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How to throw a pirate birthday party

Will Gore

Posted on September 07 2020

How to throw a pirate birthday party

Go overboard with our ideas for pirate games, decorations and treats

A pirate party is one of the most popular options for a themed children’s birthday bash, with a veritable treasure chest of games, costumes and food to pick from. Here’s our guide to sailing through your little pirate’s party… 

Pirate party invitations

When you send out the invitations, supply a map with directions to the party. Make them with the birthday boy or girl for a fun craft activity: dip them in cold tea for that authentic faded tinge and add some piratical riddles and drawings of skull and cross bones. Most importantly, make sure ‘X’ marks the spot for the venue.

Pirate costume ideas

The invitations should also make the dress code clear. Ask guests to dress in their finest pirate attire, and have some spare pirate hats, eye patches and paper swords on hand for any landlubbers who need a little help getting into character on the day.



Games for little pirates

Shiver the timbers of the pirates you have on board by setting up some games for them to play. Adapt some traditional party games to fit the theme. Pin the Tail on the Donkey can become Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate. What’s the Time, Mr Wolf? can easily become What’s the Time, Mr Pirate?, and a treasure hunt around the house, garden or park always ratchets up excitement levels. For more treasure hunting, fill two chests or boxes with sand and bury a selection of wrapped sweets, toys and other trinkets in them. Two teams then have a minute to dig out as much treasure as possible, with the winning team the one to have collected the most items. A Party Pieces treasure chest piñata will ensure a smashing time is had by all, too. It can be filled chocolate coins or any other pirate-themed treats you can think of.

Decorations and tableware

There are so many options available for making sure your pirate party looks the part. Our shop has a wide range of tableware and decorations, including skull and cross bones plates, cups and balloons, treasure map table covers and place mats, and pirate bunting. We particularly like our pirate ship centrepiece and pirate candle set. Shop the entire pirate range here.


Food and drink

The birthday boy or girl will absolutely love a personalised pirate cake  – just pick your photo and message, and whether you want chocolate or vanilla flavour. For the party food some creative labelling will do the trick. Breadsticks can be called ‘peg legs’ and fizzy fish sweets can be named ‘shark bait’. Push carrot sticks into circles of cucumber for ‘pirate swords’ and make a fruity pirate punch for the kids to drink. Try this mixed fruit punch or, for a tropical twist, these mango and banana smoothies.


Sticking a film on towards the end of a kids’ party is a great way to round things off - and bring a bit of calm to proceedings. There are a few piratey options to consider: Captain Hook’s star turn in Peter Pan makes the Disney classic an obvious choice, and Muppet Treasure Island is also great fun. For older kids, Hook, a live action version spin off of JM Barrie’s story, is an entertaining watch, and there’s always the Pirates of the Caribbean series to fall back on. Yarhar me party hearty!

 For our full range of pirate party decorations, tableware and more, go here

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