Need some ideas for your pirate party dessert table? Well… X marks the spot! 😉
This fabulous pirate treat station by Jen Carver of Banner Events is filled with creative and doable inspiration. From store-bought candies given clever, pirate-themed names to a textured backdrop featuring a personalized Pirate Party sign, these are all ideas that can be recreated at home! The use of similar-sized decor elements and dessert trays on either side of the dessert table also helped to give it such a nice balance overall. Read on for a closer look at the *sweet* pirate-inspired details!
Pirate Themed Desserts
Speaking of “X marks the spot” – how cute are these mini treasure map Rice Krispy treats?!
And then when it comes to the actual treasure, gold-wrapped candies and chocolates are a super-easy solution! Jen used a yummy mix of Rolos, Hershey’s Nuggets, and Werthers here:
Above: Turn simple cupcakes into something extra special with printable pirate sails!
Below: See donut holes turn into cannonballs with the touch of a quick printable label.
I’m not sure if these “pirate teeth” are an indication of too much time spent at the dessert table already? 😜 but they sure do make for fun pictures!
The pirate-themed sugar cookies by The Sugar Canvas Boutique Bakery are truly little works of art. I’m constantly amazed by the intricate designs hand-painted onto cookies for celebrations, and these are a perfect example! Skulls, parrots, pirate flags, and more. My personal favorite is the treasure map “8” cookie.
Here’s another easy idea that doesn’t require ANY pro baking skills… 😉
Dessert Table Layout
I mentioned the use of similar-sized decor elements and dessert stands earlier – and you can really see that in this angle as well. There’s a lot going on overall, but the table still feels very well balanced. Notice the small crates bookending the table (used for the Krispy treats and cupcakes) and the fact that both of those treats are a similar height as well.
Pirate Birthday Cake
Of course one of the biggest stars of the dessert table is always the cake! And this gorgeous pirate design by 4 Kids Cakes definitely shines bright. (Don’t have the budget for a professional cake? No problem! Check out this Easy & Modern Pirate Cake Tutorial. You can still make a fabulous pirate cake on your own!)
Pirate Party Sign
I absolutely love what Jen did with my pirate party poster design (part of our Pirate Birthday printable collection). She mounted it on foam core, cut it out, and used decorative plastic chains to hang it from the backdrop! It definitely makes a bold statement for the table and adds that important element of a personalized touch for the guest of honor. (This sign is editable and can be personalized right on our website!)
Accent Pirate Decor
Last but not least – here’s a closer look at some of the non-edible elements from this dessert table.
There are SO MANY fun things to feature for a pirate party – treasure chests, gold treasure, costume jewelry, spyglasses, vintage bottles, skulls, pirate ships, wood planks, skulls, skeletons, fishnets, tattered cloths, and more! You can even spray paint plastic plates gold (as Jen did above) for some extra-large gold treasure. And I love how the skull is missing a tooth. It’s those little clever details, you know. 😉
Pirate Party Printables
My Pirate Birthday printables are available in our store. They make it so EASY to add pro designer style & personalization to your event. It’s like instant branding for your party! 🙌 Click here to shop now.
- Styling: Jen Carver, Banner Events
- Pirate Ship: Josh Carver
- Photography: Karina Rigtrup, A Fresh Take Photography
- Graphic Design (party printables): Jenn Sbranti, Hostess With the Mostess
- Laser Cut Pirate Ships & Captain Wheels: Lauren Atwaters, Ten23 Designs
- Pirate Cake: Christina Goff, 4 Kids Cakes
- Sugar Cookies: Colleen Head, The Sugar Canvas Boutique Bakery