How To Plan A Pirate Party

You guys know I love pirates, right? I think it’s pretty obvious from my recent front yard makeover.

I’ve had some people ask me if I also dress up like a pirate. I do, but only on special occasions. Like International Talk Like A Pirate Day in September. My friend Mark throws a Pirate Party every year, so I thought it would be fun to share some tips to plan a pirate party of your own.

How to plan a pirate party

Step 1: Pirate Invitations

Invitations should reflect a nautical theme. With online invites, there’s tons of room for creativity from ship backgrounds to pirate-y fonts. Handmade invites can range from simple & easy pre-made invitations purchased at the store to complex message-in-a-bottle invites that are hand-delivered to your guests. (Martha Stewart has a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these with free printables.)

Step 2: Pirate Decor

The good news about this step is that you don’t have to go overboard with your decor if you’re hosting a costume party. I could pirate flags and skulls are usually sufficient to set the mood. An easy and inexpensive way to add a little pirate flair to any setting is to use knotted rope to wind around columns or doorways. You can also DIY your pirate flags by using black markers to draw a skull & crossbones on old pillowcases from the thrift store.

Step 3: Pirate Grub & Grog

My friend Mark has two signature pirate appetizers I love: Pirate Boat Tacos & Shark Potstickers. The trick is to take a basic recipe and jazz it up to fit the theme. In this case, Mark takes mini taco shells, fills them with meat & cheese, and sticks a small pirate flag in them. Voila – regular tacos are now pirate tacos. For the potstickers, he uses a dolphin shark cookie cutter to shape the dough before cooking them.

Drinks are easy enough. Grab a pitcher of your favorite beverage and slap a Grog label on it. Done. A generous sprinkling of chocolate gold coins around the pitcher adds a nice touch.

Step 4: Costumes

It wouldn’t be a real pirate party without costumes. Be sure to tell your guests that costumes are required, lest they be sentenced to walk the plank.

There you have it. 4 easy steps to plan an awesome pirate party.





  1. Great!

  2. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Great idea. I think some other things to use might be decorations perhaps a “woodenplank” at the door entrance and some way to make the house look like a boat. LOL

  3. Renee Hutchinson says:

    Wonderful idea love it

  4. kamilah says:

    awesome idea…my boys would love this

  5. love the idea, esp since the decorations can be used again for halloween

  6. Jessica P. says:

    Great dress! I’d love to have a pirate party!

  7. kelly nicholson says:

    Avast ye maty…i wanna swab her deck….seriously!

  8. This is all great tips! Now I want to have a Pirate party. I’d feel a little silly though at my age having a one. I wish pirates were popular when my kids were little.

  9. Jennifer Holovack says:

    How FUN! Love the costume 🙂

  10. theres some great ideas you had mentioned! now after reading this i feel like im ready to walk the plank and throw a wickedly awesome pirate party!

  11. darlene bohannon says:

    my grandaughter would love this,she is a little tomboy

  12. Thanks for sharing, my son would love this he is a Pirate nut. 🙂

  13. Love the pirate part. My boys want one after seeing the post.

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    Thanks for hosting! Having lots of fun reading all these blogs.

  14. natalia ellin says:

    i love ur dress!

  15. Marlene V says:

    I love the black flamingos — How fun!

  16. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    I volunteered a few years back at St. Jude Children’s Hospital and we threw a huge pirate party at their Target House. Although this was directed toward children, many of the same themes apply. We had a huge treasure hunt for the kids, where they had to find the pieces of a treasure map hidden around the building. In the end, there was a lot of candy! It was so much fun.

  17. Pirate paries are so fun! This gave me some ideas for a friends surprise party this month(;

  18. Great ideas.

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