Pirate party ideas for a swashbuckling pirate party

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


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.

Captain’s game

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.



Tale of Mummyhood
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  • Kelly | and Jacob makes three Posted June 22, 2018 2:25 pm

    Some great ideas here! I’m rubbish at thinking of themes for parties. I might have to try pirates in a couple of years! #blogstravaganza

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 22, 2018 5:00 pm

      Thanks Kelly. You’ve got many years of parties to look forward to! I share art and sensory ideas to try at home on my blog, Facebook and Instagram, so you might find some activities which you can do with Jacob on there.

  • Karen, the next best thing to mummy Posted June 22, 2018 6:15 pm

    My grandson has a birthday next month, so this couldn’t have come at a better time, thank you #blogstravavanza@_karendennis

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 22, 2018 7:23 pm

      You’re more than welcome Karen. I hope he has a great time. If he’s not decided on a theme yet you might like my ideas for a Super Hero Party too.

  • The Tale of Mummyhood/Salubrious Place Posted June 22, 2018 8:44 pm

    That watermelon is incredible! Definite party goals! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza xx

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 24, 2018 2:27 pm

      Thank you, I’m glad you like the party ideas and the watermelon pirate ship. It’s very simple to make too.

  • Alice V Posted June 23, 2018 4:13 am

    These are some great ideas and I love that watermelon! #Blogstravaganza

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 24, 2018 2:26 pm

      Thanks Alice, It’s really easy to make too.

  • Claire Posted June 23, 2018 7:07 pm

    Some really great ideas here. I will pin for future reference

    • Debbie Denyer Posted June 24, 2018 2:26 pm

      Thanks Claire.

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