Pirate Party on Skull Ship…

Published by Mom on September 29th, 2008 - in Party Planning

Whoa! It may be Sunday but I’m still trying to recoup from the last week and especially yesterday… Saturday was my daughter’s birthday pirate party. Her official birthday was in August but since we had a newborn in the house, we had agreed that we would postpone her birthday party until the end of September when mommy and daddy would be ready to host a birthday party.

We always tend to have more family and friends than kids, so our parties grow upwards of the 50 or so guests.  My daughter wanted to have a Pirates of the Caribbean party and I thought it was a GREAT idea! I have a tendacy to overdo party planning and LOVE themed parties. There is soo much you can do with a pirate party.

We started with the idea of making our home a pirate ship, so we planned the party for a late afternoon where it would start to get darker earlier. Since it is so close to halloween, we could find many skeletons and skulls, thus Skull ship was born.  We picked up so many decorations here and there from various party stores, halloween stores and most importantly the dollar stores.  Because Pirates are a big phenomenon right now we could find pirate accessories EVERYWHERE!!!

First we made our own invitations to look like a treasure map with various pirate sayings like “Beware”, “Don’t be marooned”, “Ahoy there mateys”, etc.  We took our treasure map and crumpled them up (my daughter loved that part) and then straightened them out to make torn and old.  We asked all the children to come dressed up as a pirate (and boy did they! The costumes were great!).  Friday night we started to decorate. Here are some tips that I used for decorations:

1. Plastic skulls around the house.
2. Skull and cross bones on mirrors and windows.
3. Plastic jeweled rings and plastic gold coins (found at a party store in the party favor aisle) scattered around tables and trays to look like pirate treasures.
4. Closed all the curtains and blinds in the house to make it dark and replaced light bulbs with black lights (to give it that eery feeling).
5. Handmade signs for doors that said “Beware! Do not enter” and for the bathrooms “Head”.
6. Handmade Pirate Code of Conduct sign for all guests to sign that had the rules of the “ship”

To keep the kids busy, I got some treasure map kits from Oriental Trading for a very low price. Each lil’ pirate was able to make their own treasure map with stickers on their own map paper. The kids loved it and they were able to take it home as a souvenir. We also had a treasure chest pinata and ‘pin the treasure’ on the X game. In between the activities we ate dinner and had cake.

For food we went with a cuban flair. We had roasted pork, white and yellow rice, black beans, fried plaintains, roasted chicken and fruit salad. For the picky kid eaters (such as my own) we had chicken nuggets and hotdogs. The kids had water bottles and capri suns and for the adults who dared, we made a rum punch.

Overall the party was a great success and everyone had a great time! We didn’t have time to do the presents, but no one seemed to noticed. We let her open them up after the guests who wanted to leave did. Most family and very close friends hung out for a while and watched her open her presents.

But fun was had by everyone! I worked what seemed like forever on planning, shopping and decorating for this party. I really could not have done it without my sister and husband who really let me boss them around for about two days…

My daughter absolutely LOVED the party and that alone makes it all worth it. Next time, though, I might think twice about a theme that involves swords and hooks!

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