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“Walk the Plank” Pirate Inspired Birthday

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Ahoy, Mateys! You’re in for a real treat today as we are sharing a PIRATE Birthday Party full of inspiration, lots of goodies, and of course… some buried treasure! From the bold stripes to the vibrant color palette, we know you will find LOTS of party inspiration for your little pirates (or grown-up ones!) as we share our favorite elements – from the “old” sunken chest to the swirled drink bottles!

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Designed on a budget, I share lots of the DIY elements below, so read on for lots more pictures and details…

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I worked closely with Anders Ruff Custom Designs on the printables for this Pirate Party! They are such a pleasure to work with and suggested added in pops of grey and light turquoise to the black/white/red color scheme.  Their designs help set the mood for party decorations! First off was a trip the fabric store where my Mom (she’s my right hand woman and a great party stylist) and I picked up some bold black-and-white striped fabric. We added a red overlay for color. Fabric is such an inexpensive and easy way to find a perfect match for table coverings! Next, we added in a chest I already owned (originally from Hobby Lobby) and filled it with vintage looking net for an “old” look. Extra net was tossed over a crate I had in my office and used for favor bags filled with gold coins + rolos + red candy!

Last but not least was the WALK THE PLANK sign. A recent Nashville storm actually caused a tree to fall and knock over my back fence. Despite that trouble, a piece of the fence ironically came in handy when painted with some extra acrylic paint I had. Easy + very effective!

When we were thinking of Pirate treats, we thought of islands and coconuts. So we served up coconut ice cream topped with shaved coconut and served in real coconut half-shells. The coconuts were actually leftover from sorbet treats from the grocery store!  Red frosting was used for cupcakes + cute toppers from the Anders Ruff gals. Another treat was a last minute-addition to go with the “Walk the Plank” idea. I used regular red icing to write on store-bought fudge sticks. Simple, inexpensive + oh so delicious!

Pirate’s juice was served up in tipsy-topsy swirled plastic bottles that reminded us a bit of Captain Jack Sparrow’s walk in Pirates of the Caribbean. Root beer was also served as well as used for decoration when filled in an old rum bottle that my grandfather actually found 50 years ago washed up on the Charleston, SC shoreline when he was in college (crazy, huh?).

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By |2018-02-12T18:21:54+00:00March 11th, 2011|Kids Birthday, Parties for Boys, Theme Parties|

About the Author:

COURTNEY DIAL is the party stylist & editor behind Pizzazzerie. Growing up in the South, she attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in Communications and masters in Organizational Leadership.

Regularly appearing on Nashville news broadcasts, Courtney has also been published in several print publications including Nashville Lifestyles Magazine. In addition to designing everything from children’s birthday celebrations to chic dinner parties, her true love is sharing party inspiration by writing for Pizzazzerie, as well as other lifestyle publications.

Her latest project is The Bakery Spot, a new site devoted to all things bakery!


  1. Gwynn {Gwynn Wasson Designs} March 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

    Fabulous job Courtney!! Love the crazy bottles and all the fun styling ideas!!

  2. Susan March 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Love the squiggly bottles. I know a friend of mine who just did a pirate themed party and it was nowhere this amazing!

  3. Lauren March 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Absolutely love this pirate party! I wonder how appropriate this would be for a 27 year old ;)

  4. junita March 11, 2011 at 8:03 am

    i am about to make baby pirate party and when i see this… I know it won’t get any closer than this, he he he! Can I feature this on my blog, Courtney?

  5. HiLLjO March 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

    That rum bottle is awesome!!! I bet it’s a real pirate one. Very sweet, very well executed DIY party!

  6. Amy @ Blowout Party! March 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

    This party is so awesome! Love those curvy drink bottles and all the cool printables! Coconut ice cream is just such a perfect touch,

  7. Rowaida Flayhan March 11, 2011 at 9:09 am

    Absolutely beautiful pirate party love it all. Courtney Dial – Pizzazzerie and Anders Ruff Custom Designs are amazing

  8. Maureen Anders March 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Courtney – you did SUCH a great job. I love all of the details – the coconut ice cream, the cool drink containers… the plank sign. (and of course how you used the printables – LOVE the flags on the cupcakes!)

  9. Elizabeth March 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

    You did such an amazing job on this party. The decorations look fabulous and I just love all the decorations. I think it could be used for any age. A pirate ship playset in the backyard would be great too.

    These could be cute pirate sword necklace party favors-

    And if you have any pets, here’s attire they can wear to fit the party!

    Elizabeth Lembeck


  10. Molly Ryle March 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Oh boy! I love every bit of it! All of the details, perfect. It makes it real for the little ones, and that is so very special! Thank you for sharing your inspirations, so they become ours too.

  11. Ashley March 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I just had my own pirate birthday party on a yacht last weekend!! How I wish this had been posted before now. I love the Walk the Plank cookies and how we both used wooden signs!

  12. Jennifer Medina March 11, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Such amazing work! Loved the Walk the plank sign andyhe printables looked great!!

  13. wendy March 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    What a cool party for a boy. I love the color scheme!

  14. Kim @ The Celebration Shoppe March 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Fabulous job Courtney!!! I love that you got some use out of that broken plank! Very clever! ;)

  15. Allie March 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    I have been waiting for a Pirate party post. Yipppeee!! Thank you so much. The color scheme is striking! So many great ideas. I was not able to find the swirled drink glasses on Ben Franklin Crafts’ website. Any suggestions?

    • Courtney March 12, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Allie, check the store locator to see if you have one in your area – these were bought in the Richmond, VA store. You can also try other craft stores like JoAnns, Michaels, and AC Moore – check the sand craft aisles!

  16. Yvette March 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    The party looks great!!! Who did the treasure maps?

    • Donna August 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

      I bought these exact same maps at Hobby Lobby in the kids party section just a few weeks ago. It comes with 8 treasure maps and the brown ribbon.

  17. Birthday Party Ideas March 13, 2011 at 2:16 am

    I love all of the details! Super fun pirates party!

  18. Sabina March 13, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I love this theme for a wedding…it’s so personalized and original

  19. Kathy March 14, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    What computer software do you use for the labels and stickers?

  20. gretchen March 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Love this, especially the pirate’s juice bottles. Found them here: http://www.ssww.com/

  21. laura March 17, 2011 at 8:27 am

    you have such great ideas. i love this!! im gutted im living in the UK!

  22. Sweety Sull March 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    love love love! where are the treasure maps from? I adore them!

  23. Tricia June 20, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    great ideas, where are the plastic pirate ship cake toppers from and what is the rolled up favor?

  24. Christina July 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I have a quick question. The Happy Birthday banner….did you make it out of paper or material. I have been making mine from material….and that almost looks more crisp. LOVE IT!

  25. Kristin November 18, 2011 at 3:10 am

    Where did you get the pirate ship cupcake topper? (On the cupcake next to the walk the plank bars.) I didn’t see that as part of the Anders Ruff design package.

  26. Vanessa Zayas September 26, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    que belloooooooooo

    • Asdrey A Irizarry September 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      Seja q veas lo q tngo pensado para el cake!! Buajajaja

    • Vanessa Zayas September 27, 2012 at 12:45 am

      necesito saber para poder comprar los manteles que no compitan con el bizcocho!

    • Audrey Arroyo September 27, 2012 at 1:37 am

      Escribi erroneamente bizcocho pero me gusta la idea.

  27. Audrey Arroyo September 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Me gusta mucho y se ve facil de hacer.Vamos a hacerlo asi en la mesa del biscocho.

  28. Audrey Arroyo September 27, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Me gusta mucho y se ve facil de hacer.Vamos a hacerlo asi en la mesa del biscocho.

  29. Kelly April 20, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Where did you get the adorable pirate maps? I couldn’t find them on Anders Ruff’s web site. Adorable party!!

  30. ericka May 31, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I love the details. Can you tell me where you bought the Pirates Leary eerie eye aye book, and hats and telescopes? Those would be perfect for the pirate party I am planning now. Thank you!

  31. ericka May 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I see where the hats are from, but I would like to know about the books and also the pirate maps. Thank you again.

  32. Samantha Velosky July 25, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Where did you get the neat treasure maps?

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