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Pirate Party Ideas

If your little one is in to all things Pirate then this is the post for you.  Not only am I sharing all of my pirate party ideas and how I planned it, but I am also giving ideas for you can make your kids pirate party a little bit kinder to the environment.  

Pirate Party Ideas and Cupcakes

Now for this kids pirate party I joined forces with Martina at www.emptynestmummy.com and she has written a very funny account of our pirate party ideas so do check it out, but come back here too!  I am not nearly as funny, but I did make super cute pirate faces cupcake toppers 😉

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This pirate party was for two little 5 year olds (boy and a girl) who are actually birthday twins (born on the same day and in the same hospital) so we needed a theme that would make them both happy and be easy enough for us to pull off without having to take out second mortgages.  So we went for a pirate themed party which is very easy to make gender neutral really as anyone can be a pirate right?? 

I must admit I spent a few weeks subtly mentioning Pirates and how very cool they were to my son so that he would get on board with the theme.  It worked and he was all in, but this did also result in a very specific request for a pirate ship cake.  I was going to try and make this, but Empty Nest Mummy talked sense into me and we left this to the lovely people at Waitrose who did a super job!

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We discovered that whilst we thought pirate was very unisex the rest of the world wasn’t so convinced as try as we might we couldn’t find any pirate girl cake toppers or cupcake toppers.  It was all boy pirates!  Even getting stickers for the party bags was tricky as they were all so very boy…  This lead to us needing to do a bit more stuff ourselves and so I made two pirates for the top of the cake and the cupcake toppers out of fondant.

My two pirates to sit on top of the ship were a new thing for me.  I quite like messing around with fondant and trying to be creative, but I haven’t made people before and it was rather tricky.  The pirate girl ended up being rather larger than intended and when I showed my son he said ‘the girl is fat’ He wasn’t wrong and try as I might I couldn’t make her nearly slight enough to represent the lovely birthday girl so instead I went for damage limitation and explained in advance to the birthday girl that this was not supposed to be her!  So the cake toppers were a bit hit and miss, but the pirate boy and girl cupcake toppers I loved and am pretty proud of.  I actually repeated them again a couple of weeks later for a school fair and added in some little girl faces too.  I have written a post about how to make them so click here for the step by step or you can watch it on my youtube video

Pirate Food Ideas

We kept the food fairly simple as lets face it the kids only eat at parties because they have too, but we tried to stay with the pirate theme as much as possible  and whilst we wanted the kids to feel like it was a party and the food was fun we also didn’t want to just fill them full of sugar.  So we had skull and crossbones sandwiches, vegetable swords, a treasure chest of satsumas,  5 biscuits (celebrating that they were turning 5 rather than that we made 30 children share 5 biscuits although that would be one way of cutting down the mountains of sugar ), chocolate rice krispie cakes with gold coins, pirate bananas and shark cupcakes for pirates walking the plank!

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Pirate Party Ideas for Entertainment

The venue we hired provided soft play blocks and a bouncy castle.  We did talk about whether we needed other things for them to do and decided that there needed to be some options outside of bouncing even if just to make sure that 30 children were not trying to bounce at the same time!!

So we also had a colouring and craft station where the kids could make and decorate little pirates which definitely helped to alleviate the pressure on the bouncy castle and gave the littles another party take away.

Other ideas include pin the sword on the pirate and walk the plank, but that seemed like a health and safety nightmare and we already had the headache of a bouncy castle to deal with so we kept it simple.

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Pirate Party Ideas for Pirate Party Bags

We really didn’t want to go with the crazy amounts of plastic that usually ends up in party bags and let’s face it in land fill and so for our pirate party bags we went for paper bags. 

Inside the bags we include pirate stickers, a make your own treasure map and crayons.  Empty Nest Mummy tea stained paper and we rolled it with instructions for making their map and then added a ribbon.

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She also made the most amazing invitations based on the same idea.   Aren’t they fabulous?


Finally, we went for recyclable plates, cups and serving platters so that we would reduce our environmental impact whilst still not creating piles and piles of washing up for two busy mummies. At the end of it all the kids were happy and tired and so for me that is job done and there are all of our pirate party ideas.  Hope we have given you some inspiration and helped you to plan an awesome pirate themed birthday party

5 thoughts on “Pirate Party Ideas”

  1. Wow, these ideas are fantastic. Being a full time Children’s Entertainer I am always looking for party food/decoration theme ideas to share with my clients for their child’s party anD with all the parents on my Facebook page.

    I will definitely be sharing these brilliant ideas as pirate parties are the most Popular theme, thank you sooooo much.



  2. Hi Kirsty,
    thank you for this pirate themed birthday idea. I’m torn between a pirate themed celebration or a construction one for my little one’s 1st birthday. I’m leaning toward the construction theme but i think this pirate theme of yours would be a lot easier and fun to do.

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