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Playful & Modern Pirate Birthday Party Ideas

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Pirate Party Homemade Cake

If you’re on a *treasure* hunt for pirate party ideas… x marks THIS spot! ;) I’m excited to share the new Pirate Birthday Party theme that I recently designed for Fisher-Price, which is filled with lots of ideas and free printables for YOU!

Scroll down for a close-up view at the individual ideas – from fill-in pirate party invitations to Caribbean Punch, Pirate Bananas, “X Marks the Spot” Loot Bags, and more! Then, head on over to the “How to Throw a Pirate Party” article on the FP website for the detailed instructions and downloads. 

Free Printable Pirate Party Invitations

Pirate Letters

These paper mache letters are a great way to personalize the party too. In addition to pirate phrases, try decorating the name or initials of the guest of honor! Instructions here.

Pirate Party Decorations - Paper Mache Letters

“Caribbean Sea” Pirate Party Punch

I always love dressing up drink dispensers, and pirate party punch in particular looks great decked out with ripped bandanas, chains, and rope! Get the recipe & free printable drink label here.

Pirate Party Punch

Jolly Roger Jello Ships

Cute toppers are for more than just cupcakes! Little ones will love these fun & colorful jello pirate ship snacks. Instructions & sail printables here.

Jolly Roger Jello Ships - Pirate Party Food

Pirate Bananas

Proof that even “healthy” party treats can bring smiles. Details here. 
P.S. This a cute “anytime” surprise for lunch boxes too!

Pirate Bananas - Pirate Party Food

Pirate Party Sandwiches

Cookie Cutters make sandwiches (or “sandys”) fun too! I added some crushed potato chips to the PB & Honey for a bit of that awesome salty/sweet combo AND so we could label them our “crunchy skulls”. ;)

Pirate Party Food - Skull and Shark Sandwiches

Homemade Pirate Party Cake

I’m definitely no pro when it comes to cake decorating, but have enjoyed challenging myself with all of the Fisher-Price parties to find easy/doable ways to make homemade cakes (by other non-pros like me) still look awesome. Gotta say I love how this one turned out! See the first image for a full view of the cake, and then the image below for a close-up of the top.

Colorful store-bought candies (grape Starbust jelly beans, red licorice, rock candy, and a gold-wrapped chocolate) plus a printable topper did the trick for this “x marks the spot” inspired design. And the topper IS customizable by age – the printable “pirate sail” with the number on it is available in 1-9. :) Full details and free printables here.

Pirate Party Cake Decorations

Pirate Dress Up Station

What little pirates wouldn’t love to dress like a MATEY?! Use our free printable sign to invite them to plunder some goodies to dress up with…

Pirate Party Dress Up Station

And of course you can never have too much gold at a pirate party… ;)

Pirate Party Gold Chains

X Marks the Spot Favor Bags

Send your guests off with a little “loot” before they sail away. These cute DIY favor bags are super easy to make! Get the instructions here.

Pirate Party Favor Bags - X Marks the Spot


Hope you’re able to have some fun with these ideas! If you need more inspiration, check out our Pirate Party Archives here on HWTM.

By |2018-02-15T11:39:12-07:00January 31st, 2017|Parties for Boys, Parties for Girls, Styled by Jenn|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. @GirlyGirlPartea January 31, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Playful & Modern Pirate Birthday Party Ideas https://t.co/ympVKPb59p

  2. Homes & Weddings June 21, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    How lovely is this! Those pirate bananas are amazing! Cracked me up.

  3. Rebecca June 29, 2017 at 7:27 am

    Hi Jennifer, could I order custom invites from you in the same style as this suite? I love it, but would like a couple more things if that’s possible!

  4. @satsumadesigns August 2, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Argh-uably the cutest pirate party ever! https://t.co/uwzFVoRfPK #birthday #party #Pirates Thx @HWTM_Jenn https://t.co/XpA8ibW5Sv

  5. [email protected] August 4, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    These pirate bananas are are very lovely indeed.


  6. Leslie January 14, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    Such cute ideas!

  7. Heidi March 28, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Oh my goodness, this is adorable. Well done! Love the pirate bananas.

  8. Jaimee March 29, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Where can I find these printables?

  9. Pat May 18, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Hi! I’m trying to find the printables but for some reason the page is not responding. Can I find them somewhere else?

    • jenn s. May 21, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Hi Pat – Do you mean that the Fisher-Price website isn’t loading for you? If that’s still happening let me know and I will email you the printables. :)

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