Not just for little kids
Talk like a Pirate
Day - Sept. 19th
Things You Will Need For the Party
Text idea #1:
Pirate type graphic on front with
"Ahoy There Matey".
Captain "child's name" is having a Pirate Party Come on
"date" If ye dare!
Pier "address" "time"
RSVP to the Cap't
Optional (leave yer weapons on yer ship)
Pirate Party Supplies
Text idea #2:
"Aye.....ye be invited er some birthday
spirits at Captn Tyler's Buccaneer Bash
Chart er course fer the "location" ?
Day of month
We be a meetin at "time" fer some swashbuckling fun, grub and
Wave yer flag if ye be attendin or hav yer mum send message by yer phone
Sees ye there.....aarrgghh!
Write invitation on paper and burn around the
edges, roll them up and place them into root beer bottles. Label
the bottles with the children's names using paper and glue. Leave
the bottles with the invitations on the children's doorsteps.
OOther idea: Soak paper for invitation in coffee
or tea. Allow them to dry or microwave them on low. Run this
paper through the printer to print graphics of pirates and ships.
Balloons and black and gold streamers. Balloons taped to ceiling with
ribbon hanging down. Attach handmade paper fish that you and your child(ren) color. (This
is the ocean). Find a Halloween skeleton to hang on your front door. Make an old looking
sign that says "Enter at yer own risk". Find a large cardboard box with flaps.
Tape flaps down. Cut 4-5" down from top along side, front and other side, leave
backside uncut to use as hinge. Open for treasure chest. Decorate with either paper or
markers to look like a treasure chest, could write "Keep Yer Hands Off" Captain
NAME's. Use to hold gifts.
Another treasure chest can be made from a Styrofoam chest. Paint
and decorate with plastic gems.
Treasure Chest Craft
- Make a pirate ship for the party by going to a local
appliance store and getting a refrigerator box. Put the box on it's side and cut one side
off. Then cut the sides into a ship shape. Use the flaps from the top of the box to make a
pointed bow, and draw planks on the side to make look like wood. Make a helm by
cutting the wheel shape out of cardboard (two pieces glued together to make it sturdy) and
bolting that to another piece of cardboard which is bent in half so it stands up. Use vc
pipes (very cheap at the hardware store) stuck into flower pots filled with rocks to be
the masts and make sails out of poster boards with a jolly roger drawn on them.
Make a Cave: use several large cardboard boxes taped together with
an entrance, dead end and exit. Cut a few holes in the top for light and fill the
boxes with balloons. Hide pirate garb inside (hooks or other).
Net for table cloth.
Serve hotdog with pirate sails attached. Popcorn, goldfish,
Swedish fish and gummy worms make good "fish bait." Cake and ice cream. Red
punch for "crocodile blood punch."
Scary fish made out of a watermelon. Cut small v's at one end
of the watermelon to resemble a mouth with teeth and scoop out the insides into little
melon balls. Then fill the fishes mouth back up with the melon balls, grapes, etc.
Blue jello with gummy octopuses suspended in the middle to look like
cupcakes decorated like pirates- including a wedding band earring.
Sheet cake, frost with chocolate frosting. Use frosting tube or other
to make a skull and cross bones on front. Put a frosting eye patch and bandana on the
skull. Edge the cake with a design. Use fish on sides. Colorful small candies as jewels
around. Could also find rectangular snack cakes, cut tops to hinge like a chest and fill
with candies. Set these at corners of cake.
Readers Cake Ideas:
Rectangular cake decorated with wavy blue
buttercream. Make an island out of an upside down muffin cake, decorate green to
make an island. Decorate with Playmobil pirate toys.
Another idea: Make a pirate ship cake. Bake a
cake mix in two round pans. Cut each in half. Use icing to stick the four
layers together. Cut a small bit off the rounded end and stand the cake up to look
like the hull of a boat. Ice it with chocolate icing then stick broken pieces of
Flake chocolate bars (about five) to the sides to make the hull look wooden. Place a
bamboo skewer into the top for a mast to fly the Jolly Roger (make out of construction
paper). Place a few toy pirate figures on top of the cake. When serving, place
crumpled blue cellophane around the base of the cake for an ocean. A toy shark or
dolphin in the "ocean" makes a nice finishing touch. suggested by Undine
Hunt-Roberts from an idea she got from Mary Engelbreit's magazine Home Companion
These will look like mini treasure chests. Need one paper lunch sack
per child. Cut off top 2 inches. Use black marker to give bag a wood design. Outline edges
of bag. Make one line 2 inches from top (side to side) and key hole. Fill with goodies and
fold and tape.
- Goodie Bags:
Another idea: Use recycled diaper wipes boxes. Rough up the sides with
sandpaper and spray paint gold. Let the kids decorate them with stick on
"jewels" (use stick on earrings). Fill with plastic gold coins and Mardi
Gras jewelry. These can be used for the buried treasure game.
Spray paint paper bags gold. Have the kids decorate
them with markers, sequins and stickers.
Vest: Need-bolt of black felt, pinking shears, Wonder Under or other iron web, white
cotton fabric remnant, white fabric paint.
Make a simple pattern so all you need to do is sew to side seams. Cut out with the
pinking shears. Draw a skull and crossbones on the white fabric to make a patch with
the Wonder Under on the vest. Outline with the fabric paint to make it more secure.
Telescopes: Need-paper towel tubes. Spray paint black, cover one end with
plastic wrap and tape on with wide, colored masking tape (hardware store).
Pirate Hats: Need-slick, vinyl like fabric. Again a two piece design, sewn together
on the sides. Use the iron patch again.
IItems available from Birthday Party in a Box:
Pin the X on the treasure: Make a
large map with an outline of an "X". Give each child a crayon and blindfold
them. Have them make one x on the map.
Pin the Eye Patch on the Pirate (suggested by reader)
Musical Islands: Like musical chairs, only
use a piece of paper in place of the chairs.
Scavenger Hunt: Make a list
and give to each team leader. Kids try to find the items listed around the neighborhood.
Other game ideas, shared by a readers:
Pass the Pirate Hat: Played like hot potato.
Whenever someone is eliminated, they have to "walk the plank."
Treasure Hunt: This one takes work. You will need a hiding place
for each goodie bag. Several clues for each child. At starting point each child gets a
Decorate the clues by making them look old. Write them on white paper, then dab a
wet tea bag over them, let dry. This will take them to their next clue. Do this as many
times as you wish with the final clue leading them to their treasure bag. Readers
idea: Use empty diaper wipe containers, decorated to look like treasure chests.
Modified version of the treasure hunt for younger children. Purchase a small gift
for each child and wrap each gift in different colored or themed wrapping paper.
gifts. Then, give each child a small sample of the unique paper his/her gift is
wrapped in. Instruct the children to find their gift wrapped in the matching paper.
Fishing: Use cardboard fish with paper clips, stick poles with
string and magnet.
Cannonball Pop: Use black balloon with prize slips inside a few of
Peg Leg Race: Three legged races.
Buried Treasure: Make a treasure
chest by recycling a diaper wipes box. (see above)
Gold Nugget Treasure Hunt: Spray
paint small rocks to make the gold. Hide. Give each child a handmade 'nugget'
bag made from black cloth.
Cleaned out all your child's old "McDonald" toys from the past year or so, and
added some gold coins, etc -- anything that fit the theme. Fill a small pool with
water and put the "treasure" in the bottom. The children can use shovels and
kitchen utensils (can't use their hands, except the littlest who were under 3) to
"dig" for sunken treasure.
Panning for gold: spray paint some rocks
(more of that trusty gold spray paint) gold. Fill a small wading pool with water and added
a 25 lb. bag of sand (about $3) and the "gold nuggets". Give the children metal
pie plates and show them how to "pan" for gold.
A game of tag were the person chasing everyone is "Shark" and the marooned
sailors can go to the "Island" (home free - a towel on the floor) one at a
time. When the shark catches a sailor he becomes a shark too and tries to catch
sailors. The last remaining sailor wins the game.
Decorate felt hats cut and glued as
Cannonball Piñata: make from a
balloon, paint black.
Pin the parrot on the pirate
Draw a picture of a pirate ship on some poster board and
have the children throw Styrofoam balls (cannon balls) at it. This can be done from
the cardboard Pirate Ship.
Get a refrigerator box and cut
in half. Divide children and put each team in their box. Give team one, 2 dozen ping-pong
balls and see how many "cannon balls" they can toss into the other teams
"ship" to try and sink it. Team two can catch the "bombs" and toss
back into team ones ship, but they cannot pick "bombs" up off of the floor.
After team one has used their 2 dozen balls, give team two a try, then count the bombs to
see who sunk who's ship.
Walking the plank: Use a little tykes pool or other
hard side kiddie pool and make a wooden plank to go across the top. Purchase enough
rubber alligators for each child and put them at the bottom of the pool. Then filled
with water. As they go out at Musical Island, they walked the plank.
Stuff from Talk like a Pirate website & Cap'n Slappy