Sunday, 2 January 2011


Liam had a pirate party for his 5th birthday, and this was my first themed party
here is what we did, plus some extra's for inspiration.....
as I wasn't blogging at the time so didn't think of taking photo's of most things)

I think you have to go for a black, red and white colour scheme, but.....
A black, pink and white looks fab for girlie pirate parties

Now check this out......

Now I wish this was our table but this is from treasure and tiaras parties, WOW!!!

Just look at the detail, there is sand down the middle of the table, mermaids, chains, fishing nets, shells
I'll say it again, WOW!!!


We sent out invites similar to this, made from brown parcel paper and burnt the edges.
Then popped them into a plastic bottle.
but alas before my blogging days so no photo's.
credit for these goes to by stephanie lynn


Who says girls can't be pirates!



X marks the party
Hang a large red X at the front of the house, attach red and black helium balloons to it.

A ships mast
Broom handles bound together, fabric stitched onto curtain rings

Skull and crossbones

Print this and frame


Fling the rat
(through the pot hole)

I made rats from old grey school socks,
filled with dry rice, tie at the end with a string tail.
then added googley eyes.

and the kids took turn throwing them through a paint (cardboard) port hole
you could just use a bucket to throw them into.

Skull hoopla place skulls on a table and toss hoops over them.
three hoops wins a prize.


Print out several pirate clip art pictures and paste on thick cardboard

see pirate clip art below.

Pirate Pete Says

Simon says
but using Pirate trigger words....


This game is great fun, but needs some explaning and practice. Go through it yourself before the big day.
You need to tell the children that when you say the “trigger words” they need to do the action you have taught them for that “trigger word”.

Then at the end after lots of practice you will tell them a short (age appropriate, not too long if young) pirate story that contains all the “trigger words” they have learnt and they need to do all the actions throughout the story. I was lucky and was able to get my friends to join in and prompt the children. It is well worth the effort and the children had me read the story three times!!!


The captains coming                            salute and shout aye, aye captain
The captains wife                                 curstsey
The captains daughter                          pose like a model(1 hand on hip on ear)
The admirals coming                            salute but stand still until you say he’s gone
Scrub the decks                                   get down on all fours and scrub the floor
Climb the rigging                                  pretend to climb a rope ladder
Hoist the mainsail                                 run on the spot, climbing
Boom coming over                              duck down quickly
Crows nest                                          stand on 1 leg(mast) other foot on knee(c’nest)
Land ahoy                                           put hand above eye shout land ahoy
Port                                                    run to the left
Starboard                                           run to the right
Bow                                                   front
Stern                                                  back
Compass                                            run to the centre
east/west/north/south                         run to the appropriate direction
Stormy weather                                  rock from side to side
Ship aground                                      fall to the ground and stay still
Man the life boats                              sit and row your boat
Man overboard                                   jump, holding your nose with 1 hand raised
Sharks in the water                             hand in front of face like a shark fin walk around
Mutiny                                                run around sword fighting everyone
Walk the plank                                   walk in straight line, 1 foot in front of the other arms out to the sides
Bandits on the horizon                       pretend to shoot the bandits
Submarines ahoy                                lie on your back 1 leg raised
Bombs overhead                                crouch down, cover head, only get up when you say “all clear”
Fire the cannon                                   pretend to light the cannon, shout boom! And jump up
Hit the deck                                        lie on your stomach quickly
Pieces of eight                                    flap arms like a parrot, shouting pieces of eight
Up on deck                                         jump to your feet

Our Pirate Tale

It’s a lovely day for a sail, look the captains coming, and the captains wife and
captains daughter.
Ok matey’s let’s check the compass, before you climb the rigging to
The crows nest.
Now you’re in the crows nest look port, now look starboard.
No bandits on the horizon, best check bow and stern just to be safe.
Oh no bandits on the horizon fire the cannon and hit the deck!
We got those scallywags, make em walk the plank. All clear!
Looks like stormy weather ahead, oh no man overboard, and there’s sharks in the
water better man the life boats….
Alls well, climb the rigging to the crows nest again, all clear, lets head home.
I see Land ahoy. Home safe and sound.

This is such a giggle as they get is SO wrong and they end up all doing different actions and going in different directions.
Don't forget the video recorder!

Tick Tock Where's the Croc
When hid a small toy crocodile and had a ticking timmer (a clock will do) together
 the children had to be very quiet to find where the croc had been hidden

Pirate Duel walk the Plank

Two pirates, armed with swords, step onto the plank and duel while keeping their balance.
The person to stay on the longest is the winner.
You can make your own swords from those modelling balloons,
or use foam swords fro the pound store.
As long as they are soft enough not to hurt anyone.


Also a buried treasure hunt
The treasure that needed hunting was everything from pirate coins, loose jewels, giant gem rings, shiny necklaces, a bouncy pirate ball, and even a crocodile...tick tock, tick tock.

Bean Bag Toss

again this can be made from card or if you are handy mdf.



Like sleeping logs / lions


On a treaure map


They loved this!


I love thes cardboard pirate ships

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Give out buckets of black water balloons (cannon balls) or black plastic balls for a Pirate battle.
Set a time limit and see how many cannon balls you can get in the other teams ship.

Cannon Ball Blast

A black balloon is tied to a string and the other end of the string is tied around the pirates leg.
When the whistle blown it’s the players try to pop the other players cannons
whilst at the same time trying not to let their balloon get popped.
The player whose cannon ball last the longest wins!

Captain Hooks Treasure

the pirates are divided into teams.
One member from each team races against the clock to get pick up as much treasure as they can on their hook
and rush it back to their teams treasure chest.
After all the pirates have had their turn the team with the most treasure wins!

you’ll need hooks. 
To create the treasure cove you can use a small kiddie pool, 
  or you can just spread the treasure out over a rug.
For treasure use plastic bead necklaces and rings (anything “hookable”).
You can find these at your local pound store.
For treasure chest us plastic containers of any kind.

We had this cd, it wasn't very long (so heard the same songs afew times)


and these wrappers and picks are so cute


Liam had a prebought cake and we put these on top
borring compare to this

I am more about the fun side of it than a domestic goddess.
I buy ready made cupcakes and just decorate them, cheat or savy???
or this fantastic masterpiece.....


I hid all the goodies in a tresure chest which I purchase from Ikea for £10.
Party like a kid

lots and lots of chocolate coins.

These eye patches are fab!


to fill with all kinds of candy teasure



1 comment:

  1. Yvonne, thanks for the easter egg hunt suggestions! :o)

    Am thinking of doing a Barnyard theme for my twins 2nd birthday in June. Have you done a blog on this? Im a single mum like you and dont have much money to spare - but cant seem to find free printables or even much in the way of farm yard quality ideas. Am thinking of hiring a small petting zoo with rabbits, chicks and guinea pigs and that about blows my entire party budget! I need free stuff and your wonderfully creative ideas. PLEASE help if you have time. I love planning memories for my littlies.
    Kris in Australia


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