Children can be requested to come in costume or not. If no costumes are worn, the kids can be drawn into the "pirate spirit" upon arrival by receiving a pirate eye patch, and/or a red bandana for their head.
Important color for a pirate party include red, black, and shiny gold. Use crepe paper streamers in any or all of these colors, along with balloons to decorate the party area.
A string of pirate flags can be made using several black party-size napkins and a glueing on a "Jolly Roger" skull and crossbones icon. Attach the flags side-by-side on a wire or sting stretched across above the room.
Halloween skeletons can be used to decorate the room and the front door.
A decorative treasure chest can be made from a styrofoam ice chest, with the cover attached on one of the long sides using masking tape, or the cover can be left off. Spray paint the chest with dark brown paint, and draw plank marks on the outside with a black marker to simulate the look of wood. Make a false treasure inside the chest with crumbled up newspaper, sprayed with shiny gold paint to simulate "gold" treasure. Jewels, sequins, beads, & glitter can be added for sparkle.
Make a pirate cave, using several large boxes taped together, with an entrance, and exit, and a dead end.
Rope lines and be hung/dangled from the ceiling for ship riigging.
A Pirate Chest pinata can be used as a decoration and as the final game of the party. Check out partycity.com or birthdayexpress.com for a variety of treasure chest pinatas.
Party goods and table cloths should be in black with red accents.
"X" Marks the Spot: A game similar to pin the tail on the donkey. But, instead of a donkey, make a large treasure map, like those shown at www.dltk-kids.com/crafts/pirates/mmap.html, or play Pin the Sword on the Pirate!
Golden Treasure Toss: Use your decorated styrofoam ice chest from Pirate Party Decorations (above), and make 5 gold colored circular bean bags to simulate the "loot". The bean bags can be made from gold felt, and filled with dried beans. The children stand behind a designated line, and toss the "loot" into the treasure chest. Whoever gets the most bags in the chest wins!
Pirate's Treasure Hunt: Similar to a scavenger hunt. However, the children will be given numbered clues to find the treasure chest. The clues are pre-hidden throughout the party area. #1 clue will lead them to #2 clue, and so on, until the final clue leads them to the treasure chest and all of the "loot". The winner receives the prize of their choice from the treasure chest.
Musical Islands: Musical chairs. But, instead of chairs, there are pieces of circular fabrics laid out on the floor. (One piece for each child.) When the music stops playing, one island is removed at a time.
Pirate Party Favors: Can include: temporary pirate tatoos, pirate stickers, telescopes, gold coins, chocolate coins wrapped in gold foil, etc. A broad range of pirate party favors can be found at partycity.com
"Jolly Roger" Craft: For a fun craft activity cut black felt squares (one per child) and have the children design their own "Jolly Roger" flag. Skull and crossbones can be pre-cut for the children to glue into their design. Use other colored squares (i.e. red, orange, white, gold/yellow, brown, dark blue, etc.) for the kids to cut into various shapes and glue onto their custom "Jolly Roger."
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