Yo-ho-ho, it's the birthday life for me. We pirates know how it is - when it's birthday party time, you don't want to go overboard, but you want yer little mateys happy. Get yer treasure chest o' pirate party ideas right here - for everything from invitations to games to favors - for a party worthy of the best cap'n on the high seas!
All hands on deck! The invitations are the first step to any party - to let everybody know that only pirates are invited and also to see who's on board. The sea's the limit with what you say or include, so be creative with your pirate party ideas for invites!
Personalize a custom pirate party invitation
Have fun adding your own message to your invite, such as "Ahoy, me Hearties! Captain ______ (fill in your child's name) invites ye to a right fine parrrrty." With one of our custom invites - the Pirate Map Invitation, Ship with Flag Invitation or Pirate Striped Invitation - you can get a professional look for not a lot of money. A real buccaneer bargain!
Start the treasure hunt early with a bit o' loot in the envelope!
Guests don't have to wait to start gathering bounty at the party - an invite to a friend's awesome pirate party is treasure itself. Use our convenient fill-in Pirate's Treasure Invitations.
If you are hand delivering, include a few treasures in the envelope like Treasure Gold Coins and an Eye Patch. Only pirates are allowed, so be sure to instruct your mateys to wear the eye patch to the party. Use a bright red felt tip pen and have your pirate draw a big X by the party Location. X marks the spot!
Divvy up the riches! Just add shiny confetti
"Blimey!" your friends will say when they see your invites! Sprinkle shiny Pirate's Treasure Confetti inside that'll fall out like riches when they open the envelope. Asking guests to wear something special to the party gets the party excitement started early. Include a Pirate Tattoo and ask everyone to wear the tattoo the day of the party. Girls on the right cheek and boys on the left! Make the invitation envelopes seem as salty as a sea dog himself by sealing them with some Pirate Stickers. Aye! Look us in the eye patch and tell us that's not a fine effect!
Goin' on a Treasure Hunt! Pirate Party Games & Activities Ideas
Throw your usual party games overboard - and try these pirate party ideas to bring smiles to the faces of your little buccaneers. Pirates are known for being expert game players - they invented treasure hunting, after all!
X marks the spot with a treasure hunt game!
Nothing makes pirates happier than when they're on a good treasure hunt. Use our Treasure Hunt Game with blank pirate-themed clue cards for parents to create their very own scavenger hunt! Write clues like "Find the next clue in the very cold food chest in the galley." Once kids figure out that the card leads to the fridge, they'll have found the next clue!
Not all pirate party game ideas have to tucker ye out. Set up a table where the little ones can take turns becoming pirates. Use the Pirate Character Kit to sponge on beards and pencil on scar lines. When they're shipshape, hand them an Inflatable Sword and pirate Eye Patch then snap a photo. The face painting sets the stage for a lasting keepsake!
Every good pirate excursion ends with a treasure. With our pirate party ideas, it's easy to get creative and send every crew member home with a bounty of loot. Just make sure you have a favor set for every guest, or you just might have a mutiny on yer hands!
If you're short on time, a favor like the Pirate's Treasure Goody Bag is a treat for you because it's pre-assembled with seven favors inside: a telescope, an eye patch, a whistle, three gold doubloons, and stickers. Kids will love the mix of toys, and you'll love the convenience.
Send each guest sailing away with a pirate treasure chest!
Hoist a flag and swab the decks - we've got a pirate birthday party to decorate for! Try these ideas to help you set the scene, so your little one's imagination can run wild with pirate party ideas for your house.
Create your own treasure chest centerpieces
Blimey! You've got all ye need to make your own decorations. It's easy to make your table a real beachside find:
Open the lid and arrange a square of Pirate Gift Wrap at the bottom so it sticks out the sides a couple of inches. Pad the bottom with extra crumpled gift wrap or Gold Tissue Paper.
Add Gold Coins and some Kiddie Mix, tip the treasure chest over a bit, and let the bounty spill out onto the table!
Or try our Inflatable Pirate Ship Cooler for a prop idea or instead of the gift table. Use it to hold birthday gifts or fill with ice to keep the grog cold! It will remain long after the party as a ship for the pirate boy's never ending quest for the high seas!
Pirate our ideas for decorations!
Want to make your pirate party a little different but don't have a lot of time to get crafty? Let us help with party decorations that cleverly coordinate with the pirate motif to answer your S.O.S.! Pretend you're up in the crow's nest and start up high with a Pirate's Treasure Letter Banner and Streamers. From there, dangle Fish Netting down like it would drape on a ship; finish with a Ship and Island Honeycomb Centerpiece on your party table.
Skull and crossbones are true signs of a pirate ship!
Decorate your entryway to let your guests know what a jolly (Roger) good time they're going to have. Greet them at the door as they come to the party by hanging a life-size Pirate Skeleton Cutout right on the door. Decorate your windows using Pirate's Treasure Pennant Banners. Hang them across the tops of your front windows and the doorway. Guests know right away that they're coming onboard… and there be pirates around!
Start the fun outside with balloons to announce your theme!
Balloons in your front yard get everyone in birthday party mode right from the start - and help make sure all those little pirates' parents can clearly spy the party house through their telescope from down the street! Choose from Pirate's Treasure Balloons or Treasure Chest Mylar Balloons. Place the Mixed Balloon Bouquet at an important street intersection with a helpful sign to direct partygoers. Even a pirate caught in a storm would know where to go!
More than an Eye Patch! Pirate Party Costumes & Dress-up Ideas
It's time to raid the treasure chest for a look fit for a sea-roving swashbuckler. Think about everything you'd need to complete the look: clothes, hat, tattoos, and props. We've got you and your little matey covered. Don't forget the pirate talk - yarrrgh!
Pirates don't have time for fashion when they're busy swabbing the decks, but that doesn't mean you can't provide pirate accessories for all your guests to make it really feel like a pirate ship! Stock up on Eye Patches, Classic Pirate Hooks and Pirate Hats (even these fun Inflatable Parrots that fit right on your shoulder) and everyone will pass muster. Keep a bunch of pirate accessories on deck, because they can double as favors and inspire pirate-y mayhem.
Dress up your pet as the ship's mascot!
They don't call him "pirate's best friend" for nothing. Treat your second-hand matey to a little party fun with her own Zelda Pirate Pet Costume.
Little adventurers build an appetite quickly - on or off the ship. It's easy to make sure there's good grub and grog on hand. Try out these pirate party ideas to satisfy the appetites of shipmates of all ages.
Bake up some treasure islands
Go on - let them play with their food! Bake up ye ol' party favorites - cupcakes - in Gold Party Cups, with chocolate frosting and crumbled graham crackers on top. Decorate with an "X" in Red Icing. Little do the wee ones know, but you've baked a hidden treasure inside - gummy fish!
Fun party snacks are always a pirate's favorite. What could be better than candy loot! Set out open treasure chests and upside-down hats on a snack table and fill them to the rim with different candies, cookies and chips. Set a pile of Buried Treasure Dessert Plates and napkins for the little pirates to use. Then just sit back and let the kids do the snacking.
Brew up some shark's blood grog
Pirates get just as thirsty at a birthday party as on the high seas. Better have some grog on hand! First, freeze concentrated red fruit punch in ice cube trays. Then add them to a bubbly drink like Sprite in a Pirate's Treasure Bowl and serve them in Clear Plastic Cups. Kids will love what happens next - the cubes "bleed" into the drink!