June 21, 2011
Who says kids get to have all the fun? If you’re dying to unleash your inner “Arrrrgh!”, consider throwing a Pirates of the Caribbean party. It’s a surprisingly budget-friendly theme to pull off and who doesn’t like a Saturday night with Captain Jack Sparrow?
For grown-up parties, invitations can either be really fun, really cheap, or totally unnecessary (hello, Facebook events!). If you’re feeling creative, you could DIY an invitation similar to this one available on Etsy…
Setting the Mood
Setting the mood for a pirate party can be a bit tricky. Go too far and you’re either at a child’s birthday party or a Halloween haunted house. There are tons of prepared pirate party decorations available, but I like to stay away from the really obvious stuff (big cartoon pirate on a vinyl flag) to go for more subtle details scattered around:
It’s funny how a few gold coins, some striped paper partyware, and a pile of plastic eyepatches scattered on a black tablecloth can be as effective as spending a hundred dollars on life-size party decorations. Setting the mood musically is key…I have the whole ride-through downloaded from somewhere, but the official park music is just as good if you can find it. The POTC movie soundtracks also make for lovely background music!
It’s up to you if you want to include pirate costumes in your celebration. Costume parties for adults can be tricky if they’re not being held in October, since some people are squeamish about dressing up. If you want to do it and you think your guests would be game, go for it! If you’re a little less sure that they’d be into it, consider having some cheap pirate costume pieces (eye patches, bandanas, gold earrings) in a treasure box at the party, to be put on when they’re a little more comfortable (read: intoxicated).
- Rum is a given, provided you’ll be serving alcohol at your party, but you’ll want to have at least one other beverage option just in case you have a guest who had a bad rum experience (like my husband). The easiest is to make a pitcher of spiked, themed punch, since spiked punch is actually relatively cheap to make and keeps most people happy. I recommend this recipe if you don’t have one of your own.
- Theme your food! A POTC party callls for coconut shrimp, skewers of tropical fruit (grilled, perhaps?), and vegetable “coins” with dip (slice cucumbers, carrots, raddishes, or oven baked potatoes into circles). A bag or two of Pirate’s Booty scattered around will give people something to munch on while they chat.
- Decorated sweets can either be elaborate, with carefully frosted cookies and cupcakes, or you can use party items like paper flags to decorate your goods. If you’re overwhelmed at the thought of making pirate sweets, you can get a very cute pirate cupcake set at the Hello Cupcake store.
For Small Groups:
- Grab a treasure chest pinata (or make a POTC one like this guy) and fill it with adult-appropriate booty: candy, chocolate coins, glow bracelets, little toys (people love throwbacks like sticky hands), dice, temporary tattoos, and small bottles of liquor.
- Play POTC Scene-It or one of the other board games themed after the movie.
For Large Groups:
- Watching one (or more) of the POTC movies is a given for a party like this, but you can make it more fun by providing plenty of movie snacks (where’s that Pirate’s Booty?) and giving your guests film bingo cards themed around the movie. Play during the movie and reward the winners with prizes from the treasure box! (Find the Bingo card tutorial here)
- Another way to liven up the movie? Play the POTC drinking game!
There are about a million other things you could do for your Pirates of the Caribbean party, so if you have any more ideas, be sure to let me know about them in today’s…
Today’s giveaway comes to us from Etsy shop The Sweet Shop Cookie Co., who has generously donated a dozen Pirate Themed Skull and Cross Bone Cookies.
Each cookie is baked and hand decorated. You will find these whimsical skull and cross bones cookies are perfect for birthday parties or events. The colors and design of the cookies can be changed to your desire. Please let me know your ideas. Also, if you would like more than 1 dozen, please message me and I will send you the invoice. Cookies are individually bagged in cello bags and tied with matching ribbon.
I love things that are both yummy and fun! Again, the tough part is going to be deciding between keeping them or having them sent as a fun surprise to someone who could use a little more pirate cookie in their life.
To enter today’s giveaway, leave a comment on this post sharing either more ideas for a pirate-themed party or a different theme you’d like to see on this blog. Check back tomorrow for the winner. Good luck!
P.S. – Did you win yesterday’s giveaway?
UPDATE: We have a winner!
Congratulations, Christina! Drop me an email or FB message to claim your prize.