Pirate Party

Pirate Ship Sandwich

Pirate Ship Sandwich
Ship ahoy! This fun, flavorful, seafaring Pirate Ship Sandwich is easy to make and, more important, easy to pull apart and eat for young party guests!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Snack Loot

Snack Loot
Looking for some "booty" to fill the kids' take-home loot sacks? This crunchy Snack Loot mix boasts loads of sweet, cinnamon flavor and tiny animal and goldfish crackers. It's sure to appeal to swashbucklers of all ages!
—John Slivon, Navarre Beach, Florida


Out to Sea Pasta Shell Salad

Out to Sea Pasta Shell Salad
Here's a healthier version of a popular boxed salad mix you can buy at the store. We absolutely love it! You can also add a little cooked chicken breast to make Out to Sea Pasta Shell Salad heartier.
—Ann Timmerman, Northfield, Minnesota


Hidden Treasure Cupcakes

Hidden Treasure Cupcakes
Let kids discover the "hidden treasure" inside these cute-as-can-be Hidden Treasure Cupcakes! They're make-ahead convenient, ensure even-steven portions of cake for all party guests and are almost too pretty to eat!
—Taste of Home Test Kitchen


Tropical Island Chicken

Tropical Island Chicken
The marinade makes a savory statement in this Tropical Island Chicken recipe that I served at our son's pirate-theme birthday party. It smelled so good on the grill that guests could hardly wait to try a piece!
—Sharon Hanson, Franklin, Tennessee

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Colorful Veggie Coins

Colorful Veggie Coins
The "doubloons" in this bright side dish are actually garden treasures! It was a hit on the buffet at our pirate theme party. Once you try the fresh-tasting Colorful Veggie Coins medley, I predict you'll serve it time and again.
—Sharon Hanson, Franklin, Tennessee


South Seas Sugar Cookies

South Seas Sugar Cookies
Also among the "treasures" at our pirate theme party were these yummy soft South Seas Sugar Cookies. They have a mellow honey-lemon flavor and a vibrant almond icing. For a fun Polynesian look, I used pineapple and palm tree cookie cutters to shape them.
—Sharon Hanson, Franklin, Tennessee


Treasure Chest Birthday Cake

Treasure Chest Birthday Cake
Swashbucklers of all ages were eager to seize a chocolaty piece of the Treasure Chest Birthday Cake, although some guests thought it was too cute to cut! Folks were impressed with this edible pirate's treasure chest and loved the rich chocolate icing.
—Sharon Hanson, Franklin, Tennessee




Pirate Party Tips


  • Turn a black paper cup upside down and push the straight end of a candy cane through the bottom. Kids can reach into the cup and hold onto the cane. The curved end makes a handy pirate's hook.
  • Let kids make pirate hats out of newspaper and decorate spyglasses made from paper towel tubes with colored cellophane and rubber bands at either end.


Pirate Party Game Ideas


  • Make your own "pin the eye patch on the pirate" game.
  • Hold a treasure hunt, complete with treasure map, messages (clues) in bottles, and prizes like pirate story books, eye patches, bandanas, gold-covered candy coins and candy necklaces.
  • Hide a ticking egg timer and let kids try to locate Captain Hook's hidden crocodile before the bell rings.
  • Have a three-legged "peg-leg pirate race."
  • Divide the kids into two teams for a water balloon battle using red and black balloons (or foam balls).
  • Toss bean bags into an open treasure chest.


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