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