Pirate Party Ideas
Take your child and their friends on an adventure through stormy seas to recover their stolen treasure with these pirate party ideas.
Pirate party food
- Carve a pirate ship from a watermelon and fill it with fresh fruit. Here’s a step-by-step guide for making a watermelon pirate ship.
- Make a desert island cake, with a shipwrecked boat, pirates and treasure
- Create banana pirates
- Make fruit swords, or cheese and ham/salami swords
For more pirate party food ideas take a look at my Pirate Party Pinterest board
Pirate party decorations
- Cut out fish bones and fish from cardboard and decorate them.
- Tear up plastic carrier bags and dip them in green paint to make seaweed. Put the seaweed in a pile. You could add some shells or driftwood/smooth sticks.
- Cut a pirate ship steering wheel and anchor from cardboard and decorate them.
- Make a treasure chest from cardboard and fill it with plastic coins and jewellery.
- Drape netting over your table, or hang it on a wall.
Pirate party activities
You can buy a Squidgydoodle Pirate Party box, to save you the hassle of creating your own party activities and the high cost of hiring an entertainer. You’ll work together to recover your treasure which has been stolen by an evil pirate. You’ll sail across stormy seas, create your own treasure map to guide the way, capture the evil pirate and discover the secrets of the ocean. The party box includes pre-prepared activities, all the equipment you need plus pirate party game ideas. You even get a printable invitation and thank you notelets. Find out more about ‘How a Party Box works.’
Treasure hunt obstacle course
- You could include a walk the plank challenge, where your crew have to feed the shark with fish whilst balancing on the plank. Cut a sharks mouth from card and attach it to a bucket. Throw cardboard fish into the sharks mouth. If they succeed they can collect some treasure.
- Get your crew to swim to the bottom of the sea. They could crawl through a tunnel, with a bubble blowing machine at the end. If you don’t have a bubble blowing machine you could just get an adult to blow bubbles. If you buy the Squidgydoodle pirate party box it includes a sensory sea water activity, which you could put at one end of the tunnel for the crew to delve their hands into to search for treasure.
- Get your crew to hop on their peg legs.
- Hide some treasure in a bucket filled with sand, or use a sandpit. Get your crew to dig the treasure island sands to search for the hidden treasure.
One person is the caller. The crew run around, when the caller shouts:
- Raise the flag – the crew mime a flag raising motion
- Canon ball – the crew roll up in a ball
- Climb the netting – the crew mime climbing
- Fire the canons – the crew mime pointing a canon at a target
- Captains coming – the crew salute
The last person to start the action each time is out.
Sneaky pirates games
One person is the captain and guards the treasure at one end of the room. The pirates stand in a line at the other end of the room. The captain turns their back and the pirates start to creep up behind the captain to try to steal the treasure. If the captain turns around to say ‘Whose trying to steal my treasure?!’ and spots a pirate moving they have to go back to the start. The first pirate to reach the treasure is the winner.
I hope you like these pirate party ideas. If you’ve run a pirate party before, or have any other pirate party ideas I’d love to hear about them, so please comment below.