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Fun and Easy Pirate Birthday Party Ideas

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Silver + Gold + Jewels + Treasure Chest = lots and lots fun! 

My son turned 6 years old and he wanted to have a Pirate birthday party. Game on!  Let’s have a PIRATE PARTY!!!

How could you have a Pirate Birthday Party with out having a Pirate Chest full of gold and treasures?
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My mom put together this super cool pirate chest as a birthday gift. She bought the chest from a local dollar store and she purchased a 1/2 yard of fabric from a local craft store. The fabric was black with gold sparkly flecks in it and created an illusion that the pirate chest had gold dust inside. The fabric was used for the lining of the chest, then the chest was filled with all kinds of fun ‘treasure’. There were ‘gold’ necklaces, strings of colorful beads, a small compass and binoculars, a play pirate knife, gold coins, candy, a large candy bar wrapped with gold paper to create a ‘gold’ bar, a bag of ‘Gold Fish’ wrapped in cloth with a gold ribbon tie and even a treasure map. The map was made from a Hobbit Poster. She carefully burned the edges to make it look more authentic. She also stained the map with a wet tea bag that sat in hot water for a minute. The hot tea also made the map wrinkly. Between the burnt edges, tea stains and wrinkles the map appeared super old.

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“I mustache you a question… would you like a cookie? A mustache cookie?” 

mustasch cookiesAll of the kids LOVED these! I don’t even think it was because they tasted that good… it was because they were mustache shaped! Here is where you can buy a cookie cutter so that you can make your own awesome cookies: Moustache Cookie Cutter

pirate cake

The Cake: With my cake baking skills at a minimum, (obviously), I thought it would be safest to make a pirate map cake. This was super easy to make/decorate. As you can see, I’m no master cake decorator. I used chocolate chips to make the cannons on the ship in the corner. The jeweles, on the side of the cake, are actually aquatic rocks that I found in the fish section at Walmart. 

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Eye Patches: These were a huge hit! I cut out a circle of black felt. Used white puffy paint to paint a skull and crossbones. Hot glued black elastic to the back of the circle. If you were concerned about your skull and crossbones painting skills, you could easily skip that part. 


Binoculars: These were so easy to make! I hot glued two empty toilet paper rolls together. BAM! DONE! I also supplied the guest with colored markers so that they could color their binoculars… because what kid doesn’t love scribbling?
 pirate hooksPirate Hooks: Again, easy peasy! Poke a hole in a disposable cup, twist a piece of foil into the shape of a hook and insert into the hole in the cup. The kids LOVED these! 

pirate map 2Pirate Map: These were made from ripped up brown grocery bags. I made the boarder around each map. I left the “island” blank so the kids could draw their own treasure and maps. 
pirate watermelon

Pirate Ship Watermelon: I used a  shish kabob stick and a square chunk of the rind to make a sail. I cut it very thin so it would be flexible. I used a knife to carve the X in it. A sharpie would have also worked. 

Water Guns: I don’t have a picture of these. I bought a bunch of inexpensive water guns and put them in buckets of water outside in our back yard. The kids loved having a water gun fight! If fit in well with the pirate theme! 

X Marks the Spot: I used chalk to draw a dashed line from the street to our front step. I drew a huge X right by our front door. The day was so busy I forgot to take a picture of this 🙁 But trust me it was super cute! 

Overall, this was much easier than I expected! Each one of these ideas was simple, easy and didn’t take a lot of time. However, put them all together and it was a great party! This was also very inexpensive! 

Does your child have an inner pirate? 



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  • Arnold September 2, 2014, 1:44 am
    I love the theme party ideas as this makes the atmosphere full of life. Recently, I organized a party with Underwater themed which was a great fun and everybody enjoyed their time.

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