Pirate-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Party Activities
Planning a treasure hunt? Give guests a map as they arrive, but wait until right before the hunt to hand out clues so that no one cheats (although cheating is very piratey). To make it more challenging, write the clues in rhyming couplets or be deliberately confusing.

Pirates are known for being tough, so resolve minor (or made-up) disputes the old-fashioned way: Make the offenders walk the plank! You can create a plank by laying down a towel or wooden board. Tie a scarf around the offender's eyes and carefully send them on their merry way.

For a more serene experience, have story time, and read passages from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island or J.M Barrie's classic, Peter Pan.

Food Ideas
Pirates lived on the sea, so their diets were rich in seafood. If your guests are adventurous, serve fish tacos or fish-and-chips with tartar sauce or malt vinegar. Pickier eaters may prefer fish sticks and tater tots. Get tropical by adding coconut and other tropical fruits to the menu in either savory or sweet form.

Gold-wrapped chocolate coins are a must-have snack. For a healthier treat (and to prevent scurvy!), make a citrus-packed fruit salad, or serve wedges of pineapple garnished with maraschino cherries and tiny mandarin orange slices.
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