair
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