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Ahoy Mateys - Plan a Pirate Party!

There's a Pirate Lurking in Every Heart


Have you ever wished you could host a party that embodied the feelings of adventure and romance? Would your friends be willing to dress-up a bit and play act? Do you long for the day when boys could be boys and girls could be sassy? Then a pirate party may be the perfect event for you.

Setting the Stage

  • Create invitations with this free, printable skull and crossbones invitation image on one side, and your party details on the other. Roll the invitations and tie with thin cord, then mail in a mailing tube.
  • Start by decorating your home with a nautical motif. Fishing nets, crabs, lobsters, fish, and ships will all fit the mood.
  • Hoist a Jolly Roger flag in a strategic place, such as your entryway or in the buffet area.
  • If your guests are into dressing up, ask them to come to the party dressed as pirates or wenches. Costumes can be found in costume shops, especially at Halloween time. There are also web sites that sell pirate paraphernalia.
  • If you choose not to ask your guests to dress up, give the men pirate bandanas and eye patches, and give lots of beaded jewelry, bandanas and bangle bracelets to the women when they arrive.


Walk the Plank - Blindfold your guests and have them walk across a long 2 x 4 plank. The later in the evening you play this game, the funnier it should be, especially after a little Planters Punch. Give out prizes for the players who can walk the plank without falling off.

Play Capture the Flag - Play this game using pirate flags, and paint over the picture with glow-in-the-dark paints. Playing in the dark will make it a lot more interesting for adults. Change the rules as you go along - you are pirates, after all! Give water guns to all players so that they can attack the opposing players as they try to take the flags.

Organize a Treasure Hunt - Give all guests a series of clues that will lead to a supply of treasure maps. Make the treasure maps lead to the buried treasure which could be anything your budget allows, including gold-foil chocolate coins, bottles of rum, theater tickets, etc.

Show Pirates on the Big Screen - In one of your party rooms play pirate movies, such as The Pirates of Penzance or Pirates of the Caribbean.

If you'd like to find more of Donna Pilato's advice on hosting parties and entertaining friends and family you can visit her at The Delicious Dozen.

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